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Sights and scents at the Philadelphia Flower and Garden Show

Whether you've got a green thumb or are just looking for an excuse to visit the City of Brotherly Love, start shopping Pennsylvania car rentals and get ready to experience the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world: the Philadelphia Flower and Garden Show. This annual event, presented by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, takes place in early March and is one of the most adored traditions in the northeast, attracting more than 250,000 people annually. It's made up of a variety of floral-themed, family-friendly events in the sprawling Pennsylvania Convention Center, so be prepared for the celebration with this handy guide:

History of the flower and garden show

The first horticultural society in America - the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society - was born in Philadelphia. It was founded back in 1827, and two years later flower show was established. It was a humble event situated in the historic Masonic Hall along Chestnut Street, showcasing native and exotic plants by about two dozen society members. Decades later, it move to the larger Civic Center to accommodate the growing crowds before being upgraded again to the vast Pennsylvania Convention Center, which takes up 33 acres of space and welcomes more than 265,000 people annually. Due to the huge turnout of the event and the limited amount of on-site parking (there are only 8,000 spaces), you may have to park your Philadelphia car rental in a paid lot of you don't arrive early enough.

What to expect at the Philadelphia Flower and Garden Show

Each year, the flower show has a special theme. Past motifs have included America the Beautiful, Gardens For the New Millennium, Endless Spring and Preserving the Past, Presenting the Future. When you arrive at the convention center in your Philadelphia Flower and Garden Show car rental, you'll be greeted by a plethora of gorgeous floral exhibits, most of which are designed around that year's theme. Each exhibit is part of a competition, and winners in different categories are chosen by a panel of experienced judges.

The Main Hall of the convention center is the highlight - the 10-acre space is brimming with arrangements, gardens and unique landscapes recreated in this indoor space specially for the show. There are also art masterpieces on display. In fact, the festival organizers team up with world-renowned museums, such as the Smithsonian and Guggenheim, to showcase stunning works by a range of historic creators, from Michelangelo to Picasso to da Vinci. Live performers like musical acts and aerial dance troupes also perform for the crowds in this magnificent hall. Walk about the center to find displays such as the Butterfly Experience, which puts you in the midst of 1,000 fluttering butterflies of 20 different species. Stop by the Make & Take Room for the opportunity to design, create and take home your very own craft project. There are also some adult-specific events, including girls' night out and LGBT parties.

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