PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flower Show will be held fully outdoors this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Wednesday announced it will completely reimagine its Philadelphia Flower Show to allow for a new, safe experience in South Philadelphia’s Franklin Roosevelt Park.
From June 5, 2021 through June 13, 2021, FDR Park will host the flower show.
Tickets go on sale in January and early purchase is recommended, as tickets are limited.
You can get tickets online here.
PHS members can choose from a variety of special ticketing offers. Membership includes a contribution to PHS regionwide greening efforts as well as year-round benefits of interest to gardeners of all skill levels. Go online here to become a PHS member or to purchase membership as a gift.
Attendees must reserve a date and time of visit for all tickets purchased.
Below are show days and hours:
Saturday, June 5 — 8 a.m. t0 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 6 through Sunday, June 13 — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Entry is prohibited within 30 minutes of the show closing each day.
The Flower Show’s move to an outdoor venue, the first time in its history, will allow for new expressions and horticultural displays, as well as make social distancing easier and the health benefits of being outside.
This year’s theme is “HABITAT: Nature’s Masterpiece.”
PHS has been working closely with event experts and city officials to plan for a safe environment that will include timed and date specific ticketing that limits attendance at any given time and allows for social distancing and other safety precautions.
“We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the outdoors and offer joy and beauty after a year that has been marked by so many challenges,” said Sam Lemheney, PHS Chief of Shows & Events. “This experience is a wonderful example of the enduring and combined power of green space, plants, and gardeners to create impact and inspiration.”
The expanded show will cover 15 acres allowing for a spectacular presentation of the nation’s most looked-to gardening and floral attraction.
This new format will introduce many exciting new features while continuing to include cherished elements of traditional Philadelphia Flower Shows.
The show raises funds to support health and wellbeing through PHS programs, such as those that bolster food security and tree canopy in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic throughout the region.
The early June dates at the height of the growing season provide a multitude of opportunities for gardeners to get inspired and get growing after their show visit. Visitors will have an entirely new themed experience that will take place within three distinct “Districts” that feature all manner of Plants, Design and Gardening and created for all skill levels.
Throughout the event, impressive landscapes and architecture abound.
Public safety is a critical component for the upcoming Show and adherence to recommendations from the CDC as well as city and state health officials is paramount to show planning. Timed and dated entry as well as cleaning and social distancing guidelines are part of the early plans. PHS will continue to work closely with health officials leading up to the Show with updated guidance available at the PHS website here.
This article originally appeared on the Philadelphia Patch