Susan linked to this article in the New York Times to illustrate how garden shows have been suffering and some even shutting down in this economic annus horribilis. But apparently, the Philly show not only did well given the economy, it did better than it did in 2008. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the attendance of 245,000 is actually about 10,000 more than 2008.
Not a spectacular leap in attendance but in any area where things are better, not worse, there is cause for celebration. The show’s organizers suggest that people needed something to lift their spirits. I will be interested to see how Canada Blooms, which I am attending in a few days, fares this year. It is considered one of the big shows on the garden show circuit, and usually features some very forward-thinking display gardens as well as some great floral displays.