Garden Show Report


Are you out and about at a garden show this spring?  Let us know! Read this to find out how we'll be posting reports from garden shows this spring.

We've heard from a few of you so far; here's what we've got. These are, of course, previews and commentary, but soon we hope to publish your actual garden show reports.  Hope to hear from you!

From Barbara Hobens Feldt:

Every year, the largest indoor flower show in American never gets a link/mention!?

Do go, tell and post pics! Bus from NYC with gal pals was an ease for years then lectured the past 5. So worth it: Omni International Hotel. Walk to best eats: City Tavern, Haru & shockingly reasonable Buddakan!

Well, now Barbara, of course we'll post something about the Philadelphia Flower Show–just send us a report!

From Benjamin, who always reaches into his poetic soul for us:

So much depend

the yellow
wheel barrow

glazed in
plant lust

beside the
new tools

Shirley Bovshow sends us this 2010 garden show episode from her Garden World Report:


Watch live streaming video from gardenworldreport at

And from Janet Endsley, with the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, comes this video of the making of the show:



  1. I would love to show any of you around the 2011 Southeastern Flower Show in Atlanta Feb 25-27 if you are planning on coming. The theme this year is In Tune with Blooms, there are 29 speakers over the 3 days and nearly continual musical performance to enhance enjoyment in the gardens, plants, flower arrangements and photography. New this year is Tiny Trees, a bonsai exhibition. Lots of activities for families and children, too. Hope to see you there.

  2. If you’re going to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, I recommend that whatever day you plan on visiting (and especially if you’re going on a weekend), get there early! This is generally a well-attended event (one of the most popular of the big exhibitions in Chicago), and I have witnessed truly ridiculous lines to get in and around the display gardens. Also, be prepared to:
    1. Walk a long way from your car to the Exhibit Hall. Navy Pier has parking onsite, which I highly recommend you use rather than park across the street and have to trek even farther in blustery March conditions. Trust me, I’ve done it. But the Exhibit Hall is at the very end of the Pier complex, so even if you park onsite you’re looking at a minimum 15-minute walk to actually reach the hall.
    2. Bring a snack. Navy Pier has tons of restaurants, but like the aforementioned parking garage they’re located at the opposite end of the place. If you’re attending seminars and planning to spend a few solid hours at the show, bring a granola bar or bag of chips or something easily portable. There are usually a few snack stands near the hall, but in past years I’ve been disappointed with the meager selection and wouldn’t rely on that.
    3. Splurge at the Marketplace. It’s big and usually goes heavy on garden art and bulb sellers. Be ready.

  3. Love that time-lapse video. Halfway through, though, I started thinking it reminded me of Sesame Street – they used to do that sort of thing on occasion, with similar music even. This one wasn’t for those with short span however.

  4. How I “Do” the Philadelphia Flower Show

    For an outsider the transportation and housing issues may seem complex but there is an easy way to get from point A to point B without too much hassle.

    First of all I take the Amtrak train up from Raleigh. A round trip ticket costs the same as the cheapest flight but you can take along a backpack of food and you can haul home all the flower show treasures you can carry onto the train (I’ve brought home bushes before). It takes the same amount of time to ride the rails as it does to drive up I-95 and costs the same unless you split the gas costs with others – don’t forget the $15 worth of tolls along the way north.

    The Amtrak station is the big 30th Street Station in downtown Philadelphia and my train gets there around 3:30pm. From there I walk around to the side of the station and catch the local rail SEPTA to the Market Street station – with my Amtrak ticket stub this ride is free.

    The Market Street station is underneath the downtown buildings and is connected to a shopping mall, fancy hotels & restaurants and the convention center where the Flower Show is held.

    Up on street level the convention center is next to the Reading Terminal Market – a wonderful farmer’s market kind of place with food, groceries and gifts (most of the vendors are gone by the afternoon). Across the street in another direction is China Town, a great place to wander and eat.

    When you want to leave downtown the cheap hotels are out by the airport, a 30 minute train ride from Market Street. Most of the trains run every 30 minutes and cost about $6. The hotels are nearby and have shuttles. Each wing of the airport has a small train station. The trains only go from the airport to downtown so you can’t get on the wrong train.

    For food I like to eat at any of the food vendors inside the Reading Terminal Market or walk around China Town. There is fast food in the food court of the mall and restaurants at street level all around the convention center.

    Rest on the train because you will be walking and walking while downtown – there are few places to sit down.

    Don’t bother bringing along a fancy camera – the convention center is very dim and without a tripod and strobe your photos aren’t going to be very crisp.

    A “real” Philly Cheese Steak has cheese whiz on it – fun, but there are better things available.

    This year’s theme is Paris, so expect French food and gifts available at the convention center. Oui oui!

Comments are closed.