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Your Passport To The Philadelphia Flower Show

Flower TucciThe Philadelphia flower Show is the nation's premier gardening event. Rich in history, the Philadelphia show predates the Lewis and Clark Expedition and as such is older than most American states. The theme for the 2010 show which will be held from Sunday, February 28th through Sunday, March 7th will be: "Passport to the World."

For those fortunate enough to live nearby, membership in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society comes with a gift of free tickets. This worthwhile organization not only sponsors the nation's largest and most prestigious show, but also is behind efforts to plant beautiful flowers throughout all of Philadelphia and the nation. Every show participant will be given a package of annual seeds so that he can brighten up his own neck of the woods with beautiful flowers.

Online registration through www.theflowershow.com will be available from late September on. This is the least expensive source of tickets and also the only opportunity to book one of the afternoon or late afternoon sessions of the always-sold-out-quickly garden teas. These teas include two varieties of tea, an assortment of finger sandwiches and some biscuits. they are the most convenient way of meeting friendly fellow enthusiasts and taking a welcome break while staying near the action.

If you decide to skip the garden tea, you may want to familiarize yourself with area restaurants so that you don't waste precious time wandering around aimlessly. Fortunately, the Convention Center is located in the middle of Philadelphia's Chinatown and also near popular Reading Terminal so a variety of inexpensive meals are easily obtained. You may want to run the flower Show's address through www.restaurant.com/ and purchase discounted certificates ahead of time if you are feeding a large crew or want a more formal dining experience.

Most experienced participants will warn you to prepare for a mob scene. Ideally, you will want to see the show as late in the day as possible after the crowds thin out. Should you arrive early, you are advised to see the least popular shows and exhibits first, and then work your way backward to the elaborate displays.

For example, see the flower judging, photography exhibits, jewelry making and vendors first. This will allow the insane crowds around the big displays to thin. The show seems to change like a chameleon once the crowd evaporates. It is amazing to compare what you see when you first arrive with what will be visible later.

Before coming down, decide what you want to see. The show is now offering treats from Philly's best restaurants, and alcoholic beverages are available. But if you choose to come on a Sunday, the show's hours will be shorter and some of the night-time revelry will be dampened.

If you like to cook, are interested in learning about flower arrangements, or want to delve into the vagaries of growing exotics or succulents, a host of free, scheduled workshops are available. they will be different each day of the show, and you will not be able to attend them all in one day.

Will you want to stay overnight so that you can take in a second day of the show or partake of some other cultural treasures or a tour of the city? The official visitor sight for Philadelphia, www.gophila.com/C/Places_to_Stay_%28Hotels_in_Philadelphia%29/314/Hotel_Packages/315/U/Philly_Overnightreg_Hotel_Package/1678.html offers a special overnight hotel package you may wish to investigate. Of course, Expedia www.expedia.com/default.asp and hotels.com are also worth a look, especially in a bad economy when hotels are just not getting their usual convention business. Don't forget to investigate applicable credit card or frequent guest rewards either.

Traveling from nearby cities in the Northeast is dirt-cheap. For example, in New York City the Chinatown buses leave from the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. At least two competitive companies based there can bring you to Philadelphia and back for $20.00 round trip. Another possibility from several cities is Megabus megabus.com/us/. Depending on how far in advance you are willing to commit, they may even beat the Chinatown bus. For the less adventurous or better-heeled, there's always Greyhound www.greyhound.com/home/ or Amtrak www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer.

Or you may prefer an organized tour. The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is one major union that frequently has tours available for its members. Commercial tour companies such as Crosby Tours www.crosbytours.com/ or L&M Tours www.lmtours.net/ typically have inclusive packages available at modest cost, although you will be tied into their schedule.

Sources: www.theflowershow.com

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