2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show details announced

News from Philadelphia Inquirer:

Against a backdrop of colorful leis, table orchids and hula dancers, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society kicked off the 2012 flower show this morning: “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha” opens to the public March 4 and runs till March 11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Market Streets.

“This is a show like you’ve never seen before,” said PHS President Drew Becher, who outlined new features of the 183-year-old event, officially known as the Philadelphia International Flower Show, before an enthusiastic crowd on the 33d floor of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City.

On entering the show, visitors will immediately experience motion graphics designed to simulate the ocean floor with waves crashing overhead. There will be a 25-foot (real) waterfall, thousands of orchids and other tropical plants, and four showcase exhibits depicting Hawaii cowboy culture, a destination beach wedding, “the hula as inspiration,” a fancy surfers’ retreat and a “rocky garden of the gods,” according to Sam Lemheney, the show’s designer.

Dancers, musicians, and crafts people will be coming from Hawaii, although the hula dancers and musicians at t……………. continues on Philadelphia Inquirer

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