A Walk in the Park

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, March 14, 2016 IN: On the Road Again


A Walk in the Park

Every March, I wipe away my winter blues and get a dose of spring when I attend the annual Philadelphia Flower Show.  This year, my BFF Cynthia took in the aptly-themed exhibit, “Explore America,” celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service.

A Walk in the Park

Wearing: J. Crew Factory Vest, Ebby Knit long sleeve top, J. Crew Minnie pant and J. Crew Bronson black suede booties (BFF sunnies.) Sephora Beauty products:  Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick Bauhaus 5 and NailsInc GelEffect Regents Place

The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the United States federal government that was created in 1916 to manage all our national parks, monuments, among other conservation and historical properties.

Each exhibit was inspired by a national park at this year’s 188th show like  the large-scale displays of the quintessential Yellowstone and Yosemite National Park, to name a few.

The 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show, "Explore America," 100 years of the National Park Service.

The 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Explore America,” 100 years of the National Park Service.

at the 188th Philadelphia Flower Show, "Explore America," 100 Years of the National Park Service

The Age of Grace at the 188th Philadelphia Flower Show, “Explore America,” 100 Years of the National Park Service

The Philadelphia area offers many national parks, including Valley Forge National Historic Park in Montgomery County.  If you’re interested in locating a national park where you live, you can do so by clicking here.

A replica of the Philadelphia Liberty Bell found a place on the exhibit hall, ensconced in red, white and blue blooms.

Floral replica of the Philadelphia Liberty Bell at the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show.

Floral replica of the Philadelphia Liberty Bell at the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show.

"The Breeze of Spring" exhibit at the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show,

“The Breeze of Spring” exhibit at the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show,

My fave over-the-top display was the plant sculpture, “Breeze of Spring,”  a burst of curled and bent bamboo and clouds of bleached, dyed ferns that look like pink and yellow feathers. This was the first time Japan Flowers and Plants Export Association presented at the show.

Check out the impressive display of the many different species of daffodils:

Daffodil Display

Last year’s photos at the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show:

2015 Philadelphia Flower Show, "Celebrate the Movies."

2015 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Celebrate the Movies.”

 

At the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show with BFF, Cynthia

At the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show with BFF, Cynthia

Last year, Cynthia and I enjoyed a unique Flower Show experience, attending the black tie preview party thanks to our employer, which happened to be one of the sponsors.

This year, the aroma didn’t seem as fragrant as usual when I entered the Convention Center due to less forced bloom florals, coupled with the increasing vendor space for shopping, using the opportunity to take advantage of the 250,000 attendees every year.

The Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market.

The Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market.

A visit to the oldest and largest running flower show in the world is not complete without a visit for lunch at the historic Reading Terminal Farmer’s Market for a culinary treat. Not one to usually indulge in beef, I cheated with a corn beef special. It was worth it.  My bff and I finished off our day trip to the fairly new Grand Lux Cafe in King of Prussia.

If you didn’t get a chance for a walk in the park at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, there is always next year.  Though, the theme is Holland. The show will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center March 11 to March 19 2017. I hope you plan to attend.

BFF, Cynthia, 2chicdesgins Etsy store owner.

BFF, Cynthia, 2chicdesgins Etsy store owner.

A special thank you to Cynthia for my outfit photos in this post.

Have a fabulous week?

Siggy

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