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The Philadelphia Flower Show Hits the Red Carpet

Hollywood captivates people everywhere. The glitz, glamour, and star power of the movie industry fascinate us, drawing our attention and admiration. This year, the Philadelphia Flower Show, an event known for inspiring wonder, brings film to life with its theme “Celebrate the Movies.” The nine-day show takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center February 28 through March 8.

In 2015, Designers draw upon Disney and Disney•Pixar films to create 10 acres of displays. Think cannons and ship decks inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, a Chinese garden drawn from scenes in Mulan, and a rustic garage and workplace reminiscent of Cars. The vibrant colors familiar in Disney productions pop off the screen and take shape as thousands of bright blooms.

In addition to flower displays, you can browse Gene London’s collection of more than 50 Hollywood costumes worn by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, watch some of the nation’s best floral designers compete in head-to-head contests, and learn gardening tips and tricks from experts in the industry.

The show also includes a long lineup of special events. Be part of the first ever Flower Show race, the Run Into Spring 5K, on March 1 at 7:30 a.m. Runners will take a pleasurable jaunt through city streets and then celebrate with an athlete’s after party. Later that day, the LGBT community will come together for a glamorous party presented by G Philly. The fifth-annual LGBT Party event is sure to be a star-studded affair with appearances by chefs, actors, and some surprise guests. Mix and mingle with legendary actor Pam Grier, spokesperson for “Dining Out for Life International.”

For the newly engaged, don’t miss Philadelphia Wedding’s Wedding Wednesday on March 4. The festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. when the magazine’s Greatest Groom Contest concludes with a live wedding ceremony on the show floor amid the fabulous flowers. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., more than 60 of the city’s best vendors will show off their finest from the latest fashion must-haves to event design and stationery options, photography tips, wedding-workout plans, hair and makeup examples, and of course the best in floral decor.

The Flower Show caters to the lovely ladies with Girls Night Out on Thursday, March 5. The VIP women’s event includes cocktails, shopping, dancing, food and wine tastings, and health and beauty offerings.

Don’t forget the pup! The first-ever Fido Friday on March 6 will be a dog-lover’s favorite, complete with a “Yappy Hour,” canine fun, and on-site adoptions. Or if you’re a parent and have a Disney-loving kid (How many times have you heard the “Frozen” theme song?) treat him or her to Cinderella Sunday on March 8. Let them dress up as their favorite Disney prince or princess and walk the red carpet.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The show, which began in 1829, is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show. Learn more about the magic that happens when the glow of Hollywood meets the beauty of the Philadelphia Flower Show by visiting theflowershow.com and by purchasing your tickets here.