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2014 Philadelphia Flower Show is a work of art

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The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has transformed more than 10 acres of the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia into a colorful floral canvas for its annual indoor flower show that opened today and will run through Sun., March 9.

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Celebrating its 186th year, the Philadelphia Flower Show's theme this year is ARTiculture. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has teamed with more than a dozen of the nation's top museum, such as J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, for many of the flower show's main exhibits.

Special exhibitions at the show also include a selection of the Andy Warhol "Flowers" Series from the Bank of America Collection; selections from the West Collection, of Oaks, Pa.; and works by sculptor Steve Tobin, of Bucks County, Pa. International exhibitors in the 2014 show include British garden designer Andy Sturgeon and Provence-based garden designer James Basson, whose exhibit is inspired by a painting from the Collection of the Prince’s Palace Monaco.

At the interactive exhibit designed by the Crayola Experience, show visitors have the opportunity to express themselves in the Convention Center’s Grand Hall. Visitors are also able to show their artistic side in an expanded “Make & Take Room,” where they can create a variety of craft and garden projects. The family attractions at the show include the Butterfly Experience, where visitors can interact with 20 species of exotic and domestic butterflies, and the Camden Children’s Garden.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located at 12th and Arch Streets. When purchased online, adults tickets to the flower show are $27; students (ages 17 to 23) are $20; and children (ages 2 to 16) are $15.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has teamed with a number of Philadelphia hotels, such as the Sofitel Philadelphia and the Holiday Inn Philadelphia Stadium (both TAG Approved properties), to offers special packages.

Gay Flower Power

As part of the flower show, the LGBT community is invited for an evening of cocktails, networking, and live entertainment at the fourth annual LGBT Party that will be held tomorrow, March 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. Presented by G Philly, the event will kick-off with a special introduction by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society President Drew Becher, followed by mixing, mingling, cocktails and food samplings in an exclusive VIP area at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Tickets to the LGBT party includes admission to the Flower Show. Tickets are available for $50 and may be purchased online.

Detailed information on visiting gay-friendly Philadelphia is available at visitphilly.com.

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