Flower show news for March 11, 2013, includes a last peek at the Philadelphia Flower Show, where CBS News reports that the special events sold out, but the overall attendance for the nine-day event was down due to the forecast of snow.
Attendance at the British themed event for this year was 225,000 compared to 270,000 flower show attendees in 2012.
The event, billed as the "world's largest indoor flower show" according to DelcoTimes.com, began in 1829. And as a tribute to Britain's passion for gardening, organizers chose a British theme this year.
It should be the British following Philadelphia if one stops to consider that the Chelsea Flower Show did not begin until 1913, and it typically only draws about 160,000 visitors each year, according to the Telegraph.
Philadelphia's March flower show preceded the Chelsea Flower Show by two months, but the Brits will be pulling out all the stops this May as they celebrate their theme: 100 years of horticulture. And they will even boast the presence of a member of the royal family for the first time since 2002, as Prince Harry will be joining the festivities, according to the Telegraph.
In Atlanta the flower show event of the year is the 2013 Southeastern Flower Show and Antiques event, which begins on Friday, March 15.
Antiques are being showcased for the first time in the show's history, as well as the inclusion of antique dealers. But flower, vegetable garden and landscape lovers need not worry, as there will be an abundance of speakers, events and displays as well as vendors to keep everyone happy.
The three-day event will have its own cast of celebrities in attendance, such as Vince Dooley, the famous former head football coach in Georgia. Dooley turned to gardening when he retired, and his love for it parlayed into his being named the Honorary Chair of the 2011 Southeastern Flower Show.
The Southeastern Horticultural Society bills their annual flower show as the Southeast's largest flower show, and this year they aim to give Philadelphia and Chelsea flower shows a run for their money.
The March 15-17 event will boast guest and demonstration speakers from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Cobb Galleria Centre event.
The complete 2013 speaker schedule includes topic, speaker and date and time of appearance, for more details.
Professional landscapers will be on hand showcasing landscape gardens, with guest lecture opportunities available as well.
Discovery gardening exhibits will be on display from a variety of participants, and the list of vendors offering discounts on flowers, plants, seeds, tool rentals and more numbers in the 70s at last count.
And a perk of this year's show includes free admission to the American Craft Council for all 2013 Southeastern Flower Show ticket holders. The 2013 craft show will also be operating during similar weekend hours March 15-17 in the Cobb Galleria Centre location.
To purchase advance tickets for the three-day flower show and antique event, as well as free admission to the craft show (and a free one-year membership in the SHS), visit the Southeastern Horticultural Society's online website ticket system or purchase tickets at the door the day of the event.
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