1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
(215) 988 - 8899
DescriptionThe Philadelphia Flower Show is held annually in the Pennsylvania Convention Center in early March. Parking is available in lots and garages near the Convention Center. The main entrance consists of double doors at street level.
Elevators and escalators take visitors to all levels.
Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are located on all levels.
There are many chairs around the perimeter of the exhibition hall, near the food concessions.
- Location of handicapped spaces: *
Location of handicapped entrance: main entrance
Doors: double doors
Number of floors: 2
Steps and staircases: escalators to all floors
Width of aisles: ample space
Places to sit: many chairs
Location of restrooms: on all levels
Type of restroom: multi-stall, handicapped accessible
Ease of entry and exit: good
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: many options
Friendliness of staff: pleasant and helpful
Notes: * Many parking options are available close by (check www.theflowershow.com for information).
On a sunny and clear March day we headed to the Philadelphia Flower Show, held annually in the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Arch Street.We chose to stay overnight so that we could visit the Barnes Foundation the next day. We parked at our hotel and walked the one block to our destination.
The Philadelphia Flower Show is the largest flower show in the United States. It is a themed event; this year’s being “ARTiculture: Where Art Meets Horticulture”. All of the exhibits were inspired by paintings and sculptures found in art museums. The landscapes, gardens and floral arrangements covered a 10-acre area inside the Convention Center.
At the main entrance to the exhibition hall was a huge, three-dimensional design, based on Alexander Calder’s mobiles, made from plant material. This was just the beginning of many wonderful artistic displays. “OMG” was exclaimed over and over again. Besides the professional displays, there were different competitions in which garden clubs and students participated. We saw iPhone covers, jewelry, dioramas, and a variety of objects in other categories made entirely of plant and flower materials. Unbelievable bonsai’s, vertical gardens and a huge marketplace made very comfortable shoes necessary.
Although the Convention Center is accessible, the ease of getting around is determined by the size of the crowd. Mid-day seemed to be prime time, (the busiest), with the numbers decreasing as it got later.
We spent hours looking at the displays, demonstrations, and visiting the stands in the marketplace. We were totally overwhelmed by the expanse and beauty of it all. To keep our energy level up we tried some of the many foods that were available.
As always we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.theflowershow.com, when planning a visit to “know before you go”.