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Spring Has Sprung & Girl Power Blooms in Philadelphia

a woman in a pink flower is in a gardenPhiladelphia is bursting with vibrant energy this March! Two iconic events are happening simultaneously: the world-famous Philadelphia Flower Show (running through March 10th) and Women’s History Month.

The Philadelphia Flower Show, a long-standing tradition since 1829, holds the
distinction of being both the oldest and the largest indoor flower show in the world. Featuring approximately 3,000 square feet of immersive floral and landscaping displays, it’s not just about the blooms. The Flower Show offers a range of experiences, including world-class plant competitions, educational workshops, family activities, musical performances, shopping opportunities, and delicious food options.

The Philadelphia Flower Show coincides perfectly with Women’s History Month in March. This unique overlap presents a fascinating opportunity to explore the historical connection between women and the world of flowers.

Flowers have played a significant role in women’s history throughout time. From the Victorian era’s “language of flowers” to the present day’s eco-warriors fighting to preserve our planet’s flora, women have been deeply connected to the natural world.

The Philadelphia Flower Show offers a chance to celebrate these forgotten horticultural heroes. Research trailblazers like Mary Vaux Walcott, a pioneering botanical illustrator, or Louisa Boyd, a landscape architect whose designs graced estates across America. By seeking out information on these women, you can add a deeper layer of appreciation to your Flower Show experience.

The Philadelphia Flower Show runs through March 10 at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Tickets are available here.

Now, if allergies stand in the way between you and a visit to an indoor floral and gardening extravaganza, keep in mind that Philadelphia is a treasure trove for straight-up Women’s History adventures! Here are just a few happening this month:

• Badass Women’s History Tour: Walk the streets where revolutionary women like abolitionists and suffragettes left their mark.
• National Constitution Center: Immerse yourself in the “19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote” exhibit and appreciate the fight for suffrage.
• Betsy Ross House: Special programs delve into the lives of extraordinary women throughout history, even if Betsy herself likely didn’t sew the first American flag.
• (re)FOCUS: Philadelphia Focuses on Women in the Visual Arts at various locations around the city. This city-wide initiative highlights the work of female visual artists.
• Women’s Way Wednesdays is a weekly pop-up celebrating various women-owned and operated culinary and beverage purveyors, as well as musicians. Each week, the Sisterly Love Collective hosts a different chef presenting thoughtfully curated small bites in addition to cocktails, brews, global wines, and pastries, plus live entertainment and an interactive “meet & greet” with featured chefs.

The Flower Show and Women’s History Month activities in Philadelphia offer unique experiences for you to appreciate the beauty of flowers, acknowledge the contributions of women, and find inspiration from their stories. So, head to Philadelphia this March and be part of a celebration where history (and girl power) blooms anew.
Written by Jenna, a local expert guide for Philly Crawling. A recent escapee from the corporate world, she enjoys volunteering and spending time with family. She’s a pet lover, self-proclaimed

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