FDR Park will be the home for the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show, according to an announcement by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which organizes the annual event. The show, with theme HABITAT, Nature’s Masterpiece, will spread across 15 acres. It’s scheduled for June 5-13.
PHS announced plans in August to move the show outdoors, a first in the show’s nearly 200-year-long history. Billed as the “largest indoor flower show in the world,” the show moves from the Convention Center, where it was held for the past two dozen years, to South Philadelphia’s largest park.
The decision came in the face of the coronavirus pandemic with no clear timeline for a vaccine.
“We decided to have the show. That’s the big news, and safety will be a very high priority in guiding all the decisions we make,” Lisa Stephano, PHS chief marketing officer, told The Inquirer in August.
Health officials expect that some Americans will begin getting vaccinated this winter. It’s still unclear when vaccines will become available to the general public and what the pandemic will look like in June.
The Flower Show attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year. In 2019, attendance totaled 250,000.
PHS has been working closely with event experts and city officials to plan for a safe environment that will include timed and date-specific ticketing that limits attendance at any given time and allows for social distancing and other safety precautions, according to a PHS release on Wednesday.
Tickets go on sale in January and can be purchased at phsonline.org. Tickets are limited, and advanced purchase is strongly recommended. You must reserve a date and time when buying a ticket. More details about the show are expected in the next few months.