Aloha! The kiddo, my mom, and I went to see the Philadelphia Flower Show on Tuesday, apparently with every single senior citizen in the tri-state area too. (It was really crowded!!) It was beautiful, of course and the theme was Hawaii, which is my dream place to live (specifically Lahaina, Maui.)
The entrance of the show led visitors under the sea, sort of. The kiddo thought it was cool to see fish "swim" overhead. We missed many of the main exhibitors because it was just too crowded to get close enough to see any details and I didn't want the kiddo to get hurt because he was too small for people to notice. It was bad enough I kept whacking him in the head with my camera lens! We found that some of the smaller displays were just magnificent. I think a favorite was MODA Botanica. They had a moving display that the visitors could control by turning dials on the ends. The dials changed the scenery in the display by sliding parts back and forth. It was sort of amusing to realize that most adults were not tuned in to the control they could have over the exhibit, but the kiddo and other kids discovered the dials and started playing. It was very clever to see them change the scene, even if it ticked off some of the visitors who didn't understand! (Grownups can be so fuddy-duddy!)
There were tons of orchids, almost everywhere you looked. It was hard to photograph them in the poor lighting so I ended up having to use a flash most of the time. My son did well, considering what a busy day it was. We had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, which had really good fries, according to him! He also loved taking the train to and from the show and was more than happy to ditch me on a busy train and sit with his grandmom.
I uploaded most of my photos on Flickr, if you want to see more!
The show is open until Sunday, March 11, 2012. They redesigned the layout from previous years, which in my opinion was done poorly. Traffic flow around the main exhibits was horrible and at one point we were trapped in a corner because everyone just stopped moving to try to see some dancers--certainly not a place to go if you are at all claustrophobic! I really hope that in future years they work on having a way to go around all the exhibits on all sides so that doesn't happen again. If you go, be sure to check out the layout online and get a map there to help.