The annual Philadelphia Flower Show will once again bloom in the City of Brotherly Love, but this year the event has a later start date and moved its floral offerings outdoors.
The local show has gained recognition around the country and the world in years past and is now officially known as the nation’s largest and the world’s longest-running horticultural event, and 2021 will be historic in terms of venue as well. In response to the ongoing pandemic, the move outdoors will allow Philadelphia Horticultural Society to present the show safely. Philadelphians who purchase tickets for their preferred date between June 5 to 13 will be able to check out the showcase at the historic Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park (FDR Park) in South Philadelphia.
To celebrate, some Philly institutions have decided to spring up with their own creative ideas based around the floral-filled event, and Metro has the scoop on where to go to indulge.
Revivalist Spirits and Four Humours Distilling
For the Philadelphia Flower Show, two local distilleries are showcasing their own take on a floral treat. Four Humours Distilling & Rickhouse in Fishtown is introducing a new craft cocktail to be sold during the duration of the Flower Show which runs from June 5 to 13. The cocktail is a “Clover Club,” and it includes Revivalist’s Summertide Gin, fresh muddled raspberries, simple syrup, egg white, and is garnished with apple blossoms. The cocktail costs $16, and $2 from every purchase ($1 from each Four Humours and Revivalist Spirits) will go to PHS during the week of the show. Philadelphians can snag the cocktail now at Four Humors Distilling in Fishtown.
1712 N. Hancock St., fourhumourswhiskey.com
The Barnes Museum and Constellation Culinary Group
One cultural institution is celebrating the Flower Show with food, drink and specialty tours. Barnes in Bloom at The Barnes Museum kicks off June 8 and 9 and will feature special ticketed events including a luncheon, cocktail reception, self-guided tours and more. The luncheon will take place on Tuesday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets include a buffet lunch, a self-guided tour of the collection with themed pop-up talks, and access to the Soutine / de Kooning exhibit. On the menu—which was curated by the Constellation Culinary Group—visitors can expect French onion tartlets, chicken paillard, roast salon filet, pasta shells and more.
Lastly the cocktail reception (curated of course by Constellation) takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. and features two drinks and light refreshments and the self-guided tour, which comes with all tickets. Philadelphians can munch and sip on cheeses from around the world, lamb burger sliders, French frose, wines by the glass, soft drinks and more.
Email [email protected] or call 215-278-7220 to purchase tickets, book a virtual tour, or reserve a table. Access to special exhibit “Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint” is included in the ticket price. Luncheon, dessert and cocktail receptions are all priced at $75 per person, or $65 per member.
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., barnesfoundation.org
Reading Terminal Market
It’s not exactly something edible that Reading Terminal Market is adding in for the Philadelphia Flower Show, but it is a super sweet deal. According to a release, Reading Terminal Market is offering a special package available to all 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show attendees. With service provided by the Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop, the seasonal transit service operated by the Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC), Reading Terminal is offering round-trip transportation to FDR Park, a complimentary cocktail or beverage at its pop up Outdoor Garden Bar, and a $10 gift card to the Market for a flat fee of $25.
The Reading Terminal Market Flower Experience by PHLASH package is available to purchase for any date of the 2021 Flower Show, June 5 to 13. After purchasing online, visitors can redeem their digital ticket at City Kitchen in Reading Terminal Market on their selected day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to receive the wristband required to ride the PHLASH as well as the accompanying drink ticket and gift card. This package does not include the price of an actual Philadelphia Flower Show ticket and package availability is limited.
51 N. 12th St., phlvisitorcenter.com