Philly Flower Show offers glimpse of spring, mood boost for winter-weary souls

     Bank of America donated several Andy Warhol prints to the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

    Bank of America donated several Andy Warhol prints to the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

    “Long and tough winter fatigue” is not a disorder that you would find in a diagnostic manual, but it’s a malady definitely felt across the region as we transition into March.

    One place offers an escape from the winter blues this week — the Philadelphia Flower Show. If you want to see something other than gray skies and dirty snow, take the escalator up to the second floor of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and feast your eyes.

    “People come in and ooh and aah, and just smile, and it’s like … the shoulders go down,” said Drew Becker president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which presents the Philadelphia Flower Show.

    Sure, the show is about garden design, what to plant and where, but really it’s about our mood.

    “It makes us happy, to sum it up in one word,” said Becker. “Relief would be in there as well this year — we have not seen any ground since the first of January, it’s had snow on it.”

    Elise Bernstein of Philadelphia came in Monday to take a break from the monotony of winter.

    “All the color, and longing for spring,” she said. “It kind of feels like you are in it, definitely cheers you up. Especially this winter has just been so brutal and cold, but this makes you think forward.”

    Margaret Wolpert traveled from Harrisburg to see the show. She said taking in all the color and the smells of spring would get her through another two weeks of winter.

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