It’s not the most well promoted part of the event, but included in the entrance fee for the Philadelphia Flower Show is the opportunity to attend lectures on a huge variety of horticultural and environmental topics.
From 10:30-5:30 each day of the show there is a lecture or demonstration offered every 30 minutes, taking place on the bridge between the main hall and the grand ballroom of the Convention Center.
If your dogs start barking after walking on concrete for too long, or if you just need to take a break from the crowd, you can find yourself a seat in a comfy chair in a nice, quiet room steps away from flower madness. There you can learn about how to build a chicken tractor, arrange flowers, make a container garden, or build a rain barrel. I haven’t posted a blog in the last few days because in my spare time I’ve been working on a lecture I’ll be giving there tomorrow about roses, and how to use history to help figure out which roses are going to work for modern gardeners. I’ll explain more in my next post.
The full schedule of lectures can be found on the PHS website, http://www.theflowershow.com/Attractions/lecturesanddemonstratons.html in case you want to coordinate a mid-show lecture break during your visit.