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to visit Philadelphia March 2-9, 2003, as “Festival de las Flores” brings fiery lands of passion and bougainvillea in a fiesta of floral color and beauty to the Philadelphia Convention Center. More than 50 nurseries, florists and horticultural organizations stage dozens of garden parties and patio settings, exotic garden getaways and floriferous mountain retreats and explore the latest trends in garden design and landscape architecture. National and international florists, landscapers, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions compete each year for the coveted honor of “Best In Show” by presenting their fantastic visions to more than 275,000 visitors.

Area businesses open their doors with related festivities. The official “Phlower Power” window-decorating contest kicks off Flower Show Week with special discounts and events offered throughout the city by participating restaurants, hotels, shops, theaters and museums. A special “Bloomin’ Fun Pass” is available free at the show to help visitors enjoy the delightful tastes, sights and sounds of Philadelphia.

Learning opportunities and introductions to new gardening products and services are offered to visitors through lectures, workshops and demonstrations daily. Two “Gardener’s Studios” in the Main Exhibition Hall feature regional gardeners who demonstrate hundreds of techniques and tips for home gardeners. The culinary artistry of celebrity chefs featuring Chef Host Joseph Shilling of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, School of Culinary Arts, is presented twice daily, complete with decorating and preparation tips for the gardener cook. And the popular Garden Tea is an elegant respite from the day’s activities. Visit www.theflowershow.com or call (215) 988-8899 for information.