If you long for spring and love anything Italian then I have the ideal escape for you. Escape from this long cold winter and go to the world famous Philadelphia Flower Show.

The classic Roman gardens and architecture of Italy inspire the 2009 weeklong Philadelphia Flower Show opening on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

You enter the Flower Show through a palace garden with opera singers, street musicians and folk dancers. The floral displays include various themes such as a coastal resort hotel located on the Italian Riviera. Gondola on a Venetian canal or shop in Milan. Marvel at the clothing, jewels and shoes made of flowers.

Other attractions and activities include book signings, garden and culinary demonstrations, activities for the kids, and wine and cheese tastings. There is a wine and spirits shop stocked with Italian labels. Visit the large marketplace with more than a 100 booths of plants, seeds, and tool.

Show hours:
March 1 – Sunday (8 am. to 6 pm.)
March 2 – 6 Monday – Friday (10 am. to 9:30 pm.)
March 7 – Saturday (8 am. to 9:30 pm.)
March 8 – Sunday (8 am. to 6 pm.)

Tickets: $22-$28; $17, ages 17-24; $13, ages 2-6
The Philadelphia Convention Center is at 12th and Arch streets