Cold outside, spring inside the Philadelphia Flower Show

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March 1, 2014 7:57:18 PM PST
There is a place in the Delaware Valley where the landscapes are perfectly manicured and the flowers are already in full bloom.

The only thing not found at the Philadelphia Flower Show is snow.

The new and modern twists of Philadelphia Flower Show began at the entrance with a performance by Bandaloop, a California based vertical dance troupe.

Every inch of the Pennsylvania Convention Center had an exhibit to excite; the theme for this year's flower show, "Articulture".

"The theme is terrific, it's so much more imaginative than other years, and what I am bringing home is new ideas in how to arrange flowers and flowers that I want to plant," said Aileen Mroz.

"The big draw this year is color; everyone wants to see color, and one of the big things is the big pantone color the orchid color lavender which is really hot," said Sam Lemheney, Pennsylvania Horticulture Society.

One of the biggest of its kind in the world, the Flower Show is a showcase for the very best in the floral and landscape industries. It draws hundreds of thousands every year.

"I'm impressed at the variety of it, the color the spectacle. Everybody seems interactive, it is just not a state exhibit where you go and look," said Ron Czajowski.

But it is also a competition.

"The judges went on the show floor yesterday, and it takes the judges about three hours to judge the exhibits that they judge. It is really long and a pretty detailed process, and they really talk about it and want to pick out the best of the best," said Lemheney.

"It feels like if its summertime in here, and you go outside its freezing, take me back," said Caitlin Mroz.

"It is nice because we've had such a bad winter," said Penny Vogt. "You need to see the green; smell the dirt."

"Even with the snow coming, the Flower Show will be open. This is our week to shine and really have the Flower Show grow," said Lemheney.

The Philadelphia Flower Show runs through next Sunday, rain, shine or snow.

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