Flower Haus

PHOTOS: Coming Out for Philadelphia’s International Flower Show

What happens when you combine the gays, pretty flower arrangements and cocktails? Well, take a look at our photos and you’ll get the idea, thanks to the Philadelphia International Flower show, March 5.

Philip Watson, author of Pleasure Gardens, joined Philadelphia Horticultural Society President Drew Becher in greeting guests this year’s show, Hawaii: Islands of Aloha, which brought a spectacular Hawaii Village scene to the streets of Philadelphia. Guests were treated tp dramatic projections of crashing waves and an over-the-top, ornate display of over 2,000 white orchids, towering palms, bamboo, green walls, and a plant canopy evoking the Hawaiian rainforest.

Philly has the only LGBT night at a flower show, at least that we know of. But, really, the gays flock to almost any flower show. It’s spring and there’s plenty of time to bloom. Chicago’s Flower & Garden Show, appropriately called “Hort Couture,” is currently in bloom at the Navy Pier. Boston’s Flower & Garden Show kicks off March 14 at the Seaport World Trade Center, followed by San Francisco‘s “Gardens for a Green Earth” Flower & Garden Show.

Photos courtesy of Jessica Vermeer Hawkes and the Philadelphia Horticulture Society

Check out the slideshow of flowers and their fans…


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  • Dave

    *Yawn* Poor stereotypes about gay men and LGBT people that we’re all somehow florists or screaming queens. I have friends who went to the PHL Flower show this year and they said it sucked compared to previous years.

  • Dean Lowry

    @Dave: I think m’lady doth protest too much. Who said anything about stereotypes? They’re just a bunch of gay couples and people enjoying the flower show. Sheesh.

  • Eric

    Musta been a slow news day…

  • Oskar

    Thank you for including this. Some of us love a good flower show!

  • Lisa s

    Thanks to everyone who came out to the Phila International Flower Show. The money raised at the show helps provide fresh organic produce to more than 1,000 families in need every week throughout the season.

  • Rob

    Our community is based on the excitement and beauty of diversity- great to see all kinds of events being captured on Queerty. As a Philadelphia native now living in NYC- always great to see the hometown being represented and showcased. Well done JJKeyes and Queerty!

  • Philly Resident

    Out of all the things actually relevant to the LGBT community in the city of Philadelphia Queerty covers the flower show?!

  • nikko

    Love, love, love flowers and gardening. So beautiful, so satisfying!

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