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Here's what the entrance to the next Philadelphia Flower Show will look like

Josh Middleton

The Philadelphia Flower Show—the largest and oldest of its kind in the world—is set to return next March with the theme “Wonders of Water,” which organizers say will not only showcase the beauty of water-centric elements used in gardening but also conservation efforts to protect our water supply.

One of the most-anticipated (and photographed) features at each Philadelphia Flower Show is the grand entrance, and today we get a peek at what that will look like, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). To fit the show’s water theme, guests will enter the show through an elaborate rainforest display. Imagine a canopy of boldly colored exotic flowers and jungle fauna overhead, a contemporary, multi-level bamboo waterfall trickling into a reflecting pool and a “rain curtain” that PHS says will guide guests over a suspended rope bridge. Check out these renderings released this morning:

philadelphia flower show
philadelphia flower show
philadelphia flower show

Other features at the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show include displays inspired by tropical jungles, native woodlands and desert landscapes. Showgoers will find flora and fauna like tropical orchids, ferns and luminescent blooms found in more arid regions around the world.

On top of admiring all the beautiful exhibits, guests will also get schooled on all things water conservation. One display built by PHS, for instance, will illustrate how natural elements like plants, mountains, streams and marshes work together to purify the Delaware River Watershed. Plus there will be tons of water-conservation-themed workshops, speaker series and hands-on activities—including a “Make and Take” class where you can build your own mini water garden.

The Philadelphia Flower show takes place March 3 through 11. Buy tickets and stay abreast of developments here.

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