PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show opens its doors to the public Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with the theme, “Springtime in Paris.”

The 37-foot-tall, 75-foot-wide replica of the base of the Eiffel Tower will be covered in flowers and lights, surrounded by 25,000 tulips and a Parisian park, complete with carousel.

Sam Lemheney, director of design, says the entertainment will be interactive.

“There’s going to be artists painting in the garden, there’ll be mimes walking around and interacting with the exhibitors – don’t be scared, they’ll be nice mimes. Then we have accordion players strolling through the park as well,” Lemheney said.

The theme, “Springtime in Paris”, will showcase a number of Parisian themes, including a romantic wedding at Notre Dame and a rooftop garden with vegetables and herbs for a Parisian chef’s kitchen.

The Flower Show opens Sunday and runs through March 13th.

Listen to Karin Phillips’ Flower Show preview on this CBS Philly Podcast.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio

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