Philly Flower Show Undergoing Final Preparations

By CBS3’s Jan Carabeo and KYW Newsradio’s Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Flower Show exhibits are coming together ahead of the members preview today.

A lot of work still needs to be done, but it’s already looking fantastic.

Staff inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center are frantically putting the finishing touches on the exquisite floral displays to showcase The Netherlands.

“The beautiful flower fields that you see when you go to Holland. The bridges of Amsterdam over the canals, windmills,” said Spokesman Alan Jaffe.

He says it’s not just a feast for the eyes.

“The show is also about the brains of Holland. It’s the beauty and the brains, right. It’s also about the sustainability,” said Jaffe.

Over the past two weeks, 3,000 volunteers helped transform the center into a snapshot right out of a travel brochure.

Bill Schaffer of Shaffer Designs is one of 45 main exhibitors this year. He has been creating pieces for the Philadelphia Flower Show for over a decade.

He and his wife, Kris, even got married at the show five years ago.

“We’re overachievers and we’re bringing in a lot of people to try to give a really cool experience,” said Kris Schaffer.

This year’s big exhibit is the Eco Dome. Bart Bresser is on the design team.

“I will add beautiful long tulips and there will be paintings,” he said.

And, of course, the smell is such a treat.

For more information, visit: theflowershow.com

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