Monday, March 7, 2016 · 6:45am
Kings Park Branch
Join us for this popular bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show! This year's theme, "Explore America," honors the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the century's most scenic landscapes and historic sites. The Philadelphia Flower Show is the longest running and largest indoor flower show in the world. You will be treated to fabulous design and events including live entertainment, culinary demonstrations, gardening how-to workshops and lectures by experts. Meet a staff member in the Kings Park Branch parking lot to board the bus at 6:45am. Enjoy lunch on your own at the Flower Show or visit Reading Terminal Market located across the street from the Flower Show. We will depart the Flower Show at approximately 4:30pm to return home.
Fee: $79 per person includes all expenses & gratuities.
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