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April 23-29, 2014

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PCA Invites Seniors to "Grow Healthy with the Flower Show"


Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is offering seniors a double dose of health and flowers with a special event in conjunction with the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show.

PCA’s “Growing Healthy with the Flower Show,” set for Tuesday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will feature health screenings, fitness activities and gardening tips, light refreshments, and vendor exhibits. Garry Cobb, former Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker and current 610WIP Radio weekend host, will make a special guest appearance.

The PCA event will take place at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, close to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where the Flower Show is held. The theme of the Flower Show this year is “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha.”

Seniors 60 and over can attend the senior wellness festivities for just $12 (a $40 value), and pick up a free one-time pass to the Flower Show. The pass is good for any day from March 6 through 11 and must be picked up at the PCA event. There is a limit of one Flower Show pass per attendee.

This is the second year PCA has collaborated with the Flower Show for a senior wellness event.

 “Gardening is such a wonderful activity, combining exercise with fresh air and growing things. It has both physical and mental health benefits, and we want to help seniors find ways to get engaged,” says Joan Zaremba, PCA director of marketing and corporate relations, of this year’s PCA wellness event. “Philadelphia now has all of these community gardens and some of the senior centers have gardens too. There are a lot of opportunities even if people don’t have a yard.”

Participants will have plenty of opportunities for exercise when they walk all or part of the Flower’s Show’s 10 acres of exhibit space. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) event — the world’s largest indoor flower show — opens  Sunday, March 4 and runs through Sunday, March 11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on 1200 Arch Street.”

In keeping with this year’s Hawaiian theme, the Flower Show will feature exhibits of floral volcanoes, cut-bamboo designs, surf shacks, Hawaiian vistas, and a tribute to the memorial garden at Pearl Harbor. Visitors can also enjoy hula, music, and fire dancing performances  reflecting the Hawaiian theme.

As always, the Flower Show will showcase displays of hundreds of national and international gardeners and horticulturalists; free gardening presentations; and scores of educational displays highlighting the latest gardening trends. The marketplace will feature more than 150 vendors selling plants, garden furniture, floral-inspired artwork, food and garden-related crafts.

Tickets to PCA’s “Growing Healthy with the Flower Show” are available while the supply lasts by calling 215-765-9000, ext. 5055 or by email at events@pcaphl.org. Advance purchase is required.  

The PCA event is sponsored by Aetna Medicare, Bravo Health, Independence Blue Cross, Mercy Home Health, Mercy LIFE, the Pennsylvania Lottery and Rite Aid.