Phanatic a flower? Phillies' mascot turns into greenery for PHS Flower Show on Saturday

Phillies landscaping crew creates "Phanatic in the Outfield" display for Flower Show

For the first time, the Phillie Phanatic will be turned into greenery as he takes center stage at a "Phanatic in the Outfield" display at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Philadelphia Flower Show, "Celebrate the Movies."

To celebrate the occasion, Phoebe Phanatic, the Phanatic's beloved mother, will join fans and the Phillies Ballgirls at the exhibit during the show's opening on Saturday, February 28, 11:00 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Designed by the Phillies landscaping crew, the 15x15 floral exhibit will feature a life-size Phillie Phanatic, "grown" with various mosses, green dianthus flowers, and dried larkspur, among others. Also featured in the exhibit is a mini field, meant to replicate the real one at Citizens Bank Park. The entire exhibit features signs of spring, and incorporates the ballpark's landscape, including grass, tulips, pussy willows, monkey puzzle trees, ivy, silver licorice plants, and of course real grass.

The exhibit, which will be on display from February 28-March 8, is also part of the Phillies "Red Goes Green" campaign, which features the team's Home Run for Trees campaign, created in support of PHS' Plant One Million campaign.

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation's largest and longest-running flower show, which blooms every March at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The show features the world's premier landscape designers and florists, who turn 10 acres of the Convention Center into a fantasy of beautiful plants and cutting-edge designs. For more information, please visit theflowershow.com.

WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2015, 11:00 a.m.; Note: Exhibit on display February 28-March 8

WHERE: Center of Hall B, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, Pa.    

ABOUT PHS: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1827, dedicated to creating beauty and building community through gardening, greening and learning. With more than 64,000 members throughout the world, PHS offers programs and events for gardeners of all levels, and works with volunteers, organizations, agencies and businesses to create and maintain vibrant green spaces. For information, visit PHSonline.org.