Mission: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society motivates people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society connects people with horticulture to create beautiful, healthy, and sustainable communities.
In 1827, a group of gentleman farmers, botanists and other plant enthusiasts held a meeting to create the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. There, it was resolved "to establish a Horticultural Society in the City of Philadelphia for the promotion of this interesting and highly influential branch of Science." At that time, PHS boasted 80 members. Today, the PHS family includes more than 15,000 member households.
The first Philadelphia Flower Show was hosted in 1829 at the Masonic Hall where the well-known Christmas favorite, the poinsettia, was first introduced to the American public. Annually, the Philadelphia Flower Show attracts over 250,000 visitors annually, and serves as our nation’s largest and most prestigious flower show. In 2021, due to shifts required by COVID, we produced our first ever outdoor flower show in our 193-year history. The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is recognized nationally and internationally for its impact and grandeur. Over the years, the Show has been recognized with a multitude of international awards for excellence in many categories, including the Grand Pinnacle Award (twice) from the International Festivals & Events Association.
The Director of Event Production and Operations will be responsible for leading a diverse and talented team of staff members and contractors to produce multiple large and small events for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This role will focus heavily on the Philadelphia Flower Show as well as provide support for the other annual PHS events. This role will oversee the development, implementation and management of the operational and logistical plans for a successful execution of the events and ensure a positive guest experience. This role will work closely and collaboratively with the design and creative teams as well as with other “non-Shows and Events” PHS departments, taking ideas and plans from concept to reality.