Spring is here, and with it comes new life, animated bluebirds on sundressed shoulders, and the relief that winter once again failed in its quest to plunge the Earth into another buzzkilling Ice Age. Celebrate spring's triumph with today's Groupon: for $9, you get a one-day adult ticket to the Cincinnati Flower Show (a $16 value with included fees). This year's event is being held in Symmes Township Park, located 20 miles northeast of Cincinnati. While the flower show opens on April 17, this Groupon is only valid for one-day admission on the day of your choice April 19–25.
Acclaimed as "the king of all flower shows" by Better Homes and Gardens, the Cincinnati Flower Show continues to wear the nectar-scented crown, wield the pistil-and-petal scepter, and rule with an iron stamen during its 21st-anniversary event. This year's bash of buds, blossoms, and bee bars features many exhibits and gardens highlighting floral feats. The Grand Marquee pavilion houses dozens of gardens and plant collections arranged into intricate designs, patterns, and structures, with special focus given to single-genus exhibits showing variety among specific types of plants, such as lilies or the recently rediscovered Ledzeppelinus Frontmanus. The Creative Containers and the Window Box Gardens exhibits highlight creative pots and planters, while the Artists' Studio shows off the work of oleander O'Keefes and rose Rembrandts. Floral exhibits include ornate table centerpieces and works by professional floral designers. More than 60 petal-peddlers will also be on hand at the Cincinnati Flower Show for those looking to get their green to go.
The Cincinnati Flower Show's "Small Wonders Weekend", held April 23–25, is a wonderful way for families to enjoy each other's company while also getting hands-on with oxygen-producing plantchinery through a number of activities and games. Children younger than three get in free, while kids younger than 15 can enjoy the floral festivities for $2. Children are encouraged to come dressed in costume for the weekend's "Fairy and Frogs Day," held on Saturday, April 24, while fairies and frogs are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite U.S. vice president or character from Lost. The Cincinnati Flower Show is open rain or shine.