Abington takes a behind-the-scenes look at Philadelphia Flower Show

At 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, in the banquet room in Lares Building on campus, Penn State Abington will get a covert look at what it takes to compete at the renowned Philadelphia International Flower Show.

Join Diana K. Weiner, horticulture consultant at Meadowbrook Farm, as she discusses the well-orchestrated details -- including the timing, lighting, plants and plans -- of what it takes to compete in this world-renowned flower show. Forcing the blooms is the key to success and, according to Weiner, Meadowbrook Farm has perfected this science and art. Weiner will bring the audience backstage -- visually, that is -- to Meadowbrook Farm to show what is done throughout the year in preparation for the Philadelphia International Flower Show, from the seed of an idea to its final presentation. See what it takes -- the ups as well as the downs -- to make plants show-ready by the first week in March each year.

The theme of this year's flower show is "Passport to the World."

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Register by calling 215-881-7800. For more information visit http://www.abington.psu.edu/cultural-arts online.