In the early 1900s people in the American west began to recognize the significance of natural places like Yosemite and Casa Grande and petitioned the government to protect and preserve them. In response Congress created the National Park Service (NPS) in 1916 to preserve “unimpaired the natural and cultural resources…for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.”
In the 1930s, military parks and natural monuments were given NPS protection. By the 1960s national parks stretched from coast to coast and to Alaska. Today, there are more than 400 places protected by NPS. These places were visited by some 275 million people last year.
In August, NPS will celebrate its Centennial. To mark the occasion NPS and theNational Park Foundation are encouraging everyone to find, share and support their parks. For some, this exploration will begin at the Philadelphia Flower Show.
The Philadelphia Flower Show has been presented annually by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) since 1829. This year’s show—the first under new President Matt Rader—will celebrate the NPS Centennial. Called “Explore America,” guests will travel by trail through acres of exhibits inspired by the majesty of our parks and national monuments.
The Philadelphia Flower Show runs March 5-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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