Kremp Florist of Willow Grove is a family-run business that has participated in the Philadelphia Flower Show for 45 years.
Scott Kremp examined the boxed yellow roses while his brother, Drew, set up baby pools that will hold the eucalyptus plants. Like experienced stage designers, they’re busy preparing for the grand opening this weekend of the nation’s oldest, largest indoor show of its kind, the Philadelphia Flower Show.
For the Kremp brothers, their father, Charles III, siblings and other family members, attending the flower show has been an annual experience for 45 years.
“I’ve been at each one, even in college,” said Scott, 54, who is now president of Kremp Florist, the Willow Grove floral business his grandfather, Charles Kremp Jr., started more than 60 years ago. “It’s a family affair.”
This year’s theme is “Riviera Holiday,” so plenty of elegant flowers will be on display, like those that graced the Monaco palace when Princess Grace, the late former actress and Philadelphia socialite, married the principality’s Prince Rainier in 1956.
The Kremps will sell “10 times the number of roses” they normally sell for Valentine’s Day at their market booth at the flower show, Scott said. “We know it’s an expensive ticket,” to attend the show, he said, so the Kremps try to keep the price of their roses as low as possible with the idea that pleased show-goers will return to Kremps Florist for other floral needs.