Destination of the Month: Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

Dating back to 1728 and attracting almost 900,000 visitors last year, Longwood Gardens is one of the premier garden destinations in the United States. 1,050+ acres of gardens, meadows and woodlands make up the grounds of Longwood Gardens which offers year round events, performances, and themed and seasonal attractions.

The conservatories at Longwood cover 4.5 acres and house 20 gardens. Some of the highlights of the conservatories are the Orchid House, Estate Fruit House, The Camellia House, and The Orangery.  The Exhibition Hall in the Main Conservatory is bursting with Bougainvillea and has a sunken marble floor which is generally flooded allowing for reflection. In the East Conservatory Plaza, the Ballroom, which was originally built in 1929, has a spectacular ceiling constructed of 1,104 panes of rose-colored etched glass.

Outside you can enjoy 20 more gardens including the Peony garden, Wisteria garden, water lily display and 3 large scale tree houses. Visitors can observe over 11,000 different types of plants and trees at Longwood, 2 children’s gardens (1 inside, 1 outside), and more fountains than any other garden in the US. Visitors are also invited to take the Heritage Tour of the Pierce-duPont House. The Pierce-duPont House was originally constructed in 1730 by the Pierce family and was later sold to Pierre du Pont. Du Pont purchased house and ground in 1906 to save the property’s arboretum from being sold for lumber.

Don’t miss the upcoming event, Orchid Extravaganza, January 22 through March 27, 2011. Longwood transforms its Conservatory into an tropical oasis with thousands of orchids. Displays include a living orchid curtain, orchid waterfall and orchid topiaries.

Address: 1001 Longwood Road; Kennett Square, PA 19348

Hours of Operation: Open 365 days a year, hours vary by season

Admission: $18 Adult, $15 Senior (62+), $8 Student, and children under 4 are FREE. Military Discount of 25% off general admission and yearly membership is available with the Garden Pass

Parking: Free

Food: No outside food or drink (except water) is allowed inside the grounds. However, there is a great restaurant on premise, The Terrace, and there is a picnic area outside the grounds.

Photography: Is allowed and even encouraged, but please be respectful of other visitors

For more information visit www.longwoodgardens.org

For a more extensive look at Longwood Gardens check out this video - Longwood Gardens Spring 2009

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2 Responses to “Destination of the Month: Longwood Gardens”

  1. January 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Check out Pearl Fryar’s AMAZING garden in SC. He is completely self taught, and used discarded plants form a nearby nursery to create an absolute masterpiece! He is truly an inspiration.

    http://www.pearlfryar.com/

    • January 31, 2011 at 8:45 am #

      Karen: Pearl Fryar’s gardens are truly magnificent. There is a great documentary on him called “A Man Named Pearl,” if you haven’t seen it check it out.

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