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September 30, 2010

It’s Not Always Easy Being Green: Preparing Longwood’s New Green Wall

Longwood often hunts the globe for new or extraordinary plants to conserve and showcase in the Gardens. Recently, I went on a different sort of expedition—to inspect the plants for Longwood’s new East Conservatory Plaza green wall. My mission was to identify any potential pests or diseases that could threaten the new display.
September 27, 2010

Grow in Green: Biodegradable Pots

Biocontainers offer an exciting opportunity for plant producers and home gardeners to become more earth friendly. Currently the majority of ornamental crops are produced in petroleum-based plastic containers. The extensive use of plastic results in a significant waste disposal problem and the plastic ends up in a landfill or hopefully gets recycled.
September 21, 2010

How Did Our Garden Grow?

If you haven't visited the Student Exhibition Garden, time is running out! The gardens will be dismantled in October to make way for the PG class of 2011's gardens next spring. To find out more about the Student Exhibition Gardens, visit Longwood's website at
September 20, 2010

A New Way to Say "Welcome to Longwood"

For years, the main entrance to Longwood Gardens was identified by the stone pillars clad in wisteria vines. As a part of our new initiative to bring more horticulture to key areas of the Gardens, we wanted to add more plants and displays to this entrance. With these additional plantings, we hope that you will really feel our passion for horticultural display extending out to your first impression.
September 7, 2010

The Art of Cascade Chrysanthemums at Longwood Gardens

Cascade chrysanthemums have long been at the heart of Longwood Gardens' annual Chrysanthemum Festival. Longwood grows specialty mums (Chrysanthemum x moriflorum) that originated in China and Japan and are selected for their ability to create beautiful and lasting forms. Over the years, Longwood's amazing show of form and color has been continually modified and refined. Guests marvel at the captivating shapes and often ask us how we create these wonderful pieces of horticulture. The following is meant to highlight a little behind-the-scenes action and hint at some of the spectacular forms you will see this November in our Conservatory.