Enjoy family-fun activities, an outdoor concert, and behind-the-scenes experiences. Explore our Main Fountain Garden Pump House, meet the gardeners that fill the Idea Garden and Waterlily Display with beauty, and go on a global journey with our plant explorer.
Free with Gardens admission. Please note: Some of our behind-the-scenes experiences may not be fully accessible. Space is limited.
"Go Beyond" activities in the Gardens
Meet the Experts
June 8 at 11:00 am, 12:30 & 2:00 pm Join Tomasz Anisko, Curator of Plants and author of Victoria: The Seductress, and Timothy Jennings, Curator of our Waterlily Collection, for a show-and-tell presentation highlighting Victoria. Book signing immediately following.
June 28 at 5:00, 6:30 & 8:00 pm Land Steward Specialist Tom Brightman shares our land management practices, Soil to Sky philosophy, and stories about maintaining our natural areas.
July 12 at 5:00, 6:30 & 8:00 pm Section Gardener Harold Taylor reveals insights into managing our Idea Garden and gives at-home gardeners some tips and tricks.
July 26 at 5:00, 6:30 & 8:00 pm Go on a global expedition with Jim Harbage, our Floriculture Leader, and hear about Longwood’s plant explorations.
August 9 at 5:00, 6:30 & 8:00 pm Jim Sutton, Display Designer, takes you on a journey through the creation of our new Trial Garden.
August 23 at 5:00, 6:30 & 8:00 pm Join Tomasz Anisko, Curator of plants and author of Victoria: The Seductress, and Timothy Jennings, Curator of our Waterlily Collection, for a show-and-tell presentation highlighting Victoria. Book signing immediately following.
June 28, 5:00–9:00 pm Be a “bug”ologist! Check out live insects, look for twinkling fireflies, and release ladybugs into the night!
July 12, 5:00–9:00 pm Broccoli, beans, it’s all about… Vegetables! Be a botanist at our veggie plant stations, play our wheel of veggie game, and taste fresh veggies from our Vegetable Garden. Take some seeds home to grow.
July 26, 5:00–9:00 pm Check out cool seeds from all over the world. Watch our herbarium experts in action, try flower pressing, and make your own pressed flower art.
August 9, 5:00–9:00 pm Be a plant explorer! Try our mystery plant hunt game and plant observation stations. Take a plant home to grow and observe.
August 23, 5:00–9:00 pm Bug out at insect discovery stations, explore bees and dragonflies, and get all of your buggy questions answered by our insect experts.
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Go Beyond With Our Staff
Look for our staff who are ready to answer your questions wearing our signature “Go Beyond” ribbons.
Beyond the Garden Gates Throughout 2013
This year we invite you to “Go Beyond” our beauty as we open our doors to our workspaces, introduce you to our talented staff, and reveal the inspiration behind all that we do. Go beyond the garden gates during special events, tours, talks, and more to discover that what’s behind the scenes is also a thing of beauty.