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While students are enrolled in the College Internship, International or Professional Gardener Training Program they are able to live rent-free (a taxable benefit) on Red Lion Row (within the grounds of Longwood Gardens). Red Lion Row was originally built around the turn of the century by Pierre S. du Pont to house his employees and their families. There are 12 fully furnished duplex-style houses, each with three or four bedrooms. At any given time, there are between 20-40 students living on "The Row."
Life on the Row is very social and submersed in horticulture. Students often attend evening lectures or courses offered at Longwood, available to students at a reduced cost. Additionally, interns and internationals are encouraged, and Professional Gardener students are required, to keep and maintain a garden. Many find this practice exceptionally advantageous to their horticulture education.
Directly south of the student houses is the student garden area. Professional Gardeners are required to keep a garden as part of their coursework. Interns and Internationals may also keep a garden if they wish. Students are responsible for the up-keep of their individual gardens and must return the plot to its original condition before leaving. Communal tools are available as well as mulch, compost, and leaf mold. A greenhouse and head house are provided for the Professional Gardeners' coursework. Any space they are not using in the greenhouse may be used by other students.
Kitchens have basic appliances such as oven, stove, and refrigerator as well as a dishwasher, microwave and toaster. Each kitchen is equipped with dishes, silverware, and pots and pans. The Row also has a recycling and composting program.
Students will have their own private bedroom. Each bedroom comes with one twin bed, dresser, nightstand, lamp, desk and chair. Professional Gardeners and Interns must bring their own linens, while Longwood provides linens for all Internationals. The houses are not air conditioned. Box or window fans are a good investment for students living on The Row through the summer.
Dining rooms have table and chairs and two Longwood computer's with hi-speed internet access and a printer. Students may bring their own computer, and free wifi is available throughout the residence.
Living rooms have a sofa, loveseat, chair, end table, lamp, coffee table and television. Students may install cable television at their own expense if they wish. Telephones with local service are provided. Students are responsible for long-distance calls. We recommend a mobile phone or calling card.
Each mudroom has a utility sink, as well as a washer and dryer. There are two full bathrooms in each house. Longwood supplies trashcans, vacuum, broom, dust pan and mop. Other cleaning and personal supplies must be bought by the students.
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The Gardens are the perfect place to expand young guests' horizons with a variety of fun and innovative programs.
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Registration now open! Join horticulture professionals from around the globe as they converge to discuss current research and trialing techniques.
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Registration is now open for our 2013 Continuing Education courses!
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