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Orchids were one of the first collections our founder, Pierre S. du Pont, and his wife, Alice, developed for the Gardens. To celebrate this history we present Orchid Extravaganza every year, January through March. Longwood’s Orchid Collection has more than 2,300 different kinds of orchids (hybrids and species). We collect the showiest and most unusual types of species and hybrids for diversity. Longwood’s collection consists of nearly 9,000 plants.
The Orchid House displays the best of Longwood’s orchids when they are flowering. Three times a week, staff chooses the best blooming orchids from our collection to display. In all, 200-300 orchids are on display every day of the year.
Longwood grows its orchids in five different greenhouses with specific lighting, temperatures and humidity to mimic their original native regions. Longwood’s collection includes specimens from across the world.
Please note that actual bloom times may vary depending on weather. The list of flowering highlights is subject to change.
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When you visit our Idea Garden you will discover something new: our first-ever Trial Garden on view for our guests. This square space houses more than 250 cultivars within 10 genera: Clematis, Dahlia, Paeonia, Capsicum, Agastache, Salvia, Pentas, Lantana, Colocasia, and Canna.
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Our Summer Performance Series includes more than 40 free and ticketed concerts in the most beautiful outdoor settings.
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Get ready for an evening of oohs and ahhs, as Longwood presents spectacular Fireworks & Fountains shows guaranteed to make your summer memorable.
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Enjoy family-fun activities, an outdoor concert, and behind-the-scenes experiences.
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