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March 25, 2015

Braiding Sweetgrass: A Community Read

"Plants are our oldest teachers," says Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, Longwood's pick for our second annual Community Read. So we might, indeed, do well to listen as Dr. Kimmerer weaves tales of plant wisdom from strands of Native American knowledge, scientific research, and her own experience—both as a professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York; and as a student of the Potawatomi culture that is her...

March 20, 2015

A Chat with Benjamin Sheen: Winner of Our International Organ Competition

Benjamin Sheen almost didn’t enter the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He couldn’t get the Intermezzo from Marcel Dupré's Second Symphony  (one of the set pieces for the preliminary round of the competition), to his liking. “I nearly gave up,” Sheen admits. Good thing he didn’t. The 24-year-old London native ended up winning the 2013 inaugural competition, including the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont first prize and representation with Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists....

March 9, 2015

The Lore of Our Trees

For all of humankind’s existence we have relied on trees for food, medicine, and shelter. Trees are some of the largest and longest lived organisms on earth. So it is no surprise that ancient civilizations attributed great meaning to trees. Longwood Gardens’ own foundation is centered on Peirce’s Arboretum, a historic collection of trees started in the 1800s on the land that was to become the Gardens. Our founder, Pierre S. du Pont, understood the great value of trees and purchased the...

February 26, 2015

Flurries of Activity in our Meadow Garden

"So, what's going on in the Meadow these days?" I've heard this question a lot recently, and it's easy to see why. Looking out over its frigid expanse, I sometimes feel like the entire Garden is in a suspended animation until warmer weather. But, while the Meadow Garden has been icy, it's hardly been put on ice! There's actually quite a lot going on with the Meadow and its residents if you know where to look. Those who are willing to brave the elements and seek out life in the snow will...

February 20, 2015

Something to See: The Rare V3

Orchids, once the preferred house plants of the aristocracy, have become very popular in the United States. As a plant group, they now represent the most popular flowering potted plant sold in the US, and it’s easy to find them in large chain home-improvement stores, grocery stores, florist shops, and garden centers. Longwood staff members use their imaginations and spirit of innovation to create displays that capture the wide diversity of this plant family and showcase the blooms in...

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