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June 29, 2015

Nightscape Photography Tips

With the opening of Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective, our guests will have many fascinating subjects to photograph. However, nighttime photography poses a unique set of challenges, and requires a much different approach than taking pictures during the day. Here are some tips to avoid blurry, washed out images:

Turn off Your Flash. Using your flash for evening shots will wash out the foreground and leave the background completely black.
Hold Still! Capturing...
June 23, 2015

The Nighttime Garden

Are technology and gardens two incongruous concepts? How about enjoying a space filled with sunloving plants in the darkness of night? Does it seem like a paradox? At Longwood, we don’t think so.

This summer we are bringing you Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective, which uses technology to illuminate the Gardens at night to amazing effect. This exhibition is a continuation of our nighttime garden experiences, a tradition that goes all the way back to our founder...

June 18, 2015

Playwrights Get Lost in the Meadow

Lost in the Meadow . . . those four words can conjure up very different meanings. Maybe you actually got lost in Longwood’s Meadow Garden, or perhaps another meadow. Maybe that phrase has metaphoric meaning, that you lose yourself while surrounded by beauty and nature. Whatever the case, Lost in the Meadow is the title of a new play being developed right before our very eyes—in our very own Meadow Garden.

In the spring of 2011, a year after Longwood Gardens and...

June 9, 2015

A Short History of Tiny Trees

The Japanese art of bonsai originated in China as the practice known as penjing. Early in Chinese history, trees and other plants were collected from the wild and grown in containers. The practice moved to Japan many centuries ago through social and economic interaction with China. Over the years, both countries developed various techniques that we continue to use in creating bonsai today. The Japanese word bonsai translates to "tree in a shallow pot."

Though some plants in our...

May 5, 2015

Longwood Gardens Takes Philly Tech Week by Storm

TechniCulture, hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, was held April 17 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. As part of Philly Tech Week, TechniCulture was designed to build deeper relationships between the cultural and tech communities and inspire cultural organizations to think more innovatively.

Longwood Gardens was a great fit to present at this year’s TechniCulture, since innovation is a key part of our legacy and continues to be integral to our Gardens’...