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October 20, 2014

Setting the Standard

When our designers plan our displays, they think about (among many other things) form, color, and dimension—not just two-dimensional, uniform beds of flowers, but how to create height and interest. Luckily for our designers, our horticulturists and growers are constantly working to "raise the standard" by training an ever-increasing list of plants into the "standard" form.

“Standard” is the name we give to plants trained into the form of a tree with a single main trunk. The...

December 12, 2014

Winter Birdwatching

This winter, keep a sharp eye out for feathered friends throughout the Gardens as they prepare for the long season ahead. While some are merely passing through, many call the Gardens home year round. Here are a few of our favorites to watch for during your visit.

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

During the fall and early winter, visitors may catch a glimpse of a different sort of guest gliding low and specter-like over the Meadow. Long-tailed and slim with an owlish face,...

December 29, 2014

A Rare Bird

It may come as a surprise that Longwood Gardens has, in addition to its extensive plant collection, a number of important non-plant collections. Longwood’s Library and Information Services (LIS) is the custodian of an exciting compilation of artifacts, such as Mr. du Pont’s furniture, a Digital Gallery that currently holds 138,953 images of the Gardens from across the decades, and an extensive rare book collection, some of which belonged to Mr. du Pont. These items require curation and care...

December 11, 2014

Make Your Own Edible Ornaments

In the spirit of giving, Longwood Gardens adorns a Wildlife Tree with edible ornaments for our furry friends every holiday season. The Wildlife Tree is a 20-foot tall Douglas fir from Longwood’s own nursery. It is decorated in ornaments handcrafted from natural materials—Crabapple Bundles, Raisin Icicles, Bird Seed Ornaments, Cranberry Wreaths and Pine Cone Feeders. These ornaments are not only decorative, but serve the greater purpose of feeding birds and squirrels during the harsh winter...

December 15, 2014

The Holiday Dish at 1906

Even in winter the chefs at Longwood’s fine dining restaurant, 1906, bring fresh and seasonal flavors to our guests. The new menu just debuted, and Chef Will Brown and his team invite you to peek inside the kitchen to take a look at some irresistible selections. Follow the recipes we’ve provided and share some of 1906’s magic with your family this holiday.


With a focus on details, our team at 1906 works together to create delicious flavor combinations and...