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February 6, 2015

The Making of our Orchid Meadow

Inspired by Longwood’s new Meadow Garden, our indoor “Orchid Meadow” features some of the most unique plants in this year’s Orchid Extravaganza display. The indoor Meadow consists of several Carex species and foliage plants as well as between 300 and 350 individual orchids. We sourced the orchids from specialty nurseries around the country to create a mix of less common plants as well as some tried-and-true favorites. The display highlights species and smaller orchids that we are not able to...

January 26, 2015

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...

January 13, 2015

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,...

January 5, 2015

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 19, 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...