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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...

December 18, 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...

December 12, 2014

A Cut Above—Peacock Plumes and Leaves of Gold

We hope that guests during A Longwood Christmas are wowed by the grandeur of towering trees wrapped in lights, thousands of flowers in bloom, and room after room of indoor gardens filled with holiday finery.

Much of that sweeping beauty lies in the tiniest of details. Unseen by our visitors, our staff members work to render each stunning element, sometimes calling on local artisans to bring a new perspective. As this year’s Christmas display takes flight with our bird-inspired...