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About this Outdoor Garden

Take a historic walk through one of our most iconic spaces. A spectrum of seasonal color awaits when you make your way down this brick walk that is the length of two football fields.

The mix of flowering plants changes with the seasons and progresses from cool lavenders and blues to fresh pinks, reds, oranges, and warm yellows. Midway through, take note of the Round Fountain—Longwood’s first—and the Whispering Bench, found at the end of the Walk.

The Round Fountain runs from 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily, and until dusk on Friday and Saturday evenings, mid-April through mid-October.

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History of this Garden

Laid out in 1907 by Pierre S. du Pont, this was Longwood’s first true flower Garden. Although his later Gardens would draw heavily on Italian and French forms, this early Garden reflected what he termed “old-fashioned” influence, with nostalgic cottage-garden flowers, rose-laden trellises, picturesque benches, a birdbath, and even a shiny “gazing ball.”

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