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About this Outdoor Garden
The Garden combines French and Italian design elements and erupts with 5-minute shows at 2:00 pm daily during Festival of Fountains. Enjoy half hour Illuminated Fountain Shows on most Friday and Saturday evenings, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Inspired by the success of the Italian Water Garden and Open Air Theatre fountains, Pierre S. du Pont unveiled the Main Fountain Garden in 1931. The goal was to rival the fountains he had seen in Europe and at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The Norway maples that surround the fountains were planted in 1921.