The story of Longwood Gardens begins in Peirce’s Park, one of the nation’s first collections of trees, some of which are hundreds of years old.
Pierre S. du Pont purchased the property that was to become Longwood Gardens in order to save the historic trees planted in this Garden.
While you're here don't miss the Sylvan Fountain, a woodland oasis that runs from 9:00 am–5:00 pm daily, mid-April through mid-October.
During the 1800s, twins Joshua and Samuel Peirce collected many native and exotic trees, which they planted in straight rows on this land east of their farmhouse. This area became known as Peirce’s Park toward the end of the 19th century. Mr. du Pont purchased the Peirce farm and arboretum in 1906 to save the trees from being cut for lumber. In 1927 he added the Sylvan Fountain to the east end of the park.