KENNETT SQUARE, PA – Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, PA, March 30–May 23. Enjoy hundreds of lush acres featuring burgeoning gardens of daffodils, tulips, magnolias, azaleas, flowering cherries and more than 240,000 flowering bulbs. Indoors, lilies, delphiniums, hydrangeas and other spring blossoms fill the conservatory with color. Guests won’t want to miss Longwood’s grand treehouses, whimsical Topiary Garden, and colorful Idea Garden. Daily visitor programs, including gardening demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours, and talks add to Longwood’s charms. Children will enjoy the many activities in the outdoor Children’s Area, and the imaginative fun of the Indoor Children’s Garden.
Every place tells a story and throughout the year, Longwood is celebrating the stories of its landscape, legacy, and people. This spring, guests will encounter Story Sites throughout the gardens that share insights into particular Garden spaces, events, and personalities. The ten sites include a diverse selection of stories including a look at the innovative mind of Longwood Founder Pierre S. du Pont, a historical view of the how the Gardens have changed over time, a glimpse of some of the ground-breaking techniques used in constructing the Main Fountain Garden, and more. Guests are invited to share their favorite Longwood stories, memories, and experiences via social media using #LongwoodStory.
Admission to the Gardens is by timed admission ticket, with tickets sold for a specific day and time. Tickets are limited so guests are encouraged to buy early. To purchase tickets, visit longwoodgardens.org.
Easter Weekend, April 19 & 20
Celebrate Easter with the scrumptious Easter Buffet in Longwood’s elegant Ballroom. Choose from a wide selection of meats and side dishes, brunch items, a pasta station, omelette station, a “children’s favorites” station, a tempting dessert selection, and more. For the complete menu, visit www.longwoodgardens.org. Special tickets are required and can be purchased online. Pricing include Gardens Admission: ages 12 & over $60; Members ages 12 & over $49; Ages 5-11, $32; Members ages 5-11, $26; and ages 1-4, $5.
Meet the Trees, April 5, 11am-3pm
Longwood is home to hundreds of trees, including nearly 60 state champion or co-champions. On April 5 Longwood celebrates its trees with activities and tours for the entire family. Kids 12 and under can “gear up” with our arborists and climb our trees. The entire family can enjoy tree walks and stories highlighting Longwood’s historic and notable trees.
Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10 & 11
Treat mom to a day of beauty, fine food, and entertainment at Longwood Gardens. In addition to acres of fragrant and colorful spring blossoms, Longwood offers mom a host of delights. The soothing flute and cello music of Monica Buffington and Ann Fontenella fill the conservatory from noon-3 pm on Saturday. On Sunday, Monica Buffington is joined by Lynne Cooksey. Longwood’s elegant ballroom plays host to a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am–5pm. For the complete menu, visit www.longwoodgardens.org. Special tickets are required and can be purchased online. Pricing include Gardens Admission: ages 12 & over $60; Members ages 12 & over $49; Ages 5-11, $32; Members ages 5-11, $26; and ages 1-4, $5.
About Longwood Gardens
In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Throughout his life, Mr. du Pont indulged his passion for gardening, turning his farm into a magnificent horticultural showplace. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great gardens, encompassing 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, a 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and a 4-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and cultural and community engagement.
Longwood Gardens is located at 399 Longwood Road on Route 1 near Kennett Square, PA, just 30 miles west of Philadelphia. The outdoor gardens and Conservatory open daily at 9 am and close at 6 pm. The Terrace Restaurant is open daily for full- and self-service dining. The GardenShop is also open daily. Complete information is available online at www.longwoodgardens.org or by calling 610-388-1000.