KENNETT SQUARE, PA - .Longwood Gardens is releasing its third named clivia on March 15 when the North American Clivia Society holds its International Symposium and Show at Longwood Gardens. Clivia enthusiasts from around the U.S. will be in attendance when Clivia miniata ‘Longwood Sunrise’ makes its debut. ‘Longwood Sunrise’ will be on display throughout the weekend.
‘Longwood Sunrise’ is radiant orange with a warm yellow center rising above the dark green foliage. Notably, the petals of the florets are keeling and form a round, slightly fragrant, 9-inch umbel, creating an impressive floral display. Clivia 'Longwood Sunrise’ won multiple awards at Clivia shows as an unnamed seedling. Clivia miniata ‘Longwood Sunrise’ is the first orange clivia released by Longwood’s breeding program.
Longwood began its breeding program in 1976, and has released two yellow clivias, Clivia miniata ‘Longwood Debutante’ in 2011 and Clivia miniata ‘Longwood Fireworks’ in 2012. One factor that slowed the program was the extended period of time that it takes for a clivia seedling to mature. Seedlings can take up to eight years to bloom from the time the seed is planted. In addition, the first flowers produced by a seedling are usually not representative of the plant's true genetic potential and proper evaluation of a seedling cannot be accomplished until the second or third flowering cycle.
Beginning March 15, Longwood will offer a limited number of the rare ‘Longwood Sunrise’ for sale. Available in The GardenShop at Longwood, ‘Longwood Sunrise’ will sell for $899.
Guests can enjoy the North American Clivia Society Show March 15 from noon-6 pm and March 16 from 9 am-6 pm in the Conservatory. The show is free with Gardens admission of $18 for adults; $15 for seniors (62 and older); $8 for ages 5-18 or with valid student ID, and free for ages 4 and under.
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 1001 Longwood Road just off of Route 1 near Kennett Square, PA, 30 miles west of Philadelphia. The outdoor gardens and Conservatory open daily at 9 am. 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.