Visionary Master Plan

rendering of a glass conservatory at night appearing to float on water

Aptly titled “Creating a World Apart,” our Master Plan is an audacious plan for growth and transformation that outlines a framework for our vision so that future decisions can be made. This plan is a foundational step in a process that calls for the execution of short-term projects that generate excitement and long-term projects that solve substantial problems.  It’s important to emphasize that our planning efforts strive to strike a balance between safeguarding Longwood’s historic legacy and addressing critical physical concerns including aging facilities, logistical challenges and overburdened infrastructure.

Areas of Opportunity

There are several areas of opportunity identified in the Master Plan that allow us to amplify our distinct strengths and help create a world apart from the everyday experience.  These include:

  • Amplifying horticultural displays
  • Reclaiming the scale and spectacle of all fountains
  • Diversifying performance venues
  • Expanding facilities for educational programs
  • Pursuing innovative new architecture, efficient building systems and infrastructures, sustainable practices, and clean-energy vehicles
  • Investing in sustainability practices that preserve the open spaces, valleys, and woodlands surrounding the formal Gardens

Addressing Physical Challenges

Another key component of the Master Plan is the Framework Plan that outlines concepts that serve to organize the landscape, solve critical problems and improve the guest experience. These concepts will guide the execution of future expansion and construction projects.

Our Mission Statement

Longwood Gardens is the living legacy of Pierre S. du Pont bringing joy and inspiration to everyone through the beauty of nature, conservation, and learning.

Our Vision

We envision a world where beauty is accessible to all. We are leaders and innovators in the art and science of horticulture. We present extraordinary experiences to bring pleasure, foster well-being, and spark imagination. We enrich society through learning and training programs, research, stewardship of the land, and community engagement.