Best in Show: Longwood Gardens and The Willowdale Steeplechase
Spend Your Mother’s Day Weekend in Chester County, Pennsylvania
Spend your Mother’s Day weekend at one of the great gardens of the world, Longwood Gardens, and at one of the region’s finest horse racing events, The Willowdale Steeplechase, and relish the bucolic countryside of the Brandywine Valley, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Known for its historic battlefields, rolling hills, the home of Andrew Wyeth, the legacy of the du Pont family, and world famous horse country, the Brandywine Valley charms every visitor who encounters its wonders.
For only $220 visitors will experience The Willowdale Steeplechase on Saturday, May 9, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Willowdale features top level horses racing over jumps, elegant tailgating and high fashion, and supports two important local charities. On Saturday evening, visitors can take in an Illuminated Fountain Performance at Longwood Gardens at 9:15 pm, and then retreat either to the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware, another piece of the region’s history, or the Hilton Garden Inn in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, one mile from Longwood Gardens. On Sunday, May 10 they can celebrate Mother’s Day by strolling through the world-class gardens of Longwood Gardens taking in all the sights and fragrant smells.
Longwood Gardens is located 30 miles southwest of the city of Philadelphia and 12 miles from Wilmington, Delaware and only minutes away from The Willowdale Steeplechase.
Come for the weekend and save! The package is priced for two adults and can be adjusted accordingly.
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. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays and home to the most significant fountain collection in North America, encompassing 1,100 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, a 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ, and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts. Longwood Gardens is on US Route 1 near Kennett Square, PA.