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Trees as Connectors
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Trees as Connectors

The Songs of Trees is this year’s Community Read selection for Haskell’s poetic take on how human history, ecology, and well-being are intertwined with the lives of trees.

By Alison Miner, on April 27, 2022
Building Community in Our Community Read
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Building Community in Our Community Read

Each year dozens of organizations across our region join together to present programs around the topics covered in our Community Read books.

By Abbey Gau, on March 23, 2022
Community Read: A Conversation with Author David George Haskell
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Community Read: A Conversation with Author David George Haskell

The Songs of Trees recounts Haskell’s travels around the world to visit the same 12 trees repeatedly, carefully observing and listening to what they might teach us about ourselves.
By Gillian Hayward, on March 9, 2022
Guided by Student Curiosity
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Guided by Student Curiosity

We are excitedly getting ready to welcome back young learners into our Gardens with our spring educator-guided school group programs.
By Emily Gerber, on March 2, 2022
Five Strangers, One Incredible Experience
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Five Strangers, One Incredible Experience

Living and working with five mid-career professionals—as our Fellows cohort does—is challenging, rewarding, fun, supportive, frustrating, at times lonely, inspiring, and sometimes hard to put into words.

By Zach Borngraver and Katie Serock, on February 16, 2022
Celebrating 50 Years of Changing Lives
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Celebrating 50 Years of Changing Lives

Combining extensive hands-on gardening experience with classroom work, the two-year, tuition-free Professional Gardener Training Program fulfilled founder Pierre S. du Pont’s wish for a practical school of horticulture and floriculture at Longwood.

By Crystal Huff, on November 10, 2021
Growing Community: Art and Gardens
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Growing Community: Art and Gardens

As part of the Fellows Program, our cohort has had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the culture of organizations throughout the region.

By Usman Ibrahim and Nick Lazio, on October 20, 2021
The Stories We Tell: A Visit to Shofuso
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The Stories We Tell: A Visit to Shofuso

As the docent intern at Longwood, I focus on how we interpret and share such details, so I am constantly thinking about the stories we tell in our garden, as well as the design choices, gardening techniques, and plant selections we employ to tell them.

By Esther Leaming, on September 29, 2021
Learning Together, Near and Far
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Learning Together, Near and Far

It’s been nearly 18 months since we last welcomed students into the Gardens as part of our in-person Continuing Education programming … but all of that changes this October.

By Matthew Thomas, on August 25, 2021
Welcoming Our Fellows
Five member class of 2021 Longwood Fellows posing outside

Welcoming Our Fellows

Our Fellows Program brings talented professionals to Longwood to live and study alongside one another … all while learning more about themselves and the further contributions they can make.

By Katie Mobley, on July 28, 2021
Follow Our Discovery Trail
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Follow Our Discovery Trail

Discover hidden secrets in the Main Fountain Garden, identify trees in Peirce’s Woods, search for wildlife in our Meadow Garden, and even take a meditative moment with garden-inspired yoga poses.

By Katie Mobley, on June 30, 2021
A Lesson in Signature and Identity
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A Lesson in Signature and Identity

After not being able to have a Student Exhibition Garden in 2020 because of the onset of COVID-19, we are incredibly excited to once again proudly showcase our students’ beautiful visions, hard work, and utmost care in the form of the three distinct gardens that reflect this year’s Student Exhibition Garden theme—signature and identity.

By Katie Mobley, on May 26, 2021
Community Read: A Conversation with Author J. Drew Lanham
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Community Read: A Conversation with Author J. Drew Lanham

We are delighted to discuss finding a passion for nature and what can become of that spark … an idea that’s wonderfully explored in our 2021 Community Read adult title by J. Drew Lanham.

By Gillian Hayward, on April 21, 2021
Reflections on the Pandemic as a Student
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Reflections on the Pandemic as a Student

Learning to navigate the effects of Covid-19 is an experience that every person in our country and across the world has been confronted with over the past year, including the Longwood Professional Horticulture class of 2021.

By Kaylene Argot, on April 14, 2021
The Tale of Bayard Taylor
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The Tale of Bayard Taylor

There are many stories to be told about the lives of the residents of the Longwood Cemetery, located just outside of the Longwood Gardens entrance.

By Gillian Hayward, on March 31, 2021
The Art of the Great Gardener

The Art of the Great Gardener

Behind every great garden is a great gardener telling a story through his or her design.

By Katie Mobley, on March 24, 2021
Community Read: A Conversation with Author Mya Thompson
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Community Read: A Conversation with Author Mya Thompson

We had the pleasure of recently speaking with Mya Thompson about her work, her inspiration, and her recommendations for how families can get involved in birding and nature appreciation.

By Gillian Hayward, on March 17, 2021
A Poignant Reading Journey

A Poignant Reading Journey

Explore the following selections that serve as fantastic sources of excellent nature writing, each with its own perspective of the African American experience.

By David Sleasman, on February 10, 2021
Getting to Know Plants by Name
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Getting to Know Plants by Name

Names, in general, allow us to make an association with an object, living or not, and are a basic facet of our everyday life. In the world of biology, living things have scientific names … and plants are no exception.

By Kristina Aguilar, on August 26, 2020
Our Fellows Reflect
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Our Fellows Reflect

As part of the Fellows Program, our 2019–20 Fellows spent time at individual field placement sites around the globe. Here, they reflect on their time spent at their host organizations, and their lessons learned along the way

By Shawna Jones, Abra Lee, Becky Paxton, Mae Lin Plummer, Barbara Wheeler, and Nanette Wraith, on June 10, 2020