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Seed Banking on the Future
Two dozen small sprouting seeds in a glass bowl.

Seed Banking on the Future

With our recent award of a competitive grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as part of the Wild Resource Conservation Program, we are thrilled to be able to grow our efforts in preserving more species of conservation concern through the expansion of our seed bank.

By Jessica Turner-Skoff, Ph.D. and Peter Zale, Ph.D., on April 10, 2024
Winter is for Houseplants
Pink, green, and white leaves of a houseplant.

Winter is for Houseplants

Follow along as I share some fantastic houseplants to add to your home, as well as ways to keep your existing houseplants thriving and beautiful this season.

By Avery Haislip, on January 17, 2024
A Triumphant Return
The arms of a person working with chrysanthemum blooms.

A Triumphant Return

This year’s Thousand Bloom of Chrysanthemum × morifolium ‘Susono-no-Hikari’ started its journey as a vegetative cutting 18 months ago—and today is not only a sight to behold, but a culminating example of the unchanging beauty and art of people and plants working together.

By Kate Santos, Ph.D., on October 18, 2023
From Fallen Trees, An Uplifting Effort
A person in a safety vest approaching a large fallen tree.

From Fallen Trees, An Uplifting Effort

It’s a question that’s been posed for years: if a tree falls in a forest and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

By Tyler Altenburger and Kate Santos, Ph.D., on September 27, 2023
A Tiny Garden: Planted by Longwood
Several planted succlents in gray stone pots.

A Tiny Garden: Planted by Longwood

The beautiful terrariums, containers, centerpieces, cloches, and more living works of art, available for purchase in The Shop, are created by our talented Planted by Longwood team.

By Katie Testa, on September 20, 2023
Reaching for New Heights in Rare Species Conservation
Tall green grass with a single purple flower in the center of the image.

Reaching for New Heights in Rare Species Conservation

Among our many conservation efforts is our recent work in propagating and restoring hundreds of one of the rarest plants in Pennsylvania, the Appalachian Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium vanbruntiae).

By Peter Zale and Katie Testa, on August 16, 2023
What Larry Taught Me: Photographing Longwood
A landscape at Longwood Gardens featuring tall trees and rhododenrons in bloom.

What Larry Taught Me: Photographing Longwood

I was asked to escort photographer Larry Lederman around the Gardens while he took photos for a book about the du Pont family gardens of the Brandywine Valley. At the time, I didn’t know that working with Larry would shape the next 14 months of my life and change how I view Longwood. 

By Jackie Miller, on August 9, 2023
Change and Adaptation, Realized
A group of people standing inside an outdoor geometric sculpture in a garden bed.

Change and Adaptation, Realized

This year, as part of the Professional Horticulture Program, our nine students have been asked to design, create and maintain three garden designs based on the scheme of change and adaptation.

By Kyle Post, Allison Edmonds, and Kinga Obartuch, on July 19, 2023
Following Nature’s Cues for Floral Design
A vase of purple flowers on a table.

Following Nature’s Cues for Floral Design

Found in such spaces as the Visitor Center, by the Guest Services desk in the Main Conservatory, or in the conservatory of the Peirce-du Pont House, our arrangements take their cues from the seasons and are styled in natural ways to highlight their connections to the Gardens.

By Steven Cox, on July 12, 2023
The Secret in Our Soil
A bulldozer moving a large pile of dirt.

The Secret in Our Soil

Whether compost is being used in our Gardens or in your garden, its benefits are numerous.

By Jourdan Cole, on June 21, 2023
The Singular Art of Kusamono
Two hands, one holding a wood dow and the other the base of a plant.

The Singular Art of Kusamono

With its name composed of two Japanese characters that mean “grass” and “thing”, the literal translation of kusamono—a Japanese botanical art of small, potted grasses traditionally displayed next to bonsai as seasonal accent plants—may suggest that this Japanese botanical art is unassuming or falls secondary to its bonsai counterpart.

By Katie Mobley, on June 7, 2023
The Beauty of Bonsai Styles
a bonsai tree in a square pot

The Beauty of Bonsai Styles

The way in which a tree grows is often determined by their environment, and as a bonsai artist, I look to honor that environment, and the way in which that tree would grow in nature, when determining how to shape and style a bonsai.

By Kevin Bielicki, on May 17, 2023
How to Create an Ecologically Friendly Home Landscape
two bees on organce flowers

How to Create an Ecologically Friendly Home Landscape

While we often think of the landscapes around our homes as self-contained, they’re actually part of a broader landscape mosaic —and each home landscape can make a profound impact on that mosaic and the variety of wildlife (and people!) that rely on it.

By Pandora Young and Lea Johnson with Katie Mobley, on May 10, 2023
Stewardship Science: Testing Techniques to Benefit Biodiversity
a forest floor with many black pots of small trees lined up in a row

Stewardship Science: Testing Techniques to Benefit Biodiversity

The practice of land stewardship constantly raises new questions—how best to approach a new problem; what methods work best—that can be answered using the tools of ecological science.

By Lea Johnson and Kristie Lane Anderson, on April 26, 2023
Classic Spring Beauties with a Twist
a close up image of pink and white hydrangea blooms

Classic Spring Beauties with a Twist

Through April, classic spring plants such as hydrangeas, azaleas, and fuchsias bloom indoors in new and exciting varieties.

By Jourdan Cole, on April 5, 2023
A Taste of Camellias
A pink camellia flower in bloom with many green leaves around it

A Taste of Camellias

Most of our indoor camellias have wrapped up their flowering for the year, but those that are still in bloom give a hint of the camellias planted in the outdoor gardens, and also hint at our behind-the-scenes breeding work with this group of plants.

By Anthony S. Aiello, on March 15, 2023
Change and Adaptation, Designed
a person outdoor on a green grass trail overlooking a meadow

Change and Adaptation, Designed

This year, as part of the Professional Horticulture Program, our nine students have been asked to design, create, and maintain three garden designs based on the theme of change and adaptation.

By Kyle Post, Allison Edmonds, and Kinga Obartuch, on February 15, 2023
Every Orchid is an Individual
a terra cotta pot with a purple orchid set against a dark backdrop

Every Orchid is an Individual

Since 1955 all orchids in our collection have been accessioned and their life status tracked in a system whose “record will be of information and great value for our program of public education,” as was reported to our Board of Trustees in October 1955.

By Kristina Aguilar and Beth Pantuliano, on January 25, 2023
Paperbark Maple: A New Look at an Old Friend
close up of the bark of a paperback maple tree

Paperbark Maple: A New Look at an Old Friend

Paperbark maple’s attributes alone make it worth promoting, but its conservation status has lent additional importance to working with it.

By Anthony S. Aiello, on November 2, 2022
Unveiling Big Bonsai News
image of a bonsai tree in a blue pot and gray rock in its roots

Unveiling Big Bonsai News

Our bonsai collection is about to grow by significant depth and breadth and, of course, tremendous beauty.

By Kevin Bielicki with Katie Mobley, on October 4, 2022