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Growing From Afar
close up of a waterlily platter with a white lotus flower

Growing From Afar

Even though the Waterlily Court can’t be visited until its 2024 reopening, the aquatic plants for which this space is known—including our famed Victoria water-platters—are still growing and thriving while awaiting their newly refreshed home.

By Katie Mobley, on August 10, 2022
A Winged Window into Our Local Ecosystem
a monarch butterfly resting on a pink milkweed plant in a meadow

A Winged Window into Our Local Ecosystem

Through our new lepidopteran monitoring initiative, Longwood’s Land Stewardship and Ecology team is working with dedicated volunteers to understand which butterflies, moths, and skippers are frequenting our Meadow Garden, and what that says about not only the Meadow Garden, but the ecosystem of our greater landscape.

By Noelle Raezer, Kristie Lane Anderson, and Lea Johnson, on August 3, 2022
Disa, Redefined
close up image of a red Disa orchid

Disa, Redefined

Longwood is one of a small number of public gardens around the world who breed and display the Disa genus. We have recently met a major milestone that adds an entirely new dimension to our Disa history and our breeding program—and may increase the ease with which Disa can be grown at home.

By Greg Griffis, on June 29, 2022
Stewarding (and Learning) Our Land

Stewarding (and Learning) Our Land

At Longwood, how do we—Longwood’s Land Stewardship and Ecology team—work to address and advance these complex systems of study here at Longwood and beyond?

By Maya Sarkar, on April 6, 2022
Science Behind the Beauty: Orchid Conservation at Longwood
tall thin flower stem with multiple white orchid blooms in a field

Science Behind the Beauty: Orchid Conservation at Longwood

Longwood developed its Orchid Conservation Program in 2015 to ensure that a variety of orchid species are saved for generations to come.

By Peter Zale and Ashley Clayton, on March 30, 2022
Orchids: An International Floral Emblem
orchids in multiple colors lining the walls inside a glasshouse

Orchids: An International Floral Emblem

Let’s take a trip abroad and explore which orchids that locales from Guatemala to the Seychelles have chosen to recognize and celebrate in their currency, their culture, and more … and discover when those revered orchids are in bloom here at Longwood.

By Emily Conn, on March 16, 2022
Planting the Seed
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Planting the Seed

This project may lead to findings that could inform future orchid restoration plantings at Longwood, throughout Pennsylvania, and beyond … but also one that we hope could help inspire a new generation of conservationists.

By Peter Zale, on February 9, 2022
Using Sound Technology to Make Sound Decisions
a person crouched and tying equipment onto a tree that is in a cemetery

Using Sound Technology to Make Sound Decisions

In the last year, we have started to use a PiCUS Sonic Tomograph, a device that uses sound wave technology to advance tree care and the accuracy of tree risk assessments by allowing arborists to get a look at the inside of the tree when assessing its structural integrity.

By Tyler Altenburger, on January 12, 2022
Name of the Botanical Game
bed of in bloom purple Russian sage plants

Name of the Botanical Game

While I’ve often heard gardeners jokingly remark that botanists like to change names just to keep them guessing, botanical name changes happen often and represent advances in science and our understanding of the relationships in the plant world.

By Anthony S. Aiello, on September 15, 2021
What’s in a Name: Indigenous Orchids of the Andes Mountains
close up image of a white and yellow Masdevallia chuspipatae orchid

What’s in a Name: Indigenous Orchids of the Andes Mountains

In my first few weeks here at Longwood, I found that my linguistics background would definitely come in handy … especially when I made an orchid discovery that would bring my past studies and my current plant records work full circle.

By Emily Conn, on August 11, 2021
Going the Distance
a black pool with large water lily pads and white flowers

Going the Distance

Caring for our aquatic collection during Longwood Reimagined calls for far-reaching collaboration.
By Katie Mobley, on July 8, 2021
Going Beyond Beauty
close up image of a pink orchid

Going Beyond Beauty

The field of ethnobotany—the study of how a region’s plants are used by the local culture and people—is a fascinating topic and one that considers much more than a given plant’s aesthetic appeal.

By Peter Zale, on June 16, 2021
Weathering the Storm
view from atop a tree from an arborist

Weathering the Storm

Among Longwood’s many methods of caring for our trees and helping facilitate their longevity is our lightning protection plan. Journey along with me as I walk you through the field of lightning protection.

By Tyler Altenburger, on June 2, 2021
Windows of Opportunity

Windows of Opportunity

Our new nursery production greenhouse is much more than a new building. With its groundbreaking design, it allows us unprecedented flexibility to accommodate a variety of plant materials, growing methods, and environments, all in one remarkable facility.

By Katie Mobley, on January 15, 2021
Ensuring the Longevity of Our Boxwood
close up of a branch of boxwood leaves

Ensuring the Longevity of Our Boxwood

While we nurture each and every plant across our Gardens with the utmost care, it is with solemnity that we must say goodbye to a portion of our tree boxwood in the eastern part of our Gardens due to boxwood blight infection.

By Katie Mobley, on January 12, 2021
Fighting Fire in the Face of a Pandemic
image of a Longwood crew member walking away from a cleared forest fire area

Fighting Fire in the Face of a Pandemic

As Longwood’s Land Stewardship Operations Manager, a Chester County forest fire warden and first responder, and a wildland firefighter, it’s my absolute honor to protect the landscape.

By Erik Stefferud, on September 30, 2020
A Meadow is a Moment in Time
a large field with tall, golden wild grasses and rolling hills in the background

A Meadow is a Moment in Time

A meadow is a moment in time, like the shape of a cloud or cherry blossoms in the spring. A meadow is ephemeral.

By Lea Johnson, on September 23, 2020
Getting to Know Plants by Name
a silver sage plant planted in a bed of brown mulch

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
The Season (and Reason) for Native Plants
a yellow and black striped caterpillar crawling up the stem of a wild flower

The Season (and Reason) for Native Plants

Flowers of countless garden favorites abound this time of year and among them are several of our most cherished, useful, unusual, and rare native plants.

By Peter Zale, on August 10, 2020
Where in the World is Victoria?
A box of victoria seeds inside a cardboard box with packing peanuts

Where in the World is Victoria?

Our most far-reaching educational experiences start with a seed sent to gardens around the world … resulting in not only the sharing of seed that is not readily available commercially, but allowing for even more public garden visitors worldwide to experience the beauty of Victoria.

By Kristina Aguilar, on July 27, 2020