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How to Create Your Own Living Succulent Tree
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How to Create Your Own Living Succulent Tree

One of the many elements of botanical artistry on display during this year’s A Longwood Christmas greets you just as you enter the Conservatory—an 8-foot-tall, 4-foot-wide living tree swathed in 1,800 gorgeous hardy Sempervivum, or hens-and chicks.

By Kerry Zwack, on December 14, 2022
Plants as Our Palette: Holiday Recipes
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Plants as Our Palette: Holiday Recipes

This year, as we showcase botanical splendor at its finest with our horticulture artists using plants as their palette, I’m inspired to showcase the jewels of the garden with a selection of botanical-forward dishes perfect for any holiday gathering.

By Executive Chef Will Brown, on November 16, 2022
A Summertime Tart Close to My Heart
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A Summertime Tart Close to My Heart

Even though summertime is quickly coming to a close, there’s still plenty of time to savor the freshness of the season.

By Pastry Chef Cecilia Gaudioso, on August 17, 2022
Visit the Tropics in Our Idea Garden
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Visit the Tropics in Our Idea Garden

From fragrant dwarf cardamom to vibrant mandarinquats, a variety of tropical herbs and plants are thriving in our Idea Garden, all of which can be reliably grown and enjoyed by home gardeners in the mid-Atlantic region.

By Alex Correia, on July 20, 2022
Disa, Redefined
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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
Edible Plants that Feed Pollinators, Too
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Edible Plants that Feed Pollinators, Too

This week is National Pollinator Week, an annual event that celebrates pollinators, addresses the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations, and supports all we can do to protect them.

By Alex Correia, on June 21, 2022
Warm Weather Recipes by a Rising Star 
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Warm Weather Recipes by a Rising Star 

It’s a perfect time of year to prepare refreshing selections that celebrate the bounty of the season, crafted with fresh late spring and early summer herbs, fruits, and more.

By Executive Chef Will Brown with Chef Amanda Clarke, on May 11, 2022
The Beauty (and Possibilities) of Dried Flowers
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The Beauty (and Possibilities) of Dried Flowers

Here at Longwood (and at home), arrangements made from dried flowers serve as spectacular options for the holiday (or any) season … and they help showcase and celebrate the beauty of plants long after their natural growing season.

By Michael Strengari, on December 8, 2021
Fire and Ice, Made Delicious
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Fire and Ice, Made Delicious

We’re thrilled to share with you some delicious fire and ice-inspired recipes perfect for your own home entertaining (one of which is even featured on our 1906 holiday menu).

By Executive Chef Will Brown, on November 24, 2021
Now is the Time for Fall Bulb Planting
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Now is the Time for Fall Bulb Planting

Now is the time to plant those bulbs—just as the Longwood intern class did in late October—in preparation for next year’s spring display.

By Madison Thibodeau, on November 3, 2021
Wine and Dine into Fall
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Wine and Dine into Fall

We thought we’d challenge ourselves to pick just a few of our featured Wine & Jazz wines, share their stories, and pair them with some great recipes you can make from home to lead us all into fall on a delicious note.

By Executive Chef Will Brown, on September 1, 2021
Made in the Shade Garden
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Made in the Shade Garden

While sun gardens are places in which every flower color under the sun can be showcased, shade gardens are more subtle and elegant … and definitely a way to enjoy your outdoor space while taking refuge from the midsummer heat.

By Michael Strengari, on July 14, 2021
How to Create a Bog Garden
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How to Create a Bog Garden

Bog gardens serve as a means of beautifying traditional gardens and enhancing plant collections, but they can also play a role in safeguarding rare plants and conserving the flora and fauna of globally rare and threatened ecosystems.

By Peter Zale, on May 5, 2021
Making Lunch Count

Making Lunch Count

National Make Lunch Count Day (April 13) serves to remind us all to unplug midday and enjoy a true (and delicious) lunch break, no matter where you’re working or what you’re working on.

By Executive Chef Will Brown, on April 7, 2021
How to Grow Early Spring Vegetables

How to Grow Early Spring Vegetables

If timed carefully, the vegetable gardener can reap the rewards of frost-tolerant spring vegetables—peas, broccoli, kale, arugula, cabbage, spinach, carrots, radishes, scallions, cilantro, and lettuce, to name a few.

By Alex Correia, on February 25, 2021
Winter Recipes to Warm the Soul

Winter Recipes to Warm the Soul

No matter where you’re enjoying the beauty of winter, when it’s time to come in from the cold, these seasonal cocktails and treats (many with a bright citrus twist!) will surely help keep the chill off.

By Executive Chef Will Brown, on January 27, 2021
How We Make Our Living Succulent Wreaths

How We Make Our Living Succulent Wreaths

As a Longwood Senior Horticulturist, I’ve had the pleasure of creating dozens of living wreaths and many succulent creations throughout my time here, but this year’s Silver Garden wreath is especially poignant and beautiful to me.

By Kat McCullough, on December 30, 2020
How to Photograph Holiday Lights

How to Photograph Holiday Lights

Whether you’re using a smartphone or a DSLR/camera, follow along as I share some tips on how to take fantastic photos of Christmas lights during your Longwood visit.

By Becca Mathias, on December 16, 2020
Christmas Tree Decorating, by Design

Christmas Tree Decorating, by Design

Decorating a tree is not only a cherished holiday tradition, but a practice that is rooted in design and one meant to evoke a feeling of warmth and cheer.

By April Bevans, on December 2, 2020
Holiday Baking at Home Sweet Home

Holiday Baking at Home Sweet Home

As the executive chef here at Longwood, I thought it would be a great time to share not one, but two, desserts that are sure to make the holiday season even sweeter.

By Executive Chef Will Brown, on November 18, 2020