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A Chenille Plant Journey
Chenille plant is native to tropical Papua New Guinea, and according to our plant records it has been grown at Longwood since at least 1957.
Getting Started with Seed Saving
Getting started with seed saving can be easy if you select good beginner crops and learn some basics about plant breeding.
A Very Lucky Rabbit’s-Foot
This hard-to-miss green giant hangs in the center of the Tropical Terrace and measures a sprawling 9.5 feet in diameter.
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.
Our New Combination Garden
We have transformed part of the Idea Garden into our new Combination Garden, an intimate and exuberant mix of woody, herbaceous, and seasonal plants, all layered into one dynamic space just next to our Main Fountain Garden.
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.
A Musical Score for a Time of Hope
The voices of my colleagues are really needed more than ever. And with technology, we can have this much needed contact and support.
Lessons from the Studio Garden
This morning, while tending a Pelargonium in the Studio Garden and looking around the entire space, I was reminded of the basic human need for nurturing something like plants … and the simple pleasure that comes with it.
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.
Glorious Groves and Glades: Oak and Conifer Knoll
Towering, century-old trees, winding pathways, and hidden benches await guests any time of year in Oak and Conifer Knoll. It is an all-season destination with a rich history and serene beauty.
The Scent-sational Story of Sprout
Our Conservatory’s Tropical Terrace is home to one of the rare wonders of the botanical world … and this rock star plant has just completed the performance of a lifetime.
Midsummer is for Sowing
This month, don’t forget about fall crops, or you will miss out on a bounty of greens, root vegetables, squashes, and more—many of which are of higher quality in cool fall weather and can store through the winter.
The Drama and Appeal of Our Theatre Garden
Designed by noted landscape architect Thomas Church, the Theatre Garden features drought-tolerant plants that can survive tough conditions … and gives a textural, star-studded performance each year during the summer’s heat and bright sunlight.
Getting Started with Field Sketching
Deeply inspired by science and nature, artist Natalya Zahn—who created the more than 50 pieces of art that appear throughout our Meadow Garden—shares expert field sketching tips.
Our Evolving Rose Garden
When you return to visit us again, we hope you’ll make the Rose Garden one of your first stops … there is something new to see!
It is with immeasurable gratitude that we can begin welcoming our Members, first, on a limited non-public basis, back to our outdoor gardens starting June 18.
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
Conserving the Brilliant Bluebird
If you live in a place where Eastern bluebirds might thrive, you can support this species at home with your own bluebird house.
The Mystery of Longwood’s Iris Garden
Very little trace of this iris garden survives today (we don’t even know where it was located!), and only by delving deep into the archives are we able to piece together the story of this long-vanished garden.
Create Your Own Healing Garden
Gardens not only provide psychological, emotional, and spiritual benefits, but exploring or caring for a garden also reaps the physical benefits of exercise, which in turn can elevate mood.