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Longwood Water-Platter Ready for Flower Show Debut
large green water lily being lifted from water

Longwood Water-Platter Ready for Flower Show Debut

This year the Philadelphia International Flower Show produced by The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), America's first horticultural institution, will showcase plants from around the world in the 2010 show “Passport to the World.” A special exhibit called the "Explorers Garden" will greet guests to the show, and will capture the spirit and adventure of early plant exploration. For the "Explorer’s Garden," Longwood is forcing its signature Victoria ‘Longwood Hybrid’ water-platters into bloom.

By Tim Jennings, on February 3, 2010
The King of Our Conservatory
large plant with green palm like leaves and yellow cones in the center

The King of Our Conservatory

When guests first walk into our Conservatory, they are overwhelmed by the huge variety of plants that are growing under glass. You can see plants that grow in all different regions of the world, from the tropics to the Mediterranean and even the desert.

By Karl Gercens, on January 25, 2010
All in the Family ... Poinsettias and Their “Cousins”
group of light pink colored poinsettias

All in the Family ... Poinsettias and Their “Cousins”

Christmas is a time for bringing families together under one roof, and that's just what we've done here at Longwood Gardens... with plant families, that is! I invite you to get to know the familiar poinsettia a little better while appreciating their cousins as well.

By Karl Gercens, on December 17, 2009
Making a Better Camellia: Breeding at Longwood Gardens

Making a Better Camellia: Breeding at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens established hardiness trials and a breeding program in the early 1960’s to evaluate and develop camellias that can tolerate colder winters. These efforts have lead to the release of two of the hardiest Camellias ‘Longwood Centennial’ and ‘Longwood Valentine’. As Camellia breeding and hardiness evaluation continue at Longwood Gardens, the selection of commercially available hardy camellias will increase.

By Matt Taylor, on December 4, 2009
Mum's the Word: Longwood Grows Mammoth Mum
two people working on the 1000 bloom mum

Mum's the Word: Longwood Grows Mammoth Mum

The Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum (known in Japan as Ozukuri) refers to a technique, originating in China and expanding to Japan several hundred years ago, for growing an extremely large Chrysanthemum, with a goal of producing the maximum number of flowers possible on a single plant.

By Patricia Evans, on November 6, 2009
Seven Stunning Salvia in the Conservatory

Seven Stunning Salvia in the Conservatory

This time of year everyone is talking about the stunning chrysanthemums in the Conservatory--but I would like to point out the beauty of a different, incredible, autumn-blooming plant! The genus Salvia represents the largest group of plants in the Lamiaceae family.

By Karl Gercens, on November 2, 2009
Fuchsias Galore!

Fuchsias Galore!

It's my favorite time of year in the Conservatory with the arrival of more than 60 Fuschsia baskets, each measuring more than three feet in width!

By Karl Gercens, on July 21, 2009
Pileated Woodpecker Nesting at Longwood Gardens
a Pileated Woodpecker on a tree

Pileated Woodpecker Nesting at Longwood Gardens

In March, our staff found a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers excavating a nest cavity in a large dead tree. We were lucky enough to capture the event on film and have been watching (and filming) their nesting habits ever since.

By Tom Brightman, on June 25, 2009
Stick Dinosaurs, Big Bugs and Pollinators
a wooden bee on a flower

Stick Dinosaurs, Big Bugs and Pollinators

Longwood welcomes David Rogers to "Behind-the-Plants!" David is an artist specializing in larger-than-life sculptures made from natural materials. Several pieces from his Pollinators series are on display now in Longwood's Idea Garden, through September 6.

By David Rogers, on May 7, 2009
Peirce’s Woods Sentinel Oak

Peirce’s Woods Sentinel Oak

It is very sad to lose a tree, especially one as old as the Sentinel Oak. That is why it was such a joyous occasion today, as we planted a new Sentinel Oak!

By Pandora Young, on April 30, 2009
Peirce's Woods in Bloom
trees and flowers in bloom in Peirce's Woods with pink, white and purple colors

Peirce's Woods in Bloom

I love this time of year in Peirce's Woods. Even though it means the time for extreme humidity and lugging heavy hoses is just around the corner. The beauty of the woods in bloom makes me forget all that.

By Pandora Young, on April 30, 2009
The Idea Garden Spring Bulb Display
A bed of bright orange, yellow, purple, red, and pink tulips

The Idea Garden Spring Bulb Display

Recently Longwood staff has developed a new bulb display in the Idea Garden. This display plays two major roles; as a strong educational component both for our guests and staff, and is a strong display in itself. The display primarily features tulips and Narcissus (daffodils), displaying division types of each, grown in a trial garden setting where we can observe varieties new to Longwood.

By Harold Taylor, on April 29, 2009
Growing Clivia From Seed

Growing Clivia From Seed

In late winter and spring, your Clivia may be displaying some beautiful fruit. Clivia with yellow flowers will produce yellow fruit, while Clivia with orange flowers will produce red fruit. The fruit is actually a berry that contains seeds inside. If your Clivia did not produce fruit this year, it may not have been pollinated. Pollination is a simple act that is accomplished by taking ripe pollen that sheds easily from the anthers onto your finger or a Q-tip, and placing it on the stigma.

By Alan Petravich, on April 10, 2009
Waterlily Season Has Begun!

Waterlily Season Has Begun!

The start of another waterlily season brings with it great anticipation as we began this week to uncover the pools. But is this ritual of uncovering the pools really the start of another season?  No!  Several activities have already started to take  place behind-the-scenes in preparation for the opening of the display.

By Tim Jennings, on March 25, 2009