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Ornamental Beauty
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Ornamental Beauty

Follow along as we track the process behind selecting Longwood ornaments for display, and where each spends most of its time alongside 66,999 of its closest friends.

By Kirsten Berlin, on November 30, 2022
Sculptural Botanical Splendor: A Collaboration with Drexel Westphal
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Sculptural Botanical Splendor: A Collaboration with Drexel Westphal

Longwood proposed that Westphal design students create two couture gown-like sculptures that would be completely designed and constructed out of botanicals, and displayed in the Music Room during this year’s A Longwood Christmas.

By Julia Kimball, on November 23, 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
Engaging Experiences in a Spirited Space
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Engaging Experiences in a Spirited Space

Through our Longwood @ The Creamery collaboration, not only are we able to connect with new learners and those in our community through fun, lighthearted events—but we’re also able to make an impact and offer public programming designed to serve the needs of our wonderful community.

By Matt Thomas, on November 9, 2022
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
The Beauty of Beneficial Bugs
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The Beauty of Beneficial Bugs

For many, seeing insects in a garden may lead to initial alarm and raise questions about what harm those insects could inflict on the plants. Not all insects, however, are bad and here at Longwood, we regularly release beneficial insects in certain parts of our Gardens.

By Beth Pantuliano and Rachel Schnaitman, on October 19, 2022
Longwood Reimagined: The Project Continues
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Longwood Reimagined: The Project Continues

In recent months, we’ve reached several notable milestones as our garden expansion continues to take shape and as our cultural landscape evolves … and now is a wonderful time to share with you some of that progress.

By Katie Mobley, on October 12, 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
A Floral Design Journey
floral arrangement in a brown vase with small bamboo rods and yellow and orange flowers hanging at the top of the rods

A Floral Design Journey

Floral desing became a journey that meandered through time and brought me to unexpected and wonderful places, including my time at Longwood working toward my Certificate of Merit in Floral Design.

By Cres Motzi AIFD, on September 28, 2022
Orchids as Emblems of National Pride
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Orchids as Emblems of National Pride

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15), which pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society, we share the stories of some of the orchids that serve as floral emblems in Hispanic countries, and the importance of those orchids as part of our collection and display here at Longwood.

By Kristina Aguilar, on September 21, 2022
Telling Stories in Our Idea Garden
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Telling Stories in Our Idea Garden

This summer, the Idea Garden is home to three special plots that showcase a guest favorite, as well as culturally significant crops that tell robust stories.

By Alex Correia, on September 14, 2022
Alice du Pont's Support of Pennsylvania's Unique History
oil painting of two people sitting in a garden with a gold placque that reads Longwood PA 1936

Alice du Pont's Support of Pennsylvania's Unique History

Alice du Pont played a very important role in the 1926 acquisition of one of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's well-known period rooms—which made quite a stir upon its opening—and can still be viewed today.

By Gillian Hayward, on August 31, 2022
Here to Change the World
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Here to Change the World

With fascinating backgrounds and diverse expertise in aquatic plant care to landscape architecture to outreach and education, we’re thrilled to welcome our newest Fellows to our Gardens … and we can’t wait to see how they better the field of public horticulture.

By Katie Mobley, on August 24, 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
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
Visit the Tropics in Our Idea Garden
small sprouts of lemongrass popping up through the soil

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
Turf Care, Rooted in Data
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Turf Care, Rooted in Data

Although we may be best known for our floral displays, turfgrass is an essential component of the overall health and appearance of our Gardens—and caring for our turfgrass is an ever-evolving science.

By Shawn Kister, on July 13, 2022
Fellows in the Field
dozens of round yellow cacti on the ground

Fellows in the Field

Our Fellows reflect on their time spent at their individual field placement sites across the country, their lessons learned, and memories made along the way.

By Zach Borngraver, Noemí Hernández Castro, Nick Lazio, Usman Ibrahim, and Katie Serock , on July 6, 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