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Appreciating Asymmetry
indoor conservatory with large palm leaves and pink flowers lining the path

Appreciating Asymmetry

Through a bevy of tropical plants, palms, and Longwood favorites, we’ve planted our Conservatory in an asymmetrical design that encourages guests to slow down, look, and think a lot more about the nuances of the design.

By Karl Gercens and Michelle Neff, on June 8, 2022
Another Branch of the Longwood Story
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Another Branch of the Longwood Story

Very close to Route 1, just south of the entrance to Longwood Gardens, stands a 19th century farmhouse that silently bears witness to an illustrious history ultimately connected to today’s Longwood Gardens.

By David Sleasman, on June 1, 2022
A New Take on an Old Favorite: Rhododendrons 
pink and white rhododendron plants

A New Take on an Old Favorite: Rhododendrons 

Longwood has made continual efforts to strategically build a beautiful and diverse collection of rhododendrons—and the dozens of newly donated plants soon making their way to Longwood represents a new milestone in our rhododendron collection.

By Peter Zale, on May 18, 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
A Labor of Love: The Topiary Garden
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A Labor of Love: The Topiary Garden

With 35 specimens and more than a dozen forms ranging from wedding cakes to spirals to birds, our Topiary Garden is much more than a collection of yews (Taxus)—it’s also a collection of stories told by those who have so expertly cared for it.

By Gabby Rowe, on May 4, 2022
Trees as Connectors
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Trees as Connectors

The Songs of Trees is this year’s Community Read selection for Haskell’s poetic take on how human history, ecology, and well-being are intertwined with the lives of trees.

By Alison Miner, on April 27, 2022
Cultivating All We Are in The Garden Shop
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Cultivating All We Are in The Garden Shop

On our one-year anniversary of The Garden Shop refresh, we reflect on a year of new people, new products, and new processes in the shop … and we invite you to experience all The Garden Shop has to offer.

By Mary Manning, on April 21, 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
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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
Building Community in Our Community Read
Canopy Career Chronicles book cover propped on a stone wall with plants in the background

Building Community in Our Community Read

Each year dozens of organizations across our region join together to present programs around the topics covered in our Community Read books.

By Abbey Gau, on March 23, 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
Community Read: A Conversation with Author David George Haskell
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Community Read: A Conversation with Author David George Haskell

The Songs of Trees recounts Haskell’s travels around the world to visit the same 12 trees repeatedly, carefully observing and listening to what they might teach us about ourselves.
By Gillian Hayward, on March 9, 2022
Guided by Student Curiosity
two school aged children examine a flower bed in summer

Guided by Student Curiosity

We are excitedly getting ready to welcome back young learners into our Gardens with our spring educator-guided school group programs.
By Emily Gerber, on March 2, 2022
Navigating Our New Orchid House
a close up of a pink orchid with a yellow and red orchid in the background

Navigating Our New Orchid House

Our Orchid House has been completely restored in the same way our founder Pierre S. du Pont would have done it himself—with excellence.

By Greg Griffis, on February 23, 2022
Five Strangers, One Incredible Experience
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Five Strangers, One Incredible Experience

Living and working with five mid-career professionals—as our Fellows cohort does—is challenging, rewarding, fun, supportive, frustrating, at times lonely, inspiring, and sometimes hard to put into words.

By Zach Borngraver and Katie Serock, on February 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
A Goodbye, A Beginning
a Copper Beech tree on a rainy day with dark clouds in the sky

A Goodbye, A Beginning

Here at Longwood, our trees are like family. They’re the reason Longwood exists—the backbone of our Gardens.

By Katie Mobley, on February 2, 2022
Music to Our Ears
sound equipment nestled between flowers with a view of stage and rows of seats

Music to Our Ears

Starting this month, live music returns to the splendor of our Conservatory—and we are honored to bring to you a fantastic lineup of artists.

By Tom Warner, on January 26, 2022
Unraveling a History Mystery
a black and white photo of a stone walkway with plants growing along the walls and roof

Unraveling a History Mystery

In August 2021, the Longwood Gardens Library received a sizable donation of archival material from the Kennett Library, documenting the lives and stories of the people of Kennett Square— foremost among them the famous author and diplomat Bayard Taylor.

By William Niner, on January 19, 2022