Student Housing & Benefits

a big, blue house surrounded by trees

Students enrolled in the Professional Horticulture, College & University Internship, and International Internship & Training Programs are able to live rent-free on Red Lion Row.

Located on the Longwood Gardens grounds, Red Lion Row was originally built around the turn of the century by Pierre S. du Pont to house his employees and their families. At any given time, there are between 20 and 40 students living in 12 fully furnished duplex-style houses, each with three or four bedrooms, on "The Row."


Round-trip transportation to and from the United States is the responsibility of each participant. The closest airport is in Philadelphia, PA, approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Longwood. The bus and train stations nearest to Longwood are 12 miles away in Wilmington, DE. A representative from Longwood will greet you at either the Wilmington train station or the Philadelphia International Airport and bring you to Longwood. There is no public transportation to Longwood Gardens in the region.


  • Free furnished housing on the grounds of Longwood Gardens. Further details of the houses are below. This is a taxable benefit; all utilities are included except cable television. Students can purchase cable television and pay for it individually if desired. All houses on The Row have central air conditioning.
  • Interns and Internationals receive a taxable stipend of $11.33 per hour, with a typical work week of 40 hours.
  • Professional Horticulture students receive a taxable biweekly stipend of $783.20.
  • Weekly learning activities, including field trips, hands-on workshops, and lectures.


Longwood offers medical insurance (does not include dental or eye care) to program participants who are here for more than six months. All international interns and trainees are required to participate in this medical insurance plan.

Housing Details


Kitchens have an oven, stove, and refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and toaster. Each kitchen is equipped with dishes, silverware, and pots and pans. The Row also has a recycling and composting program.


Each student has his or her own private bedroom. Each bedroom comes with one twin bed, dresser, nightstand, lamp, desk, and chair.

Dining Room and Computer

Dining rooms have a table and chairs and two Longwood computers with high-speed Internet access and a printer. Students may bring their own computer, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the residence.

Living Room

Living rooms are furnished and have a television. Students may install cable at their own expense. Telephones with local service are provided.

Mudroom and Bathrooms

Each mudroom has a utility sink, as well as a washer and dryer. There are two full bathrooms in each house. Longwood supplies trash cans, vacuum, broom, dust pan, and mop. Other cleaning and personal supplies must be bought by the students.

Student Garden Area

Directly south of the student houses is the student garden area. Professional Horticulture students are required to keep a garden as part of their coursework. Interns and internationals may also keep a garden if they wish. Many find this practice an exceptional supplement to their educational experience. Students are responsible for the upkeep of their individual gardens and must return the plot to its original condition before leaving. Communal tools are available as well as mulch, compost, and leaf mold. A greenhouse and head house are provided for the Professional Horticulture students’ coursework. Any space they are not using in the greenhouse may be used by other students.