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Autumns Colors Season

Autumn’s Colors

Now–November 18, 2018

Experience the Glory of Fall

The crisp fall air heralds the emergence of golden hues, native asters, and graceful meadow grasses in our Gardens. Take a nature walk through our Meadow Garden or delight in the sounds of children’s laughter in our Pumpkin Playground and along our Garden Railway. Set your heart aglow October 4-27 when Asian-inspired lanterns adorn our Conservatory.

The weather may be turning cooler, but we’re still turning up the heat. Don’t miss the last of this year’s incredible Main Fountain Garden performances and live music in the Beer Garden:
Daytime Fountain Performances in our Main Fountain Garden through October 28.
Illuminated Fountain Performances and Live Music in our Beer Garden on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings through October 27.

Starting October 25, chrysanthemums meticulously grown into unique forms are the stars of Chrysanthemum Festival, including the largest mum in North America. In November, journey with us along the Silk Road during our performing arts series exploring the rich culture of this ancient trade route.

This autumn, it’s all about amazement.

On View Now–November 18, 2018

Timed Tickets Required.

Free Timed Member Reservations Required after 3:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through October 27.

Sell Out Likely.

Garden Railway

Featuring miniature locomotives rumbling over almost 400 feet of track, this beautifully landscaped display includes models of favorite Longwood buildings.

The Gardens
Interactive Map

Visit our interactive map to explore the season before you visit and navigate to highlighted features while in our Gardens.

Live Music in the Beer Garden
Live Music in the Beer Garden

Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings through October 27, 5:00–8:00 pm

Sit with family and friends under the stars and enjoy live music in our Beer Garden.
Weather permitting.

Fountain Performances
Daily Now–October 28

Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

Illuminated Fountain Performances
Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, Now–October 27

Enjoy a nighttime spectacle unlike any other.

Fountain Shows
Daily Now–January 6, 2019

750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

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      Upcoming Events

      Sunday, October 21

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Meadow Garden Wildflower Walks

      Join our wildflower experts on our meadow trails to discover what’s in bloom. Free with Gardens Admission.

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm

      Spotlight Talks

      Explore different facets of our history and gardens on select days with one of our expert staff. Free with Gardens Admission.

      11:30 am 12:30 pm

      Behind the Scenes Tour: Under the Fountains

      Explore the inner workings of the largest fountain garden in the US. Ticket required.

      1:15 pm 3:15 pm

      Monday, October 22

      Birds of Longwood Walks

      Join experienced guides on a quest to discover Longwood's feathery inhabitants. Free with Gardens Admission.

      9:00 am

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm

      Spotlight Talks

      Explore different facets of our history and gardens on select days with one of our expert staff. Free with Gardens Admission.

      11:30 am 12:30 pm

      Tuesday, October 23

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Forest Ecology Walk

      Join our Land Stewardship Manager and discover how Longwood stewards its woodlands, using short and long-term planning strategies. Free with Gardens Admission.

      10:30 am

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm

      Spotlight Talks

      Explore different facets of our history and gardens on select days with one of our expert staff. Free with Gardens Admission.

      11:30 am 12:30 pm

      Behind the Scenes Tour: Under the Fountains

      Explore the inner workings of the largest fountain garden in the US. Ticket required.

      1:15 pm 3:15 pm

      Wednesday, October 24

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm

      Spotlight Talks

      Explore different facets of our history and gardens on select days with one of our expert staff. Free with Gardens Admission.

      11:30 am 12:30 pm

      Thursday, October 25

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm 7:15 pm

      Spotlight Talks

      Explore different facets of our history and gardens on select days with one of our expert staff. Free with Gardens Admission.

      11:30 am 12:30 pm

      Behind the Scenes Tour: Under the Fountains

      Explore the inner workings of the largest fountain garden in the US. Ticket required.

      1:15 pm 3:15 pm

      Lantern Display

      Autumn days bring Asian-inspired paper lanterns to our Conservatory, illuminated on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings in October.

      6:00 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Illuminated Fountain Performances

      Enjoy a nighttime spectacle unlike any other.

      8:15 pm

      Friday, October 26

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm 7:15 pm

      Spotlight Talks

      Explore different facets of our history and gardens on select days with one of our expert staff. Free with Gardens Admission.

      11:30 am 12:30 pm

      Behind the Scenes Tour: Under the Fountains

      Explore the inner workings of the largest fountain garden in the US. Ticket required.

      1:15 pm 3:15 pm

      Lantern Display

      Autumn days bring Asian-inspired paper lanterns to our Conservatory, illuminated on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings in October.

      6:00 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Illuminated Fountain Performances

      Enjoy a nighttime spectacle unlike any other.

      8:15 pm

      Saturday, October 27

      Beginner Bird Hikes

      Join our experienced volunteers as they introduce you to bird watching on an easy hike through the Meadow Garden. Free with Gardens Admission.

      9:00 am

      Ikebana and Bonsai Exhibit

      Hosted by Philadelphia Chapter of Ikebana Internat'l, Ameriseki Group of N.A. Viewing Stone Society, & Brandywine Bonsai Society.

      9:00 am

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Meadow Garden Wildflower Walks

      Join our wildflower experts on our meadow trails to discover what’s in bloom. Free with Gardens Admission.

      10:30 am

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm 7:15 pm

      Spotlight Talks

      Explore different facets of our history and gardens on select days with one of our expert staff. Free with Gardens Admission.

      11:30 am 12:30 pm

      Lantern Display

      Autumn days bring Asian-inspired paper lanterns to our Conservatory, illuminated on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings in October.

      6:00 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Illuminated Fountain Performances

      Enjoy a nighttime spectacle unlike any other.

      8:15 pm
      Explore our Seasons

      Organ sing-alongs, strolling carolers, and holiday horticulture fill our Gardens with festive cheer.

      November 22, 2018–January 6, 2019

      Our talented horticulturists celebrate the beauty and variety of orchids with our artful display.

      January 19–March 24, 2019

      Breathe in the fresh air, watch as the landscape awakens, and relish the beauty of spring in our Gardens.

      March 30–April 28, 2019

      Spectacular events, glorious gardens, live music, special exhibits, and jaw-dropping fountain performances await.

      May 9–September 29, 2019