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Orchid Extravaganza Season

Orchid Extravaganza

Now–March 25, 2018

Experience A Force of Nature

Show-stopping color, breathtaking displays, and inspiring artistry await during Orchid Extravaganza. Come in from the cold and delight in the sights and scents inside our 4-acre Conservatory. From a towering 12-foot-tall archway made of Phalaenopsis orchids to giant orbs hanging from above, our iconic orchid curtain, and more than 200 Vanda hanging in our Silver Garden, beauty awaits at every turn.

Our gardeners, designers, carpenters, and metal workers craft original displays each year to present orchids in unique ways. This year we introduce a new form: orchid-wrapped columns rising in stately elegance in Exhibition Hall.

In March, blue flowers steal the show during our debut Winter Blues Festival. From blue-poppies to hydrangeas, it's a sight to behold.

On View Now–March 25, 2018

Free with Gardens Admission

OrKID Days
February 19 & March 17, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

See what you can discover in our flower-filled Conservatory on OrKID Days!

Everything About Orchids
Open Now–May 6

Learn all about orchids in this free online open course.

Cattleya Orchids

Known as corsage orchids, these epiphytic orchids are often fragrant and showy.

The Gardens
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Visit our interactive map to explore Orchid Extravaganza before you visit and navigate to highlighted features while in our Gardens.

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      Upcoming Events

      Sunday, February 18

      Delaware Photographic Society

      Explore an exhibit from one of America’s oldest and most respected photographic associations.

      9:00 am

      Garden Highlights

      Enjoy a guided walk and discover more about the spectacular horticulture featured this season. Free with Gardens Admission.

      12:30 pm 1:30 pm

      Curtis Student Recitals

      Experience the stars of tomorrow as they perform solo and chamber music in these pre-graduation recitals.

      1:00 pm

      Monday, February 19

      Delaware Photographic Society

      Explore an exhibit from one of America’s oldest and most respected photographic associations.

      9:00 am

      OrKID Days

      Plan a fun-filled family day and explore orchids firsthand in our Gardens.

      11:00 am

      Tuesday, February 20

      Delaware Photographic Society

      Explore an exhibit from one of America’s oldest and most respected photographic associations.

      9:00 am

      Wednesday, February 21

      American Birding Association Monthly Bird Hikes

      Search our Meadow Garden with birding experts for species that call the area home. Free with Gardens Admission.

      9:00 am

      Delaware Photographic Society

      Explore an exhibit from one of America’s oldest and most respected photographic associations.

      9:00 am

      Thursday, February 22

      Delaware Photographic Society

      Explore an exhibit from one of America’s oldest and most respected photographic associations.

      9:00 am

      Orchid Extravaganza Sale

      Purchase orchids displayed in Orchid Extravaganza at discounted prices while supplies last.

      9:00 am

      Garden Highlights

      Enjoy a guided walk and discover more about the spectacular horticulture featured this season. Free with Gardens Admission.

      12:30 pm 1:30 pm

      Friday, February 23

      Delaware Photographic Society

      Explore an exhibit from one of America’s oldest and most respected photographic associations.

      9:00 am

      Orchid Extravaganza Sale

      Purchase orchids displayed in Orchid Extravaganza at discounted prices while supplies last.

      9:00 am

      Garden Highlights

      Enjoy a guided walk and discover more about the spectacular horticulture featured this season. Free with Gardens Admission.

      12:30 pm 1:30 pm

      Peter Richard Conte and Andrew Ennis

      Peter Richard Conte and Andrew Ennis present a program for flugelhorn and organ, and arrangements for organ four-hands.

      8:00 pm

      Saturday, February 24

      Delaware Photographic Society

      Explore an exhibit from one of America’s oldest and most respected photographic associations.

      9:00 am

      Orchid Extravaganza Sale

      Purchase orchids displayed in Orchid Extravaganza at discounted prices while supplies last.

      9:00 am

      Bears: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Adventure

      Explore our historic indoor and outdoor Gardens.

      10:00 am 12:00 pm

      Brownies: Bugs Legacy Naturalist Badge

      Explore the Gardens and learn about the insects you might find living there.

      10:00 am 12:00 pm

      Cadettes: Trees Legacy Naturalist Badge

      Explore the history of Longwood's trees.

      10:00 am 12:00 pm

      Juniors: Flowers Legacy Naturalist Badge

      Tour the beautiful Conservatory and discover the types of flowers growing year round.

      10:00 am 12:00 pm

      Member Orientation

      Join us to learn more about your Membership and enjoy a Garden Scavenger Hunt.

      10:00 am

      Webelos: Into the Woods Elective Adventure

      Discover the role of trees and plants in our ecosystem.

      10:00 am 12:00 pm

      Wolves: Grow Something Adventure

      Explore behind the scenes in our greenhouses.

      10:00 am 12:00 pm

      Garden Highlights

      Enjoy a guided walk and discover more about the spectacular horticulture featured this season. Free with Gardens Admission.

      12:30 pm 1:30 pm
      Lab Girl book cover
      2018 Community Read

      Join Longwood Gardens and our community partners for the fifth year of our Community Read—a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation.

      Explore our Seasons

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

      March 31–May 6, 2018

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

      May 7–September 30, 2018

      From the beauty of our Meadow Garden to children enjoying our Garden Railway, this is one of our liveliest seasons.

      October 4–November 18, 2018

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

      November 22, 2018–January 6, 2019