Celebrating 50 Years of Learning

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Celebrating 50 Years of Learning

Professional Gardener Alumni Association

Date & Price

Saturday, October 16, 2021

9:00 am–9:00 pm

Alumni are invited to attend the entire day (dinner not included) at no charge

Registration required

Dinner: $55

Register by September 29, 2021

Registration Closed

Join us as we mark the 50th Anniversary of our Professional Horticulture Program (formerly called the Professional Gardener Program) and welcome back our many talented alumni from around the world.

Alumni are invited to enjoy a day of sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, and reconnecting with friends. The day concludes with cocktails and dinner in the Conservatory followed by an Illuminated Fountain Performance. Whether you are joining us for the entire day or just for the evening, we look forward to celebrating with you.

Event Schedule

8:30 am: Registration

9:00 am: Breakfast & Networking

10:00 am Session: 50 Years of Experiences

What is the future of horticulture? What are the emerging trends or research important in the industry today? What was the most valuable lesson you learned while a student at Longwood? In this session, alumni come together to share information, ideas, and lessons learned in their careers.

12:30–4:00 pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tours

  • Main Fountain Garden and Tunnels Tour

    Experience the Main Fountain Garden from the inside out and explore the inner workings of the largest fountain garden in the US. Learn about this one-of-a-kind space traveling from above ground to the vast tunnel system hidden below.

    Please note: This tour requires the ability to climb several flights of stairs and is not accessible by wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

  • Nursery Production Greenhouse

    Explore our recently opened Nursery Production Greenhouse that allows us to enjoy unprecedented flexibility to accommodate a variety of growing methods and environments to produce plants for our seasonal displays. Enjoy the more than 65,000 square feet of growing space and learn about the state-of-the-art technologies used in its design.

  • Research

    The Research department has a long history of supporting the horticulture community and Longwood’s displays. See what they are working on now while touring their greenhouse spaces and labs. Staff will be on hand to share their projects and to answer your questions.

5:30 pm: Cocktails

Location: Patio of Oranges

6:30 pm: Dinner

Location: Ballroom

8:15 pm: Illuminated Fountain Performance

Location: Main Fountain Garden

While the daytime activities and dinner are available to alumni only, alumni will receive up to four complimentary admission tickets for family to enjoy the Gardens on October 16.


Please call: 610.388.5239
or email: jbagnell@longwoodgardens.org