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From our humble beginnings as a Quaker farmstead and arboretum, to Pierre S. du Pont’s forward-thinking stewardship, to today’s collection of renowned landscape designers, horticulturists, and architects, our great garden of the world evolves and emerges again and again.

The garden is the smallest parcel of the world and then it is the totality of the world.

Michel Foucault

Explore 400 acres of lush, formal gardens, open meadows, and winding paths to breathtaking Brandywine Valley vistas. Together, mesmerizing displays, feats of engineering, and science-based research and conservation work harmoniously toward the overarching goal to unite and inspire our guests in appreciation of beauty—as only Longwood can. 

Explore Our Gardens

  • Siberian Iris

    Iris is a genus of about 300 species of herbaceous perennials native to northern Asia, North America, and eastern and central Europe.  ‘Pansy Purple’, a Siberian iris hybrid, was introduced by New England hybridizer, Currier McEwen.  It grows up to 28" tall and is easy to grow in full sun, with regular moisture and slightly acidic soil. Producing deep purple flowers from the middle of May to June, 'Pansy Purple' has grass-like foliage that adds a vertical element to the garden.

     
  • Fringe-tree

    Fringe-tree is native to the eastern and central United States. It has lacy, white, fragrant flowers in May and early June.  Growing only to 20 feet tall, fringe-tree is a great tree for small gardens or used as a woodland understory plant.  This fairly adaptable tree does well in full sun to partial shade, and has reliable yellow fall foliage.