Explore Longwood Gardens

reddish yellow lights and lanterns on outdoor trees reflect in a lake
Becca Mathias

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

  • Thanksgiving Cactus

    Native to rainforests in Brazil, Schlumbergera, grow as epiphytes, mainly on trees or shrubs but sometimes in shady places among rocks.  They do not have true leaves, but flattened, succulent stems.  Schlumbergera flowers bloom directly from the stems at the nodules, and come in a variety of colors.  The hybrid ‘Thor Carmen’ is a tough houseplant that has showy flowers that bloom in the late fall, usually around Thanksgiving, hence the common name Thanksgiving cactus.  Sometimes confused with the true Christmas cactus, Schlumbergera x buckleyi, you can tell them apart because the Thanksgiving cactus has claw-like appendages on its stems that resemble crab claws, hence another common name, crab cactus.
  • Paperwhite Narcissus; Tazetta Daffodil

    These bulbs produce clusters of white, fragrant flowers that can be forced to bloom indoors in winter.  Easy to grow in containers, paperwhite narcissus are a wonderful accent to the home.