Explore Longwood Gardens

An allee of trees creates a pattern of light and shadow on a broad garden walkway.
Hank Davis

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.

Through Longwood Gardens and its program of outstanding horticultural display, every visitor to the Gardens has the opportunity to gain, culturally and spiritually, a better peace of mind.

Russell J. Seibert, Longwood’s first director

Explore nearly 200 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

  • Ornamental Carrot

    You may be familiar with the common roadside wildflower Queen Anne's lace, also known as wild carrot, with a flat-topped cluster of white flowers, reminiscent of lace. This ornamental selection, 'Dara', produces flowers from light pink to purple-red. Along with its fine textured foliage, which adds a slight airy feel to summer planting beds and borders, ornamental carrot can be used as a cut flower and later in dried arrangements.
  • Culver's-root

    Native to eastern and central North America, Veronicastrum virginicum is a tall perennial which grows in low meadows, prairies, moist open forests, thickets and along roadsides. Its small white flowers are arranged in a spike up to 8 inches long and will bloom from June through to September. Bees and butterflies are attracted to the plant's pollen and nectar.