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Main Fountain Garden

Main Fountain Garden

About This Garden

Nowhere else in the world is there a setting that marries fountains, theater, and garden, establishing our Main Fountain Garden as the finest performance fountain in the world. As the culmination of the legacy and vision of Pierre S. du Pont, the garden combines classic landscape design with art, innovation, technology, and extraordinary fountains.

On View May 5–September 25, 2022

Enjoy an Excerpt from our Illuminated Fountain Performances

“The epic effects of the new performing fountains ... may make the observer forget the beauty and significance of the garden itself, which is one of the largest and most alluring classical revival landscapes in the country.”

—Adrian Higgins, The Washington Post

Fountain Design in the Revitalized Garden

From Farmland to Formal Landscape

Inspired by European fountains and the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Pierre S. du Pont designed and built his masterpiece on his country estate, bringing modern technology and classic design to former agricultural land.

Explore our Main Fountain Garden

Pierre S. du Pont used early 20th century technology to mimic the 17th & 18th century gardens he visited in Europe. See how we maintained his vision.

Explore the other-worldly Grotto at Longwood Gardens, a surprising new addition to the revitalized, 5-acre Main Fountain Garden.

Learn how our Main Fountain Garden performances were crafted in the past, and meet the technologies used to make the fountains dance today.

Hear from those at L'Observatoire International who designed our nighttime lighting of the revitalized Main Fountain Garden.