Since 1906, our Gardens have been a source of joy, a place of community, and a way to connect with one another through shared experiences. We are honored to be a part of so many of your memories … memories that we are excited to highlight through our new #LongwoodLove initiative.
Through the years, our Members have built a community and through #LongwoodLove we hope to connect with one another more deeply through these challenging times. As a Member, we encourage you to share your Longwood memories with us, as well as explore the stories of others.
We’ll be sharing Member memories on this page and in Longwood from Home, our weekly Member enewsletter.
Longwood Gardens has been the site of family memories since I was 12 years old. My parents would take me and my three younger siblings to Longwood to see the fountains. We were so excited to be up past bedtime and watching the main fountain show. We would run around on the grass, playing, and then we would sit on blankets for the show.
Longwood became my happy place once I became a mother. My daughter and I would wander through the wonders in spring, summer, fall and always for Christmas. My husband even comes at Christmas now because he knows how special the lights are me.
As my daughter grew, it became a special place for my Mom, my daughter and me to visit together. Our son-in-law proposed to our daughter during the Valentine Gala in February 2010, and he knew early on how special the place is to us.
In September 2013, our daughter was due with her first child. My mom and I asked if she would like to walk the gardens and she agreed. We walked for hours and then ended the evening watching the show at the Main Fountain Show. During the Sousa, the baby began kicking up a storm. Alexis went into labor that night and our grandson was born the next day.
Since then, another grandson and another lover of Longwood. Needless to say, we are missing Longwood, but we are safe and healthy. My mom, my daughter and I visit every September to commemorate the visit that walked our grandson out. ~Lynn M.
I didn't grow up in the area (but rather Chicago) but my parents are from this area so we spent our childhood visiting when in the area--it was where my parents used to go on dates. I later found out that my then boyfriend, his parents had a similar story. And so when he wanted to propose, he knew it has to be Longwood–because it was part of our families' history. And in fact, when my parents moved back East, the first thing I bought them was a Membership to Longwood. So thank you guys for always being there, for generations. We can't wait to return. ~Katy B.
I have so many family memories at Longwood Gardens that I wouldn’t be able to talk about all of them in one sitting. Christmas was the start of our adventures at Longwood Gardens and we’ve been coming for orchids in March, tulips in spring and for the summer children’s gardens. My children (now adults in college) now have a deep love for plants and flowers as it is a hobby. I grow orchids, my son is growing fruits and veggies and my daughter loves and grow succulents. The photo is particularly special because both of my daughters are with me. It makes me so happy because I’m missing them so much right now. Thank you Longwood Gardens for being a precious part of my family memories. ~Angela D.
The first time I visited Longwood Gardens was in December 1981. I was a senior at Penn State majoring in horticulture. I visited with the Hort Club and fell in love with the gardens. I did not get to go back until April 1990 when I found out the guy I was dating also loved Longwood. He asked me to marry him there. Of course I accepted! Since then, we have been visiting several times a year and are Members. We have also instilled a love of the gardens in our two daughters. When our younger daughter was turning six she requested going to Longwood for her birthday. Last summer, she had her engagement photos taken there and now her husband also loves the gardens and wants to take his family. Longwood Gardens is one of our family’s happy places—many wonderful memories there and I’m sure many more to come. ~Rosa B.
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