KENNETT SQUARE, PA - Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, PA, plans five spectacular seasonal displays and nearly 600 daily horticultural, educational, performing arts, and holiday programs for 2018. One of the great gardens of the world and home to the most significant fountain collection in North America, Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden will again dazzle guests with daily fountain performances and illuminated fountain performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, beginning May 7. Other favorite events return including the spring bulb display that showcases more than 250,000 bulbs in spectacular bloom; the year-round performing arts series, featuring concerts, musicals, and other performances; and the popular holiday display, A Longwood Christmas.
The outdoor gardens and Conservatory open at 9 am every day of the year. Closing time varies by season, as the Gardens remain open later frequently for special events, illuminated fountain shows, and the holiday display. Admission is:
Seniors (age 62+): $20
Students: $13 (ages 5-18)
Children 4 and under: FREE
Group rates are available
Orchid Extravaganza: January 20–March 25. Enter a dazzling world of orchids as Longwood transforms its Conservatory into an orchid oasis. Orchid blooms cascade down walls, spill from containers and form towering arches throughout Longwood’s 4 acres of indoor gardens. Longwood’s award-winning orchid curtain returns standing 17-feet high featuring 350 Phalaenopsis Kaleidoscope orchids in glorious bloom. March 3-25, Longwood debuts a Winter Blues Festival featuring blues musicians against the backdrop of the Main Conservatory overflowing with blue-hued blossoms and foliage. The color blue is one of the rarest colors in nature, so Longwood’s horticulture team had to research, source, and grow these rare blue varieties for this most unusual display. In addition to Himalayan blue-poppies, guests will see hydrangeas, cineraria, scilla, pansy, delphinium and more.
Spring Blooms: March 31–May 6. Relish being outdoors as Longwood’s 1,083 acres herald the arrival of spring. Enjoy our spectacular outdoor spring bulb display, culminating in a rainbow of more than 250,000 blooming tulips in our famed Flower Garden Walk and Idea Garden. Flowering trees, shrubs, and other burgeoning blooms entice guests to explore the splendor of our landscape.
Festival of Fountains: May 7–September 30. Longwood’s celebration of the Main Fountain Garden, which returned in 2017 after a $90 million, more than two-year revitalization, continues with jaw-dropping fountain performances daily and extended hours for illuminated fountain performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. The refreshed garden design invites guests to wander and discover new garden gems, including the Grotto, Pumphouse Plaza, and Historic Pumphouse display.
In addition, the wildly popular Fireworks & Fountains return with six new shows: May 26, July 1, July 21, August 11, September 1, and September 29. General admission tickets for Festival of Fountains and Fireworks and Fountains shows go on sale April 9.
Festival of Fountains also features the Gardens in their summer splendor. Flowering annuals and perennials abound, as well as our breathtaking Waterlily Display that showcases aquatic plants from all over the world. Guests can also embark on a hike in the expansive Meadow Garden, enjoy a shady stroll among Longwood’s historic trees, and enjoy sitting under the stars with family and friends in our popular Beer Garden.
Autumn’s Colors: October 4–November 18. Fall fun awaits as the Gardens celebrate the harvest season with pumpkins and thousands of chrysanthemums indoors and out. Fountain shows continue daily through October 28, with illuminated fountain performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening through October. Chrysanthemum Festival (October 25-November 18) spotlights Longwood’s horticulture expertise as chrysanthemums are crafted and grown into extraordinary shapes, some taking as long as 18 months to complete. The highlight of the display is the Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, a single chrysanthemum that boasts more than 1,400 uniforms blooms on a single plant.
A Longwood Christmas: November 22, 2018–January 6, 2019. Thousands of poinsettias, towering Christmas trees, and fragrant flowers transform the Conservatory into a warm holiday wonderland. Outdoors, more than 500,000 decorative lights glitter in the trees and colorful fountain displays set to music enchant visitors. Evening choral concerts, strolling carolers, and organ sing-alongs fill the Gardens with the festive sounds of the holidays.
From January 16 through mid-March, Longwood’s Terrace Restaurant will be closed for renovation including a complete refurbishment of the fine dining restaurant 1906. The Café will be redesigned to accommodate an increased selection of ready-to-enjoy food items, the addition of specialty coffees, and more. In addition, huts will be constructed for pizza and grill stations in our Beer Garden. During the renovation, guests will still be able to enjoy a menu of soups, sandwiches, salads, snacks, and beverages in a tented temporary café located adjacent to the Terrace.
Year-round in the Gardens
There is something to discover every day of the year at Longwood. Our Indoor Children’s Garden is home to a creative crew of Garden residents, innovative water features, and an amazing palette of plants to inspire imaginations young and old. The Meadow Garden offers 86-acres featuring more than 3 miles of walking trails. Nature’s Castles, our three imaginative treehouses, delight young and old.
Longwood’s Education Programs encourage gardening at all levels. Classes and lectures on garden-related subjects are offered year-round, as well as student programs for individuals interested in horticulture as a profession. For information visit www.longwoodgardens.org.