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Autumn’s Colors Begins October 4 at Longwood Gardens

September 10, 2018
Fountain Performances Conclude October 27

Kennett Square, Pa- Take in the beauty and bounty of fall during Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens October 4 through November 18. Throughout the season, warm hues paint the landscape as the air turns cooler amid one of the gardens’ liveliest and most colorful seasons. The Meadow Garden reaches a crescendo as late-blooming goldenrod, native aster, and warm-season grasses and foliage burst with vibrant color. October 25 brings the arrival of Chrysanthemum Festival, which transforms Longwood’s 4-acre Conservatory into a vibrant visual feast of colorful chrysanthemum blooms grown into unusual shapes and forms. Enjoy fountain shows daily through October 27, with extended hours on Thursday-Saturday evenings for live music in the Beer Garden and our spectacular illuminated Fountain performances set to music at 8:15 pm. For tickets, visit

The Final Weeks of Fountain Performances
Just a few weeks remain to experience the splendor of the Main Fountain Garden. Catch a favorite show or experience one of this year’s new Illuminated Fountain Performances, as water of all shapes, sizes, and hues dance along to music in our last fountain performances of the year. In the final weeks of the Beer Garden season, catch live music, tasty fare, and refreshing brews Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings through October 27.

Live Music in the Beer Garden and Illuminated Fountain Performance Lineup
Daytime Fountain Performances
Now–October 28
11:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:15 pm, & 5:15 pm
Fountains dance and twirl during 12-minute performances set to music. Our narrated Fountains Then and Now show at 11:15 am and 3:15 pm showcases our newest fountain features. Our 1:15 pm and 5:15 pm shows are set to a variety of musical genres sure to please.

Live Music in the Beer Garden and Illuminated Fountain Performance Lineup
Thursday, October 4:
5–8 pm: Musette Project (Gypsy Jazz and French Swing)
8:15 pm: The Beatles

Friday, October 5:
5–8 pm: Polkadelphia (Polka New and Old)
8:15 pm: NEW American Songbook Reimagined

Saturday, October 6:
5–8 pm: Marc Silver (Blues)
8:15 pm: NEW Be Our Guest

Thursday, October 11:
5–8 pm: Poor Man’s Gambit (Traditional Celtic)
8:15 pm: NEW Sounds of Motown

Friday, October 12:
5–8 pm: Conjunto Philadelphia (Traditional Cuban Son, Cha cha cha, Bolero)
8:15 pm: NEW In the Mood

Saturday, October 13:
5–8 pm: Conjunto Philadelphia
8:15 pm: On Broadway

Thursday, October 18:
5–8 pm: Stevie and the Bluescasters
8:15 pm: Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein

Friday, October 19:
5–8 pm: Musette Project (Gypsy Jazz and French Swing)
8:15 pm: Fanfare and Fountains

Saturday, October 20:
5–8 pm: Polkadelphia
8:15 pm: A Night at the Movies

Thursday, October 25:
5–8 pm: Marc Silver
8:15 pm: Over the Rainbow

Friday, October 26:
5–8 pm: Polkadelphia
8:15 pm: NEW Selections from Carmina Burana

Saturday, October 27:
5–8 pm: Polkadelphia
8:15 pm: NEW Solid Gold ‘70s

Free with Gardens Admission. Free timed Member reservations required on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays if arriving after 3pm through October 27.

Garden Highlights
A focal point of the autumn season is the 86-acre Meadow Garden which reaches its peak in fall with sweeping fields of gold and brilliant foliage in autumn hues. The Garden Railway opens October 4 and features an enchanting display of G-scale model trains that ramble through a beautifully landscaped setting complete with miniature Longwood landmarks. Children of all ages will enjoy the Pumpkin Playground, on view September 29 through the October 31. Young guests are invited to roll, pick up, move, and play with a variety of pumpkins found in this picture-perfect area of the Idea Garden.

Chrysanthemum Festival
Experience our most intensively cultivated display of the year during Chrysanthemum Festival October 25–November 18. The Festival is a showcase of the traditional Asian art of cultivating chrysanthemums into artistic shapes including spirals, cascades, and pagodas. The display features thousands of colorful Chrysanthemum blooms flourishing in the Conservatory, including the one-of-a-kind Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, a single plant that over 10 months grows to nearly 12-feet in diameter and boasts more than 1,400, perfectly uniform blooms, making it the largest chrysanthemum in outside of Asia.

New this year, a traditional fan form takes center stage. Spanning seven feet, the fan features white Chrysanthemum x morifolium ‘Yamanoha-no-Kumo’ surrounding a striking red Chrysanthemum x morifolium ‘Kurume’ circle in the center of the fan—symbolizing the Japanese flag and, ultimately, the origin of the chrysanthemum display.

Relive the Ancient Silk Road
As the Gardens showcase the floral artistry of the Far East, Longwood’s performing arts series celebrates the many influences and voices of the Silk Road—the ancient network of trade routes that connected the East and West with series of concerts sure to delight.

Original Quartet—Andalusia: The Origins of Flamenco
Saturday, November 3
8 pm
Original Quartet is an exploration of the roots of flamenco music, which was created through the gathering of Greco-Roman, Arab, and Jewish Sephardic cultures and the gypsies of India in Andalusia. Made up of Spanish guitar, violin, recorder, and vocals, this performance includes Iraqi poems and songs, Jewish Sephardic compositions, traditional Indian pieces, and modern compositions created specifically for this project. This concert is sold out.

Abigail Washburn & Wu Fei
Saturday, November 10
8 pm
An entirely unique banjo-guzheng duo bonded by their bicultural sisterhood, Grammy Award-winning artist Abigail Washburn and zither master Wu Fei sing and perform original compositions inspired by weaving together Appalachian and Chinese folk songs. Tickets are $38 for Reserved Seating and $32 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Friday, November 16
8 pm
Small ensembles of musicians from The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia spotlight music and composers influenced by and originating from musical traditions along the Silk Road. Tickets are $40 for Reserved Seating and $34 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.

Celebrate the beauty of Autumns Colors October 4 through November 18. Timed Tickets Required. For tickets, visit

About Longwood Gardens
In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,083 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and community engagement. Longwood Gardens is on US Route 1 near Kennett Square, PA. For more information, visit or call 610-388-1000.