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Celebrate the Beauty and Bounty of Fall During Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens

September 14, 2021

KENNETT SQUARE, PA–The crisp fall air beckons as the bounty of the harvest season peaks during Longwood Gardens’ Autumn’s Colors, on view October 2 through November 14. Surround yourself in the daily shifts of the season’s hues and textures as the days grow shorter and sweeping fields of gold and amber paint the landscape.

October 16 marks the arrival of Chrysanthemum Festival, transforming Longwood’s Conservatory into a vibrant visual feast of colorful chrysanthemum blooms. Iconic three-dimensional pieces showcase Longwood’s horticultural expertise while preserving an ancient artform practiced throughout Japan and China.

Enjoy live music and libations under a canopy of fall color in the Beer Garden Thursday–Saturday evenings, and a spectacular Illuminated Fountain Performance set to music at 8:15 pm, both through October 30. For tickets, visit longwoodgardens.org.

Autumn Highlights
From falling leaves to blooming wildflowers, the 86-acre Meadow Garden reaches its peak in autumn with its layers of beauty. The Garden Railway features an enchanting display of G-scale model trains that ramble through a whimsical landscaped setting complete with miniature Longwood landmarks. Children of all ages will enjoy the Pumpkin Playground, on view October 9 through October 31. Young guests are invited to roll, , move, and play with a variety of pumpkins found in this picture-perfect area of the Idea Garden.

Chrysanthemum Festival Marks 40th Year
Since 1981, Longwood has showcased spectacular blooming chrysanthemums grown and shaped into unique three-dimensional forms during this month-long celebration. This year the display features a record number of forms, with more than 50 large-scale cascade chrysanthemum forms nurtured and trained using techniques first practiced in Japan and China. From fanciful clouds and umbrellas, to shields and spirals, more than 5,000 chrysanthemums are used in this extraordinary blend of horticulture and artistry.

A highlight of the display is the Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, a single chrysanthemum plant grown to produce as many perfect blooms as possible.

Final Weeks of Fountain Performances
Just a few weeks remain to experience the splendor of the Main Fountain Garden. Daytime fountain performances continue through October 31 at 11:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:15 pm, & 5:15 pm. Our Illuminated Fountain Performances continue through October 30 Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:15 pm. Catch a favorite show or experience one of our new performances, featuring jets of water in all shapes, sizes, and hues dancing 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 before the fountain performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings through October 30. The Beer Garden live music and Illuminated Fountain Performance lineup includes:

Thursday, September 30:
5–8 pm: Poor Man’s Gambit (Traditional Celtic)
8:15 pm: Selections from Carmina Burana

Friday, October 1:
5–8 pm: Poor Man’s Gambit (Traditional Celtic)
8:15 pm: NEW Las Vegas Legends

Saturday, October 2:
5–8 pm: Borderline (Traditional Bluegrass)
8:15 pm: NEW It’s Always Sunny at Longwood Gardens

Thursday, October 7:
5–8 pm: Marc Silver and The Stonethrowers (Bluegrass)
8:15 pm: Sleeping Beauty

Friday, October 8:
5–8 pm: Borderline (Traditional Bluegrass)
8:15 pm: Queens of Soul

Saturday, October 9:
5–8 pm: the mma project (Eclectic Acoustic)
8:15 pm: NEW Proud

Thursday, October 14:
5–8 pm: Conjunto Philadelphia (Traditional Cuban and Latin Jazz)
8:15 pm: Bailando: Latin Rhythms

Friday, October 15:
5–8 pm: Marc Silver and The Stonethrowers (Bluegrass)
8:15 pm: Producer’s Choice

Saturday, October 16:
5–8 pm: Polkadelphia (Polka New and Old)
8:15 pm: NEW Hip Hop Mixtape

Thursday, October 21:
5–8 pm: Poor Man’s Gambit (Traditional Celtic)
8:15 pm: Copland Classics

Friday, October 22:
5–8 pm: Polkadelphia (Polka New and Old)
8:15 pm: Pure Imagination

Thursday, October 28:
5–8 pm: Stevie Nolan & the Bluescasters (Blues)
8:15 pm: NEW Here You Come Again

Friday, October 29:
5–8 pm: Polkadelphia (Polka New and Old)
8:15 pm: We’ve Got the Funk

Saturday, October 30:
5–8 pm: Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society 
8:15 pm: Halloween Magic

The Beer Garden music and Illuminated Fountain Performances are included with Gardens Admission. Free timed Member reservations required on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays if arriving after 3 pm through October 30.

For tickets and the complete schedule of Illuminated Fountain Performances, visit longwoodgardens.org.

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 1,100 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and grand 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. Open daily, Longwood is one of more than 30 gardens in the Philadelphia region known as America’s Garden Capital. For more information, visit longwoodgardens.org.