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 2020. 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 dazzle guests with daily fountain shows and Illuminated Fountain Performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings beginning May 9. The popular Wine & Jazz Festival returns Saturday, June 6. Other favorite events return including the spring bulb display that showcases more than 250,000 bulbs in spectacular bloom; a year-round performing arts series featuring concerts 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 frequently remain open later for special events, Illuminated Fountain Performances, and the holiday display. Admission is:
Seniors (age 62+): $22
College Students (with valid ID): $22
Youth: $13 (ages 5-18)
Children 4 and under: FREE
Group rates are available
Orchid Extravaganza: January 18–March 22. Longwood transforms its Conservatory into an orchid oasis as colorful blooms cascade down walls, spill from containers, and hang from above throughout Longwood’s 4.5 acres of indoor, heated gardens. In early March, Longwood’s famed blue-poppies (Meconopsis 'Lingholm'), known for their unique blue hue, returns to the Conservatory for a limited time. Longwood has successfully produced a crop of blue-poppies each winter since 2003. Outdoors, vibrant witch hazel blooms punctuate the landscape and entice guests to stroll the beautiful winter landscape.
Spring Blooms: March 28–May 3. Relish being outdoors as Longwood’s 1,100 acres herald the arrival of spring. Enjoy our award-winning outdoor bulb display, culminating in a rainbow of more than 250,000 spring bulbs blooming in our famed Flower Garden Walk and Idea Garden. Flowering trees, shrubs, and other burgeoning blooms herald the arrival of spring throughout the landscape.
Festival of Fountains: May 7–September 27. Summer at Longwood makes a splash as the Gardens’ fountain collection jets to life. The Main Fountain Garden offers jaw-dropping performances daily and extended hours for Illuminated Fountain Performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Guests can also enjoy the Open Air Theatre fountains, which perform daily, as well as the picturesque Italian Water Garden, which offers a cool respite from the warm summer sun. The wildly popular Fireworks & Fountains Shows return with six new shows: May 24, July 2, July 18, August 8, September 6, and September 26.
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 walk in the expansive Meadow Garden, enjoy a shaded stroll among Longwood’s historic trees, and enjoy sitting under the stars with family and friends in our popular Beer Garden.
General admission tickets for Festival of Fountains and tickets Fireworks and Fountains Shows go on sale April 6 at 9 am.
Autumn’s Colors: October 1–November 15. The Gardens embrace the harvest season with pumpkins and thousands of chrysanthemums indoors and out. Our miniature Garden Railway delights guests young and old with its fanciful cars and engines and our fountain shows continue daily through November 1, with Illuminated Fountain Performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening through October 31. Chrysanthemum Festival (October 22–November 15) 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 1,500 uniform blooms on a single plant.
A Longwood Christmas: November 20, 2020–January 3, 2021. 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 more than 100 trees in a display that won top honors as the best botanical garden holiday light display from USA Today and 10Best in 2018 and 2019. In addition, colorful fountain displays set to holiday music enchant guests, while evening choral concerts, strolling carolers, and organ sing-alongs fill the Gardens with the festive sounds of the holiday.
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 of all ages. The Meadow Garden offers 86 acres and more than 3 miles of walking trails. Our three imaginative treehouses delight the young and young at heart. 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 those interested in horticulture as a profession. For information 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 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. 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.