Longwood Gardens Festival of Fountains On View Now
Illuminated Fountain Performances, Spectacular Gardens, and Live Music Kick-off Summer Season
Kennett Square, PA – Summer at Longwood Gardens is extraordinary by day and night. From daily fountain performances and acres of blooming gardens to performances under the stars, there is something for everyone this season.
Guests can dine alfresco and enjoy live music from a variety of regional artists in the Beer Garden Thursday–Saturday evenings. Iconic Illuminated Fountain Performances dance, soar, and delight with more performances than ever before in the Main Fountain Garden Thursday–Saturday evenings. Free with Gardens admission.
Festival of Fountains also features free and ticketed performances throughout the season. The season kicks off with the return of the Wine & Jazz Festival on June 4 featuring a stellar lineup of award-winning performers, including Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Christian McBride’s New Jawn, The Hot Sardines, Lucas Brown Trio, Unison featuring Tony Miceli, and The Brubeck Brothers Quartet. In addition, guest can enjoy wines from around the world, including selections from France, Spain, Argentina, South Africa, and Italy, as well as an array of domestic vintages from California, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and more. The Wine & Jazz Festival is June 4 from 2–10 pm and tickets are available now for $59 and $39 for designated drivers.
Other summer performances include singer-songwriter Carla Morrison on July 6, four-time Grammy Award-winning artist and activist Angélique Kidjo on August 3 and Grammy Award-winning jazz-soul singer Gregory Porter on September 28. For a complete listing of summer performances and to purchase tickets, visit longwoodgardens.org.
Summer of Celebration
In addition to the splendor of Festival of Fountains, Longwood will host celebratory weekends this summer recognizing the beauty of horticulture and landscape design.
World Topiary Day
Thursday, May 12–Saturday, May 14
Longwood joins Levens Hall and Gardens (Cumbria, UK) and other gardens around the globe in celebrating the beauty, art, and joy of topiary on May 12 -14. All weekend long delight in the fanciful cones, spirals, and whimsical shapes of Longwood’s Topiary Garden’s, and have your questions answered by the horticulture experts who have meticulously cared for and trained the yews for decades, from 10 am to 4 pm each day.
Saturday, September 24–Sunday, September 25
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, social reformer and founder of American landscape architecture. To mark this anniversary, the National Association for Olmsted Parks is leading the nationwide Olmsted 200 celebration in recognition of Olmsted’s enduring influence including the Inspired by Olmsted carillon competition. On Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 join Longwood in honoring the life and legacy of Olmstead with Chimes Tower tours and featured carillon concert each day by carillonneurs Geert D’Hollander and Ellen Dickinson as they present their award-winning Inspired by Olmsted compositions.
Festival of Fountains hours are 10 am–6 pm Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, and 10 am–10 pm Thursday–Saturday, now through June 29.
Light: Installations by Bruce Munro Returns June 30
The summer season gets in full swing beginning June 30, when guests can experience Light: Installations by Bruce Munro. Ten years after his debut at Longwood, Munro returns with eight all-new, immersive, large-scale, light-based installations that span across Longwood’s indoor and outdoor vistas. The exhibition is on view Thursday through Sunday evenings through October 30. Capacities are limited and admission is by timed admission ticket only, with advanced purchase required. To purchase tickets, 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 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 is one of more than 30 gardens in the Philadelphia region known as America’s Garden Capital. For more information, visit longwoodgardens.org.