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Longwood Gardens Presents Autumn's Colors September 6 - November 23

August 12, 2014
Autumn at Longwood means clear, crisp days entice you to stroll amid our colorful foliage, venture into the Meadow Garden for a solitary walk, or explore the Pumpkin Playground resonating with children’s laughter.

Kennett Square, Pa- The beauty of autumn unfolds at Longwood Gardens September 6 through November 23. The changing hues of the Meadow Garden and the whimsical Garden Railway shine in September. In October, as the palette of autumn begins to emerge outdoors, the Pumpkin Playground opens to the delight of young guests. Late October heralds the arrival of Chrysanthemum Festival, which transforms Longwood’s 4-acre Conservatory into a vibrant visual feast of colorful chrysanthemum blooms. The gardens are open daily from 9 am -6 pm. For tickets, visit www.longwoodgardens.org. 

Garden Highlights
A focal point of the season is the newly expanded 86-acre Meadow Garden which is in its most colorful season, as late-blooming goldenrod, native asters, and warm-season meadow grasses color the landscape. Meadow Days offer more opportunities for fun and discovery. Longwood experts will be on hand to answer questions as guests explore more than three miles of walking trails, embark on a nature seek-and-find for kids and much more. Meadow Days take place on September 20 & October 11 from 11am-3pm and are free with Gardens Admission.

The Garden Railway
opens September 6 and features an enchanting display of G-scale model trains. This custom model train traverses bridges, tunnels, and water features. This is the 14th year the Railway has delighted guests and is now in a new location, near the Birdhouse Treehouse.

Children of all ages will enjoy the Pumpkin Playground, on view beginning October 1. Young guests are invited to roll, pick up, move, and play with a variety of pumpkins in this interactive area. Don’t miss the chance to have your picture taken in this festive fall playground!

There are literally thousands of reasons to visit Chrysanthemum Festival. From the 230,000 colorful Chrysanthemum blooms flourishing in the Conservatory to the one-of-a-kind Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, the Festival is a showcase of the traditional Asian art of cultivating chrysanthemums into artistic shapes including spirals, cascades, balls, and even a 10-foot tall yellow chandelier.

The centerpiece of the display is the Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, which consists of a single chrysanthemum plant grown to produce more than 1,000 perfect blooms. Celebrate the beauty of the Chrysanthemum Festival after hours with the second annual Night of 1,000 Lights November 7 & 8. The Conservatory will be aglow with 1,000 Asian-inspired lanterns throughout the indoor gardens. Guests are invited to make their own lantern for the festival parade, as well as enjoy special Asian-inspired performances, and watch illuminated fountains dance in our Open Air Theatre. Tickets are on sale now and ticket prices include $28 for ages 16 & over and $13 for ages 15 & under.

Performances
Australia’s Strange Fruit returns September 5-7 with a remarkable show atop 14-foot high poles. The group’s performance is a unique, large-scale visual spectacle that fuses theatre, dance, and circus that is perfect for all ages. The performance is free with Gardens Admission. Performances are Friday, September 5 at 2:30pm and 4:30pm; Saturday, September 6 at 1:30pm, 3pm and 4:30pm; and Sunday September 7 at 1:30pm, 3pm and 4:30pm.

The last Fireworks and Fountains show of the season takes place September 13 at 8:45 pm, with the fan favorite, Ladies & Gentlemen… The Beatles. This showstopper features classic hits including Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds, Here Comes The Sun, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Let it Be and The Long and Winding Road. Special tickets are required and can be purchased at www.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 1,077 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 www.longwoodgardens.org or call 610-388-1000.

For Autumn’s Colors photo requests, contact Abbey Palutis, Marketing Communications Associate at apalutis@longwoodgardens.org or visit the Longwood Gardens Digital Gallery URL: 216.158.60.75 and click Press to view and download images.