Kennett Square, Pa. –Longwood Gardens today announced that timed admission tickets for its Summer of Spectacle season celebrating the return of the Main Fountain Garden will go on sale April 3 at 10 am. In addition to being a great garden of the world, Longwood is also home to the most significant fountain collection in North America and the jewel of that collection, the Main Fountain Garden, is returning after a two-year revitalization. The Main Fountain Garden now includes dynamic new spinning and spiraling fountain features, jets propelling water as high as 175 feet, new fountain lighting, and a more welcoming and immersive garden experience for guests.
Summer of Spectacle is May 27–September 30, and features daily fountain performances and a variety of special events throughout the season. The Gardens are open 9 am to 6 pm Sunday-Wednesday, and 9 am to 10 pm Thursday-Saturdays for Illuminated Fountain Shows. Admission is by timed admission ticket only. Members may visit anytime, but require free timed reservations if visiting after 5 pm, Thursday–Saturday evenings. To purchase tickets or make Member reservations, visit www.longwoodgardens.org.
A variety of activities are planned throughout the Summer of Spectacle. Every day guests can see Main Fountain Garden performances, now set to music, at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm; additional half-hour evening shows are at 7:00 and 9:15 pm Thursday–Saturdays only. New discoveries await in the Main Fountain Garden including the secluded Grotto, the welcoming Pumphouse Plaza, and the Historic Pump Room & Gallery exhibit, which highlights the Garden’s original construction and showcases the original 18 pumps and mechanical systems that powered the fountains from 1931 to 2014.
In addition, a new exhibit Water & Wonder–The Spectacular Main Fountain Garden Shows is on view throughout Summer of Spectacle. The exhibit traces the history and development of Longwood fountain displays and Fireworks & Fountains Shows, and gives insight into how the dazzling shows were created in the past as well as exploring the innovative technologies used to create shows today.
The Beer Garden returns Thursday–Saturday evenings offering alfresco dining while enjoying Longwood Signature Brews created by Victory Brewing Company using ingredients grown at Longwood. Regional artists perform live music every Thursday evening, from 6–9 pm, the perfect prelude to the Illuminated Fountain Show at 9:15 pm.
May 27, 28, 29
Be among the first to see the Main Fountain Garden perform again! Enjoy shows throughout the day and into the evening, explore the revitalized Garden as legacy fountains dance for the first time in decades, restored stone is again resplendent, and new Garden features await your discovery. All guests receive a commemorative gift to mark the Main Fountain Garden’s return. Free with timed admission ticket.
It was July 20, 1906 that Pierre S. du Pont purchased the original Longwood property and we are marking the day with celebratory Founder’s Weekend, highlighted by the premiere of the Main Fountain Garden documentary, Flowing Water. Hear from the filmmaker about the making of this feature, which shares the history of the creation of the Main Fountain Garden and documents its revitalization in stunning visual detail. Journey with the filmmaker as he retraces Pierre’s visits to inspirational gardens in Europe and much more. The documentary will be viewed outdoors beginning at 7 pm. Free with timed admission ticket.
Fireworks & Fountains Shows
May 28, July 2, July 22, August 12, September 2, September 16
The astonishing awe of Longwood’s Fireworks & Fountains Shows return on six special evenings. Special tickets are required for these artistic shows combining fountains and fireworks choreographed to music. Show themes will be announced in early April. Tickets go on sale May 1.
Friday, September 22-24
Celebrate our first-ever Carillon Festival, featuring 12 concerts over three days by guest carillonneurs from around the country. Each afternoon, guests can gather on the lawn around the Chimes Tower to listen to live performances followed by tours of the Chimes Tower. Free with timed admission ticket.
Music fills the Gardens throughout the summer as Longwood welcomes a stellar lineup of performers. Special ticket required.
Sunday, June 18
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Ritter comes to the Gardens on the heels of his latest album, Sermon on the Rocks. Tickets include all-day admission and are $20–$45, available at longwoodgardens.org.
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra with Peter Serkin, Piano
Sunday, June 25
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, led by David Amado, will present an all-Beethoven program with highly acclaimed pianist Peter Serkin. Tickets include all-day admission and are $32–$67, available at longwoodgardens.org.
Tuesday, July 11
Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves returns to our Gardens for an evening of incredible jazz vocals. Tickets include all-day admission and are $28–$53, available at longwoodgardens.org.
The Chick Corea Elektric Band and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Wednesday, August 9
The Chick Corea Elektric Band featuring Dave Weckl, John Patitucci, Eric Marienthal, and Frank Gambale with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones featuring Victor Wooten, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, and Howard Levy. Tickets include all-day admission and are $50–$85, available at longwoodgardens.org.
Del & Dawg
Featuring Del McCoury and David Grisman
Tuesday, August 15
Bluegrass royalty Del McCoury and David (Dawg) Grisman come together to celebrate half a century of friendship and music making. Tickets include all-day admission and are $30–$55, available at longwoodgardens.org.
Tuesday, September 5
Julieta Venegas is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer. Tickets include all-day admission and are $34–$59, available at 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, 30 miles west of Philadelphia. Timed admission tickets are $23 for adults; $20 for seniors (age 62+); $12 for students and free ages 4 and under. Group rates available. The Gardens open at 9 am. Details can be found at www.longwoodgardens.org.