Longwood Gardens today announced record attendance of 1,163,392 guests for the fiscal year from October 1, 2011-September 30, 2012.
“We are thrilled to reach this attendance milestone and are pleased that so many people from around the region and around the world want to experience the beauty of Longwood Gardens,” said Director Paul B. Redman.
In addition to its dazzling horticulture displays, guests to Longwood enjoy concerts, performances, educational events, and special exhibits, including the recent summer blockbuster Light: Installations by Bruce Munro. Light alone drew nearly 300,000 guests to the Gardens.
Longwood’s attendance in FY 2011 was 967, 673. Since 2006, Longwood has achieved a 38% increase in attendance.
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. Mr. du Pont indulged his passion for gardening, turning his farm into a magnificent horticultural showplace. 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-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 opens daily at 9 am. Admission is $18 for adults; $15 for seniors (62+); $8 for Students ages 5-18 or with valid student ID; and free age 4 and under. Longwood Gardens is on US Route 1 near Kennett Square, PA. For more information, visit www.longwoodgardens.org or call 610-388-1000.