KENNETT SQUARE, PA – The splendor of spring emerges at Longwood Gardens April 1-May 26, 2017. Enjoy hundreds of lush acres featuring burgeoning gardens of daffodils, tulips, azaleas, wisteria, and more, while flowering magnolias and cherry trees color the landscape. Indoors, lilies, delphiniums, echium, and hydrangeas take center stage, filling the Conservatory with fragrance and color.
During peak bloom, Longwood’s historic 600-foot long Flower Garden Walk boasts more than 125,000 tulips and other seasonal blooms in a rainbow of color. The Idea Garden is awash in innovative plant combinations that will inspire. Guests won’t want to miss Longwood’s grand treehouses, whimsical Topiary Garden, and historic Peirce’s Woods, featuring rhododendron and other spring favorites Daily visitor programs, including gardening demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours, and talks add to Longwood’s charms. Children will enjoy the many activities in the outdoor Children’s Corner, and the imaginative fun of the Indoor Children’s Garden. Longwood’s inviting and expansive Meadow Garden comes to life in the spring as Carolina silverbell, Eastern redbud, flowering dogwood, and sweet azalea grace the Forest Edge.
Spring Holiday Weekends
Enjoy the beauty of the Gardens Easter Weekend, Saturday, April 15, and Sunday, April 16. Live music will fill the Conservatory from 12:00–3:00 pm both days. The Terrace is offering a variety of dining options, including a wine and champagne bar. The Café will feature a special menu of lamb, salmon, pasta, soups, and salads. Brunch reservations are available for the fine dining experience at 1906 with a special menu including lamb ragout and smoked duck quiche. 1906 is open from 10:00 am–4:00 pm, and reservations can be made at opentable.com.
Enjoy extended hours on Mother’s Day Weekend Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 when the Gardens are open from 9:00 am–8:00 pm. Live music will be featured throughout the day, and a wine and champagne bar will be available at The Terrace. Reservations are available for 1906, which will serve a special prix fixe menu as well as à la carte options. Make reservations at opentable.com.
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. Admission is $23 for adults; $20 for seniors (age 62+); $13 for students (ages 5–18 or with valid student ID) and free ages 4 and under. Group rates available. Details at www.longwoodgardens.org.