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Thousands of Reasons to Celebrate Autumn During Longwood Gardens Chrysanthemum Festival

October 6, 2014
Longwood’s 4-acre conservatory transforms into a vibrant visual feast of colorful chrysanthemum blooms October 25-November 23

KENNETT SQUARE, PA- Nearly 230,000 colorful chrysanthemums take center stage October 25 thruNovember 23 during the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, PA.Longwood’s 4-acre conservatory transforms into a vibrant visual feast of colorful chrysanthemum blooms. Giant mum baskets hang in the Exhibition Hall and Orangery, and 230,000 chrysanthemums trained into colorful cascades, curtains, towering 6-foot-tall specimens, tiny bonsai, and autumn splendor awaits around every turn. The showstopper of the display is the elaborate “Thousand Bloom” mum, which boasts more than 1,515 perfectly placed, uniform blooms on one plant. Longwood is one of the few places in the world where this growing technique is still practiced.

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.

In addition to the Chrysanthemum grandeur, guests can enjoy the newly-expanded 86-acre Meadow Garden which is in its most colorful season, as late blooming goldenrod, native asters, and warm-seasoned meadow grasses color the landscape. The Garden Railway features an enchanting display of G-scale model trains. This is the 14th year the Railway has delighted guests and is now in a new location, near the Birdhouse Treehouse.

From the Thousand Bloom Mum to a Night of 1,000 Lights Lantern Festival, there are thousands upon thousands of reasons to celebrate autumn at Longwood Gardens. Chrysanthemum Festival runs October 25 – November 23 and is free with Gardens admission.

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 or call 610-388-1000.         

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