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Learn and Discover

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A Fine Vine: Clematis

Clematis are among the most decorative and spectacular of all the flowering vines. They come in a variety of colors, forms, and foliage. Join Jeff Jabco, an instructor in our Continuing Education program, as he showcases the top five Clematis in this year’s International Trial.

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All About Vines

Discover how vines climb, create paper vines, and even try your hand at growing your own pumpkin patch.

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Go Wild for Columbine

Learn about Aquilegia canadensis, also known as wild columbine, in this informative photo story. You can learn about more perennials for your garden in Annuals, Perennials, and Vines: Identification and Use, our online course offered with North Carolina State University. 

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Know Your Perennial Plants?

Test your plant knowledge! Can you identify these common perennials?

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Perennial Pals

Kids can discover how to recognize common perennials and learn about the different parts of a flower.

Plant Focus: Calibrachoa

Calibrachoa is a great summer annual that you might mistake for a petunia, but it has a style and beauty all its own. This presentation by Elisabeth Meyer of NC State University, is part of Annuals, Perennials, and Vines: Identification and Use, our online course now open for registration, offered in partnership with NC State University.

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Flowering Annuals

In this activity, kids will discover how to recognize some common annuals and learn about the life cycle of flowering plants. Then they can get planting and experiment with growing bean seeds.

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Test Your Plant ID

How well do you know your sun-loving plants? Test yourself in this interactive quiz, which is part of our All-Purpose Annuals course.

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Mushroom Soup Madness

We are well-known for our award-winning Kennett Square Mushroom Soup. Try your hand at making it at home with this recipe from our chefs at 1906.

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A Botanical Paradise

Join Longwood Fellow Barbara Wheeler on a fascinating virtual journey through her home country of New Zealand. From the diverse topography to the interesting animal species to the fascinating plant life, discover the majesty and beauty of New Zealand.

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Create Your Own Miniature Garden

Inspire your imagination and find joy in creating an enchanting miniature garden.

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Animal Art

Did you know we have more than 100 animal statues scattered throughout our Gardens? Learn about a few of our favorites, then create an animal-inspired sculpture and jigsaw puzzle of your own.

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Virtual Plant Walk

Have rocky soil or moist conditions? Looking for a plant deer won’t eat? Join horticulturist Karl Gercens as he introduces you to some plants that may just fit the bill. 

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Longwood Lecture Series: Modern Horticulture in Historic Landscapes 

How do you revitalize a landscape? Our VP of Horticulture Sharon Loving and West8 Landscape Architect Jelle Therry share some of the challenges. One thing is certain: Trees play an important role.

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Make Your Own Grass Head

In this fun activity for kids, plant some grass seed on a fun form, watch it grow, then trim its hair!

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Everything About Aquatics

Delve into the amazing world of aquatics in this free online course. Designed for beginners and experts, learn how to select, care for, and create your own aquatic display in this engaging multimedia course.

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Get Puzzled

What better way to celebrate the summer than by engaging your brain with a virtual puzzle of our dazzling Waterlily Display?

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Kitchen Farming

Start growing your own vegetables right in your kitchen using common produce found in your home. 

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Conservation and Culture in the Amazon

Join National Geographic Explorers as they take you on a photographic journey through the Amazon in this informative and inspiring video presentation. Learn about living with the indigenous people of the Amazon and their unique cultures, how indigenous groups regard their trees, both for physical and spiritual uses, and see how this reverence can protect both people and their ecosystems.

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An Entertaining Tradition

Pierre S. and Alice du Pont loved to entertain in the Gardens. Join in the tradition and try your hand at a recipe from the du Pont family cookbook. 

Hydroponics & Plant Careers

Create a self-watering planter and discover the many rewarding careers you can pursue in the plant world.

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Killer Plants

Embark on a weird plant safari in this virtual lecture with botanist and botanical illustrator Chris Thorogood. Author of Weird Plants, Chris shares the startling real-life behavior of carnivorous plants and the one plant that still eludes him.

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The Weird, The Wild, and The Wonderful

From the driest deserts of the Middle East to the misty mountains of tropical Borneo, travel the globe with plant hunter and illustrator Chris Thorogood to discover nature’s most unusual and amazing plants in this presentation designed especially for grades 3-12.

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Our Carnivorous Collection

With their visual appeal and botanical interest, it is little wonder that carnivorous plants have long had a place on display in our Gardens.

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Spring’s Hidden Gems

There are some often-overlooked woody plants whose blooms and foliage put on a dazzling spring show. Find out which hidden gems to add to your landscape.

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Get Outside

Get the family back to nature with these fun activities designed to connect you to the wonder and beauty of the natural world.

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A Plant’s Life

Explore the life cycle of a plant from seed to flower. Go behind-the-scenes and discover how our horticulturists prepare our spectacular displays in this fun online class for grades 3-8.

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Create a Bonsai

Our own bonsai expert Kevin Bielicki demonstrates how to create a bonsai from nursery stock.

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Kokedama at Home 

Kokedama (Japanese for “moss ball”) is a decorative style of potting plants in a ball of moss and displaying them in a dish or suspended in the air. Make your own kokedama with this easy step-by-step guide.

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Indoor Family #PlantHunt

Plants are not just outdoors—they are everywhere! Go on this fun hunt to find objects made from plants all around your house. 

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Celebrate Trees

Learn some fun facts about trees, planting and caring for them, and meet some of our smallest trees in this virtual field trip for kids grades 3–8.

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Mystery Plant Activity

One of Longwood’s carnivorous plants has gone missing! Who did it? How did they do it? We need your help in this curious case of the missing plant!  


Flower Memory Match

Test your memory and learn some new flower names in this matching game for the whole family.  

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Sharing our Legacy of Entertaining

Pierre S. and Alice du Pont loved to entertain in the Gardens. Since we entertain you in our Gardens, why not head into your own kitchen and recreate a recipe from the du Pont family cookbook.

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Floral Design With Orchids

Join acclaimed floral designer Cres Motzi as she shares tips and tricks for creating floral arrangements with orchids and other materials.

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Hands-on Activities

Learn how to press flowers and discover fun in your own backyard.

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Get The Kids Off The Couch And Into Nature

Try this fun experiment to make your own plant maze.

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Read a Good Plant Book

Join our Community Read and dive into the wacky, weird, and wild world of plants with one of these books: Semiosis by Sue Burke, Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood, and The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis. Ebooks are available for borrowing via most public libraries.

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Go On a Virtual Field Trip

Discover the fascinating world of carnivorous plants in this online field trip, designed for grades 3–8. 

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Learn Everything About Orchids

Through video lectures, recorded presentations, discussion forums, and more, we invite you to join our free online course Everything About Orchids. Learn about our collection and how to enjoy orchids in your own home.

More Our Gardens Your Home

Enjoy video and image highlights of the colorful emergence of spring.

From favorite past performances to a chat with a gardener, delve into these uniquely Longwood experiences.