From favorite past performances to a chat with a gardener, delve into these uniquely Longwood experiences.
BalletX Shares The Cycle
In September 2020, we welcomed BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, to our Gardens, where they filmed choreographer Robbie Fairchild’s short ballet premiere, The Cycle. Enjoy this poignant short film as BalletX dancers awaken throughout our Gardens, beautifully greet the day, and then return back to slumber … and learn about the enduring legacy of music, drama, dance, and more here at Longwood.
Plenty to Celebrate
Celebrate seasonal live music in our Beer Garden with Plenty Pepper Steel Band, one of the performers you can see throughout the summer in the Beer Garden. Be transported to the Caribbean as Plenty Pepper shares calypso songs and Caribbean steel pan selections.
One Magnificent Instrument
In honor of International Organ Day on April 24, 2020, enjoy this behind-the-scenes tour of The Longwood Organ, and then share in the experiences of our April 2018 Open Organ Console Day participants and the inspiring stories behind their organ test-drives.
A Longwood Legacy
Listen along as Elaine Hampfler Williams talks with her husband Dr. Reed Williams of memories growing up on the Longwood property and her father, Longwood gardener turned photographer Gottlieb Hampfler. Then, read about the legacy of Hampfler.
A Virtual Poor Man’s Gambit Performance
We look forward to when we can together enjoy live music in our Gardens. In the meantime, we’re thrilled to share the traditional Irish sounds of Brandywine Valley trio Poor Man’s Gambit, who recently treated us to their fantastic repertoire in our East Conservatory.
A Virtual Conjunto Philadelphia Performance
We’ve missed the sounds and energy of live music in our Gardens, so we asked Conjunto Philadelphia to share their authentic, vibrant take on traditional Cuban music, filmed amid a lovely Longwood backdrop in fall 2020.
Celebrating Black History Month
Join us in celebrating Black History Month as acclaimed storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston leads an exciting look at the life and work of George Washington Carver. During this recording of a February 2021 webinar for students in grades 2 through 6 and their families, explore Carver’s many achievements and how his impact continues to influence and affect us today. Find inspiration for your own horticultural activities with extension activities that encourage observation and experimentation.
A Place of Healing
Our ongoing series, Longwood Voices, brings the people and stories of Longwood to life. Listen along as former ballet dancer Denise Kandravi and physical therapist Jeffry Cadorette discuss the healing power of nature and share how Denise overcame a devastating injury to perform in the beauty of Longwood.
Experience Voices in the Landscape
Throughout Winter Wonder in 2021, we invited you to experience our new exhibition, Voices in the Landscape: Deeply Rooted with Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston as she celebrated the strength, resilience, and contributions of the African American community through the lens of horticulture and the power of story. Embark on this beautifully poignant journey—which could be experienced in-person throughout the Gardens via your phone or virtually from home—and then learn more about Charlotte on our blog.
A Virtual Organ Sing-Along Encore
Delight in the festive sounds of The Longwood Organ with our virtual Organ Sing-Alongs. Organist Rudy Lucente presents our final sing-along, complete with Frosty the Snowman, Silent Night, and more.
A New Year’s Eve Concert for You
We’ve missed the sound of music filling our Conservatory, and perhaps you have, too. So, we asked Galena Brass to share some holiday favorites—with our Conservatory as the festive backdrop—as we ushered in 2021.
Our Virtual Organ Sing-Alongs Continue
Bring the Ballroom … to any room! Just in time for Christmas, enjoy this joyful virtual Organ Sing-Along with organist David Christopher as he performs traditional carols like Hark the Herald Angels Sing to a jazzy arrangement of Let it Snow, and more.
Enjoy a Third Virtual Organ Sing-Along
Our very festive Principal Organist Peter Richard Conte treats us to The First Noel, Silver Bells, and There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays during our third virtual Organ Sing-Along. Bring the magnificent sounds of The Longwood Organ to your own home and sing along to these heartwarming selections.
A Second Virtual Organ Sing-Along
Enjoy these festive favorites played by organist Marc Cheban. We miss gathering with you in the Music Room for our in-person Organ Sing-Alongs, but hope you’re enjoying these fun selections at home.
Enjoy A Virtual Organ Sing-Along
As we were unable to gather in our Ballroom for Organ Sing-Alongs in 2020, we wanted to bring the magnificent sounds of festive favorites played on The Longwood Organ right to you. The first in a series of Organ Sing-Along videos we’ll present this season, enjoy such fun classics as Have a Holly Jolly Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—complete with on-screen lyrics—played by organist Don Kinnier.
Treat your ears (and your soul) to the musings and music of Grammy Award-winning Mexican artist Julieta Venegas as she performs in our Open Air Theatre in 2017, as captured by our local PBS station WHYY in its On Tour program.
A Dreamy Performance
While the 2020 fountain season drew to a close, we thought we’d share a dreamy excerpt from our Sleeping Beauty Illuminated Fountain Performance, for those who did not see it in person.
A Marriage Made at Longwood
Longwood Voices brings the people and stories of Longwood to life. Listen along as Senior Horticulturists Lauren and Mike Hill share how they came to horticulture as a career and what working at Longwood means to this husband and wife team.
An Artful Performance
With our Waterlily Display in bloom for just a few more weeks this year, we thought we’d share an excerpt from the 2019 Monet’s Garden Illuminated Fountain Performance that perfectly reflects the tranquil beauty of our glorious waterlilies. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
The Place and the People
Listen along as Vice President of Horticulture Sharon Loving and Senior Horticulturist Tim Jennings share their memories of more than 25 years of working together at Longwood in this 2014 interview. Find out how Tim became our waterlily expert and the important role our guests play in making every day in the Gardens special.
A Growing Collection
Our ongoing series, Longwood Voices, brings the people and stories of Longwood to life. Listen as Peter Baxter, former international trainee and now curator at Benmore Botanical Garden in Scotland, talks about his Longwood experience and career.
A Holistic View
Our ongoing series, Longwood Voices, brings the people and stories of Longwood to life. Listen as former Land Stewardship Manager Tom Brightman discusses how we began our land management plan and the importance of looking at our natural lands holistically.
Groove along as Latin Grammy Award-winning Mexican alt-pop singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade charms our Open Air Theatre audience—and shares her thoughts on life and music—during this 2016 performance, as captured by our local PBS station WHYY in its On Tour program.
Horticulture as Therapy
Listen as Longwood educator and certified horticulture therapist Kathy Andrzejewski MEd, HT explores the origins and benefits of horticulture therapy.
Listen along as celebrated Zimbabwean musician and cultural icon Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi (1952–2019) shares his indigenous music and powerful messages during his 2015 Longwood performance, as captured by our local PBS station WHYY in its On Tour program.
Across the Pond
Listen along as Stephen Crisp, Head of Horticulture to the United States Embassy London, reflects on his experience as a former Longwood international trainee and his 33-year career at not only one of the largest private gardens in London, but also an important setting for diplomatic and cultural events.
Uncle Pierre and the Kids
Our ongoing series, Longwood Voices, brings the people and stories of Longwood to life. Listen along to some favorite stories about our founder, Pierre S. du Pont, from family members who fondly recall spending time as a child with Uncle Pierre, as told by P.S. du Pont Fellow Colvin Randall.
Art for Nature’s Sake
Deeply inspired by science and nature, artist Natalya Zahn shares expert field sketching tips, engaging insight, and beautiful coloring sheets to create your own masterpiece.
A Special Connection
Our new series, Longwood Voices, brings the people and stories of Longwood to life. Listen as frequent guest Craig Sewell and his granddaughter Helena share how the Gardens have become a very special place of connection for them.
The Art of Observation
Our new series, Longwood Voices, brings the people and stories of Longwood to life. Listen as Lisa Roper, a 1990 graduate of our Professional Horticulture Program, discusses her fondest memories of the program and one of the most important tools a horticulturist can use: observation.
Australia’s Strange Fruit
Watch in astonishment as acrobatic company Australia’s Strange Fruit performs atop 16-foot sway poles, gracefully bending and swaying at impossible angles along to live bell music by Lisa Lonie on our 62-bell carillon. This excerpt of their September 2017 Tall Tales on the High Seas performance follows the antics of three mariners aboard their vessel.
Hear from an Icon
Our new series, Longwood Voices, brings the people and stories of Longwood to life. Listen as renowned horticulturist Dr. Richard Lighty shares the magic of curiosity when learning about plants. Read about Seed Your Future, the growing movement to inspire the next generation of horticulturists.
Spice it up with Grammy Award-nominated Pine Leaf Boys and their exuberant take on Cajun music. Relive their 2015 performance in our Open Air Theatre as captured by our local PBS station WHYY in its On Tour program.
Enjoy an Exclusive Performance
Follow along as our Principal Organist Peter Richard Conte showcases the intricacies of the magnificent Longwood Organ, as well as plays Aria by Longwood’s first principal organist, Firmin Swinnen.
Explore the Chimes Tower and its Carillon
Unveil the enigma of our Chimes Tower and the sounds of its 62-bell, five-octave carillon … and watch as carillonneur Roel Smit expertly plays its 6-foot-wide keyboard.
Go on stage and behind the curtain with sitarist Anoushka Shankar, as captured by our local PBS station WHYY in its On Canvas program. Relive her 2012 performance in our beautiful Exhibition Hall and listen to her insight on her craft.
Find Out About Floral Design and Other Plant-Related Careers
Learn more about careers in horticulture through the Seed Your Future initiative.
Meet the Longwood Organ
Learn about (and hear!) our 10,010 pipe organ, one of the largest residential organs in the world.
Hear from a Gardener
The Garden Hoes Podcast chats with our very own orchid grower, Greg Griffis.
Check out UK gardening guru Monty Don at Longwood as part of his new series Monty Don’s American Gardens. The Longwood portion begins at 11:15 in the episode.
Relive the Indigo Girls’ 2011 performance in our Open Air Theatre. This memorable night of music was captured by our local PBS station WHYY in its award-winning program On Tour.
Go behind the scenes with stories about our amazing plants and people, read with us, or explore our free online offerings for all ages.
Enjoy video and image highlights of the colorful emergence of spring.