From favorite past performances to a chat with a gardener, delve into these uniquely Longwood experiences.
Designing Our Fireworks & Fountains Shows
Our captivation with marrying fireworks and fountains dates back many decades—long before we launched our first Fireworks & Fountains Show in 1980. Take a look at the details and planning that go into creating our spectacularly theatrical Fireworks & Fountains Shows … and come experience the thrill for yourself!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.