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Recognized for their abundance of beauty and legacy, our core collections are significant to our horticulture displays. Your tribute or memorial gift preserves a piece of Longwood history and ensures the continued relevance and stewardship of these core collections:
The roots of our boxwood collection extend to the French and Italian gardens that inspired our founder, Pierre S. du Pont, making them among the most important and most frequently used plants since the beginning of Longwood Gardens. Mr. du Pont designed some of our most iconic spaces, including our Main Fountain Garden, to showcase this classic and formal garden plant ... which we proudly continue today with one of the largest collections of wild-collected boxwoods in the nation.
A celebration of Asian cultural traditions, our annual Chrysanthemum Festival is unmatched in the western world. The beauty of this display is made possible by our extensive chrysanthemum collection, which contains many cultivars that are not commercially available, but are held and preserved only within our tissue banks.
The story of Longwood Gardens begins with Peirce’s Trees, today showcased in the historic landscape to the east and south of the Peirce-du Pont House, framed by specimen trees planted by the Peirce brothers from 1798 until the mid-1800s. Saving this collection from being sold to lumber inspired our founder to purchase the Longwood property in 1906, and today our dedication to its preservation remains steadfast.
Accredited as one of the best of its kind in the United States, our diverse waterlily collection consists of the finest tropical and hardy waterlily hybrids produced by noteworthy breeders. Our long history of growing, hybridizing, and displaying waterlilies goes back to 1956 and continues today. We remain dedicated to growing waterlilies of only the highest quality and sharing plants from the collection with other gardens on a regular basis.
Donations are fully tax-deductible and may be eligible for matching funds. No goods or services are provided in exchange for this donation. Longwood Gardens is a non-profit educational corporation, federally tax exempt under IRS Code 501(c)3. Longwood does not offer plaques or other named designations.