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Longwood Gardens

One of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens

The Lily Pond at Longwood Gardens

The Lily Pond at Longwood Gardens Credit: B. Krist for GPTMC


Orchid Extravaganza

Dates: January 25-March 30, 2014

Thousands of colorful orchids take over Longwood Gardens’ four-acre conservatory during the annual Orchid Extravaganza. Approximately 5,000 colorful orchids can be found hanging from baskets, featured in inspiring arrangements, and adorning unique forms. Click the button below to learn more.

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The Experience

When you’re at Longwood Gardens, it’s easy to imagine that you’re at a giant, royal garden in Europe. Stroll along the many paths through acres of exquisitely maintained grounds featuring 11,000 different types of plants.

Encounter a new vista at each turn: the Italian Water Garden, Flower Garden Walk, aquatic display gardens and many others. Amble through Peirce’s Woods, eight outdoor “rooms” of distinct woodland habitats.

Inside the Conservatory is a lush world of exotic flowers, cacti, bromeliads, ferns and bonsai. Each season brings a different pleasure: spring magnolias and azaleas; summer roses and water lilies; fall foliage and chrysanthemums; and winter camellias, orchids and palms.

On land Quaker settler George Peirce purchased from William Penn, Peirce’s grandsons planted an impressive arboretum. The presence of a sawmill on the property prompted industrialist Pierre Samuel du Pont to buy the land in 1906 to save the trees.

Christmas is spectacularly celebrated with carillon concerts, poinsettias and thousands of lights; summer evenings are embellished with concerts, illuminated fountain displays and occasional fireworks.

Come Prepared

Longwood Gardens is open daily, year-round.

Don’t Miss

Indoor Children’s Garden — Surrounded by tree-covered seating and Longwood’s famous fountains, the new Indoor Children’s Garden provides a safe and engaging space where children can learn about nature with amazing plants and fun activities around every corner.

The Garden features a Central Cove, a Rain Pavilion and a Bamboo Maze, filled with a jungle of tree-sized bamboos for children to explore.

Outsider’s Tip

There are 17 fountains in the Indoor Children’s Garden to enjoy, where children will want to splash and play. An extra shirt or small towel might come in handy!

Buy Tickets Online

Purchase tickets for general admission to Longwood Gardens in advance of your visit. Click the button below to buy tickets online at the Independence Visitor Center.

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1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
(610) 388-1000

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