The world’s premier horticultural display garden offers majestic trees, exquisite gardens and conservatories, concerts, educational opportunities, illuminated fountains, flower shows, festivals and holiday displays.
In 1906, industrialist and philanthropist Pierre S. du Pont purchased an old Quaker farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save centuries-old trees from being cut for lumber. The farm became his country estate, with gardens planned to “exploit the sentiments and ideas associated with plants and flowers in a large way.” Recalling the great pleasure gardens of Europe, Longwood exemplifies a contemporary approach to Old World traditions.
Today the property encompasses 1,050 acres including woodlands and meadows, 20 outdoor gardens and 20 garden rooms inside a four-acre conservatory complex. The horticultural and performing arts programs invite visitors to experience the art of horticulture in an unforgettable setting. Acres of spring explode to delight and welcome one to the rebirth of the land; summer fountain festivals bring the fun of the season; the charms of autumn showcase the brilliant fall hues, the harvest spectacle and the exotic chrysanthemums. A Longwood Christmas with a holiday wonderland of 420,000 lights sparkling outdoors, exquisite plants and designer trees inside and strolling carolers and joyous music add to the festivities.
Longwood Gardens is open every day of the year. Admission is charged with group rates and guided tours available. Call for information and hours. The Gardens are open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings between Memorial Day and Labor Day.