BRANDYWINE VALLEY ATRACTIONS

LONGWOOD GARDENS
U.S. Rt. 1 at PA Rt. 52, Kennett Square, PA
610.388.1000 - Information
Ext. 513, 512 - Groups
800.737.5500 - Taped info

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    Stretching over more than 1,000 beautifully landscaped acres and with 20 exquisite indoor gardens, Longwood Gardens has justly been called "America's ultimate garden treasure."

    The Gardens' worldwide reputation attracts more than a million visitors each year, and you're likely to find your fellow visitors speaking French, Russian or Japanese as you stroll the grounds, enjoy the special installations in the magnificent indoor Conservatory or marvel at the spectacular displays in the stately Main Fountain Garden, the ornate Italian Water Garden and the gracious Open Air Theatre.

    Beautiful vistas, shady nooks and airy Conservatory displays feature more than 11,000 different varieties of flowers, trees, shrubs and ferns, and special entertainment and horticultural programs throughout the year add to the Longwood experience.

    Longwood also hosts more than 400 performing arts events each year, including concerts on the mammoth Longwood Organ and theatrical performances in the Open Air Theatre. Facilities also include a full-service restaurant and cafeteria.

    The Gardens were developed by Pierre S. duPont beginning in 1906 on the site of Peirce's Park, an arboretum dating back to 1800. Although they were formally opened to the public after the completion of the main conservatories in 1921, duPont - great-grandson of the founder of the DuPont Company and its chief executive for many years- had followed local tradition in making the grounds available to visitors from the time he purchased the property.

    Open every day year-round, Longwood mounts special displays to celebrate the progression of the seasons.

    From January through April, Welcome Spring brings the beauty of the season indoors to the Conservatory with displays of acacias, daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, palms, roses and tulips, along with special concerts on the magnificent Longwood Organ.

    April and May bring Acres of Spring, a special time outdoors with hundreds of flowering cherries, daffodils, dogwoods, lilacs, magnolias, tulips and wisterias.

    From June through September, Longwood's Festival of Fountains features regular evening fountain displays and fireworks, along with special outdoor concerts and exhibits of blooming roses and water lilies.

    October brings Autumn's Colors, when the outdoor grounds are ablaze with chrysanthemums and fall foliage, along with special organ concerts.

    The Chrysanthemum Festival is held each November, with 15,000 mums indoors and special exhibits and events.

    In December and through the holiday season, Longwood takes on a festive air with the Christmas Conservatory Display, including organ concerts and sing-alongs amid blooming paper white narcissus, poinsettias, begonias, blue coleus, cyclamens, primroses and roses, while the outdoor Christmas lighting display of 400,000 lights serves as a backdrop to special holiday fountain displays.

    Hours of Operation
    Gardens: 9am - 5pm November - March; 9am - 6pm April - October.
    Conservatory: 10am - 5pm November - March; 9am - 6pm April - October.

    General Admission
    $12 for adults ($8 on Tuesdays)
    $6 for ages 16-20
    $2 for children ages 6-15
    Free for children younger than 6.
    General admission tickets are good for an entire day and include regular displays and concerts, but not some specially ticketed events.

    Handicap Accessible
    Wheelchairs are available free at the Security Desk.

    Camera Policy
    Photography is permitted. Tripods for non-commercial photography are permitted, 9am -11am, weekdays, with permits available from the Security Desk at the Visitors Center.

    The Terrace Restaurant
    Full-service and cafeteria dining. Open daily and on evenings for holiday displays, fountain shows and summer concerts. Reservations suggested. Call 610.388.6771.

    Directions
    Longwood Gardens is located on U.S. Route 1 at Pennsylvania Route 52, three miles northeast of Kennett Square, PA, via Route 1 and 12 miles north of Wilmington, DE, via Route 52 (the Kennett Pike).