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“BEAUTIFUL IN WINTER” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens
Route 1, Kennett Square, PA 19348
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Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Geologic Formations, Valleys, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
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Owner description: The garden spreads out over 1,000 acres and includes 20 distinct gardens in the conservatory alone.
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I can only imagine this place in the spring and summer. It was truly beautiful. The indoor area was amazing, I've never seen anything like it, it was huge and the flowers were stunning.

Visited February 2014
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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“Orchids galore-gentle beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Orchid extravaganza is going on-the ways they are displayed-in planters, planted in the borders, peeking out from other arrays of flowers, hanging overhead and dripping glorious colors and shapes down to enchant one's eyes and senses.....how restful, but paining beautiful pictures for the eyes and spirit--what a treasure this place is! the staff is so helpful and pleasant-it is like having a big special garden with friends!! and they even had some beautiful plants for sale at very reasonable prices-so home I came with some lavender orchids of my own!

Visited February 2014
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Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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“Outstanding - Plan a Whole Day in the Spring and Be prepared to walk!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Over 1,000 acres of visual pleasures both indoors (their arboretum is one of the best) and gardens with manicured trees and bushes and pathways all around. Springtime is big so order admission tickets ahead of time. Christmas Holidays and July 4th are also busy so plan accordingly. The indoor space is filled with floral scents that sooth the beast inside you and sharpens your senses as you walk through hundreds of feet of indoor gardens. There's also a delightful enclosed playground (my wife and I did go through it ourselves) that will make the kids want to stay there.

Parking is plentiful and special services available for those in need.

The cafeteria is large with an average menu but also extremely busy in season so you may have to take out as tables are at a premium. You might want to bring a foldable chair with you as well. Plenty of room in the are for a nice outdoor lunch.

Fountains and main grounds with sculptured boxwoods are prime targets for pics and you will find a hard time putting down your camera/cell phone as everywhere you turn there's another photo op.

Only downside is they are a prime destination for the area and so we all have to endure some crowded lines but certainly not a deterrent to me.

Try staying at the close by Fairfield Inn and Suites (610-444-8995) very reasonable rooms for the area and really close to the gardens. The town of Kenneth Square is interesting for a 'next' day type of excursion.

Visited March 2013
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“A treasure for every season”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Longwood Gardens has been our family Christmas Eve tradition since we moved here 12 years ago. Strolling the grounds amid the lighted trees, eating at the cafeteria, and then walking through the conservatory with its Christmas themed displays has given us a lifetime of holiday memories.
It is beautiful in the summer. Seeing the lush growth, serene shade, and fountain displays are an incredible experience. Everyone should see a fireworks/fountain display (to music).
Fall is a great time to see the changing colors and displays.
We just made our first dead of winter visit. The view from the cafeteria was pretty and the snow covered walk to the conservatory bracing! With all of the snow and cold we have had this season it was a tonic for the soul to be among all of the green and color that makes up the conservatory walk.
This place is great for couples, families, friends, or alone (I can attest to them all!).

Visited February 2014
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Aldan, Pennsylvania
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Fountains & Fireworks OUTSTANDING Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I joined Longwood last year after visiting with a friend and my only regret was not joining sooner. My favorites are the holiday exhibits - the July 4th will be an annual for me! Called Fountains & Fireworks, it is also offered with a cookout ticket - GET IT. The food was outstanding and varied and plentiful as well as all-you-could-eat! We were stuffed!
As to the main event: you can rent chairs or bring your own. We did one of each and the rented chair was comfortable and they will place it for you if needed. COME EARLY - they allow you to "stake your claim" i.e. place your chairs for the fireworks display - allowing you to explore the floral exhibits (or attend the cookout as we did) then return to your chairs for the fireworks and fountain performance - which it was accompanied by wonderful music! A delight! Well staffed and the crowd was orderly and well behaved. The only challenge I have encountered is the parking and entry and exit - for some reason these are always super crowded so bring your patience - but it is worth it!!

Visited July 2013
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