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“A fairy land and full of enchantment”
Review of Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,077 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and community engagement.
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Gardens is such a respit. I attended both fireworks and fountains events this summer. It surpassed my expectations. Talking to the knowledgeable horticulturist and even the "wanna be" horticulturists had excellent knowledge of the various plants. I was amazedat how quickly they changed the different seasonal displays and I am looking forward seeing the Christmas display as well. I found going on a week day was much less crowded. Well worth the visit.

Thank Bonita L
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We are lucky to live within 15 minutes of this amazing place and never come away without feeling refreshed and amazed at the beauty there. We are also volunteers at the Pierce-Dupont House and enjoy welcoming people from around the world to the house where Mr. and Mrs. Dupont lived when they were at Longwood. . At this time of year, chrysanthemums are on display in the conservatory. They range from small, to giant, and the colors from yellow to purple. Soon, the Fall exhibit will magically transform to Christmas and lights at night will charm the visitors and the poinsettias will be blooming in force in the conservatory. The spring and summer are wondrous and colorful. Please plan so spend at least 3 or 4 hours exploring, photographing, and enjoying-- hopefully you will have time to stop in the lovely Terrace Restaurant for some delicious mushroom soup, or any of their other offerings. Kennett Square is the Mushroom Capital of the world, so it is the BEST. You don't have to have a Green Thumb to love Longwood Gardens!!

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I've been going to Longwood since I was a child, and it's always a treat. It's near my home and we go several times a year. It has outdoor gardens of many styles, open space of different types, and different enclosed conservatories and grow houses.They change the displays in the main conservatories about every 2-3 months, and the outdoor gardens have their own seasons and plantings, so you get a different impression every time you visit! Christmas is a famous time to go, as they do a tremendous light display in the outdoor space, and the conservatory plantings are just spectacular then as well.However, it can get more than a little crowded. The best way to avoid the worst of the Xmas crowds is to go about 3 or 3:30 on a weeknight, go up to see the conservatory first, while it's still light, then you come outside about 5:00 as it's getting dark and enjoy the outdoor lights and fountain display. It can be VERY cold after dark, so dress for warmth, not for fashion. Recommend flat shoes, not heels--yes, I've seen mini-skirts and stilettos on girls in 35 degree temps--crazy! The fancy restaurant is really good, and can be booked well ahead of time, so make reservations early for that one, or else you're out of luck. The cafeteria-style area has good food, but would avoid at Christmas only because of crowds. At Christmas, if you don't have a membership, you have to buy timed tickets. Go online to do that early. Or consider a membership and go back a few more times! They offer fountain and firework shows to music several times a year--these are spectacular! Go in about 3 pm to park your lawn chair in a chosen location for good viewing, then view the gardens. Go out for dinner, and return later for the fireworks. There are several restaurant choices just outside the gardens or within about a 10-minute drive away.To support the world-famous statement: I was in a botanical gardens in southern Germany in 1985 and heard Germans talking about Longwood Gardens, as they were comparing the two sites!

Thank Sandra V
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I have visited Longwood Gardens during the Christmas season and in the Spring. There is something for all ages to enjoy. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera.

Thank tejida
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

We travelled to Kennett Square to visit the gardens. We were not disappointed and found them well worth the ticket entry fee. I loved the paths meandering around the grounds. The vistas were spectacular. The facilities are also excellent - good restaurant, cafe and a lovely shop. Spend at least a couple of hours here. If you go early it is possible to have the place to yourself. The only thing I didn't like was an out of control school group. We avoided the areas they were in.

Thank TheDoor_isopen
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