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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 March 30, 2013

All I need to say is that if you are in the area, (50 mile radius), you have to come down to this wonderful piece of living art. The grounds are kept perfectly all year round. I love the Christmas time here, but feel you get a much better feel for all that is done here during spring and fall. Don't miss out.

Thank Champ14
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Hadn't been in 10-15 years and still as great as I'd remembered. A tad early for anything to be blooming outside and the fountains weren't running so that was too bad. Nonetheless the displays in the Conservatory (think that's what it's called) were glorious. New for us was the tour behind the curtain of their huge pipe organ...fascinating!! The Children's Garden was a delight as well. Will gladly go whenever the time permits!!

Thank Ivan O
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

While walking across the meadow I recalled every single detailed that Johanna Spyri wrote to describe Heidi's day out with the sheep eating fresh bread and sheep milk cheese. Although my husband and I went early in march it was a chilly but sunny day and the dried up terrain was a peacefully golden brown. Everything was in harmony with each other, leaves were clapping when little breeze came by and the evergreens were gleaming at sun. New shoots were emerging from the moist grounds with tiny buds just about to bloom and cover up the grounds under a thick mattress bursting with colors. The observatory had a huge collection of orchids and plenty many tropical plants from all over the globe. A lazy saturday spent loitering around flora and fauna was like lemon squeezed on a grilled corn, very refreshing!!!

In short it was amazing!!!!

2  Thank Ninaad D
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

For some reason, despite the fact that I’ve lived in the Greater Philadelphia region for decades, I visited the fantabulous Longwood Gardens for the first time in July of 2012 and have already been back 5 times in just 8 months.

Longwood has great attractions for every season. Last week’s orchid exhibit was delightful. Who knew a flower could look like dainty high heeled shoes (Lady Slippers)! The winter holiday exhibit lived up to all of the hype.

Oh, and let me not forget, the 1906 at Longwood Gardens restaurant is world class. The chef blends great locally sourced ingredients into artistic and melt-in-your-mouth plates.

2  Thank PinkNGreen
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Longwood Gardens is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. Whether you are looking for something to do as a couple, or as a family with young and/or older children, with a few friends, or solo. The various areas within the Conservatory change about every three months. If the weather is chilly outside, don't worry it is nice and warm inside and you can take your time strolling through each section of the Conservatory. They have several spots where you can sit down and enjoy the view, read a book, sketch, or chat with an old friend.

Inside the Conservatory there is a wonderful children's area that they can explore. Before we had our little one, my husband and I would stroll through the area and it made us feel like kids finding hidden treasures. Now our little one (who is 9 months old) loves watching the pelicans blow bubbles and playing in several of the water areas with his hands. There are towels on hand if you need them to dry off. I also suggest bringing an extra set of clothes just in case.

In the spring you will see children running around the grounds outside and little picnics here and there. If it is a nice day out, take a walk around the gardens outside. There are several tree houses to walk through and other buildings along the way that usually have some flowers in them. As the warmer weather sets the grass will become greener and you will start to see more and more flowers outside. Also the fountains will be flowing in several of the areas.

If you are hungry and did not bring a snack or lunch, enjoy a nice lunch at the cafe. The prices are not too bad ($5.50 for a large soup - homemade mushroom soup- very good) and they offer kids meals too. There is a more formal dining area and you may want to make reservations depending on the day you are going.

Whether you live close by or are planning a trip to the area, add Longwood Gardens to your must see list (as long as you like flowers and fountains). I have yet to find any place like Longwood Gardens other than maybe in Europe when visiting the gardens at the castles.

As with any tourist area the weekends are more crowded, but tolerable, except when they have their Christmas display in November-the first week in January. Though I have been there on weekends and I was okay with the crowds, but if you prefer less people and not waiting in a line to see things, try going earlier in the day or not on the weekend during that time of the year!

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