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Hello, August! As we welcome a new month, we also welcome you to continue enjoying all your Membership has to offer. This week, read about Light visiting tips, our upcoming Garba in the Gardens event, how to best plan your fall gardens, and more! 

Light Up Your Night

Looking to visit Light? Get the most out of your visit with these know-before-you-go tips.
  • The display turns on at dusk, with peak viewing time at dark.
  • Stroll through the eight installations at your own pace and in any order you choose. 
  • Light remains on view until 11 pm, Thursday through Sunday evenings through October 30.
  • Visitation during Light can be busy! Be prepared for a short walk from the parking lot to the Visitor Center. During peak visitation times, remote parking may be in effect. 
  • Have your Membership card, Member reservation (except for Gardens Premium Members), and photo ID ready for scanning into the Gardens. 
  • Bringing guests? Complimentary Guest tickets can be used during Light
    Guests using a Complimentary Guest Ticket do not need to purchase an additional timed admission ticket or reserve it for a specific day and time.

  • Light is an outdoor and indoor experience, with two installations in the Conservatory. Walking is the primary way to enjoy the Gardens and Light. Accessible paths are available for guests using a wheelchair, electric scooter, or stroller.
  • Use our mobile map to orient yourself to the display and prepare for your visit.
  • You can find installation audio descriptions and our Light social guide on our website. 
  • Before, after, or during your Light experience, don't miss our Illuminated Fountain Performances and Beer Garden entertainment. (Tip: Visitation to our Light installations tends to be lighter during our nightly Illuminated Fountain Performance. If you’re already seen that evening’s Illuminated Fountain Performance during a previous visit, consider experiencing Light during the Illuminated Fountain Performance showtime.)

Discover Garba

Longwood welcomes Garba360 as they bring the energy of Indian folk dancing to the Gardens on August 20. During these interactive sessions, Members and guests can learn the essential steps of Garba, a Gujarati folk dance, at 3:30 or 5:30 pm at the Pumphouse Plaza. Keep the energy going and dance along to the new Bollywood Blockbusters Illuminated Fountain Performance at 9:15 pm.
Free, timed Member reservations are required for all Membership levels, except for Gardens Premium Members and Innovators if arriving after 3 pm.

Get Growing

With the heat of summer soon winding down, now is the time to start planning your late summer and fall gardens and extend the growing season. Enjoy this pre-recorded Ask the Expert: Late Summer and Fall Vegetable Gardening with Director of Grounds at the Scott Arboretum and Longwood Continuing Education Instructor Jeff Jabco. Learn what to plant, when to plant, how to tackle pest challenges, harvesting tips, and more!
Get the Most Out of Your Membership
As summer winds down, our Member Appreciation Days heat up! On August 18 and September 15 join us in the Gardens for Member Appreciation Day! Members receive 20% off in The Garden Shop, The Café, and 1906. Please note: Discount in The Garden Shop does not apply to already discounted items. Reservations for 1906 are strongly encouraged via OpenTable.
Free, timed Member reservations are required for all Membership levels, except for Gardens Premium Members and Innovators, if arriving after 3 pm on these days.
Beauty in the Making Moment
Upon its opening, our new West Conservatory display will include two types of citrus grown in the espalier style. Espalier is the art of controlling a woody plant’s growth by pruning and tying its branches to a frame, often for fruit production. The plants are frequently shaped in formal, two-dimensional patterns, making espalier not only decorative, but a wonderful option for gardens in which space is limited. We will be growing Fingered Citron also called Buddha’s-hand (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis) and Fukushu kumquat (Fortunella obovata) in horizontal tiers, per the design intent.
These plants are the first to arrive onsite for the new West Conservatory, and we can’t wait to share them with you when we debut this beautiful new space in late 2024.  In the meantime, we are working with the talented team at Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects to finalize the exact growing specifications (such as what height to start the first tier, how much space between tiers, how much initial pruning to do, etc.) and we began training the plants last week. 
Want to learn more about Longwood Reimagined? Join Longwood staff on August 18  or September 15 at 6:30 pm here in our Gardens for Longwood Reimagined Member Talks. It will be your chance to learn more about this extensive project, the work that has been done to date, and what's coming next. Members are free, registration required. 
Free, timed Member reservations are required for all Membership levels, except Gardens Premium Members and Innovators, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays if arriving after 3 pm through October 30. 
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