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Welcome, August! This month is the perfect time to enjoy all summer has to offer in our Gardens. Take a relaxing stroll through our shaded allées, catch a sunset in the Meadow, kick back while enjoying our evening fountain performances, and so much more. Read on for the latest highlights from our Gardens, including an invitation to an upcoming perennials webinar, another uplifting #LongwoodLove memory, an invitation to help us grow food for our local community, and more. 

Join Us Online 

Join us August 13 as we kick off a series of three live-conversation webinars with our own Senior Horticulturist Kerry Ann McLean and White Flower Farm Nursery Manager Barbara Pierson. This first engaging session will focus on perennials, during which we’ll address your questions about these flowers, favorite perennials, and more! 

Get Ready to Savor

Starting Friday, August 7, join us for the perfect Gardens and dining experience with our prix fixe, four-course summer menu accompanied by live music … and then stay for our 9:15 pm Illuminated Fountain Performance to round out a sensational evening. 
1906 will have limited seatings every Friday and Saturday evening at 6:30 pm. 1906 reservations must be made in advance via OpenTable or by calling 610.388.5290.

Explore Gardens History

Housed at the top of the Chimes Tower is a 62-bell carillon, an original vision of Pierre S. du Pont. Mr. du Pont constructed the 61-foot-tall stone tower in 1929 after seeing a similar structure in France, including the largest set of tower chimes (totaling 25 tubular chimes) he could purchase. Mr. du Pont even installed a switch in the Peirce-du Pont House so he could activate the chimes from his residence. A year after his death, the original chimes were replaced with an electric carillon in 1955. The electric carillon was used for daytime and evening shows through the 1980s. In January 2001, Longwood closed the Chimes Tower to renovate the structure for a new 62-bell carillon. The roof was removed, the bells and frame were assembled then lifted in by crane, and a new concrete roof was installed. Since May 2001, the bells have played tunes to mark the time throughout the day, in addition to live concerts.

Discover What's in Bloom

There’s vibrancy no matter where you look in our Gardens. Goldenrod and Joe-Pye Weed are popping up in the Meadow Garden, Mexican sunflowers and dahlias are lining our iconic Flower Garden Walk, and our Conservatory is playing host to dozens of brilliantly blooming waterlilies. 

Time to Plant

Longwood is proud to support the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Harvest 2020 program—a collaborative of gardeners, neighbors, and friends growing food this harvest season for themselves and their communities, in the effort to address growing hunger and food insecurity in the Philadelphia region. To date, Longwood has grown and donated almost 1,700 pounds of food to the local community. We welcome you to join us in this very important effort, just in time for the fall planting season. Watch our latest Ask the Expert session for late summer and fall planting tips, and join the Longwood growing team! Be sure to mention Longwood Gardens on the form when signing up. 

Play Our Gardens Trivia

Guess Where in the Gardens
Get your thinking caps on! Can you figure out where this object is located? We’ll share the correct answer in the next Longwood from Home.
The image from our last Gardens trivia is a sculpture located in the Italian Water Garden. Completed in 1927, this spectacular garden is similar to one seen by the du Ponts at the Villa Gamberaia near Florence, Italy.

Your Moment at Longwood

Longwood Love
We continue to be touched by all of the #LongwoodLove stories you’ve submitted. Keep them coming! Please use #LongwoodLove when posting online, or submit your memory or story on our website.
This week, enjoy a walk down memory lane from Member Kathy H.:
The Meadow has always been a place of solitude and self-reflection during my long walks. I was drawn to these butterflies which reminded me of my three sons who grew up enjoying the beauty of Longwood Gardens. They recently sent a video thanking me for encouraging them to pursue their passions and dreams which lead them to Los Angeles and Montreal ... so far from Kennett Square. I miss them very much, but am grateful that they have learned to fly with courage and self-confidence.
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