Longwood Gardens

Longwood from Home

Hello, March! The last few weeks of winter are upon us, and there are signs of spring popping up throughout the Gardens … and in our latest edition of Longwood from Home. Read on to learn how to get your veggie gardens ready for spring, watch a Member-exclusive video on seed starting, discover a new local shopping opportunity, explore Longwood Reimagined, and vote on the next round of our Spring Plant Bracket. 

Explore Longwood Reimagined: A New Garden Experience  

Our legacy of innovation continues with Longwood Reimagined: A New Garden Experience. Stunning new buildings, wondrous new indoor and outdoor gardens, surprising new experiences, and much more await as we embark on the most ambitious expansion, reimagination, and preservation of our Conservatory and surrounding landscape in a century. As we build this new garden experience, our Gardens remain open and thriving, and we thank you, our Members, for being part of it all. Soon we will unveil a series of special programs just for you. Learn more about Longwood Reimagined with this video featuring President and Chief Executive Officer Paul B. Redman.
Please note: The western part of the Conservatory is now closed, including the Mediterranean Garden, Palm House, Bonsai Display, Estate Fruit Houses, Fern Passage, Cascade Garden, Rose House, and Tropical Terrace. Our grand Conservatory display spaces will remain open throughout the project, with special pop-up displays from our bonsai and orchid collections for you to enjoy. 

Start Your Spring Garden

With spring on the horizon, now is the time to start getting those gardens ready! In this Member-exclusive video, follow along as Horticulturist Alex Correia demonstrates how to start your seeds at home and explains the most popular seeds for home growers, when to transplant, and more! Want to dig even deeper? Read Alex’s latest blog post for more expert spring vegetable growing tips. 

Shop Local

Every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, the West Chester Artisan Exchange takes visitors on a trip around the world—through food and craft! This outdoor market hosts and supports entrepreneurs committed to producing hand-crafted, sustainable foods while sharing sound business practices that have a positive social impact. This March, Longwood Members have the opportunity to receive a complimentary reusable bag filled with $10 in “market money” to use at any vendor in the market. Quantities are limited; please sign up here to receive your bag.
Can’t make it to the market? Members receive 10% off online throughout 2021 using promo code LONGWOOD10. Please note: Shipping is not available and free delivery is restricted to locations within 20 miles of the market. 

Play the Longwood Plant Bracket

It’s time to vote on the “sweet sixteen!” Vote weekly to advance your favorite spring flower all the way to the finals. Want to play along at home? Download a blank bracket to fill out and make your predictions. The plant champion will be announced in the March 31 edition of Longwood from Home. 

Discover Membership

Members are invited to join Longwood staff on March 18 at 12 pm for a virtual introduction to our Gardens and discover all your Membership has to offer. Learn more about your Member benefits, visiting tips, and the history of Longwood. Afterward, enjoy a fun Gardens activity!

Share the Longwood Love

Longwood Love
We are in continuous enjoyment and awe of the memories and stories you’ve shared with us. Keep them coming!  Share your poems, moments, memories, and artworks that have taken place in our Gardens. Submit them through our #LongwoodLove initiative on our website or use #LongwoodLove when posting online. 
This week, enjoy a memory by Member Barbara S.: 
We moved to the Kennett Square/Unionville area in 1986 and had our children in the early 90s.There were no parks in the area at that time, and Longwood Gardens became our “park.” Our children experienced the wonders of Longwood from the time they were little, and we have many fond memories of exploring the original Children’s Garden. We quickly learned to bring raincoats every time we came—rain or shine—because our children had way too much fun splashing in the children’s fountains. We also visited one snowy Christmas Eve. The snow dancing off the colorful lights was absolutely magical, and the near-solitude felt like it was our own special place. Several years later, one of the summer Fireworks & Fountains events featured a big bands theme. My elderly mother was in the early stages of dementia, but she reveled in the memories rejuvenated by the many big band songs. Longwood Gardens has always been a magical, special place for us.
Remember! Members have access to fantastic virtual activities, engaging tours, fun puzzles, and more. New virtual offerings are periodically posted online to enjoy from home. Visit: longwoodgardens.org/ virtualmember.
Please note: Members reservations required daily (except for Gardens Premium Members). 

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