Longwood Gardens

Longwood from Home

Hello, June! With summer in full swing, our Gardens are bursting with blooms, beauty, and new experiences, all ready for you. Read on for details about our second Members-only Hours of the summer, an upcoming Juneteenth event at Longwood, at-home summer activities for kids, our latest Members-only webinar, our new word activity, and much more. 
Please note: The Gardens will be closed on Saturday, June 4 to all guests, except Wine & Jazz Festival ticketholders. The Festival is sold out.

Groove in the Gardens

On June 15, spread a blanket out or set up your chair and join us for a Members-only concert with Latin fusion band De Tierra Caliente (7:30 in the Main Fountain Garden), dine under the stars in our Beer Garden, and keep the party going with our new I Love the Nightlife Illuminated Fountain Performance (9 pm).
Member reservations are not required. 

Commemorate Juneteenth Across Our Region

To commemorate Juneteenth across our region, Voices Underground is proud to present An Evening with Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., featuring author, scholar, and political commentator Dr. Glaude in the Open Air Theatre on Friday, June 17 from 6-8 pm. 
Dr. Glaude will focus on the urgent necessity of continuing the freedom work of Juneteenth and ways in which that work can continue. The discussion will be moderated by Natural Inclination LLC Principal and Founder Dr. Amber M. Sessoms.
To kick off this dynamic conversation, enjoy a performance by jazz drummer and composer Kendrick Scott. Known for imbuing his music with deeper meaning, he will lead the Kendrick Scott Trio, including two equally powerful musicians, Melissa Aldana on sax and Vicente Archer on bass.
After the discussion, stay and stroll the Gardens and end the evening with the Freedom Illuminated Fountain Performance at 9:15 pm. In honor of Juneteenth, this fountain performance is a tribute to the end of slavery in the United States and recognizes the themes of freedom, hope, and strength.
Get Ready to Explore
Designed for kids ages 6–12, our new Summer Discovery Box includes engaging, fun, and easy-to-follow indoor and outdoor activities that provide your children with hours of fun at home. Use the discovery tools and materials to grow herb plants in your own mini greenhouse, create a dried wildflower magnet, make a steppingstone for your garden space, and much more.
The Grass is Always Greener 
Lush green vistas unify our dynamic garden spaces. But what does it take to keep those lawns healthy, and what practices used here at Longwood can be applied at home? Listen to our latest Members-only talk as Director of Horticultural Operations Shawn Kister shares how he and his team care for 170 acres of turf. Learn mowing and watering techniques, fertilizer applications, weed and pest control measures, and best practices to improve your own yard.
Take Our Newest Word Challenge
We've created a custom wordle! Try your hand at the popular game. You have six tries to guess the word related to our Gardens. Hint: We have a lot of them! 
Get the Most Out of Your Membership
On June 9 or July 14, join us (day and night!) in the Gardens for Member Appreciation Day! On these days, Members receive 20% off in The Garden Shop and on dining. Please note: Discount in The Garden Shop does not apply to already discounted items. Reservations for 1906 are strongly encouraged via OpenTable. 
While here, we invite you to join Longwood staff at 5:30 pm for an introduction to our Gardens and to discover all your Membership has to offer. Learn more about your Member benefits, visiting tips, and the history of Longwood. Afterward, enjoy a 60-minute Gardens tour! Advance registration is required.
Beauty in the Making Moment
This month, we kick off a new feature in Longwood from Homeour Beauty in the Making Moment. Every issue, we'll provide updates and behind-the-scenes peeks into the Longwood Reimagined project ... .so as our garden expansion continues to take shape and as our cultural landscape evolves, you can see true beauty in the making.
In late April, Longwood staff traveled to Heritage Olive Trees in Napa, California to tag the seven olive trees that will grace the central island in our new West Conservatory. An integral part of the garden design that features a Mediterranean plant palette, we want trees that will comfortably thrive in the 7- to 9-foot-wide display containers we envision, which means we need to measure the root flare carefully during the selection process. The trees, which are 80 to 100 years old, will grow on in ground until spring 2024, when they will then be potted into boxes for the truck ride across the country.
Want to learn more? Join staff on June 9 or July 14 at 6:30 pm 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. 
Free, timed Member reservations are required for all Membership levels, except Gardens Premium Members and Innovators, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays if arriving after 3 pm through June 29. From June 30 through October 30, 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. 
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