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Longwood from Home

This week, we welcome you to wrap yourself up in the warmth of our Gardens—from the comfort of home. Experience the vibrant flowers now blooming in our Conservatory, learn how to enjoy special Member discounts in the community, delve into Longwood’s history, and more! 

What’s in Bloom

Longing for a break from the winter weather? Take a virtual or in-person look at what’s in bloom in our Conservatory and delight in the beauty of camellias, orchids, azaleas, and more. With more than 50 hanging baskets gracing our indoor display, don’t forget to look up for even more fantastic views! 
Explore the Longwood Community Club
Longwood is committed to helping ensure our community partners thrive. One of the many ways we do this is through our Community Club. Thanks to our Community Club shopping, dining, lodging, and attractions partners, Longwood Members can enjoy special offers while shopping in one of our historic downtown districts, indulging in scrumptious take-out and dine-in offerings, visiting regional cultural sites, and lodging in style.
As an added bonus, a number of our Community Club partners are offering extra shopping and dining incentives to Longwood Members from February 18–21, 2021. Simply show your Longwood Membership card to take advantage of these offers.
Delve into Gardens History
Camellias were a favorite flower of Pierre S. du Pont and one of the first plants to be displayed in the Conservatory when it was completed in 1921. The first camellia inventory was performed at Longwood in 1937, during which 372 plants representing 167 cultivars in the collection were documented, as Mr. du Pont had sourced cultivars from across the globe looking for large-specimen camellias that would thrive in the Conservatory environment. The development of hardy camellias began in our breeding program in the mid-1980s. Two hardy selections have since been released: C. japonica ‘Longwood Valentine’ and C. japonica ‘Longwood Centennial’, both released in 2006.
Located in the East Conservatory, the Camellia House showcases a number of non-hardy varieties year-round. Camellias are designated as one of our core collections and we continue the breeding program to develop new hardy varieties. 

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Discover Membership

Longwood Love
Members are invited to join Longwood staff on February 17 at 6 pm or 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!

Memories to Warm the Heart

Longwood Love
Thank you for sharing your favorite Valentine’s Day moments at Longwood … we certainly felt the love! Keep those beautiful Longwood memories, moments, and stories coming! Submit them through our #LongwoodLove initiative on our website or use #LongwoodLove when posting online.  
This week, enjoy a story by Member Carrie J.: 
We brought our children to Longwood for the first time this past month. A few days after the trip my girls called me to come see what they had built out of Duplo Legos. After observing their creation and a few hints from them I realized they had built their favorite parts of Longwood. It was the first time they tried to recreate a place they had been with Legos. I wish I had a picture but sadly the toddler destroyed it before I could snap one. Now when my 5 year old plays Lego she usually plays "Longwood".
 
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