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Longwood from Home

Feeling springy? Jump into the spirit of the season with this all-about-spring issue of Longwood from Home! Find inspiration for your own spring gardens with a glimpse into our archives, savor the season with spring-inspired recipes, mark your calendar for National Public Gardens Week, and more!
Speaking of spring … Spring Blooms is in full swing here in our Gardens. From our spectacular vistas of flowering trees to the joyful sounds of birdsong, make plans to bask in the beauty of the season here at Longwood. Spring Blooms is on view through May 2. 

Find Inspiration for Your Spring Garden 

Dive into Longwood History
After a long, cold winter, many of us yearn to shake off last season’s chill by creating a springtime garden. To offer a bit of inspiration for your own garden, and as a nod to the beauty of Longwood’s spring flowers, we offer you a small bouquet of botanical images from our rare books collection.
When enriching their own gardening skills, Longwood founder Pierre S. du Pont and his wife Alice referred to their own impressive library of gardening books. Among their collection was How to Make a Flower Garden (1903), an early example of the “how to” variety. Mr. du Pont likely acquired this book before purchasing the land that would become Longwood, and then applied its lessons when creating the gardens of Longwood. Although not generally collectors of grand edition books, the du Ponts indeed owned several, including the multiple volume North American Wild Flowers (1925) by Mary Vaux Walcott, a collection of high-quality reproductions of her spectacular watercolor illustrations for the Smithsonian Institution. At Longwood, you will find many of the native plants that Walcott painted in Peirce’s Woods.
If you are up for an adventure, seek out these three species: Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa (Hepatica), Aquilegia canadensis (Wild Columbine), and Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot), blooming now in Peirce’s Woods, near the Sylvan Fountain.

Get Cooking

Did you know that yesterday was National Make Lunch Count Day? To help continue this day’s focus on the importance of taking a midday break, we’ve cooked up a few fun Members-only lunchtime recipes along with Executive Chef Will Brown. Follow along in this Member-exclusive video as he shares some of his spring favorites. Then, download these recipes and try them at home! For even more springtime fun, check out Chef Will’s latest post on our blog.  

Celebrate Our Public Gardens

Mark your calendars for May 7–16 … it’s National Public Gardens Week! Started by the American Public Garden Association, National Public Gardens Week is a fantastic time to recognize our local and national public gardens, and celebrate public gardens’ commitment to maintaining collections of plants for the purposes of public education and enjoyment. With a tradition of horticulture going back 300 years—and with more than 30 public gardens, arboreta, and historic landscapes within 30 miles of the city—Philadelphia is known as America’s Garden Capital, and we’re honored to be part of the America’s Garden Capital landscape. Make plans to visit Longwood and the region’s many other public gardens this spring!
Go Virtual! We’ve added new spring virtual backgrounds, puzzles, and activities to our Member benefits webpage. For even more Longwood fun, including video and image highlights of our Gardens, engaging activities, and more, visit Our Gardens Your Home.

Discover Membership

Longwood Love
Members are invited to join Longwood staff on April 27 at 6 pm for a virtual introduction to our Gardens and discover all your Membership has to offer. Learn more about your Member benefits, discover visiting tips, and explore the history of Longwood. Afterward, enjoy a fun Gardens activity!

Your Moment at Longwood

Longwood Love
Our Members hold a special place in our hearts … and we are humbled to hold a special place in yours.  Explore cherished Member memories and share your own springtime moments via #LongwoodLove or by using our online form.
Enjoy this moment by Member Katy B.: 
I didn't grow up in the area (but rather Chicago) but my parents are from this area so we spent our childhood visiting. It was where my parents used to go on dates. I later found out from my then boyfriend, his parents had a similar story. So, when he wanted to propose? He knew it had to be Longwood because it was part of our families' history. And in fact, when my parents moved back East? The first thing I bought them was a Membership to Longwood. Thank you for always being there for generations. We can't wait to return.
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