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Longwood from Home

Holiday cheer is almost here! As we prepare for our just-around-the-corner A Longwood Christmas season (on view November 19–January 9), we also welcome you to enjoy new stories and highlights in this edition of Longwood from Home. This week, learn more about our upcoming The Magic of A Longwood Christmas Members-only webinar, help make our season extra bright with a vote for Longwood, get creative with our new online holiday courses, find out the specialty chrysanthemum form winner, and more. 

Save the Date 

Join us in the Gardens on November 13 for Member Appreciation Day! Take advantage of double discounts (20%) in The Garden Shop (which will be filled with gardens favorites) and on dining. Please note: The Member Appreciation Day discount in The Garden Shop does not apply to already discounted items. Reservations for 1906 are strongly encouraged via OpenTable.  
Get Ready for Christmas Cheer … Now!
Make your holiday oh so merry and bright by planning ahead for A Longwood Christmas. With this year’s display opening November 19, the time to plan is … now!
Book early as reservations are limited and sell-outs are expected. A Longwood Christmas is on view November 19 through January 9, with daily hours from 10 am to 11 pm. Free, timed Member reservations are required from open to close every day during A Longwood Christmas. Gardens Premium Members do not require reservations. Complimentary Guest Tickets are not valid on blackout days during A Longwood Christmas. Blackout days are all Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through January 2, 2022, and every day December 24 through January 2, 2022. 
Please note: Our Gardens, both indoors and outdoors, will be closed November 15–18, as we prepare for A Longwood Christmas
Go Behind the Scenes of A Longwood Christmas
Join us online November 22 at 12 pm as our Associate Director of Display Design Jim Sutton shares the inspiration and artistry of this year’s holiday display. Learn about the design intent, see how our staff bring this year's fire and ice theme to life, and get all of your questions answered about the most wonderful time of the year at our Gardens.
Vote for Longwood 
During A Longwood Christmas, we’re honored to share with you a dazzling display of more than a half-million twinkling lights … and we’re also honored to be nominated by 10Best/USA Today for 2021 Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights again this year! Help us hold onto our 2018, 2019, and 2020 Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights running title by voting daily for A Longwood Christmas. You can vote once per day until polls close on Monday, December 6 at noon ET. The 10 winning gardens will be announced on 10Best on Friday, December 17.
'Tis the Season for Learning
The holiday season brings with it a fun, engaging selection of new online courses. Whether you’re looking to try your hand at creating holiday centerpieces to elegant garlands to festive cocktails (and much more!), there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Among our new classes this season, join artist Carol Gangemi online for The Artist Dives into the Archives: Cyclamen on Wednesday, December 1 from 1–3:30 pm as she dives into Longwood’s archives and retrieves a cyclamen image to demonstrate watercolor technique. Follow along at home and paint your own cyclamen in the style of early botanical illustrators, just in time for the holiday season.
Get the Most Out of Your Membership
Members are invited to join Longwood staff on November 13 at 10:30 am or 12 pm and December 4 at 12 pm for an in-person 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 tour! The orientation will be held in the Gardens in the Visitor Center Auditorium (through The Garden Shop).
 And the Winner is …
After tough match-ups and many votes, we are excited to crown your favorite chrysanthemum form from the 2021 Chrysanthemum Festival. Will it be the obelisk form? Pagoda tower? Traditional Japanese fan? The honor goes to … the cloud forms! Want to see these beauties in person? Only a few days remain to experience the wonder of Chrysanthemum Festival, featuring thousands of carefully nurtured specialty chrysanthemums trained into fanciful umbrellas to teardrops, sculptural spirals to pagodas, and so much more. Member reservations are not required to visit our Gardens now through November 14.
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