Longwood Gardens

Longwood from Home

In this week’s edition of Longwood from Home, get ready for the warmth and cheer of A Longwood Christmas, see what’s in bloom, download our newest virtual backgrounds, delight in uplifting stories with Longwood Voices, and more!

Make Your Plans for A Longwood Christmas

The warmth and cheer of the holiday season are almost here! From towering trees that touch the sky to acres of twinkling lights, A Longwood Christmas makes your holiday oh so merry and bright.
Stroll through beautiful plant palettes of delicate winter whites to rich reds to the greenest of evergreens as you wrap yourself up in a timeless Christmas morning scene. Outdoors, feel like a kid again with our whimsical train display and watch your family’s eyes sparkle at all the wondrous sights, including wide-open vistas of more than 500,000 radiant lights.
Book early as reservations are limited and sell-outs are expected. A Longwood Christmas is on view November 20 through January 10, open 10 am to 11 pm daily. Members reservations required daily (except for Gardens Premium Members). 

Delight in Longwood Stories 

Listen in on our Longwood Voices series (new this year!) as we share with you the stories and histories of the people of Longwood. From former students, to current staff, to icons of public horticulture, cozy up to their memories and recollections of Longwood’s impact on their lives. 

Delve Into Gardens History

From continuing sustainability efforts, to developing seed for an upcoming display, to continually improving and refining our plant collection, much of our Research and Conservation team’s work is done behind-the-scenes … but their expertise and dedication are always on full display. 
Our Research and Conservation team plays a leading role in the beauty and breadth of our annual Chrysanthemum Festival, on view this year from October 22 through November 15. During Chrysanthemum Festival, we highlight thousands of rare chrysanthemums that need to be produced each year from stock plants housed here at Longwood … including the 43 varieties identified as crucial to Longwood’s displays that make up our Chrysanthemum Core Collection, and an additional 183 cultivars that are preserved and protected in our tissue culture lab. The team preserves these rare chrysanthemums by testing stock plants for virus, eliminating virus from infected plants, keeping clean stock protected from viruses in test tubes, and producing plants from tissue culture when there aren’t sufficient stock plants in the greenhouse for the number of cuttings desired.

Discover What's in Bloom

Hues of gold and red are appearing throughout our Gardens, including in our wide-open Meadow Garden vistas. Keep an eye on our social media to see when peak fall bloom happens! 

Beauty on Your Screen

Bring the awe of fall to your virtual meeting backdrops with our latest fall-inspired downloads. Don’t forget to partake in your exclusive virtual Member benefits, including our latest puzzle challenge, recipes from the Gardens, webinar recordings, and more! 

Discover Membership

Members are invited to join Longwood staff on October 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, visiting tips, and the history of Longwood. Then enjoy a fun Gardens activity!

Your Moment at Longwood

Longwood Love
As the leaves change and the air turns crisp, we look forward to hearing your favorite autumn moments and Longwood stories. Submit your favorite Longwood memories through our #LongwoodLove initiative on our website or use #LongwoodLove when posting online.

This week, share in the memories of Member Randolph A.:  
My mother brought me to Longwood Gardens from the time I was two years old. We lived in Marietta, PA; so a trip to the Gardens was a big deal! Mother had to be careful where she would put me down or take me out of my stroller ... I would try to not only touch the blooms, but, EAT them! Prior to my parents passing, Longwood Gardens was a nice day out and "break" from the daily routine 6 or 8 times per year; once each season and Christmas and most especially on their wedding anniversary. Upon finishing my military service, the first place that my family brought me to was the Gardens. So relaxing and grounding! Now in my 67th year, I too, stick to the visiting schedule established so very long ago by my family! Will do so until I can no longer do so!
 
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