Longwood Gardens

 Longwood from Home

As the weather cools and the leaves begin to turn to beautiful shades of red, gold, and amber, we find ourselves so excited for the crisp, fresh feeling of a new season … and we’re excited to bring you this fresh new edition of Longwood from Home. This week, learn more about the October 1 start of Autumn’s Colors, the return of our wonderfully whimsical Garden Railway, our just-announced Halloween-themed fountain performances, a new Members-only webinar opportunity, and more! 

Fall is for Fun

Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues and colorful fun of Autumn’s Colors. Marvel at our fountain performances running through November 1, with Illuminated Fountain Performances on Friday and Saturday evenings through October 31. Get ready for a spooky good time with our just-announced Halloween Magic Illuminated Fountain Performance, running both October 30 and October 31.
While you’re here, feel like a kid again with our playful Garden Railway. Celebrating its 20th year, this family-favorite display near The Terrace features miniature model trains chugging their way along a picture-perfect landscape. The railway operates during regular Gardens hours, weather permitting. 

Discover What's in Bloom

Hues of purple, gold, and red abound throughout the Gardens. With fields of goldenrod swaying in the Meadow, day-flowering waterlilies gracing our waterlily pools, and our Conservatory filled with blooms around every corner, it’s the perfect time to explore early fall at Longwood. 

Explore Gardens History

Tropical aquatics first came to our Gardens in 1957, in the form of 13 waterlily pools designed and built in the Conservatory courtyard. In 1989, Sir Peter Shepheard redesigned the aquatics display into the five larger, dramatic pools you can see here today. Normally open from late May through mid-October, our sprawling Waterlily Display is home to more than 100 different types of day- and night-blooming tropical waterlilies, hardy waterlilies, lotuses, giant water-platters, and other aquatic and bog plants. The water in the pools measures 30 inches deep and is mixed with an organic black dye to slow algae growth and accentuate the plants. The small fish in the pools are mosquito fish (Gambusia affinis) which feed upon mosquito and other insect larvae in the shallow pools.
One of the display’s most beloved features is our Victoria platters, originally found in the wilds of South America. These awe-inspiring plants grow at an astonishing rate to over 6 feet in diameter, and host fragrant flowers in pink and white hues. Each fully grown leaf can reliably support 80 to 100 pounds if the weight is evenly distributed.

Learn and Create ... Online!

Looking to expand your gardening knowledge, further develop your professional skills, or simply have fun? Join us for one of our many online courses that connect you with our expert instructors and offer the flexibility of virtual learning. Class topics range from fall floral design to woody plants to graphic communications. 

Join Us for Our Latest Webinar 

Deepen your garden knowledge with our next webinar in partnership with White Flower Farm. On October 15 at 12 pm, listen in as our own Senior Horticulturist Kerry Ann McLean and White Flower Farm Nursery Manager Barbara Pierson address the topic Roses and Their Companions. They will focus on selection considerations and site conditions, their favorite rose selections, the best care to ensure healthy plants, and companion plants.

Share the Longwood Love

As we fall into a new season, we hope you’ll share your favorite autumn memories, stories, and photos of Longwood. Submit them through our #LongwoodLove initiative on our website or use #LongwoodLove when posting online.
This week, we share the story of Member Sandy H.: 
Eleven years ago in August we moved from Ohio to Pennsylvania. It was not a choice to move but we had to because of jobs. It was very hard the first week. The first weekend we were in the area we found Longwood and it has been our favorite outing. If a place can be the same as a therapy animal, that is what Longwood has been for me. Walking through the gardens makes me forget any stresses I have that week and it helps me find some balance. We make a weekly visit and see something new each trip. It is beautiful in every season and no matter what the weather is, you can find a good area to explore and relax.

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