Longwood Gardens

Longwood from Home

Hello, September! As we welcome a new month, we welcome you to continue enjoying all your Membership has to offer. This week, read about new Gardens hours, discover our newest Member benefit, get ready for our next Member Appreciation Day, see what’s blooming in the Gardens, and more! Looking for even more engaging Longwood? Visit Our Gardens Your Home for new fun, new features, and new beauty, with new content added bi-monthly. 

New Hours Starting this Month 

As we welcome September, we are now open Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm. Our Illuminated Fountain Performances on Friday and Saturday evenings will now start at 8:15 pm. We will continue to be open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm. Remember, Member reservations are required to visit the Gardens (except for Gardens Premium Members). 

Save the Date

Join us in the Gardens Thursday, September 10 for Member Appreciation Day and receive 20% discounts at our GardenShop and on dining. Remember, Member reservations are required daily for entry into the Gardens (except for Gardens Premium Members). Stay tuned for virtual offerings just for Members too! 

Membersonly Moments Online

Gardens recipes, jigsaw puzzles, gardening-inspired webinars, and more await you on our new virtual Member benefits webpage. Enjoy these Members-only benefits from home, in addition to your year-round access to our Gardens. 

Explore Gardens History

The historic Webb Farmhouse has stood on the property since the mid-1700s and in 2014 was selectively restored to serve as a gallery space. William Webb, the probable builder of the house, was born in Gloucester, England sometime between 1684-90, and arrived in Chester County with his parents around 1700. Webb eventually purchased 301 acres of land that made up part of today’s Meadow Garden, and in 1741 he was gifted another 203 acres. Early settlers like Webb used the land to grow crops and raise livestock. After Pierre S. du Pont purchased the Longwood property and several adjacent pieces of land, two of his significant purchases, the Merrick farm and the Webb farm, became central to his agricultural activities. Du Pont continued to use the land for agricultural purposes for many years and retained the existing woodlands as a buffer between the formal gardens and the farm fields. Today, the farmhouse’s two galleries showcase the beauty of the Meadow Garden through the seasons, as well as share the story of the people who have inhabited and influenced the land since the Lenni Lenape.

Enjoy a Good Read

Members now have access to more than 7,000 ebooks, accessible from anywhere! Our expansive eBook collection includes subjects on horticulture, botany, garden design, botanical illustration, garden and landscape design, natural history, and wildlife. To enjoy our eBooks, simply log in using your Membership number found on the back of your Membership card. Once logged in, you can download books to your device or read them online. Both adult and children’s titles are available. 
For assistance with the eBook site, please click the ? symbol in the top right corner of the eBook pages, email library@longwoodgardens.org, or visit our eBook Guide.

Discover What's in Bloom

Longwood Love
Take in the sights of lush, bold, beautiful blooms throughout our Gardens. Delight in several types of vibrant sunflowers, day- and night-blooming waterlilies, thistle, impatiens, and more around every turn.

Your Moment at Longwood

Longwood Love
We are honored to be a part of so many of your memories … memories that we are excited to share and celebrate through our #LongwoodLove initiative. As a Member, we encourage you to share your Longwood memories with us, as well as explore the stories of others. Please use #LongwoodLove when posting online or submit your memory on our website. 
This week, delight in the story of Members Sandie and Tom J.: 
My husband, Tom, and I have been going to Longwood for over 40 years (both Members several years ago since we go 4 or 5 times each year from New Jersey). With so many beautiful events and new and old things to see, we look forward to each time we go. Prior to that, both our parents brought us to Longwood back in the late 50's when we were both small. Over the years, we saw so many amazing changes, always improving and reinventing ... we have so many photos, we can probably have 50 books of Longwood pictures (all beautiful, even with today's new cameras)! The different seasons are so outstanding and change each year ... still love going there! 
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