Cape Gazette

The beauty of Longwood Gardens

By Ron MacArthur | Jun 24, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Red Flare is a good name for this waterlily.

Longwood Gardens outside Kennett Square, Pa., is a magical place that is so much more than beautiful gardens. Fountain shows, fireworks, concerts, plays, educational programs and Christmas lights have become an important part of the Longwood experience. Longwood hosts 800 events each year.

Generations helped to create Longwood Gardens, but one man is credited with helping to create what we see today among Longwood's nearly 1,100 acres. Pierre S. DuPont (1870-1954) used his family fortune to develop the Longwood property. He purchased the grounds from the Pierce brothers who in the 1850s had one of the finest collection of trees in the country.

Each visit is different as you explore more of the massive property, and the great thing about Longwood is how it reflects the change of each season. Longwood has 20 indoor gardens in 4.5 acres of heated conservatories and 20 outdoor gardens with 11,000 different plants and trees. About 1 million people visit Longwood each year.

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Longwood Gardens
(Video by: Ron MacArthur)
Heavy rains the night before help create a larger water flow than usual at Longwood's waterfall near Chimes Tower. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A Cape Blue waterlily is reflected in the dark water of Longwood's pools. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Shaded walkways are a hallmark of Longwood's massive grounds. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Longwood's fountain shows – day and night – are a highlight of any trip. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Longwood changes its flower gardens according to the season. Summer flowers are in full bloom throughout the many gardens. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Water with black dye provides the contrast to highlight this waterlily. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
This is a Longwood hybrid waterlily. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Longwood's flower gardens are considered among the best in the world. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Orchids grow in one of Longwood's many greenhouses. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Shows take place several times daily at Longwood's main fountain area. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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