Longwood Gardens is attracting visitors from around the world to Chester County this spring – Daily Local

EAST MARLBOROUGH – People from all over the world join American friends to visit Longwood Gardens.

This spring, the world-renowned botanical monument, located off Route 1 just north of Kennett Square, is buzzing with visitors enjoying a wide range of dynamic flora and fauna displays. Elderly people stroll through the gardens, children discover that there are many different types of cacti on this planet, and families beam with smiles as they explore Longwood Gardens together.

“We are delighted to welcome guests from our backyard and around the world,” said Patricia Evans, public relations manager for Longwood Gardens, on Friday.

Longwood Gardens spans 1,100 acres and includes gardens, meadows and woodlands, as well as treehouses, fountains and more.

Longwood Gardens opened its doors to the public, thanks to the goodwill of Pierre du Pont, in 1921.

Longwood Gardens typically welcomes over 1.5 million visitors each year. (JEN SAMUEL — MEDIANEWS GROUP)

“There is definitely an increased appreciation for the importance of being in nature, especially since the pandemic,” Evans said.

Two years ago, from mid-March to early June 2020, Longwood Gardens was closed to the public during the mandatory statewide shutdown of non-essential sites in Pennsylvania.

Yet nature nurtures. Nature inspires. And these days, people appreciate the joy of nature more than ever.

“We hear guests come to Longwood all the time to disconnect and relax and enjoy the feeling you get when you’re surrounded by nature and beauty,” Evans said. “We are delighted to be able to offer this experience to our customers.”

There are several highlights at Longwood Gardens at the moment.

“During the Fountain Festival, our beautiful outdoor spaces take center stage,” said Evans. “Our outdoor gardens are starting to teem with colorful annuals and perennials, and our lanai is filled with tropical plants and palm trees, creating a truly lush oasis.”

Visitors take photos at the Orchid House on May 19.  (JEN SAMUEL??
Visitors take photos at the Orchid House on May 19. (JEN SAMUEL — MEDIANEWS GROUP)

And the warmer weather for enjoying the great outdoors has only just begun. Summer returns with the next seasonal solstice on June 21.

“Fountains are a summer favorite here in Longwood, and our three fountain gardens happen daily,” Evans said. “Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night we are open late for our illuminated fountain shows set to music in our main fountain garden at 9:15am. From classical, country, pop, cinematic themes to Latin music, we have a fountain performance for you.

Longwood Gardens is also home to a popular beer garden.

“Guests enjoy hanging out before our lighted fountain performances listening to live music in our beer garden,” Evans said. “We feature a variety of local performers and guests enjoy relaxing under the stars, listening to great music and enjoying Victory Brewing Company drinks, including our Oro Blanco Grapefruit Saison beer, brewed with grapefruit grown in Longwood. ”

In other news, construction on 17 acres is progressing at Longwood Gardens.

“Longwood Reimagined continues to move forward and we’re on track for a fall 2024 opening,” said Evans.

The $200 million project, known as Longwood Reimagined: A New Garden Experience, is a radical 17-acre reimagining of the Longwoods conservatory and grounds as previously reported. Projects include renewing and improving Waterlily Court, establishing a new outdoor Bonsai Courtyard, relocating, rebuilding and preserving the Cascade Garden, and a new 32,000 square foot West Conservatory is the play master and largest component of the project.

Part of the initial transformation phase of this project included the expansion of the currently visible Orchid House. The Orchid House features hundreds of orchids now housed under a new glass roof with upgraded display cases and beautiful views of the fountains.

Completed in February, the Orchid House restoration marks the first milestone at Longwood Reimagined.

Longwood Gardens opened to the public in 1921. (JEN SAMUEL ??

“As we preserve and enhance this precious space, we have created an even better experience to enjoy our famous orchid collection, so that we can continue to share the diversity, beauty and importance of our orchids with our guests. long into the future,” Paul Redman, director and chief executive of Longwood Garden, said in February.

And as summer approaches, tickets are still available for upcoming concerts and performances, including Bruce Munro’s Light: Installations.

“We are very pleased to welcome artist Bruce Munro back to Light: Installations by Bruce Munro, which opens June 30 and features 8 installations in the gardens,” said Evans.

“Art is a powerful way to connect people to themselves and to the landscape,” said Bruce Munro. “I hope to inspire guests to be more aware of the space they are in and revel in the wonder that is Longwood Gardens.”

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