"Longwood Gardens" Longwood by bct341

Longwood Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 44 photos

Come and Enjoy :)

The picture above shows the Chimes tower at Longwood Gardens, located outside of Philadelphia and on the Delaware border. A great place to go, take a walk, take plenty of pics and it is a great place to paint also.

Exquisite flowers, majestic trees, dazzling fountains, opulent conservatory, starlit theatre, thunderous organ—all describe the magic of Longwood Gardens, a horticultural showstopper where the gardening arts are encased in classic forms and enhanced by machine-age technology.

Fountains...Fountains..and more Fountains

Longwood has more fountains than any other garden in the United States and compares favorably with the great water displays of Europe. Pierre du Pont was passionate about fountains and created three separate fountain gardens and an assortment of smaller water features. Today, these are being maintained, restored, and, in some cases, expanded for the amazement of visitors from around the world.

There are also fireworks displays as well. Seeing the colorful fountains with fireworks overhead is definitely beautiful.

History of Longwood Gardens

The history of Longwood is long. But, here is a synopsis. :)

More than 200 years earlier, the land had been inhabited by the native Lenni Lenape tribe who hunted, fished, and farmed the productive wilderness. In 1700, a Quaker family named Peirce purchased the property from William Penn and soon established a working farm. Joshua and Samuel Peirce began planting an arboretum on the farm in 1798. The farm was purchased in 1906 by Pierre du Pont so he could preserve the trees, and from 1907 until the 1930s Mr. du Pont created most of what is enjoyed today. In 1946, the Gardens were turned over to a foundation set up by Mr. du Pont, and after his death in 1954 Longwood's first director was hired. Since that time Longwood Gardens has matured into a magnificent horticultural showplace filled with countless opportunities for enjoyment and learning. Longwood's Conservatory is one of the world's great greenhouse structures. It shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great gardens, fountains and flowers!!!!
  • Cons:too much to see haha
  • In a nutshell:Great place to visit and spend an afternoon
  • Intro Updated May 3, 2009
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  • Rich62's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2006 at 2:26 PM

    So great to see your Longwood Gardens page. As an undergrad I worked there during the summer of 1966. What a great place.

  • JudyinPA's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2004 at 6:58 AM

    An excellent page on Longwood. I had forgotten how beautiful it is during the summer. We will be visiting over Christmas so the heat should not be a problem. Very good pictures, Paul.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2004 at 2:15 PM

    Oh wow! Those are such beautiful fountains and pools of water!!! You did a marvelous job with the photography Paul! Thanks for sharing them with us!!

  • morninglight's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2004 at 11:35 AM

    nice gardens.. looks like a beautiful place

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2003 at 9:19 PM

    The gardens sure are beautiful. The eye of water is amazing.. ;-) Great page and photos Paul... I could almost feel the atmosphere.. ;-)

  • skye820's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2003 at 4:07 PM

    What more could I add that has not already been said about the serenity and beauty of my garden! oops..I meant the Du Pont's garden...

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2003 at 7:58 AM

    Refreshing place! And superb photos as usual, ... :-)

  • Aug 21, 2003 at 2:39 PM

    ehem...no snack bars here? miles of walking and where's the cafeteria? the water features are beautiful, and like always, you have captured their magic.

  • vigi's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2003 at 6:27 PM

    Lovely old fountains & gardens, I like the waterlily, beautiful!

  • pixeleen's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2003 at 3:15 PM

    i loooove waterfalls!

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