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The main fountain garden is one of the highlights of the place. It's worth a visit both for a day and night show.
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1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Hours vary seasonally, generally 9-5 & open later summers and winters.
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Longwood Gardens is one of the great US botanical gardens. It’s 1,077 acres and has a sizable 4 acre conservatory. The gardens are best known for a dazzling variety of plants and flowers and for several fountain and water spout shows that are timed to display in conjunction with music.
Pierre du Pont, 1870-1954, is the man most responsible for Longwood Gardens. He was a man of commerce and action and succeeded in essentially all endeavors he undertook. He saved the prior arboretum’s trees from becoming lumber by purchasing the property in 1906 and then began a development project to create the fountains, conservatory, lakes, carillon and other features that are now present. His particular interest and gift to Longwood were the water pumps and fountains.
It’s smart to check the gardens’ website prior to a visit as the schedule of events changes frequently. The gardens are open all year but spring and summer are the best times to visit to see the largest range of plants and flowers. Also, some of the water shows stop running in fall and winter due to frost. If time is limited, go to the conservatory first as it is the major attraction. The main fountain garden would be a close second. If you can stay for an evening show, especially for the fireworks show in summer, it’s time and money well spent. Also, the du Pont house has an interesting museum about du Pont and the gardens that is worth seeing. A free tour of the conservatory provided a useful orientation, however a paid “behind the scenes” tour of the production greenhouses was quite dull and will have limited interest. The gardens are a superb place to experience the wonder and diversity of plant life, see a water show and stroll very well manicured and tended grounds. A visit is recommended.
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