You will not be disappointed when you make the trek to this incredible garden and horticultural showcase! Spring is the peak time to visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA because of the brilliant displays of spring flowering bulbs, trees, shrubs and early-blooming perennials. In addition to the visual overload, the history of the space is presented in an easily absorbed format that appeals to everybody and allows visitors to take something home more than memories.
Longwood’s history began in 1798 when Quakers farming the property started to plant an arboretum. Fast forward to the early 1900’s when Pierre du Pont purchased the farm to save the original trees. Influenced by the world fairs of the time period, he brought their innovative fountain technology and large, airy building structures to life on the Longwood property. All of these features are still on the grounds in working condition and provide a different experience then most gardens.
Check out the Longwood website for more pictures and visitors information!
Notable interest points of the spring gardens:
- Extensive collection of spring blooming bulbs including tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils, amongst many others
- Blooming cherry trees, crabapples, various shrubs including forsythia and corylus
- Exterior container plantings featuring typical spring flowers (pansies) to atypical (bleeding heart, Dicentra sp.)
- Seasonal display of the conservatories
- Signs of plant life in the perennial trial gardens that range from tiny sprouts to full blooms of the Lenten Rose (Helleborus sp.)
- New installation of the Green Wall in the Main Conservatory
Article and Photos by Lilyofthevalley for Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design