Longwood Gardens

Location: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Website: longwoodgardens.org
Submitted by: Tim Martin

Over four acres of gardening under glass, an additional 325 acres planted into public gardens of varying styles, over 700 acres behind-the-scenes ... where does one begin? Longwood is arguably one of the world's most well-known gardens, and for good reason. This property transitioned from being the private estate of the Dupont family to a public garden in the 1950's, and never fails to impress. It is impossible to list all of the different attractions in a small space, so you'll want to visit the website before your visit, and determine just how long you want to plan for your stay. There are lots of special events at Longwood Gardens throughout the year, and this garden can be the foundation for an entire weekend visit on its own. ~Tim

Traveler's Note: You can certainly combine a visit to Longwood with another garden in one day, but you will find yourself in total sensory overload. It's worth devoting a full day to Longwood Gardens.

Click here for a slideshow of this Inspirational Garden
or scroll down to take a virtual stroll through it!
Photo Credit: Tim Martin
Blues at Longwood: The blue segment of one of the incredible color-blocked annual beds.
Photo Credit: Tim Martin
Whites at Longwood: The white segment of one of the incredible color-blocked annual beds.
Photo Credit: Tim Martin
Victoria at Longwood: The famous Victoria waterlilies in the enclosed courtyard.
Photo Credit: Tim Martin
Trial Garden: One of the many trial gardens reminds the visitor that Longwood is also a teaching and research garden.
Photo Credit: Tim Martin
Rice and Coleus: An unusual combination in the color-blocked annual beds.
Photo Credit: Tim Martin
Student Garden: One of the many student-designed gardens at Longwood.