Festival of Fountains May 25â€“September 2
Festival of Fountains On view May 25â€“September 2 Stand before towering fountains, wander shady groves, see ďŹ reworks light up the night sky, and enjoy concerts in the most beautiful outdoor settings. Get up-close with the star of our summer display: Victoria. This historic water-platter is a cornerstone of our Waterlily Display, the subject of a new book, Victoria: The Seductress, and the star of a fascinating exhibit in our Music Room, Secrets of Victoria: Waterlily Queen. There is a new garden for you to discover, too. Learn about plant trialing in our Trial Garden and vote for your favorite plants. Beyond refreshing.
Beyond the Garden Gates Days & Nights Saturday, June 8, 11 am–3 pm Fridays, June 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, 5–9 pm Free with Gardens Admission. Space is limited.
Enjoy family-fun activities, an outdoor concert, and behind-the-scenes experiences. Explore our Main Fountain Garden Pump House, meet the gardeners that ﬁll the Idea Garden and Waterlily Display with beauty, and go on a global journey with our plant explorer. Please note: Some of our behind-the-scenes experiences have limited availability and may not be fully accessible.
Behind-the-Scenes Activities 11 am–3 pm Meet the aquatic plant experts that care for our Waterlily Display and see demonstrations to learn about our Rose Garden care.
Family Fun Activities, 5–9 pm Check out cool seeds from all over the world. Watch our herbarium experts in action, try flower pressing, and make your own pressed flower art.
Meet the Experts 11 am, 12:30, 2 pm Join Tomasz Anis´ko, Curator of Plants and author of Victoria: The Seductress, and Timothy Jennings, Curator of our Waterlily Collection, for a show-andtell presentation highlighting Victoria. Book signing immediately following.
June 28 Family Fun Activities, 5–9 pm Be a “bug”ologist! Check out live insects, look for twinkling fireflies, and release ladybugs into the night! Meet the Expert, 5, 6:30, 8 pm Land Steward Specialist Tom Brightman shares our land management practices, Soil to Sky philosophy, and stories about maintaining our natural areas. Performance, Main Fountain Garden, 7 pm John Flynn is a Family Fun contemporary Folk artist.
July 12 Family Fun Activities, 5–9 pm Broccoli, beans, it’s all about… Vegetables! Be a botanist at our veggie plant stations, play our wheel of veggie game, and taste fresh veggies from our Vegetable Garden. Take some seeds home to grow. Meet the Expert, 5, 6:30, 8 pm Section Gardener Harold Taylor reveals insights into managing our Idea Garden and gives at-home gardeners some tips and tricks. Performance, Open Air Theatre, 5:30 & 7:30 pm The Golden Dragon Acrobats, a 21-member company from China, perform a mesmerizing show of juggling, acrobatics, balancing acts, and more.
Meet the Expert, 5, 6:30, 8 pm Go on a global expedition with Jim Harbage, our Floriculture Leader, and hear about Longwood’s plant explorations. Performance, Main Fountain Garden, 7 pm Suzy Bogguss is a country music star who received the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist award.
August 9 Family Fun Activities, 5–9 pm Be a plant explorer! Try our mystery plant hunt game and plant observation stations. Take a plant home to grow and observe. Meet the Expert, 5, 6:30, 8 pm Jim Sutton, Display Designer, takes you on a journey through the creation of our new Trial Garden. Performance, Main Fountain Garden, 7 pm Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks blend elements of Swing, Jazz, Folk, and Country music to create “Folk Jazz.”
August 23 Family Fun Activities, 5–9 pm Bug out at insect discovery stations, explore bees and dragonflies, and get all of your buggy questions answered by our insect experts. Meet the Experts, 5, 6:30, 8 pm Join Tomasz Anis´ko, Curator of plants and author of Victoria: The Seductress, and Timothy Jennings, Curator of our Waterlily Collection, for a show-and-tell presentation highlighting Victoria. Book signing immediately following. Performance, Main Fountain Garden, 7 pm Milkshake is a band on a mission: to create great Rock music for kids.
Please note: All Family Fun Activities take place at the Terrace Tent, and all Meet the Expert talks are located in the Ballroom.
Highlights from Our Gardens Secrets of Victoria: Waterlily Queen—On View May 25 (1) Journey to the wild, remote flood plains of South America and to the great gardens of Europe and North America to discover Victoria, the waterlily queen. Our newest exhibit, Secrets of Victoria: Waterlily Queen is on view in the Music Room May 25– September 29. Experience the unique and haunting beauty of Victoria in rare nineteenth century lithographs, vivid photographs, live and preserved specimens, and projected film footage of her life in the wild. Learn how the story of Victoria is woven into the history of Longwood and how this exquisite flower has blossomed into a star of our summer experience. Enjoy materials from our Library and Archives, including plates from Victoria Regia or the Great Water Lily of America by John Fisk Allen, artifacts owned by Pierre S. du Pont, and letters and plans for our Garden display. Explore the secrets of how this queen of the plant kingdom has survived and thrived for millions of years in the ebbs and flows of the mighty Amazon and Paranas Rivers. Through compelling photos you will meet the explorers who spent their
Want more Victoria? Victoria: The Seductress—Now available nationwide Victoria: The Seductress is a sumptuously illustrated, 468-page book that tells the fascinating story of the extraordinary Victoria waterlily, its discovery, introduction into cultivation, and the adventures of countless personalities around the world who attempted to grow and understand this aquatic marvel. Purchase today at The GardenShop and at longwoodgardens.org.
lives searching for her elusive blossoms and brought back specimens to share with the world. Her fascinating biology has inspired artists, architects, and crowds of admirers around the globe.
Meet Her Aquatic Majesty All Summer Long (2) You’ve read our new book Victoria: The Seductress, you’ve walked through our engaging exhibit in the Music Room Secrets of Victoria: Waterlily Queen—now it’s time to see her aquatic majesty live in our Waterlily Display, opening May 25 and on view through mid-October. In 2013, we feature more waterlilies than ever before to celebrate Victoria! This year’s Waterlily Display has an enhanced tropical display focus. For the first time extraordinary Victoria water-platters will be on view in every pool of our display so guests can enjoy views of this aquatic marvel from every angle. Want even more waterlilies? Starting in early June wander to our Small Lake and catch a glimpse of our hardy waterlily hybrids.
Lithographs from La Victoria Regia by J.E. Planchon and L. Van Houtte, published in Belgium in 1851. Original book is in Rare Book Collection in Longwood Gardens Library & Archives. Top: Louis Van Houtte’s circular Victoria house in Gentbrugge, Belgium. Left: Details of flower and leaf structure of Victoria.
An Exclusive Evening with Victoria Saturday, September 7 7–10 pm Your enchanting evening with our waterlilies begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while the Curator of our Waterlily Collection, Timothy Jennings, gives a show-and-tell presentation highlighting the many exquisite qualities of her aquatic majesty Victoria. Move inside the Conservatory for an extravagant four-course dinner featuring delectable, edible aquatic plants. The evening draws to a sweet conclusion with a decadent dessert buffet and an exclusive fountain show. $175 (per guest) / $157 Members (per guest) Tickets: longwoodgardens.org 610.388.1000
Our New Meadow Garden— Opening Summer 2014
The Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition (3) History will be made on June 22 when we award the first $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize at the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition to one of our 10 talented finalists. “The Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition recognizes and nurtures the next generation of great organists,” said Longwood Gardens Director Paul B. Redman. “Our founder, Pierre S. du Pont, believed performing arts were an important part of the Gardens experience and installed the first organ at Longwood in 1921. Since then, we’ve continued our commitment to the organ, adding an organ museum in 2005, completing a major restoration of our Aeolian organ in 2011, and now, through the launch of this competition.” All contestants will compete in the preliminary rounds June 18 –19, with the top five contestants competing in the final round on June 22. Tickets are on sale now at longwoodgardens.org. A distinguished panel of experts will judge the competition including Paul Jacobs, Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School; Thomas Murray, Professor of Music at Yale University; Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine; SophieVéronique Cauchefer-Choplin, Titular of the Grand Orgue of Saint JeanBaptiste de la Salle in Paris; and Peter Richard Conte, Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ and Principal Organist at Longwood Gardens. Visit our YouTube channel, to “meet” the 10 young organists via video diaries.
(4) Starting July 22, 2013, we will begin construction of our new Meadow Garden—an expanded experience that will grow our existing Meadow from 40 to 86 acres and add colorful, native wildflower plantings, trails, and engaging interpretation and programs throughout the seasons. We plan to realize a 21st century American meadow offering guests a chance to see wildlife, native wildflowers and grasses, plantings, and a historic Colonial home that will tell the story of how the land has evolved from the 1700s. We’ve approached the design of this newest garden using best practices in stewardship while amplifying our horticultural excellence. We are preserving and improving the quality of all its environmental resources—its ecosystems, biodiversity, water, soil, air, and human connections. We will enhance the Meadow Garden experience through tours, classes, and school group programs. We envision the new Meadow Garden highlighting native plants of our region while flourishing within a fabric of ecologically, socially, and culturally rich surroundings. As we create this new garden experience, our existing Meadow will be closed to guests, reopening in summer 2014.
A Dazzling History of Fireworks & Fountains (5) Our founder Pierre S. du Pont was an enthusiastic fireworks impresario whose family had been fascinated with pyrotechnics for nearly two centuries. For his first July 4 celebration in the Gardens in 1907, Pierre ordered six dozen “colored torches” and two dozen “fountains” for $34. Two years later, fireworks were scheduled for the 1909 Garden Party and again for the 1911 and 1912 parties. In 1928, before the main fountains were in operation, Mr. du Pont showed an interest in embellishing the new Open Air Theatre fountains and wrote, “I should like to experiment with the use of fireworks in connection with a fountain display.” The outcome of this experimentation is not known. A half century later, in 1979, Longwood staff members attended a Fête de Nuit at Versailles and were impressed with the potential for combining fireworks with fountains. On June 14, 1980, the first Fireworks & Fountains Show ever at our Gardens was presented (without music) in the Main Fountain Garden. Recorded orchestral music was added in 1981, and since then three to ten shows have been scheduled each year. Highly sophisticated computer systems now run both the fountains and the
Continuing Education Spotlight Edible Plants 6-part class: August 7, 14, 21, & 28 September 4 & 18 6:30 – 8:30 pm Taking a different approach to your garden expands your plant palate in a number of directions. This course will concentrate on identification, culture, landscape use, and culinary use by concentrating on planting combinations of safe edible species and cultivars that are suitable for growing in the garden or containers.
fireworks, permitting shows synchronized to music that would have been impossible to do in Mr. du Pont’s time. But the designs are still created the old-fashioned way—by hand—requiring weeks of thought to plot the effects in detail. Meet Pierre S. du Pont Fellow and Historian Colvin Randall who is the mastermind behind our Fireworks & Fountains Shows on May 25 at 11 am & 12:30 pm during our Fireworks & Fountains Lecture in the Visitor Center Auditorium. Photo below: One of 20 original photographs of the first Fireworks & Fountains Show at Longwood Gardens, June 14, 1980. These images are stored in the Longwood Gardens Library & Archives.
Aquatic Plants 3-part class: August 13, 20, & 27 6:30–8:30 pm Many have discovered the benefits of adding a water garden to their property. Join us to focus on the plants who have adapted to living in an aquatic environment. Dive deep into these beautiful yet mysterious plants to find out just how easy it is to add the beauty of a water garden to your property. Advanced registration and fee required: ce-registration.longwoodgardens.org 610.388.5454 For a complete listing of our Continuing Education opportunities visit us online and see our Summer Calendar. Members save 10%.
Members-only Moments Members-only Evenings Select Sundays: June 9, July 14, August 4, 6–9 pm Free for Members This summer we’re keeping our doors open just for Members on select Sunday evenings. Enjoy exclusive access to our Gardens, join us for a free outdoor concert in the Main Fountain Garden, and go behind-the-scenes! The Café and 1906 will be open, and Members save 10%. Registration is not required.
Featuring The Hot Sardines The Hot Sardines sound is straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. The band includes a tap dancer whose feet count as two members of the rhythm section.
Featuring Susan Werner With six albums under her belt and an active touring career throughout the U.S., Susan Werner has become one of the defining artists of the folk music genre.
Performance: Main Fountain Garden, 7 pm
July 14 Featuring The Give and Take Jugglers & Buried Beds Formed in Philadelphia, Buried Beds has grown into an indie folk-pop chamber group of banjos, string quartets, broken glass, and more. Before the concert, enjoy an exciting juggling routine by The Give and Take Jugglers. Jugglers: East Conservatory Plaza, 6 pm Performance: Main Fountain Garden, 7 pm
Registration Open: Autumn Branching Out Lecture Series Fashioning Fall’s Favorites: Longwood’s Chrysanthemums— with Longwood Gardens Panel of Chrysanthemum Experts September 8, 2:30 pm The Grass is Always Greener: Turfgrass at Longwood—with Shawn Kister October 20, 2:30 pm
Performance: Main Fountain Garden, 7 pm
Please note: You may bring your own chair or blanket to Membersonly Evening performances. Member guests are welcomed but must be accompanied by a Member. Guests not included in a Membership require admission tickets. Tickets can be purchased onsite during Membersonly Evenings or you may use your complimentary tickets.
Free for Members Member Guests $25 Advanced registration required Register: longwoodgarden.org 610.388.1000 Lectures are 1–1½ hours. Space limited.
All Summer Long: Members See It Free! Check out our Summer Calendar to see a complete list of free events we have for Members, including... Beyond the Garden Gates Days and Nights See pages 3â€“4 Illuminated Fountain Shows Most Fridays & Saturdays at 9:15 pm, May 31â€“August 31 Nation Beat June 8, 7:30 pm
Diego Garcia June 21, 7:30 pm The Golden Dragon Acrobats July 12, 5:30 & 7:30 pm Milkshake August 23, 7 pm And more!
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Fireworks & Fountains Shows Tickets on sale now
Rocket Man: Music of Elton John
Festive Fireworks: Music of Dmitri Shostakovich
May 25 & August 17, 9:15 pm September 14, 8:15 pm
July 20, 9:15 pm August 31, 8:15 pm
Rocket Man is all about Sir Elton John! Fountains and fireworks dance to the iconic pop star’s biggest hits including Philadelphia Freedom, Candle in the Wind, Rocket Man, and our electrifying finale Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting.
It’s Festive Fireworks featuring the famous works by the celebrated Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Our program features Shostakovich’s joyful Festival Overture and Jazz Suite No 2.
Celebrate America July 3, 9:15 pm Celebrate America with well-known patriotic favorites, including John Philip Sousa’s The Stars & Stripes Forever, Richard Rodgers’ Victory at Sea, Irving Berlin’s God Bless America, and more.
$38 ages 16 & over / $31 Members ages 16 & over $22 ages 15 & under / $18 Members ages 15 & under Fireworks and barbeque tickets on sale now at longwoodgardens.org
Tickets are limited and include all-day admission to the Gardens. Sell out likely. No refunds or exchanges. Guests may reserve a space in the Gardens after 3 pm. You may bring your own chair, but blankets are not permitted. Chairs can be rented on site or online for $5, while supplies last.
Summer Barbeque Savor picnic favorites with a gourmet flair before fireworks launch. Special ticket required. $32 ages 12 & over / $29 Members ages 12 & over $19 ages 5–11 / $17 Members ages 5–11 $5 ages 1–4 / Free for infants
Saturday, June 1 12–5:30 pm
Savor ﬁne wines and sample fresh, local fare as you enjoy the sights and sounds of live jazz in our Gardens. Featuring Jazz Vocalist
Joanna Pascale 12–1 pm Cuban Jazz Pianist
Alfredo Rodríguez Trio 1:30–2:30 pm Jazz Clarinetist
Anat Cohen Quartet 3–4 pm Three-time Grammy Award Winner
Branford Marsalis Quartet 4:30–5:30 pm
Tickets on sale now at longwoodgardens.org Adults ages 21 years & over $40 / $34 Members Designated drivers or ages 20 years & under $25 / $21 Members Tickets limited, sell out likely No outside food allowed in the Gardens. Wine & Jazz Festival is presented in partnership with Mainline Magazine and WRTI 90.1-FM.
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Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition June 18–22 Ten young organists from around the globe compete in the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition for the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize.
Tuesday, June 18
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Preliminary Round 1 at 2 pm Preliminary Round 2 at 7 pm
$153 Reserved Seating $130 Members Ticket includes admission to all rounds of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, June 18–22
Wednesday, June 19 Preliminary Round 3 at 2 pm Preliminary Round 4 at 7 pm Tickets: www.ticketphiladelphia.org 215.893.1999 $30 Reserved Seating $25 Members
Saturday, June 22 Final Round, 1 & 7 pm Tickets: www.ticketphiladelphia.org 215.893.1999 $60 Reserved Seating $51 Members Ticket prices include 1 & 7 pm Final Round performances. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the Final Round, June 22.
Tickets: www.ticketphiladelphia.org 215.893.1999
Longwood Gardens Organ Crawl Sunday, June 23 9 am–6 pm Spend the day listening to some of the world’s finest organists playing some of the world’s finest organs during the Longwood Gardens Organ Crawl. Enjoy private, guided tours of the Wanamaker, Kimmel Center, and Longwood organs as you travel from location to location in a luxury motorcoach. Organ buff and American Public Media’s PIPEDREAMS host, Michael Barone, adds insight as our official Organ Crawl host. Tickets: longwoodgardens.org 610.388.1000 $29 Reserved seating $24 Members Ticket price includes a prix-fixe lunch at Fratelli’s Italian Bistro.
Autumn’s Colors On view September 7–November 24 The beauty of fall beckons as nature’s colors become more vibrant and the hues of the season emerge. Inside the Conservatory our most challenging horticulture display takes center stage: Chrysanthemum Festival. Find out what it takes to grow, shape, and nurture these mums into the amazing forms you see—including our Thousand Bloom Mum, the largest in North America, which debuts new yellow blooms this year. See fall aglow during our ﬁrst-ever lantern celebration that the whole family will enjoy. Beyond beautiful. Beyond the Garden Gates Days Saturdays, September 7 & 21, October 5 & 19, November 9 & 23 11 am–3 pm Free with Gardens Admission Be inspired by the creative vision behind our Chrysanthemum Festival, and learn about our tree care and stewardship programs.
Gardens Information Gardens Hours Now–May 24 9 am–6 pm
Group Visits & Rentals Groups and private events are welcome in the Gardens.
May 25–September 2 Sunday–Thursday, 9 am–6 pm Friday & Saturday, 9 am–10 pm
Phone: 610.388.5223 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 3–November 27 9 am–6 pm
For Your Convenience Longwood Gardens covers many acres. There are no shuttles within the Gardens. We’re happy to offer the following:
Admission Buy Before You Arrive · Timed Admission Tickets Required · Tickets Limited Adults: $18 Seniors ages 62+: $15 Students with student ID: $8 Children 4 & under: Free Members: Free Prices and hours are subject to change. Dining at The Terrace The Terrace is a Certified Green Restaurant through the Green Restaurant Association and offers two dining experiences, open daily. The Café Enjoy casual fare made from fresh seasonal ingredients.
–– Non-motorized wheelchairs, electric scooters, and children’s strollers. Limited supply available. –– Rentals are free for Members, but Member guests will be charged a fee. –– Scooters are not available during rainy, snowy, or freezing weather.
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