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SP RI NG Spring Blooms March 29–May 19

Spring Blooms On view March 29–May 19 Flowing carpets of yellow-hued winter aconite, white snowdrops, and vibrant blue glory-of-the-snow offer the first glimpse of spring’s impending arrival. The symphony of color builds as daffodils, flowering trees, and more than 240,000 tulips burst into bloom. From our Flower Garden Walk and Peirce’s Woods, to our Idea Garden and beyond—the Gardens come to life during Spring Blooms. “Go Beyond” this spring at Beyond the Garden Gates Days, featuring tours and talks with our Gardeners, and learn how our experts prepare for spring long before the first buds appear. Beyond words.

Beyond the Garden Gates Days April 6 & 20, May 4 & 18, 11 am–3 pm Free with Gardens Admission

Meet our arborists and gardeners that care for the trees and flowers throughout Spring Blooms. Explore the beauty of thousands of bulbs that bloom in a kaleidoscope of color at the Flower Garden Walk. Wander through Peirce’s Woods and see demonstrations throughout our Conservatory and outdoor gardens. Please note: Some of our behind-the-scenes experiences have limited availability and may not be fully accessible.

Meet the Experts 11 am, 12:30 & 2 pm Learn about our Spring Blooms display, our tree care and stewardship programs, and the history of our fountains during engaging and informative talks. April 6 Head Gardener Ed Broadbent shares stories on planning, planting and maintaining our celebrated tulip displays. He reveals insights into our experience in naturalizing geophytes on Oak and Conifer Knoll and other areas. April 20 Arborist Scott Wade delves into the roots of Longwood’s heritage—our trees. Join him for a fascinating look at the heritage of our trees and their care. May 4 Senior Gardener Pandora Young takes you on a journey through the history, design, and management of Peirce’s Woods, which features native plantings. May 18 P.S. du Pont Fellow and historian Colvin Randall shares the history and evolution of Longwood’s world-renowned Main Fountain Garden.

Highlights from Our Gardens Spring Blooms in the Making (1) You might say spring really begins at Longwood on October 1. That’s the day the bulb order arrives—about 240,000 bulbs—that are the heart of our colorful spring display. A team of gardeners and volunteers spends two weeks planting bulbs throughout the Gardens, most notably in the celebrated Flower Garden Walk. Head Gardener Ed Broadbent designs the iconic Flower Garden Walk display, which includes brainstorming and sketching ideas for changes in bed shapes, bulb varieties, and spring annuals each year. One constant is the color scheme, which begins with cool purples and pinks, stretches through hot reds and yellows, and finishes with pure whites. This color progression has been a tradition since the 1970s and allows us to explore the many hues of a given color while contrasting textures and plant heights to create a dramatic garden experience, explains Ed. A new tulip highlight not to be missed is a large mixed-bulb display around the center fountain of Flower Garden Walk.

Get Lost in Peirce’s Woods (2) Wander through Peirce’s Woods when it’s in peak bloom from mid-April through mid-May and you’ll be transported to a mystical, yet natural world that showcases the beauty of native plants. The concept of using native plants to create the woodland garden was one of the first such projects in any public garden. Since it opened in May 2000, Peirce’s Woods has evolved. Senior Gardener, Pandora Young, has worked in the seven acres of Peirce’s Woods for nine years, and has seen how we’ve enhanced elements in this “art-form” garden. For example, several areas in Peirce’s Woods have lost a lot of the mature tree canopy, which presented

an opportunity to expand the original woodland plant palate to incorporate more sun-loving native species. The thriving shrub layer and small flowering trees of Peirce’s Woods have become the most established. “Their presence helps define the ‘rooms’ within the overall design,” says Pandora. Although there are many blooming standouts in Peirce’s Woods in the spring, a pathway in the Shady Retreat area near the Love Temple is lined with silverbell trees that are being trained into an arch form. Don’t miss the chance to walk beneath the silverbell trees when they are in full bloom.

The Garden’s Ceiling (3) “Without trees a garden is missing a dimension. Trees create space, rooms, and ceilings. Tree trunks lead your eyes up, expanding the volume of a garden,” says Arborist Scott Wade. Scott is a liaison between the curator and the arborists at Longwood, and is responsible for keeping the Gardens’ tree collection up to date through assessing their size, health, and age. Scott documents the changes that have been made to the trees and recommends actions to be taken in their care, such as lightning protection and cabling. Tree care is important to help give a tree its best chance at maturity. Many of the species we plant at Longwood Gardens do not grow here naturally, so they need extra care to become established. Our arborists also maintain the 91 state champion trees and many historic trees that grow at Longwood. Some of the trees on the property, most likely dating back to the 1700s, stand in and around the allée behind the Peirce-du Pont House. Hear more of Scott’s insights and information about our trees and their care on April 20 when he speaks at our Beyond the Garden Gates Day.




Continuing Education Spotlight Propagation: A Plan for the Spring April 11, 6–9 pm Want more plants? Longwood Gardens Research Specialist Alan Petravich teaches you the equipment and techniques needed to become a master plant propagator in the home setting. Learn how to create systems for seed germination, rooting cuttings, and growing young plants. Annuals 6-part class, May 22–June 26, 6:30–8:30 pm Annuals provide an exciting opportunity to add color, texture, movement, and seasonal excitement to gardens and containers. Hear from

Longwood Gardens Display Gardener Karl Gercens about the identification, cultural requirements, ornamental characteristics, problems, and pests of annuals. Discuss creative uses for a selection of readily available, reliable annuals as well as some of the newer, more recently introduced cultivars. *Advanced registration and fee required:, 610.388.5454. For a complete listing of our Continuing Education opportunities visit us online and see our Spring Calendar. Members save 10%.

Tastefully Spring (4) Harvests may be associated with autumn, but Spring Blooms is just as bountiful. When the ground thaws, our Idea Garden comes to life as countless numbers of crops are seeded directly into the soil and 1,400 cold hardy vegetables grown over the winter in our greenhouses are transplanted. It does not take long for these early spring vegetables to ripen. The tasty green shoots of one of the earliest vegetables, asparagus, are often harvested before the lawns have even begun to be mowed. This spring season our gardeners will also be harvesting strawberries, spinach, radish, arugula, lettuce, kohlrabi, collard greens, endive, beets, and Swiss chard, making Longwood one tasty garden. Senior Gardener Adam Cressman maintains our Vegetable Garden—be sure to attend our July 12 Beyond the Garden Gates Day to hear him discuss his tips and tricks for growing vegetables in your own backyard. You may even find these fresh vegetables in our own Café and 1906!

A New Garden: Our Trial Garden (5) When you visit our Idea Garden in mid-May you will discover something new: our first-ever Trial Garden on view for our guests. This square space previously dedicated to groundcovers, ornamental grasses, vines, and roses will now house more than 250 cultivars within 10 genera: Clematis, Dahlia, Paeonia, Capsicum, Agastache, Salvia, Pentas, Lantana, Colocasia, and Canna. Our Trial Garden showcases our plant-trialing process, which is where our gardeners learn how to grow new plants and discover more about their flower color, bloom time, bloom duration, plant height, pest problems, and more. Plants that shine in our trials (about 20–25% of those trialed) often go on to be featured in future displays. Although this Trial Garden is new, plant trials at Longwood Gardens have been around for more than 50 years, but were done out of public view. The new Trial Garden not only allows guests to see the trialing process, but also to vote for their favorite plants. Plant trials are important to the global horticulture industry. This year, trialing professionals from around the world will travel to Longwood Gardens for the 2013 International Trials Conference September 16–20 to discuss current research and trialing techniques.

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day Friday, May 10

Not only is Philadelphia the birthplace of America, it’s also the birthplace of American horticulture. Philadelphia’s Bartram’s Garden was the home of John Bartram (1699-1777), America’s first botanist, and is the oldest living botanical garden in the country. Today, Philadelphia boasts 30 public gardens within a 30-mile radius—the largest concentration of gardens in the U.S. To celebrate its status as “America’s Garden Capital” many of the region’s gardens, including Longwood, Bartram’s, Chanticleer, and more will participate in National Public Gardens Day on

Friday, May 10. NPGD was conceived by the American Public Gardens Association and Rain Bird Corporation to raise awareness of our nation’s more than 500 public gardens. Public gardens offer beauty, respite, inspiration, and education impacting more than 70 million people a year. All participating Gardens in the Philadelphia region will offer free seed packets to guests visiting May 10. At Longwood, guests can also enjoy complimentary tours of our Main Fountain Garden, Italian Water Garden, and more. Visit for more details.

Members-only Moments Upgrade Your Membership

Upgrade your Membership today to enjoy Spring Blooms with friends and family. Our Individual Plus, Garden Plus, Rose Arbor, and Chimes Tower Memberships offer the flexibility to share Longwood with friends. Learn more at or call 610.388.1000.

Summer Performances Coming Soon! Member Pre-sale for Summer Performance Series March 12–14, sale begins at 10 am Public sale March 15, sale begins at 10 am See details on the Performances that Inspire pages.

Save with Bring Friends Package

Save the Date: Member Appreciation Day Friday, April 19

Looking for more flexibility and want to bring several friends at a discounted rate? Our Bring Friends Package is a block of ten discounted general admission tickets that will be loaded onto your active Membership card upon purchase. Redeem one, some, or all ten at one time. Learn more and purchase at

Members enjoy all-day 20% discounts in The GardenShop, 1906, and The CafÊ. Reservations for 1906 are strongly recommended via Coming this Summer: Sunday Members-only Hours June 9, July 14, & August 4 6–9 pm

Mark your calendars for these exclusive Members-only hours featuring a free evening concert in the Main Fountain Garden.


The Backyard Homestead 11 am & 2:30 pm Carillon Concert: Lisa Lonie 3 pm


Home School Day 10–11:30 am


Our Pest Friends Walk 11–11:30 am Join one of our Integrated Pest Management staff for a glimpse into the world of insects and our pest management strategies.


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Annuals 6-part class May 22 & 29 June 5, 12, 19, & 26 6:30–8:30 pm * Victorian Floral Design 1–4 pm * Fireworks & Fountains: Rocket Man: Music of Elton John 9:15 pm 1 Secrets of Victoria: Waterlily Queen On View in the Music Room May 25–September 29 Festival of Fountains On View May 25–September 2

Summer Camp Registration Now Open Bodies of Water July 8–12, 9 am–12 pm For students entering grades 3 or 4 July 15–19, 9 am–12 pm For students entering grades 5 or 6 Plunge into the depths of bodies of water and explore Longwood’s fountains, lakes, and other water sources. Photojournalism: Longwood Up Close July 22–26, 9 am–2 pm For students entering grades 5 or 6 July 29–August 2, 9 am–2 pm For students entering grades 7, 8, or 9 Explore Longwood’s different ecosystems while journaling the wonders of nature through digital photography.





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Advanced registration & fee required:, 610.388.5454 For a complete list of our Continuing Education opportunities visit us online. Members save 10%.

** To apply: *** Free pre-registration required: or 610.388.1000 Go Beyond the Garden Gates Branching Out Lecture Series. Registration required:, 610.388.1000, Members: Free, Guests: $25 Enjoy a complimentary coffee reception at the conclusion of this performance. Prix-fixe, pre-performance dinner reservations available, $41. Make reservations at Scout Programs. Advanced registration & fee required: Call 610.388.5210 Home School Day. Advanced registration & fee required: Call 610.388.5400 Purchase tickets for our Summer Barbeque (3–7:30 pm) at

Zooming in on Nature: Digital Photography August 5–9, 9 am–12 pm For students entering grades 7, 8, or 9 Learn the key elements of digital photography while taking photographs that convey the magnificence of our Gardens. Let’s Move! Nutrition and Fitness August 12–16, 9 am–12 pm For students entering grades 3 or 4 Explore the Gardens while learning where your food comes from and how plants provide us with nutrients necessary for a healthy lifestyle. *Advanced registration and fee required:, 610.388.5400. Space is limited. View our complete list of Summer Camps at

Performances that Inspire Open Organ Console Saturday, April 20, 9:30 am–12:30 pm Ever want to play the Longwood Organ? Sign up for your five minutes of fame on The Longwood Organ by emailing: Reservations are limited. Or join us in the audience for a morning of music. Classical Series


Free with Gardens Admission

Saturday, April 6

International Organ Competition Organ Series

Peter Richard Conte, organ and Jeremy Filsell, piano Friday, May 3, 8 pm Conte and Filsell will perform an arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for organ and piano. Peter Richard Conte is Longwood’s Principal Organist and the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ, and Pianist and Organist Jeremy Filsell is the Artist in Residence at the Washington National Cathedral.

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. Preliminary Rounds: Tuesday, June 18 at 2 pm & 7 pm Wednesday, June 19 at 2 pm & 7 pm $30 Reserved Seating / $25 Members Ticket prices are for 2 pm or 7 pm preliminary round performances. Final Round: Saturday, June 22 at 1 pm & 7 pm $60 Reserved Seating / $51 Members Ticket prices include 1 pm & 7 pm final round performances. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the Final Round, June 22.

Performance: The Ballroom $40 Reserved Seating / $34 Members Tickets: / 215.893.1999

See it all and Save! $153 Reserved Seating / $130 Members Ticket includes admission to all rounds of the competition, June 18–22.

Enjoy a pre-performance dinner in 1906. Visit for reservations. Enjoy a complimentary coffee reception with the artists after the performance.

Tickets: / 215.893.1999 Learn more: organcompetition

2013 Summer Performance Series All summer long, the arts come alive. Our Summer Performance Series promises an exciting lineup of performers, and Members get to purchase tickets first. Check our website for updates as concerts are still being added. Member Pre-sale March 12–14, sale begins at 10 am Public Sale March 15, sale begins at 10 am Member Discount Members save $5 per ticket. Members, your discount code is on the back cover of this brochure.

Buddy Guy July 2 Tickets: / 1.800.745.3000 This concert is in association with BRE Presents

Boz Scaggs & Michael McDonald July 9 Tickets: / 1.800.745.3000

Peter Yarrow and Paul Noel Stookey

This concert is in association with BRE Presents

June 7 Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Peter, Paul & Mary Tickets: / 215.893.1999

The Philadelphia Orchestra July 18 and 19 Check for program details. Tickets: / 215.893.1999

Amy Grant June 27 Tickets: / 215.893.1999

Wine & Jazz Saturday, June 1 12–5:30 pm Start your summer on the right note. Savor fine wines as you enjoy the sights and sounds of live jazz in our Gardens. Featuring Legendary Saxophonist

Branford Marsalis Quartet Cuban Jazz Pianist

Alfredo Rodríguez More Jazz artists being added. Tickets on sale now $40 Adults ages 21+ / $34 Members ages 21+ $25 Designated drivers / $21 Member designated drivers Pre-order Your Wine & Jazz Picnic Basket Our Wine & Jazz Picnic Basket is packed with a savory sampling of gourmet cheeses, hummus, fruits, salad, crackers, and baguettes. Each basket serves two people. $65 / $58 Members

Tickets limited, sell out likely Visit for a complete Wine & Jazz Festival schedule and to purchase tickets and picnic baskets. No outside food allowed in the Gardens. Wine & Jazz Festival is presented in partnership with Mainline Magazine and WRTI 90.1-FM.

Festival of Fountains On view May 29–September 2 Stand before towering fountains, wander shady groves, see fireworks light up the night sky, and experience our inaugural International Organ Competition. Get to know the star of our summer display: Victoria. This historic and unusual water-platter is a cornerstone of our Waterlily Display, the subject of a new book, Victoria: The Seductress, and a fascinating exhibit in our Music Room, Secrets of Victoria: Waterlily Queen. Explore our new Trial Garden, too. Beyond refreshing. Beyond the Garden Gates Days Saturday, June 8, 11 am–3 pm Fridays, June 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, 5–9 pm Enjoy family-fun festivities and behind-the-scenes experiences! See the force behind the fountains on tours of the Main Fountain Garden Pump House, meet the gardeners that fill the Idea Garden and Waterlily Display with beauty, and hear from the mastermind of our Fireworks & Fountains Shows.

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

$38 ages 16 & over / $31 Members ages 16 & over $22 ages 15 & under / $18 ages 15 & under

Celebrate America with well-known patriotic favorites, including John Philip Sousa’s The Stars & Stripes, Richard Rodgers’ Victory at Sea, Irving Berlin’s God Bless America, and more.

Show and barbeque tickets on sale now at 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. $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

Gardens Information Gardens Hours Now–March 24 9 am–5 pm March 25–May 19 9 am–6 pm

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.

Group Visits & Rentals Groups and private events are welcome in the Gardens. Phone: 610.388.5223 / E-mail: events@

For Your Convenience Longwood Gardens covers many acres. There are no shuttles within the Gardens. We’re happy to offer the following: – 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.

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. 1906 Savor this artful, full-service dining experience. Reservations made via or call 610.388.1000. *Please * note: 1906 is only open on Saturday and Sunday for brunch 11:30 am–3:30 pm, through March 19. 1906 returns for the season on March 20.

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Spring Seasonal Highlights 2013  

Spring Blooms On View: March 29-May 19. Flowing carpets of yellow-hued winter aconite, white snowdrops, and vibrant blue glory-of-the-snow o...