Seasonal Highlights: Holiday 2021

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HO LI DAY A Longwood Christmas November 19–January 9


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A Longwood Christmas On View November 19, 2021–January 9, 2022 This holiday season, wrap yourself up in the warmth—and the chill— of A Longwood Christmas as we showcase the dramatically beautiful contrast of fire and ice. Inside, set your spirits ablaze with towering trees adorned in amber to fiery red tones, flickering flame lanterns, and an inviting mountain retreat, complemented by icy-hued plantings, a “frozen” succulent fountain, and a refreshing alpine waterway. Outdoors, cozy up to inviting fire pits, cool off with a stroll through half-amillion lights that dazzle and delight, and relish in the splendor of the season. This Christmas, opposites attract.



Hot Off the Presses What Members Need to Know

Free Timed Member Reservations Required Daily

Member Guests & General Admission

Members may visit anytime, but require free, timed Member reservations every day during A Longwood Christmas from open to close. Member reservations should be made in advance as sell out is likely. Gardens Premium Members and those included in their Membership, as well as Innovators, do not require timed reservations.

Buy Before You Arrive · Timed Tickets Required · Tickets Limited Admission to A Longwood Christmas is by Timed Admission Ticket only with tickets issued for a specific date and time. Guests not included in a Membership require a Timed Admission Ticket. We cannot accommodate a Member’s request for tickets if we are sold out. Purchase in advance as tickets sell out.

With a timed Member reservation, you may enter the Gardens as early as 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after your entry time (except for 10 am ticketholders). Later or earlier arrivals cannot be accommodated. You may stay as long as you wish once you enter the Gardens. Once you leave the Gardens, there is no re-entry, so please make sure you have everything you need before you enter.

Bringing a Guest? Complimentary Guest Tickets are not valid on blackout dates during A Longwood Christmas. Blackout days are all Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during A Longwood Christmas through January 2, 2022 and every day December 24, 2021 through January 2, 2022. Check your tickets as restrictions apply.

Member reservations & tickets available now: longwoodgardens.org


Don’t Be Left Out in the Cold

Visiting Tips for A Longwood Christmas Buy or Reserve Before You Arrive. Free timed Member reservations are required every day during A Longwood Christmas. Plan ahead and make your Member reservations in advance. Print your Member reservations and tickets at home and show them upon entry, or go paperless and open them on your smartphone prior to entering the Visitor Center. Keep Timing in Mind. Reserve an early arrival time and you’ll miss the evening rush of traffic and still have time to explore all the Brandywine Valley has to offer after your visit to the Gardens. Keep in mind, traffic may become heavy approaching Longwood Gardens between 2 and 8 pm. Be Prepared to Park in Our Main or Remote Lot. Parking is free and our remote lot will be used. Transportation is provided from remote parking areas. Accessible parking with your permit is available in the main lot. Be Sure You Have All You Need. Once you enter the Gardens, you may stay as long as you wish. Once you leave the Gardens, there is no re-entry, so please make sure you have everything you need before you enter. Know When to Use Complimentary Tickets. Many Complimentary Admission Tickets, including Member’s Complimentary Guest Tickets, are not valid on blackout dates during A Longwood Christmas. Check your tickets as restrictions apply. Get Around the Gardens. Shuttle service is not provided. Scooters, wheelchairs, and strollers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You are welcome to bring your own mobility device. Electric scooters are not available during inclement weather.


Please Observe Our One-Way Route in the Conservatory, as it May be Busy. Our Conservatory features a one-way walking route throughout, beginning and ending in our East Conservatory. Experience Our Lights and Fountains. Our outdoor lights and fire pits begin to come on at 12 pm daily. Our Open Air Theatre fountain shows run daily at 10:15 am and then every five minutes starting at 12 pm, while our 15-minute Main Fountain Garden light display runs daily from 4–11 pm, with a five-minute break between each show (weather permitting). Bundle Up! A Longwood Christmas is both indoors and outdoors. Dine With Us. The Café, 1906, Beer Garden (weather permitting) and concessions are all available for you. Make a reservation for your visit day in our full-service restaurant, 1906, at longwoodgardens.org/dine.

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Shop With Us. Extend our beauty into your home with a visit to The Garden Shop, stocked for the season with horticulturally inspired, handpicked gifts. As re-entry is not permitted, we ask that you shop in The Garden Shop prior to entering the admissions queue or at the conclusion of your visit.

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Stay Informed. Check our website for real-time ticket and Member reservation availability: longwoodgardens.org.

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Use Our Interactive Map. Visit longwoodgardens.org/maps/christmas on your smartphone to help navigate the display.


Red-Hot Holiday Features Food & Spirits Enjoy delicious dining options in our Beer Garden, Café, and 1906 throughout A Longwood Christmas. Outdoor concessions are also available throughout the Gardens. The Café Enjoy a la carte options for the entire family, from ready-toeat sandwiches and salads to hot entrée selections to freshly prepared desserts. Daily: 11 am–9 pm Beer Garden Enjoy tasty pub fare paired with delicious Victory Brewing Company selections. Monday–Friday: 4–10 pm Saturday–Sunday: 12–10 pm Extended hours on select dates. Beer Garden hours are weather permitting. 1906 Savor a full-service dining experience at 1906. Advance registration required. For menus and reservations, visit longwoodgardens.org/dine. Prix Fixe Lunch Daily: 11:30 am–2:30 pm Prix Fixe Dinner Nightly: 4–7:30 pm

Garden Railway Make beautiful memories at our holiday Garden Railway. Miniature model trains rumble through a landscaped setting complete with twinkling lights and a new water feature. Daily: 10 am–11 pm Location: Near The Terrace Restaurant Weather permitting

Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows Our Open Air Theatre fountains run daily at 10:15 am and then every five minutes starting at 12 pm. Shows are weather permitting.

Main Fountain Garden Light Display Enjoy light displays choreographed to holiday music in our Main Fountain Garden, with our 15-minute display running daily from 4­­–11 pm, with a five-minute break between shows.


Fire Pits Designed and created by our staff, our three unique fire pits—including an all-new fire pit making its debut at Paulownia Drive, near the Topiary Garden, this season—are the perfect place to warm up as you explore our outdoor display. Daily: 12–11 pm Locations: Italian Water Garden, Peirce-du Pont House Plaza, Paulownia Drive Weather permitting


Fire Up Your Holiday Shopping Discover these gifts and much more at The Garden Shop, with its ever-fresh, ever-changing collections and products inspired by the natural world.

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(1) Longwood Tote Show your love for Longwood with this recycled cotton tote. $8

(5) Longwood Fern Notecards Elevate your holiday greetings with this set of 10 cards and envelopes featuring images of vintage illustrations of a variety of ferns pulled from the Longwood Archives. $28

(2) Terrariums Let our team help you achieve an easy-to-care-for green oasis in your home with our terrariums, designed and planted onsite. Prices vary. (3) Glasshouse Ornament Dress your tree with this intricate ornament complete with tiny flower pots, a watering can, and garden spade. $34 (4) Handmade Cutting Boards Local artisan David Fleming crafts these one-of-a-kind pieces from upcycled solid cherry wood. $48

(6) Campo De’ Fiori Pots These handmade pots feature a signature live moss finish that will evolve and create a varied surface texture over time. $20 small pot; $26 medium pot (7) Ombre Bottlebrush Trees Bring some fire and ice to your home with these whimsical trees. $8 to $32


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12. (8) Vases These mercury glass-style vases beautifully recall antiques from the 19th and 20th centuries. $14 each (9) Longwood Throw Cozy up to the season with this soft acrylic blanket. $58 (10) Hattie Weselyk Jewelry Local artisan Hattie Weselyk is known for her hand-sculpted bronze creations finished with a signature verdigris patina, such as these delicate maidenhair fern frond earrings. $114 Some quantities may be limited.

(11) Garden Gift Cards* Give the gift of Longwood Gardens. (12) Gift of Membership* Give the gift of year-round Gardens access. *Garden Gift Cards and Gift of Membership are available onsite and online at longwoodgardens.org.


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Calendar of Events

Longwood Christmas A On View Now–January 9, 2022

22 Wreath Workshop:

Autumnal Abundance Fully Online 4–7 pm**

ive Organ Music L with Don Kinnier 5–8 pm*** Please note, seating is not available for live organ music

23 Live Organ Music

November

Chrysanthemum Festival On View Now–November 14, 2021

Garden Railway On View Now–January 9, 2022 Member Appreciation Day 13 Featuring Holiday Shopping 10 am–6 pm Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with gifts from The Garden Shop.

Member Orientation 12 pm*

15 Closed for A Longwood Christmas installation

16 Closed for A Longwood Christmas installation

17 Closed for A Longwood Christmas installation

Floral Spotlight: Contemporary Harvest Fully Online 6–7:30 pm**

18 Closed for A Longwood Christmas installation

Plantology on Tap: Flavors from the Fields and Forests at The Creamery of Kennett Square 5:30–6:30 pm (Doors open at 4:30 pm)**

with Justin Hartz 5–8 pm***

24 Live Organ Music

with David Christopher 5–8 pm***

27 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

ob Dickenson and the R Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

28 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

ob Dickenson and the R Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

29 Live Organ Music

with Peter Richard Conte 5–8 pm***

30 Live Organ Music with Justin Hartz 5–8 pm***


December

11 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

he Artist Dives into the 1 T Archives: Cyclamen Fully Online 1–3:30 pm** Elegant Garlands: New Spin on a Holiday Classic Fully Online 5–8 pm**

ive Organ Music L with Marc Cheban 5–8 pm***

2 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

lde Towne Carolers 3 O 4:30–8:30 pm ember Orientation 4 M 12 pm*

lde Towne Carolers O 4:30–8:30 pm

Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

5 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

ob Dickenson and the R Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

6 Live Organ Music

with Peter Richard Conte 5–8 pm***

7 Live Organ Music

with Rudy Lucente 5–8 pm***

8 Live Organ Music

with Marc Cheban 5–8 pm***

9 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

Fire and Ice: Holiday Centerpiece Fully Online 5:30–8 pm**

10 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

ob Dickenson and the R Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

12 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

ob Dickenson and the R Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

13 Live Organ Music with Don Kinnier 5–8 pm***

14 Live Organ Music

with Rudy Lucente 5–8 pm***

15 Live Organ Music

with David Christopher 5–8 pm***

Floral Spotlight: Branches and Boughs Fully Online 6–7:30 pm**

16 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

Plantology on Tap: Tis the Season for Odd Traditions at The Creamery of Kennett Square 5:30–6:30 pm (Doors open at 4:30 pm)**

17 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

A Very Citrus Christmas: Holiday Cocktails Fully Online 6–8 pm**

18 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

19 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm


20 Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

ive Organ Music L with Peter Richard Conte 5–8 pm***

21 Rob Dickenson and the

ive Organ Music L with Justin Hartz 5–8 pm***

alena Brass G 6–9 pm

29 Olde Towne Carolers

ive Organ Music L with Rudy Lucente 5–8 pm***

ive Organ Music L with David Christopher 5–8 pm***

alena Brass G 6–9 pm

Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm ive Organ Music L with Marc Cheban 5–8 pm***

lde Towne Carolers 23 O 4:30–8:30 pm

4:30–8:30 pm

Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

22 Rob Dickenson and the

28 Olde Towne Carolers

ob Dickenson and the R Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

4:30–8:30 pm

30 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

alena Brass G 6–9 pm

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Celebrate New Year's Eve

Rob Dickenson and The Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 4–8 pm

alena Brass G 4–9 pm

lde Towne Carolers O 4:30–8:30 pm

olkadelphia P 5–9 pm

ive Organ Music L with Marc Cheban 5–10 pm***

Gardens are open until 11 pm.

24 Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

lde Towne Carolers 26 O 4:30–8:30 pm

ob Dickenson and the R Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

27 Olde Towne Carolers 4:30–8:30 pm

ive Organ Music L with Don Kinnier 5–8 pm***

Galena Brass 6–9 pm


January

Horticulture Engagement & Learning

1 Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

2 Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

3 Live Organ Music with Don Kinnier 5–8 pm***

4 Live Organ Music with Justin Hartz 5–8 pm***

5 Live Organ Music

with Rudy Lucente 5–8 pm***

8 Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

9 Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels 5–8 pm

10 Conservatory closed for A

Longwood Christmas removal Outdoor gardens open 10 am–5 pm Member reservations not required

11 Gardens closed

Members-only

Recorded Organ Music Holiday Performances Free with Gardens Admission November 19–January 5 Monday–Wednesday: Organ Performances 8–10 pm Free with Gardens Admission Thursday–Sunday: 5–10 pm * Advance registration required: longwoodgardens.org/memberorientation or 610.388.1000 * *Advance registration required: longwoodgardens.org/education ***Seating is not available for our organ music offerings.

Holiday Performances The Olde Towne Carolers will be strolling the outdoor gardens, while Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels and Galena Brass will be performing outside of the Peirce-du Pont House on select dates as marked on the calendar throughout A Longwood Christmas. Enjoy harmonized holiday classics while exploring our dazzling outdoor display. Please note: Organ Sing-Alongs and choral performances will not take place this year.


Highlights From Our Gardens Fire, Ice, and Everything Nice This season we’re heating things up and cooling them down as we showcase the dramatically beautiful contrast of fire and ice, complete with a huge helping of A Longwood Christmas magic. Revel in big, bold reds to frosty cool tones as you explore our grand Conservatory. Along the way find a festive fireside fete to a frozen alpine stream … and everything in between. From the moment you step into our East Conservatory, the striking juxtaposition of fire and ice will be on full, beautiful display. Make your way through the East Entry adorned with garlands and wreaths of pure white to intense red before heading left along our one-way Conservatory route, leading you through the fire-themed East Conservatory. Stroll along the Oval Basin, all the while drawing closer to the towering 22-foot East Tree, dressed with flickering flame lanterns and centered on the Patio of Oranges. Embraced by a heap of meticulously wrapped presents around

its base, the East Tree is perfectly complemented by the nearby Patio of Oranges parterres, continuing the fiery theme with water jets lit in hues of red, yellow, and orange. From there, make your way to our Orangery and its luscious red poinsettia-adorned trees. Walk underneath a refreshing birch tree allée along our Center Walk, anchored by four 18-foot trees decorated in breathtaking tones of white, crystal, and silver. Bundle up as you enter the Silver Garden, home to a “frozen” succulent fountain filled with blue, gray, and white succulents to Spanish-moss to a whole lot of wow. Cool white lights beckon in our Acacia Passage, lined with spiral juniper topiaries and white kalanchoe, leading you back to the Orangery. From here you’ll undoubtedly feel an icy chill as you enter our Exhibition Hall, transformed into a snow-covered alpine wonderland. Here, running the length of the Fern Floor is a magical flowing waterway amid an intricately carved, ice-inspired design, delicately flocked trees, a


cascading waterfall, and suspended icicle lights gleaming above. A 21-foot flocked Fraser fir, complete with an icy garland and silver bay laurel stuns on our Exhibition Hall Stage, beautifully reflecting the winter scene. Too cold for you? Warm back up with a walk through a festive family fete in our Music Room, where an inviting upscale mountain retreat awaits. Deep hues of red, gold, and copper are perfectly complemented by twinkling lights, towering birch arrangements, lovingly decorated trees, and a playful fireside garland. A suspended arrangement floats above an elegantly dressed table, while trees draped in cool white lights glisten on the patio just outside. From the Music Room, continue back towards our Patio of Oranges and make your way into the Ballroom, where an 18-foot Fraser fir sets the scene with a fiery combination of ornaments at its bottom and core, transitioning to icy adornments on the upper and outer edges of the tree. Making its new-location debut in the Ballroom is our beloved display of children’s Christmas trees. These 12-foot trees showcase hundreds of ice-inspired creations made by

local schools and organizations, playfully offset with an assortment of fire-inspired Longwood ornaments. As you exit the Ballroom and continue through the East Conservatory, head towards the Green Wall area, where you’re greeted by Fraser and concolor firs draped in hues of amber to copper to champagne, cooled down by hints of Tillandsia to blue juniper—not to mention our always-changing, always-beautiful pop-up Orchid Display—before you head back outside through our East Conservatory exit. Indoor wonderment continues in our Peirce-du Pont House, where hues of emerald, gold, and pastel pink positively shimmer. In the Peirce-du Pont House Conservatory, an elegantly dressed Fraser fir boasts a large garland of dried plant material, as well as gilded leaves to textural pampas grass. Gilded bonsai forms, white branches, and preserved hydrangea continue the dried floral theme in the Peirce-du Pont House Library, while the Heritage Exhibit rooms feature faux fireside displays and beautifully festive trees.


Hot on the (Holiday Lights) Trail This year’s A Longwood Christmas fire and ice theme can be found not only inside our Conservatory and Peirce-du Pont House, but also throughout our expansive outdoor gardens with wide-open spaces and imaginative vistas. Before you even enter our Gardens, our Visitor Center welcomes you with its ombre and flocked Christmas trees to glistening crystal ornaments to delicate snowflakes. As you make your way into the Gardens, undulating forms mimicking the motion of wind and snow, expertly crafted of grasses and botanicals, whisk you along into a world of a half-million lights. Flower Garden Drive evokes a wintery feel with its cool white to electric blue forms overhead, leading you all the while to a towering ash tree in the distance, wrapped in strand upon strand of red, orange, and yellow lights. Along the way, the Wildlife Tree and its edible dressings of suet to wheat nourish not only the wildlife, but the soul. At the Small Lake, flame spheres hang in the backdrop, creating a fiery reflection on the water. The Large Lake features an organic form of floating luminaria, rippling with subtle movement and beautifully illuminating not only the lake, but your own imagination of what lies beneath. The Canopy Cathedral Treehouse also looks on, with its bunches of red painted

curly willow, burnt branches, and brass geometric wreaths. Look up at the snowflake forms tickling the trees near the Italian Water Garden and then look down at the beautifully illuminated tree roots along the Meadow Boardwalk. Then, look every which way as you find yourself surrounded by light as you journey through our 200-foot-long Meadow Tunnel, featuring a slightly curved line that creates the impression that the lights continue on without an end in sight. Lollipop orbs and lit trees welcome you to the Lookout Loft Treehouse and its chilly theme of icy vines and frosted branches and pinecones. Nearby, our Gardener’s Tree—in its new location at the Peirce-du Pont House Plaza— features snowball-inspired ornaments, icicles, and eucalyptus accents to complement its silvery blue foliage. The fun continues at the Birdhouse Treehouse with its driftwood tree and fire-colored garland woven throughout the treehouse, as well as the whimsical Garden Railway outfitted in blue and silver plantings, a new water feature, and our dozens of locomotives and engines rumbling along nearly 500 feet of track. Make your way towards our Main Fountain Garden, where lights with shimmering, flowing, and bubbling effects dance along to holiday music.



Winter Wonder On View January 22–March 27, 2022

This winter, experience a warm, colorful oasis in our grand Conservatory. Vibrant Streptocarpus ‘Concord Blue’ baskets float above, pink and purple Saintpaulia (Africanviolets) delight, and tall Clerodendrum schmidtii (chains-of-glory) stun. From Cymbidium to highlights from our vast collection, find hundreds of orchids in bloom. Outside, stroll 400 acres of winter’s stark beauty. Although subdued colors reign, the occasional burst of bright yellow and orange of blooming witch-hazel dot the landscape, while winter grasses add a serene, textural element. Winter at Longwood … the best of both worlds.


Music to Our Ears With the return of performances to our Conservatory this January, experience an extraordinary lineup of artists that brings a world of music to the ever-changing beauty of our Conservatory … we have a seat waiting for you.


Gardens Information Gardens Hours A Longwood Christmas November 19, 2021–January 9, 2022 Daily: 10 am–11 pm Please Note Our Gardens are closed all day November 15 through 18 for A Longwood Christmas installation. Our outdoor gardens only are open 10 am–5 pm on January 10 for A Longwood Christmas removal. We are closed January 11. Tickets Gardens Admission Adults: $30 Seniors (62+) and College Students with student ID: $27 Youth (5–18): $16 Children 4 & under: Free Member Reservations Free timed Member reservations are required every day during A Longwood Christmas from open to close. Gardens Premium Members and those included in their Membership, as well as Innovators, do not require timed reservations throughout A Longwood Christmas. Blackout dates not valid for Complimentary Guest Tickets All Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during A Longwood Christmas, through January 2, 2022 and every day December 24, 2021 through January 2, 2022. Check your tickets as restrictions apply. Visit longwoodgardens.org for more details. 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 these dining experiences: The Café, 1906, and the Beer Garden. For menus, hours, and 1906 reservations visit longwoodgardens.org/dine. For Your Convenience Longwood Gardens covers many acres. There are no shuttles within the Gardens. A limited number of non-motorized wheelchairs, electric scooters, and children’s strollers are available on a first-come basis. Children’s strollers are available for a fee (complimentary for Members) and electric scooters are pay what you wish. Supply limited; reservations not accepted. Scooters are not available during rainy, snowy, or freezing weather. Parking Longwood offers free parking for our guests. Transportation is provided between remote parking and the Gardens. Follow Us @LongwoodGardens #LongwoodGardens #LongwoodChristmas

Phone: 610.388.1000 Website: longwoodgardens.org Free WiFi available: Connect to FreeGardenWIFI Our Gardens are smoke-free. Photography credits: Morgan Cichewicz, Hank Davis, Kelly Giarrocco, Carol Gross, William Hill, Eileen Tercha, Daniel Traub, and David Ward © 2021 Longwood Gardens



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