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Longwood Gardens

Pierre duPont stepped in. In 1906, he bought the farm to save the trees and built an elegant country home to enter tain f r iends. Under his guidance and funding, the Gardens expanded and evolved into one of the leading botanical gardens in the country, and he provided for their future when he died in 1954. On ref lec t ion, I t hin k P ier re would be happy to share the beautiful gardens with his neighbors and visitors from around the country. In addition to of fer ing premier horticultural displays, Longwood offers special events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, and educational lectures and work shops for a ll levels of interest. Today, Longwood Gardens

think about how Longwood Gardens has evolved from the simple country farm, established in 1700 and nurtured for almost 200 years by members of the Peirce family, to the showplace that it is today. In 1798, the Peirces planted a 15-acre arboretum with local and collected tree specimens. By 1850, this collection of trees was considered one of the finest in the nation. Folks held picnics and socials in Peirce’s Park. When the family lost interest and sold the property, it passed to several owners until it was bought by a lumber mill operator who had only one thing in mind. That’s when


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