The Winter Walk Near Philadelphia That Will Positively Enchant You

Longwood Gardens started off with humble beginnings, all the way back in 1906 when Pierre du Pont purchased the farm. He wrote to a friend about the purchase: “I have recently experienced what I would formerly have diagnosed as an attack of insanity; that is, I have purchased a small farm, I expect to have a good deal of enjoyment in restoring its former condition and making it a place where I can entertain my friends.”

Just a year later, du Pont planted the Flower Garden Walk and a single simple fountain was built right in the middle. At the time, du Pont had no way of knowing that he was beginning a project that would lead to the creation of one of the world’s greatest gardens. In the decades that followed, Longwood’s horticulturalists and architects established themselves as some of the most talented growers and designers in the world. While Longwood Gardens is absolutely worth visiting any time of year, it transforms into a pure wonderland during the holiday season.

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Longwood Gardens is located at 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

A Longwood Christmas runs from November 23, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are the busiest days up until New Year’s Day. If you want to enjoy the exhibit with fewer crowds, visit Monday through Thursday until January 7th.

Regardless of when you visit, be sure to buy timed tickets ahead of your trip. You can purchase them online here.

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