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Kennett Square Things to Do

  • Longwood Gardens

    Best to go when they have special events so that you can get more out of it. Check their events page for concerts, fireworks, light displays.Also best to rent a scooter especially on those hot days. There is a lot of ground to cover. It is accessible for the most part but there are some areas where the wheelchair can not go so bring either a cane...

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  • SEE (AND HEAR) THE CARILLION

    In the summer of 1966, my very first job as a summer intern was to trim vines that had climbed to the top of this structure. I learned not to be up there at the top of the hour; its really loud when you are that close!I waas lucky to record a short video so that you could hear the chimes for a few seconds. My problem is that I haven't yet figured...

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  • SEE THE WATERFALL AND THE "EYE OF WATER"

    THE WATERFALL, ALTHOUGH MAN-MADE, IS beautiful to see and to hear. It is turned on each morning and off again at night.In 1966 we had a contest among student interns to design something of interest at the point where the water begins flowing above the falls. I designed a gazebo and had the water flowing out from underneath it. My design didn't win...

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  • SEE THE FOUNTAINS

    IF LONGWOOD IS FAMOUS FOR ANYTHING, it is the fountains. They are spectacular and serene at the same time. Of course the nighttime display of colored fountains is incredible. The show, complete with music, is computer-controlled and very well done.

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  • SEE THE WATER FEATURES

    WATER FEATURES are an important part of the Longwood experience. Generally they can be grouped into two types: Lakes and fountains.In this series of photographs (5) I will show you some of the lake features.When I worked here long ago (1966...see my "Off the Beaten Path" review) I thought this first photograph showed a scene that was the most...

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  • Longwood Gardens

    Longwood Gardens is a lovely place to visit if you find yourself in this part of Pennsylvania, over 1,000 acres of gardens and green space featuring 20 outdoor gardens and 20 indoor gardens.I wasn't there during the right time of year but my sister in law said that there were evening shows illuminating the many fountains on the grounds and set to...

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  • Great Pots at Longwood Gardens

    There are some great pots on display at Longwood Gardens. It's a great way to get ideas for doing pots at your own place and gives ideas of plants that go well together. I took photos of 2 especially pretty pots. The first was near the beginning of the gardens. It was a very large pot with a Glory Bush (Tibouchinia grandiflora) in the top with...

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  • Tropical Plants in Longwood's...

    The Conservatory at Longwood Gerdens is huge. The Orangery and Exhibit Hall were built first about 1921 along with greenhouses to grow plants and fruit. Once it had orange trees here but now it is full of tropical gardens that are beautiful arrangements of plants such as cannas, bananas, coleus, begonia, caladiums, calla lily, and gingers. The...

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  • Festival of Fountains at Longwood...

    In the summers, Longwood Gardens has a beautiful fountain display 3 times a day at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00. It is held in the main fountain garden and it breathtaking. Water sprays up into the air in many different configurations. It's magnificent. We didn't stay for the display at night but they feature music and illuminated fountain shows 3 nights a...

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  • Waterlilies Shine at Longwood Gardens

    Located in the middle of the different conservatories and greenhouses in Longwood Garden, there is a courtyard that displays a wide variety of waterlilies and other aquatic plants from all over the world. It has 5 large pools that were filled with different types of waterlilies and lotus that were in full bloom in mid-summer. The different colors...

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  • Summers are Beautiful at Longwood...

    We visited Longwood Gardens the last week of July and were amazed by the beautiful riot of color all over the gardens. Some of their most effective displays used rather common flowers in uncommon ways such as Alamanda and Lantana standards in a sea of coleus and sunflowers. Or Caladiums in red and green with bright red and green cannas. The shade...

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  • SEASONAL DISPLAYS

    VISIT THE CONSERVATORIES AND GREENHOUSES at any time of the year; there are seasonal displays at Christmas and other special times. There are so many huge greenhouses that their space can be measured in acres, so there is lots to see.Oh, and bring your best walking shoes!They do have a restaurant within Longwood Gardens now. Very nice.

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  • Longwood Gardens

    This place is great. many different flowers and plants. There is a lot to see, including a live fountain show. The place also has a enclosed botanical garden that you can visit during winter. They also grow many different fruits like apples, rasberries, pears, plums, strawberries and etc. It is a great place to get out with the family and enjoy a...

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  • Whisper . . . shhhh

    This is pretty cool. You'll notice a couple half-moon shaped cement benches around the gardens and if two people sit on opposite ends and whisper into the cement, you can clearly hear each other as if you were only inches apart. My nephew got a real kick out of playing this game!!

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  • Eye of Water

    This giant fountain was inspired by a similar "Ojo de Agua" in Costa Rica. It was built in 1968 and acts as a reservoir for the nearby Waterfall and Main Fountain Garden. The pressure is kept at a steady 5000 gallons per minute throughout most of the day, but there is a daytime display when an enormous flow of water bursts up in the air making this...

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  • Children's Garden

    If you come with kids, be sure to spend some time in the Children's Garden on the west side of Longwood. There are three main areas in the Children's Garden. First there is the Honeycomb Maze, which is where I took this picture of my nephew Sebastian. He's sitting on the Queen Bee's Throne and having a great time. The next part is the Flower...

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  • The Square Fountain

    Originally the Square Fountain was just a pool that Dupont built in 1908, but later the fountain was added. There is also a Round Fountain just above this one and, of course, flowers surrounding it all.

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  • Fountains galore

    There are a number of fountains throughout Longwood Gardens. Pictured here are the fountains in the Open Air Theater that Pierre Dupont built between 1913-14. There is a stage where all sorts of musical performances are held. There is seating for up to 1500 guests and throughout the day, there are fountain displays (at 11 am and 1, 3, and 5 pm)....

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  • Singing along

    After organ singing along,that was more than fun,we entered Conservatory.I have never thought that it was fun to sing Christmas songs being accompanied by the organ!But it really was!

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  • orchids

    They made me call them "favourite",but I'd loved daffodills all my life.So they are #1 now among my favourite flowers .

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  • Sword of stone

    This Main Fountain Garden fountain reminds me Disney's "Sword of stone" picture where the sword reaaly was in! Funny!

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Kennett Square Hotels

Kennett Square Restaurants

  • Farm to Table in the heart of the...

    Driven by a passion to please each and every guest, Sovana offers simple food; which is made with their own hands, merging European style cuisine with modern American flavors and pairing it with a genuine love for hospitality. In between 'farm and table' lies our journey of providing a truly unique dining experience. ANTIPASTOCrispy Anson Mills...

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  • Farm to Table in the heart of the...

    Driven by a passion to please each and every guest, Sovana offers simple food; which is made with their own hands, merging European style cuisine with modern American flavors and pairing it with a genuine love for hospitality. In between 'farm and table' lies our journey of providing a truly unique dining experience. ANTIPASTOCrispy Anson Mills...

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  • Disappointing Italian Dining

    The old "Hugo's Inn", recently renovated and under new ownership, now goes by the name of "Amici Miei". While it is nicely decorated with an italian flare, the food was disappointing at best and left much to be desired both in portion sizes and taste. They call it authentic italian cuisine. I wondered if that was code for making everything as...

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Kennett Square Nightlife

  • Christmas Carol Singers

    They walk through the buildings singing songs of the holiday wearing traditional Victorian clothing. They ask that all join them in Christmas songs we know.

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  • Poinsettias and Trees

    These plants are everywhere inside the buildings. There are several varities of trees and both white and red poinsettias. The flowers can be bought at the entrance store.

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  • Indoor Decorations

    One of several decorated Christmas trees. This one is surrounded by water and rotates. This is inside one of the large buildings. Some of the trees were made up of decorations the local children made in school.

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Kennett Square Shopping

  • Books, gifts, etc.

    Inside the visitor's center, you'll find the Longwood Gardens Shop which sells books packed with photos and historical information about the Longwood Gardens as well as other informational books about gardening and horticulture among other things. The prices are typical for a gift shop, which means, you could do better buying on Amazon.com, but...

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  • Shop at the front

    It's a gift shop & they've got a lot of stuff:books,toys,clothers,dishes,mugs,but most impressive part were flowers! Wow! I wanted almost everything! I bought a candle witha mistletoe scent & post cards,my daughter chose stretch snakes! But they had really beautiful flowers to buy

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Kennett Square Off The Beaten Path

  • Rich62's Profile Photo

    by Rich62 Written Oct 8, 2011

    VISITORS MAY PASS BY this structure without a second glance, but it holds a special place in my heart. Once upon a time it was quarters for DuPont family servants. But in 1966 it was used as college student housing for Horticulture Interns. I was one of those interns during this summer of 1966, along with 12 others from around the U.S. and South Africa. My room was the third and fourth windows from the left. In 2011, we found that those rooms are used for storage (summer interns now have more modern quarters elsewhere). In 1966 I was a Landscape Horticulture major at Colorado State University.

    THAT'S ME IN 2011 MY OLD ROOM; THEY LET ME LOOK INSIDE THE BUILDING THE DUPONT MANSION NEARBY DUPONT MANSION FRONT VIEW OF THE DUPONT MANSION
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Kennett Square Favorites

  • Family fun

    I went to Longwood Gardens with my sister and my nephew and spent the day exploring the massive complex. It's a great day for anyone interested in gardening, but if you're like me and you don't know a tulip from a begonia, you'll still enjoy spending the day wandering among the beautifully landscaped grounds exploring hidden corners, spectacular...

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  • See Longwood Gardens, a...

    See Longwood Gardens, a world-renowned site with acres and acres of different gardens, with fountains, ponds, Italianate towers, and more. A legacy of the Duponts. Don't miss the rainforest area--or the orchids!

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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