Longwood Gardens, Philadelphia
This place is huge!
I love this garden so much that we have a membership here.
Most people just go to the center where the indoor garden is. I suggest, from the entrance, you go to your left (west side) because that's where the Chimes Tower and Waterfall is. To your right side (still from the entrance) is also another interesting part of the Longwood garden because there's a lake there and the Italian Garden.
The worst Brunch EVER and worst yet was $60 (plus another 10 bucks for a small Champaign) per person. The location is beautiful; it was in the organ room. I have been going to the Longwood “Special Brunches” for many years and have just loved them, counting the days for the next one. They used to have nice selection and fresh food. This year was just plain awful, the only had omelet station for any kind of breakfast foods and that took 45 mins to get the omelet and it was not cooked. No other Brunch food was available, they had some kind of pasta station, but that wasn’t so great either. Everything they had was from frozen bags. The chicken was so rubbery I could not cut it with my knife and the process ham was just as bad. We were put in a dark corner and never saw my waitress after sitting so no water or juice refills. So in the end, for $70 dollars, I had a small salad and some Jell-o Pudding and half a glass of OJ and really bad service. When I complained all I got was “Oh Well… Sorry”, me too. I will never go back and they have lost my business.
Longwood Gardens has over a thousand acres of flowers, trees, plants and meadows. There are musical fountains and topiaries; greenhouses and illluminated lights all helping to create a magical atmosphere! Children play hide n'seek as they scamper up the walkways and secrete themselves in the hedges. Longwood Gardens was created by industrialist Pierre S. duPont who resided here.
Special events highlight the year's activities and lectures answer all you would want to know about gardening. A limited amount of scooters are available for those with disabilities.
I would recommend lunch or dinner in the Terrace Restaurant. There is also a cafeteria for those who are anxious to continue their tour of the gardens. Longwood Gardens is open daily April-October from 9:00 am-6:00pm and from November -March from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Prices vary so look at their website for more details.
Longwood gardens are absolutely beautiful at any time of year. The Conservatory is an indoor part that can enjoyed at any time of year, regardless of temperatures. I've even had Easter brunch there. I was suitibly impressed with the place before I had a serious passion for gardening (perhaps this had a hand in creating it). It's such a pleasent area of PA.
We have visited Longwood Gardens during two seasons of the month - summer and winter (Christmas) and have found both times just lovely! There are 1,050 acres of woodlands and meadows. Withing 4 acres, you will find 20 outdoor gardens and 20 indoor gardens with over 11,000 different kinds of plants.
Preceeding Christmas, you will find the evening hours after dark most rewarding as they decorate the gardens with thousands of Christmas lights. Be sure arrive enough before dark so you don't miss the inside of the conservatory - planted full of Christmas flowers and greens - including poinsettas.
They often have musical concerts you may also attend, and the fountain displays are not to be missed! If you time your visit just right, you may find an interesting educational program for children. Look at their schedule on their website for more information.
In 2002 the rates were Adults $12, Youth $6, and Children (6-15) $2. Children under 6 are free. It is open every day of the year and attracts more than 900,000 visitors each year.
Exquisite flowers, majestic trees, dazzling fountains, opulent conservatory, starlit theatre, thunderous organ—all describe the magic of Longwood Gardens, a horticultural showstopper where the gardening arts are encased in classic forms and enhanced by machine-age technology.
For more pics and info.. see my separate travel page on Longwood Gardens
Great place to visit with live classical music outdoors in the summer. It was built and possibly still owned by the DuPont family.
DuPont Estate's garden. Has programs year round like fountains and fireworks show, flower exhibits. Probably the best horticultural place in SouthEastern Pennsylvania.