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The Topiary Garden at Longwood is one of the highlights of 'Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience,' a popular addition to the gardens' nocturnal landscape that will close on Oct. 31.

As the days get shorter, the time remaining to see Longwood Gardens’ illuminating nighttime exhibit is also waning.

Angela Sheik, a Wilmington-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrument musician will perform
Angela Sheik, a Wilmington-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrument musician will perform in Longwood's Beer Garden on Oct. 22.

“Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience,” a confluence of light, sound and imagery by Philadelphia-based Klip Collective, will close on Oct. 31. Longwood officials have not yet said whether it will return next summer. It was designed to help offset the temporary loss of the Main Fountain Garden – and its summer fireworks shows – during an extensive 2 ½-year, $90 million revitalization project.

Since opening in July, Nightscape has attracted more than 122,000 guests and rave reviews, said a Longwood press release. Because the exhibit requires darkness, the optimal time for viewing now occurs after 7:30 p.m. Seeing Nightscape in its entirely takes about an hour and a half, which allows ample time for checking out the night-blooming water lilies or other attractions since the gardens close at 11 p.m.

“The glowing response we have received to Nightscape has exceeded our expectations,” Longwood Gardens Executive Director Paul B. Redman said in the release. “We are thrilled to entertain our loyal guests in an innovative, new way, and at the same time, welcome new guests that may have never visited a garden before. The response to Nightscape is truly a testament to the beauty of our gardens and the creativity of Klip Collective.”

Nightscape comprises nine locations, with each display inspired by and related to the gardens. Locations include the Rose Arbor, Large Lake, Flower Garden Walk, Flower Garden Drive, Topiary Garden, and the Conservatory. Highlights include the Legacy Tree, where blue and violet lights pulse from the tree’s root system through its arching canopy and disperse into the air, and the Large Lake, which celebrates the seasons with an evocative musical score and lively animation. At the Topiary Garden, light breathes life into the sculptural forms, ultimately transforming them into a whimsical band.

The end of the Nightscape display will also mark the closing of the outdoor Beer Garden, a partnership with Victory Brewing Company that has proven popular. The Beer Garden – and its wooden structure, which was constructed using wood from a fallen Longwood sequoia – is open Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 6 to 11 p.m.

Along with pub-style fare, the Beer Garden offers a variety of Victory beers on tap. A new Longwood signature brew, Longwood Seasons: Autumn Wheat, was created by Victory, using Longwood-harvested honey. Summer Zest, a saison that was available during the summer months, was flavored with Longwood-grown lemons.

The Beer Garden has also been a venue for live music on Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. An entertaining roster has rotated throughout the summer. Visitors can catch Marc Silver’s infectious bluegrass ensemble on Oct. 8 and Oct. 15 and the innovative, multi-instrument performance of Angela Sheik on Oct. 22. Jon Dichter’s lively gypsy jazz will close out the program on Oct. 29.

Nightscape is on view Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 6 to 11 p.m. through Oct. 31. Tickets, which include all-day admission, are $27 for adults (ages 19+); $17 for students (ages 5–18); and free for ages 4 and under. Tickets are limited and should be purchased in advance. The exhibit is free for members, but they must make advance reservations. To purchase or reserve tickets, visit longwoodgardens.org.



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