Longwood taps into diverse summer array

Longwood Gardens is inviting area residents to celebrate summer by experiencing attractions that range from its Waterlily Display – more than 100 types of colorful day- and night-blooming species – to the expansive, sunny Meadow Garden to the shady groves of Peirce’s Woods.

Longwood's extensive water lily display includes day- and night-bloomers.

Longwood's extensive water lily display includes day- and night-bloomers.

In addition to the horticultural splendor, Longwood’s “Summer Spectacular” programming offers numerous other reasons to visit, according to a gardens’ press release.

A diverse selection of free and ticketed performances are being offered throughout the season, including Mexican indie pop artist, Natalia Lafourcade, on Wednesday, July 6, and Recess Monkey, a creative trio of teachers whose catchy lyrics appeal to parents as well as children, on Friday, July 15. For a complete listing, visit longwoodgardens.org.

“Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience” by Klip Collective returns on Wednesday, Aug. 3, with an innovative display combining light, sound, imagery, and music into an unforgettable nighttime experience. Nightscape’s debut last summer attracted 180,000 guests, and its most popular installations will return, along with a few new ones.

'Nightscape: A will return to Longwood on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

'Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience" will return to Longwood on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

New installations include the Exhibition Hall in the Conservatory featuring a kaleiodoscope of light and sound; the Mediterranean Garden with lush plantings of flowers, grasses, and vines under lit by vibrant blues and greens, and the Waterlily Display with elements of light reaching out from the depths of the water lily pools while the bold, flat surfaces of Victoria water platters serve as the canvas.

Nightscape will continue through Oct. 29, Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 6 to 11 p.m. Because Nightscape requires darkness for optimal enjoyment, it is best viewed beginning at 9 p.m. in August, 8 p.m. in September, and 7 p.m. in October. Special tickets, which include all-day admission, are required and should be purchased in advance. Admission is $27 for adults (ages 19 and up); $17 for students (ages 5 to 18); and free for ages 4 and under. Members do not require a ticket, but do require a free reservation. For more information, visit www.longwoodgardens.org/nightscape.

Longwood Gardens' horticultural displays boast color as well as texture.

Longwood Gardens' horticultural displays boast color as well as texture.

“Live Music in the Beer Garden,” another popular attraction that debuted last summer, will continue on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. with a rotating roster of performers. Visitors can dine alfresco with pub fare while enjoying two returning Longwood Seasons signature brews on tap from Victory Brewing Company: Summer Zest, a saison created with Longwood lemons and Autumn Harvest, a wheat ale featuring floral flavors from Longwood-harvested honey. New this summer are Grapefruit Solstice, made with Longwood grapefruits, and Fruit House Ale.

Beer aficionados will want to mark their calendar for “Gardens On Tap: Meet the Brewer” on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. The program will include a panel discussion with experts from Longwood Gardens and Victory Brewing Company. The program is free with a Nightscape ticket or member reservation.

Other special programs include “Artist & Friends: A Nightscape Speaker Series,” which will be held Fridays: Aug. 12, Sept. 9, and Oct. 7. The creator of Nightscape, Ricardo Rivera, and an engaging panel of urban technologists and artists will discuss cutting-edge topics inspired by the technology, art, music, and design of Nightscape in a series of informative lectures. Guests will hear directly from Rivera to learn about the vision and inspiration for this innovative display, and have their tech questions answered during Q&A with the experts. The programs are free with a Nightscape ticket or member reservation.

Longwood Gardens is located on Route 1 near Kennett Square. General admission is $20 for adults; $17 for seniors (age 62 and over); $10 for students (ages 5–18 or with valid student ID) and free for ages 4 and under. Group rates are available. . For more information, visit longwoodgardens.org or call 610-388-1000.


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