"Longwood Gardens; A living legacy"...

Longwood Gardens is known as the horticultural capital of the United States,  has opened its doors to international tourists. It is one of the largest parks in the world. The Longwood Gardens, which are full of ornamental flowers, attract one million visitors every year. The park covers an area of ​​1077 acres and includes a flower garden, a tree garden and a water fountain.

The Longwood Gardens is an American botanical garden. It consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States in the Brandywine Creek Valley. It is one of the premier  horticultural display gardens in the United States and is open to visitors year-round to enjoy native and exotic plants and horticulture (both indoor and outdoor), events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, and educational  lectures, courses, and workshops.

There have been many stewards of the land that is now called Longwood Gardens. For thousands of years, the native Lenni Lenape tribe fished the streams, hunted its forests, and planted its fields. Evidence of tribe's existence is found in quartz spear points that have been discovered on and around the property.

In 1700, the course of history changed when a Quaker farmer named George Peirce purchased 402 acres of this English-claimed land from William Penn’s commissioners. Over the next several years, George and his descendants cleared and farmed the rich land, and in 1730 one of George’s sons, Joshua, built the brick farmhouse that, now enlarged, still stands today.

The property passed through several hands in quick succession. In July 1906, 36-year-old Pierre du Pont purchased the farm primarily to preserve the trees. But as we know now, he didn’t stop there. Much of what guests see today – the majesty and magic that is Longwood Gardens – was shaped by the remarkable vision and versatility of Pierre du Pont, one of themost extraordinary citizen of US.

The main attraction of the garden is the woods, the garden, the fountain machines and the lake. The ‘Italian Water Garden’, which dances with blooming flowers, attracts those who are passionate about photography. The garden has views that can be enjoyed by walking from morning till sunset. It was the  dream of pierre du Pont to spread the word about Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is a state known for its farming villages. The ancestors of the village are farmers and tribals. Later, when the park became famous, famous American personalities visited the village. The presence of celebrities and political leaders made the place known as the 'Premier Performance Venue'. Later, crowds flocked here for official meetings, music nights and cultural fairs.

The park in Philadelphia is visited by visitors every twelve months. Flowers that change color with the seasons attract visitors here every month. Visitors to Longwood Gardens have a number of nearby sights to include as part of the trip. One of them is the Battle of Brandywine Memorial. The site that witnessed the ‘Battle of Brandywine’ (September 11, 1777) is now a monument. The museum was established to commemorate the revolution. There is a 20-minute video presentation to help visitors to the Brandy Wine Battle Field Park understand what the revolution was all about.

The most successful gardens are always in motion and Longwood is no exception; yet while the Gardens have evolved as an organization, the founding spirit of change, innovation, and excellence remains untouched. In 2008, Longwood embarked upon an extensive planning process to define our mission, vision, and brand, as well as short- and long-term strategies and a Visionary Master Plan, with the ultimate goal of becoming one of the world's greatest gardens.

The largest shopping malls on the East Coast of the United States are located near Longwood Garden. The King of Prussia Mall attracts millions of visitors. King of Prussia is a shopping mall with seven department stores and luxury showrooms. The local restaurants and dishes here are famous.

Legoland provides an opportunity to nurture children's talent. This indoor play area is known as the perfection of indoor play. Legoland is a world of creativity with theme rides, 4D movies, brick games and play areas. Also worth a visit is the 3500 acre Valley Forge National Historical Park. Wooden huts and wooden huts welcome visitors. Sculptures and monuments have been erected there to highlight the national heritage. Longwood Gardens is a place where you can enjoy a day or two in Philadelphia.

The most successful gardens are always in motion and Longwood is no exception; yet while the Gardens have evolved as an organization, the founding spirit of change, innovation, and excellence remains untouched. In 2008, Longwood embarked upon an extensive planning process to define our mission, vision, and brand, as well as short- and long-term strategies and a Visionary Master Plan, with the ultimate goal of becoming one of the world's greatest gardens.

Perhaps nothing quite embodies the history of the land and the promise of the future as Longwood’s Meadow Garden, which opened to the public in June 2014. This new garden uses principles of ecological landscape design and locally sustainable practices to help “preserve the open spaces, valleys, and woodlands surrounding the formal Gardens.” Visitors to the eighteenth-century Web Farmhouse can explore the story of the land and those who once lived there, as well as the seasonal ecology of the Meadow as it exists today.

Additional projects have included three “tree houses” that opened to the delight of guests young and old in 2008. The outdoor East Conservatory Plaza, which opened in 2010, is a crisp, bold landform of curved turf steps; indoors, the largest Green Wall in North America houses 17 beautifully private restrooms. In 2011, Longwood turned to “green” energy, purchasing power only from hydroelectric sources and, most importantly, from an onsite, 10-acre solar field with 6,682 solar panels that generate enough electricity to reduce midday demand on the energy grid by more than 50 percent.

But the biggest project of all was rebuilding the Main Fountain Garden. Construction began in late 2014, adding 1,400 feet of new tunnels to provide access to all utilities, plumbing, and wiring; 30 geothermal wells to provide pumphouse temperature and humidity control; and 68 display and filtration pumps in four pump rooms, while the historic Pumphouse with its 1930s equipment was transformed into a permanent museum exhibit.

Legacy nozzles were retained and new robotic ones added for an array of fountain effects that also include water “cannons,” a unique basketweave, and flame jets, while new LED fixtures cast light ranging from a warm white glow to a saturated rainbow of color.

More than 68,000 hours were spent to conserve the historic stonework, while the most exciting architectural feature was a new Grotto behind the restored Loggia in the center of the Pumphouse Façade. A U-shaped linden allee (replacing the original Norway maples) and a monumental planting of boxwood make the view of the garden, which reopened in 2017, much like the original.

The future of Longwood is both bright and challenging. The staff of 1,700 employees, students, and volunteers is inspired by a redefined vision built on that conceived by Pierre S. du Pont. Facility maintenance never ceases. Energy issues are critical. Advancing excellence in garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts is paramount.

For decades Longwood Gardens has been a revered horticultural display, but recent growth of programs, attendance, budget, and accomplishments have pushed it to the forefront of American cultural institutions. The hopes for universal acclaim that recognizes Longwood as a garden of unparalleled ambition and diverse experiences.

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