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Reviewed June 3, 2024

At the time I am writing this, there are about 4,500 reviews of Longwood Gardens on this site and about 90% are 5s. Many of the ones less than that rate the attraction a couple of years ago when some of the major attractions were closed for renovations. Most (but not all) are open now, so you should come to this wonderful set of gardens.

Longwood Gardens is huge. It was a large arboretum that was saved from logging by Pierre Samuel duPont and converted over time into what it is now. DuPont was the head both of duPont and General Motors in the 1910's and 1920's. We tried to find out something negative about him, such as an industrial accident or something, but it turns out he was a genuine philanthropist without any scandal. In addition to Longwood Gardens, he donated millions to Delaware schools.

This park covers just short of 2 square miles with many gardens and interesting flora throughout. We came on an overcast day and it was still beautiful. If you can come on a sunnier day it will likely be stunning. Grab a map (or download one) because you'll likely need it. We saw armies of gardeners working on the various beds, which seemed to be impeccably well-maintained.

One of the first attractions as you start involves large fountains and a display to music. It turns out that John Philip Sousa was a friend of the DuPonts, so there is a personal connection. DuPont, an engineer, designed much of the park, including the fountains. They also have night displays with lighting, but we were here in the daytime and did not experience them.

We spent about a half day here, but I can imagine spending an entire day as there is so much to see. It is not only beautiful, but also interesting for the many different specimens, different garden styles, and various buildings.

One thing some visitors might miss is the "eye of water" on a hill top to the side of the visitor center. Here, they diverted a creek through a tunnel that comes up inside a Japanese style building and garden.

This is a fun day out that has many nice surprises and a general good feeling. We hope to return on a nice spring day again.

Date of experience: May 2024
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Reviewed May 30, 2024

Wasn't going to stop here, but there was nothing on my itinerary nearby open on that day, so I visited and was happy I did. Longwood now has some lovely natural areas that I didn't remember having seen on past visits. The open fields were beautiful and swallows swept overhead. Formal beds also very nice. I find the fountains synced with music tacky. I didn't go inside the conservatory because it was just too beautiful a day to be inside.

Date of experience: May 2024
Thank BrewsMom
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Reviewed May 29, 2024

This is a premier garden!! The creativity and attention to detail is one of the earmark traits of these gorgeous gardens. Any horticulturalist around the world knows about it and desires an internship there.

Date of experience: March 2024
Thank Sue H
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Reviewed May 28, 2024

Every time we visit Longwood Gardens, we find something new. Every season, every day is different. Even different times of the day bring out a different kind of beauty!

Date of experience: May 2024
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Reviewed May 27, 2024

Longwood Gardens is a great place to relax and refresh for people of all ages. It is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens I have been to. The place has stunning displays (changing with seasons) throughout a year, meticulously maintained grounds, and vast variety of plant species. The orchid house showcases many colorful orchids, and from time to time, there are new variety of orchids on display. The summer fountain shows are amazing. A self-service cafe and full-service dining room are also available onsite. If you plan to come here often to see different sides of the Gardens in different seasons (also check out their wonderful Christmas display), I would highly recommend the membership. Well worth it.

Date of experience: May 2024
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