Photos courtesy of Betsy Barron Fine Art Photography
Longwood Gardens has acres of reasons to visit this winter. The horticultural showplace near Kennett Square transformed its majestic conservatory into an Orchid Extravaganza on January 19th-with an exhibit that runs through March 24th, 2013.
The heated 4-acre conservatory transports guests into a warm oasis featuring thousands of orchid blooms displayed in extraordinary ways. On special Saturdays, Longwood invites guests to Go Beyond the Garden Gates to meet our gardeners, see our workspaces, and discover how we create our dazzling displays.
Featuring a plethora of colors, sizes and shapes, guests will be amazed by the variety of orchids on display, including Cattleya, Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilum and Oncidium, among others. In all, more than 5,000 blooming orchids will delight the senses. In the East Conservatory, white and yellow Phalaenopsis artfully arranged adorn the oval basin, welcoming guests to the Conservatory, while white and yellow Phalaenopsis fashioned into gigantic 6 hanging orbs usher you into the Main Conservatory.
A dazzling floral arch rising 15 feet and containing more than 1,100 white Phalaenopsis marks the entry to the Exhibition Hall, while a chandelier of various orchid varieties hangs over the Exhibition Hall stage. Hanging baskets of Cymbidiums line the yellow-blooming Acacia Passage as a waterfall of red-golden Oncidium marks the entrance to the South American-inspired Cascade Garden.
Beyond the Garden Gates Days
Experience the Orchid Extravaganza like never before as Longwood invites you to meet their gardeners, go into their workspaces and learn how they create their dazzling displays during ‘Behind the Garden Gates Days.’ Dates are: February 16th and March 2nd & March 23rd from 11am to 3pm.
OrKid Days Family Fun
The entire family will enjoy Longwood’s “OrKid” Days. Spend a Saturday experiencing a children’s performance (Noon & 2 pm) and activities (Noon–3 pm), including discovery stations, orchid sketching and more. OrKID days are free with Gardens Admission. Visit longwoodgardens.org for a complete schedule and lineup of guests and activities
About Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens is on US Route 1 near Kennett Square, PA, 30 miles west of Philadelphia. The Gardens Shop is open daily. Admission is $18 for adults; $15 for seniors (age 62+); $8 for students (ages 5–18 or with valid student ID) and free ages 4 and under. Group rates available. For additional details visit longwoodgardens.org.