Longwood Gardens’ new nighttime installation, Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective, which opened July 1st, takes guests on an immersive journey around the Gardens with moving imagery, light and original music using Longwood’s plants and landscape as the canvas.
Created by Klip Collective of Philadelphia, this innovative display is Klip’s first garden-wide installation and showcases never before-seen views of Longwood at night. Nightscape includes nine site-specific locations, with each experience inspired by and related to the Gardens. Locations include the Rose Arbor, Large Lake, Flower Garden Walk, Topiary Garden, the grand Conservatory, and more. “Using our Gardens as the inspiration and the canvas, Klip Collective is creating an imaginative visual and sound experience. Our guests will journey through the landscape and encounter the beauty of the gardens in a new and memorable way, augmented by light, imagery, and sound,” said Executive Director Paul B. Redman.
“Nightscape is an experience very much in relationship with what’s already here at Longwood,“ said Klip Collective Director Ricardo Rivera. “Within each different Garden landscape, we’re interpreting the space through movement, color, light, and sound, feeding off what’s there and illuminating it with our imaginations in a playful way,” he said.
One of the Nightscape experiences guests will encounter is at the Rose Arbor. Here, horticulture and art converge in an arrangement featuring striking bismarckia palms illuminated in a kaleidoscope of color. The Flower Garden Drive by day is a formal avenue of towering hedgerows, but during Nightscape undulating waves of blue and green transform flowerbeds, hedges, and trees into an undersea fantasia.
The Legacy Tree, one of the oldest in the Gardens, is transformed as deep blue and violet colors move from the tree’s root system through its arching canopy where particles of light disperse into the night sky. The Large Lake inspires a celebration of the natural world, orchestrated against a musical score that evokes the sounds of the night forest. The Flower Garden Walk is home to thousands of points of light that play and scatter among the flowerbeds, delighting all who see it.
Other experiences include the Topiary Garden, which brings to life these “living sculptures” in a powerful and whimsical display. The East Conservatory showcases the convergence of Longwood’s horticultural expertise with the artist’s vision of form and color in a breathtaking spectacle. In the Silver Garden, an arid, still landscape by day is transformed into an undulating, moving experience. Finally, multiple levels of color and light animate the towering palms of the Palm House.
Nightscape will be on view Wednesday – Saturday evenings from 6-11pm through October 31st.
Tickets, which include all-day admission, are required and should be purchased in advance. Admission is $27 for adults (ages 19+); $17 for students (ages 5–18); and free for ages 4 and under. Members do not require a ticket, but do require a free reservation. For complete details and information, visit longwoodgardens.org/nightscape.
About Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens is located at 1001 Longwood Road in Kennett Square, PA, 19348.