Longwood Gardens begins to bloom for spring

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

a vase filled with purple flowers

Longwood expects 200,000 tulips to be in bloom during the next few weeks.


Longwood Gardens’ daffodils, tulips, azaleas, wisteria and more have begun springing to life just in time for its annual month-long “Spring Blooms” display that begins Saturday.

Peak bloom is expected in mid-April, weather permitting.

While fans of more spring flowers will find something to ooh and ahh about, the piece de resistance is always its historic 600-footlong Flower Garden Walk’s  more than 200,000 tulips and other seasonal blooms. It’s best at peak bloom.

But flowers, flowers are everywhere on the Kennett Square property’s 1,100 acres as “Spring Blooms” run April 2 to May 1.

Flowering magnolias, cherry blossoms and dogwoods can be spotted outdoors. Inside, forsythia, hyacinths, narcissus, tulips, delphinium and foxgloves fill the Conservatory with fragrance and color.

The East Conservatory entrance features cherry blossoms, crabapples and an unusual gold foliaged tulip poplar.

Scarlet-red blossoms of Begonia ‘Canary Wing’ are displayed in mass adding a pop of color, while the Main Conservatory features hydrangea baskets, Phalaenopsis orchid baskets, fragrant lilies, and vibrant azaleas.

In the Idea Garden, beds of tulips and spring annuals are juxtaposed against cool-season vegetables and herbs starting to emerge.

The Meadow Garden will feature Carolina silverbells, Eastern redbuds, flowering dogwoods, and sweet azaleas spring into beauty

The Gardens are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Tuesdays. Admission is $25 for adults; $22 for seniors (age 62+); $13 for youth (ages 5–18) and free ages 4 and under. For more details, go to longwoodgardens.org.


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