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Longwood’s new conservatory overlook open for summer

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

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Longwood’s conservatory overlook, part of its XXX million Longwood Reimagined renovations, is now open. Photo by Carol Gross.

A big chunk of Longwood Gardens’ renovation is open now at the Kennett Square botanical gardens.

The conservatory overlook and the lower conservatory plaza, both between the conservatory and the fountain complex, will allow patrons a broader view of fountain shows, which have begun.

The work includes a new allée of yellowwood trees and new stone steps.

Conservatory sites

The illuminated fountain shows — dancing fountains set to music and a blaze of color — will run through October on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. They are included with admission and seats are not assigned. You can find a schedule of the performances and the music they will include here.

Seats are assigned for the Fireworks and Fountain shows, which require additional tickets. Many already are sold out. See that schedule here.

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The full Longwood Reimagined: A New Garden Experience is expected to open Nov. 22, in time for A Longwood Christmas. It’s been underway since 2021.

The work is designed to enhance visitor experience and create a 32,000-square-foot-conservatory designed by WEISS/MANFREDI as a living and breathing glass house, with walls and roofs that open and close in response to the weather.

It will feature gardens, pools and fountains designed by Reed Hilderbrand.

Word to the wise: If you don’t already have tickets for Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, it’s too late. Longwood is sold out already.


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