Longwood Christmas 2023

Here’s how Longwood created its retro Christmas display

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Longwood Gardens planners kicked around the idea of a retro Christmas display for years before debuting it this holiday season. “I think everybody’s nostalgic around the holiday season,” said Jim Sutton, Longwood’s display designer. “Christmas is one of those times where it’s sort of a melding between what’s old and what’s new. A lot of people pull things out and …

Longwood tulips

Longwood’s 200,000 tulips, other bulbs near full bloom

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Longwood Gardens’ tulips will be blooming at their peak this week and next. The Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, attraction’s famous Flower Walk and Idea Garden feature 200,000 bulbs and more than 80 varieties of tulips—including single blooms, double blooms, and fringed. Roger Davis, the gardens’ outdoor landscape manager, has an idea about why visiting the flower walk is an annual pilgrimage …

The old Jennersville Hospital is becoming ChristianaCare's West Grove Campus. (ChristianaCare photo)

ChristianaCare’s Pa. ‘micro’ hospital to open in late ’24

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

Christiana Care plans to restore medical services in late 2024 to Jennersville Hospital, which has been closed since 2021. The Delaware-based system will open what Pennsylvania calls a micro hospital, with 10 emergency department beds, 10 inpatient beds and imaging services. The opening date is subject to change due to the significant work that will be required to renovate the West …

Longwood Gardens Christmas Display

Longwood Gardens to bring holiday cheer, botanical splendor

Staff WriterCulture, Headlines

Visitors to Kennett Square’s Longwood Gardens this holiday season will be met with glimmering botanical ornaments, more than half a million dazzling lights artistically accenting the landscape, strolling carolers bringing holiday cheer, and crackling firepits adding warmth to cozy winter evenings. The holiday display will be around from Nov. 18 until Jan. 8. Tickets are available online. This year’s theme …

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Bruce Munro hopes you find Longwood light art joyous

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

  When light artist Bruce Munro this year brought his night magic back to Longwood Gardens, it was the first time he’s brought a new exhibit to the site of a former one. Ten years ago, his “Bruce Munro: Light” exhibit delighted audiences at the former du Pont estate in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. It also electrified his career, partly because …

As ‘Longwood Christmas’ closes, ‘Winter Wonder’ opens

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Longwood’s Winter Wonder show launches Jan. 22.   “A Longwood Christmas” officially closes Sunday, but fans of the Kennett Square gardens won’t have to wait long for the next exhibit. “Winter Wonder” will run Jan. 22-March 27, with public performances back on the grounds, but mostly live-streamed classes. The conservatory — now undergoing a $250 million redo — will turn …

Longwood Christmas embraces opposites with fire and ice theme

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Longwood will contrast hot and cold colors and scenes in its 2021 Christmas display.   A Longwood Christmas will feature a fire and ice theme that will include towering trees in fiery reds and frosted alpine scenes. The annual holiday display at Longwood Gardens draws hundreds of thousands and will run Nov. 19 through Jan. 9. It will include thousands …

In 2022, Longwood will bring back artist who illuminated the grounds

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Bruce Munro’s ‘Field of Light’ will fill the land near the Longwood Gardens’ large lake with 18,000 illuminated orbs in the summer of 2022.   Longwood Gardens will welcome back artist Bruce Munro for a garden-wide exhibition June 30 through October 30, 2022. “Longwood is thrilled to present the work of Bruce Munro 10 years after the success of his …

Longwood Gardens will reopen Wednesday

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

  Longwood Gardens will reopen Wednesday. The Kennett Square, Pennyslvania, tourist magnet had closed last Thursday after a tractor-trailer truck drove into the gardens’ visitor center, Pennsylvania State Police said. The accident likely was caused by a mechanical problem. Longwood, a former du Pont estate turned regional attraction powerhouse, closed then and remained closed through the weekend. A spokeswoman said …