2016 Season Highlights:
Orchid Extravaganza: January 23-March 27: Enter a dazzling world of orchids as Longwood transforms its Conservatory into an orchid oasis. Orchid blooms cascade down walls, spill from containers and adorn planting beds throughout Longwood’s 4 acres of indoor gardens. The award-winning Orchid curtain returns, featuring 250 purple Phaleanopsis and Cattleya orchids in glorious bloom. Outdoors in March, early spring bulbs begin to carpet the landscape hinting at spring’s impending arrival.
Spring Blooms: April 2-June 3: Relish being outdoors as Longwood’s 1,077 acres herald the arrival of spring. Enjoy our spectacular outdoor spring bulb display, culminating in a rainbow of more than 250,000 blooming tulips in Longwood’s famed Flower Garden Walk and Idea Garden. Flowering trees and other spring blooms entice guests explore the splendor of the Gardens.
Summer Spectacular: June 4-September 5: This summer celebration showcases annual and perennial flowers, roses, waterlilies, as well as alfresco concerts and fountain shows. The annual Wine & Jazz Festival returns June 4. This popular event invites guests to enjoy some of the region’s finest wines while the area’s best jazz musicians perform live throughout the day. Special tickets are required. The Longwood Beer Garden returns in June offering guests live music on select evenings.
Summer Concert Series: Longwood welcomes well-known artists performing full-length concerts in picturesque settings around the gardens. Visit longwoodgardens.org on March 1 to see the complete lineup of performers.
Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective: August 3- October 29: The Gardens are aglow with moving imagery, lights, and original compositions, all projected onto the living canvas of our plants and landscapes. Guests can also enjoy special programming throughout the exhibit. Nightscape is best viewed in darkness and is on view Wednesday through Saturday evenings. The Gardens close at 11 pm. Special tickets are required.
Autumn’s Colors: September 10-November 20: Fall fun awaits as the Gardens celebrate the harvest season with pumpkins and thousands of chrysanthemums indoors and out. Chrysanthemum Festival (October 22-Nov 20) spotlights Longwood’s horticulture expertise as chrysanthemums are crafted and grown into extraordinary shapes, some taking as long as 18 months to complete.The highlight of the display is the Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, a single chrysanthemum that boasts more than 1,300 uniforms blooms on a single plant.
A Longwood Christmas: November 24, 2016-January 8, 2017: Thousands of poinsettias, towering Christmas trees, and fragrant flowers transform the indoor gardens into a warm retreat celebrating the holiday season. Outdoors, 500,000 decorative lights glitter in the trees and colorful fountain displays set to music enchant visitors. Evening choral concerts, strolling carolers, and organ sing-alongs fill the gardens with the festive sounds of the holidays.