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See Longwood’s Restored Main Fountain Garden

Enjoy a summer-long party to celebrate the spectacular attraction's renovation.

The crown jewel of Longwood Gardens — the gorgeous Main Fountain Garden — is back after a $90 million renovation that took more than two years.

 

The Kennett Square attraction is throwing a summer-long party to celebrate. The “Summer of Spectacle” runs from May 27 to September 30, featuring fountain shows and tours. There’s a new exhibit about the history of Longwood and its fountains, and the popular “Fireworks and Fountains” shows are back, too.

 

The new fountain garden officially reopens May 27, just in time for Memorial Day. Visitors can see the famous fountain performance — now with music — at 11 am and 1, 3, and 5 pm all weekend, with 30-minute evening shows at 7 and 9:15 pm May 27.

 

The new fountain includes more than 4,000 pieces of preserved Italian limestone sourced from the original quarry, restored through the collaboration of stone carvers around the world. The new expansion, inspired by the Italian Renaissance, sits on 5 acres of the gardens adorned with lush horticulture and shaded alleés. New additions include the Pumphouse Plaza, restored Fountain Terrace, and hidden grotto surprises.

 

Multiple design and engineer teams came together to produce a garden that would hold up to the reputation visited by over 1.35 million people annually. This was an “adaptive restoration” of original pieces, combined with state-of-the-art technology to further improve upon the legacy of Pierre S. du Pont, original founder of Longwood Gardens and the designer of the Main Fountain Garden.

 

The new “Fireworks and Fountains” shows will dazzle visitors on July 2, July 22, August 12, September 2, and September 16, combining visual theatrics with music and pyrotechnics. (The Memorial Day weekend show is sold out.) Ticket holders will have access to special dining options, included extended hours at the beer garden, 1906 Fine Dining, and the café. Lawn seating is BYOC (“Bring Your Own Chair”), although some shows include reserved seating as well.   

Longwood is hosting a summer concert series, too, including Josh Ritter on June 18 and Dianne Reeves on July 11.

 

The Main Fountain Garden is only one of the many enticing features of Longwood Gardens, which includes 1,077 acres of land. The original mission of du Pont was to inspire garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, bringing a variety of events to Longwood Gardens throughout the year. 

 

Longwood Gardens is at 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square. Timed tickets are required for admission and are $23 for adults, $20 for seniors, $12 for kids ages 5 — 18, and free for kids 4 and younger. Admission is free for members. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

 

Photograph by S. Markey, courtesy of Longwood Gardens. 

 

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