For thousands of years, humans have studied trees to learn how they too can provide suitable housing for squirrels and grow lemons from their fingertips. Branch out with this Groupon.
$9 for One Adult Garden Admission (Up to $18 Value)
No matter the season, there's something to do at Longwood Gardens, such as scheduled OrKid Days visited by musical storytellers (February 18 and March 16) and Beyond the Garden Gates days, held twice a month, during which visitors learn what makes the arboretum possible from the mouths of the gardeners themselves. Exotic specimens in bloom within the greenhouse at the moment include the SVO Black Pearl, a nearly black hybrid orchid; the bright-orange aloe nyeriensis; and Mandela’s Gold, a sunshine-colored bird of paradise. Perusers may also stroll through the 4-acre Orchid Extravaganza exhibit, a daily event which showcases more than 5,000 orchids in different settings, forms, and artwork.
Though Longwood Gardens owes its current incarnation to the tireless efforts of industrialist, philanthropist, and conservationist Pierre du Pont, the property’s history stretches back to precolonial days. The Peirce family purchased the land from William Penn himself in 1700, and by the end of the century the Quakers had already begun developing an arboretum on the premises. In the century that followed, the homestead was purchased by an ambitious 36-year-old du Pont in 1906. Throughout the next 30 years, du Pont built a legacy rife with extravagant European-style fountains, a picturesque 600-foot garden walk, and 40 indoor and outdoor gardens. Today, visitors experience a bit of du Pont’s passion for the tropical flora of the Americas during jaunts through the property’s 1,077 colorful acres, where they run into everything from flowering trees and delicate hybrids to carnivorous pitcher plants and an 86-acre Meadow Garden. In addition to cultivating lush flora, the garden’s stewards also encourage growing minds with an ever-changing roster of events, such as internationally acclaimed musical acts and immersive educational experiences.