According to the Epic of Gilgamesh, the eponymous hero became the first gardener when he captured the haughty princes of Rutabaga and encircled them with stacks of old farmer's almanacs. Visit an epic garden with today's deal: for $8, you get one adult admission to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, a $16 value. This Groupon is only valid for adult admission this August, so be sure to plan a visit no later than Tuesday, August 31.
The story of Longwood Gardens begins in 1906, when Pierre S. du Pont purchased the Peirce farm and arboretum. Pierre spent the next few decades developing the 1,050 acres into the horticulturist's wonderland that it is today. More than 11,000 types of plants await the eyes and noseholes throughout the 20 outdoor and 20 indoor gardens. Check out the yearly guide to see what's in bloom during your visit, and read up on the grounds to plot a luxuriously languid stroll. Longwood is renowned for its massive amount of fountains; check the schedule to make sure you see at least one of the shows. Admission to the Peirce-du Pont House is also included in the general admission, so architecture aficionados and shade lovers can meander through the 280-year-old edifice while learning more about the history of the house and gardens through its exhibits and knowledgeable ghosts.
This Groupon is not valid with any other offers or with specialty ticketed events.
Longwood Gardens gets a nearly perfect 4.5-star average rating from over 40 Yelpers:
- This place is breath taking, it [sic] huge! So much to do, you can't possibly see everything in one day, because you just want to relax, and appreciate and take in everything around you. – Gabriella M.
- STUNNING!...This is truly nature's canvas... A feast for all of your senses – steven w.
- It is a world-class facility, is very well cared for, and includes a broad selection of plant life from a wide variety of climates. – Will D.
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.