A garden of delights

Longwood Gardens, located just over the Delaware line in Kennett Square, Pa., is a place like no other. It contains 1,050 acres of gardens, fountains, trails, woods, a meadow and much more. Originally a hunting ground of the Lenape Indians, the property was purchased in 1700 by the Peirce family who farmed the land and established an arboretum in 1798. In an effort to save the magnificent trees on the property, Pierre S. Du Pont, great-grandson of the founder of the Du Pont Co., purchased the farm in 1906. For the next three decades he began the transformation of the property into present-day Longwood Gardens. In 1946, he turned the property over to a foundation he created. As one of the first public parks in the nation, Longwood has one of the best collections of trees to be found anywhere in the county.

Today, Longwood features a complete schedule of entertainment, fountain and fireworks shows and research opportunities for students. For more information go to longwoodgardens.org.

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