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Fresh fragrances, colors to excite the senses at Chester County’s Longwood Gardens

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
bbingaman@21st-centurymedia.com
@brianbingaman on Twitter

The Spring Blooms time of the year at Longwood Gardens begins April 1 and continues through May 26.
Across hundreds of acres, burgeoning gardens offer daffodils, tulips, azaleas, wisteria and flowering magnolias and cherry trees. Meanwhile inside the Conservatory, lilies, delphiniums, echium and hydrangeas take center stage.
During peak bloom, Longwood’s 600-foot long Flower Garden Walk has more than 125,000 tulips and other seasonal blooms. The Idea Garden is awash in plant combinations intended to inspire. The Meadow Garden comes to life in the spring as Carolina silverbell, eastern redbud, flowering dogwood and sweet azalea grace the Forest Edge.
Other highlights include the grand treehouses, whimsical Topiary Garden, and historic Peirce’s Woods, featuring rhododendron and other spring favorites.
So there’s going to be a lot of cool events to keep track of, right?
Daily programs will include gardening demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours and various talks. Children can enjoy activities in the outdoor Children’s Corner, and the imaginative fun of the Indoor Children’s Garden.
On Easter weekend, April 15-16, there will be live music by a string quartet in the Conservatory from noon to 3 p.m. both days. The Terrace will have a variety of dining options, including a wine and champagne bar, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Café will feature a special menu of lamb, salmon, pasta, soups and salads. Brunch reservations are available at 1906 with a fine dining menu that includes lamb ragout and smoked duck quiche. 1906 is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and reservations can be made at www.opentable.com.
Extended hours are planned for Mother’s Day weekend, May 13-14. The gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and live music will be featured in the Conservatory on both days, with guitar duo Chris Braddock & Dan Graper performing from noon to 3 p.m. and flute and violin duo Lynne Cooksey & Ann Fontanella performing from 5 to 7 p.m. And don’t forget about the wine and champagne bar at The Terrace from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Keep checking www.longwoodgardens.org. Toward the bottom of the page is a “Today’s Events” list at a glance.
Where is it?
Route 1, near the intersection with Route 52, Kennett Township. GPS address is 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.
What are the admission rates?
$23 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+, $13 for students 5-18, free for children 4 and under. Group rates are available.
When are the general hours during Spring Blooms?
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Besides the website, where else can I get more information?
Call (610) 388-1000, email questions@longwoodgardens.org; or check www.facebook.com/LongwoodGardens, @longwoodgardens on Twitter and Instagram, or @LongwoodGardensInc on YouTube.

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