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Gardens Near and Far episode 37 – Longwood Gardens

Gardens Near and Far episode 37 – Longwood Gardens

Gardens Near and Far episode 37: Longwood Gardens, in Pennsylvania, is famous for its European architectural style and the diversity of its flower beds.



 

 

In the early 20th century, a director of General Motors created a garden that reflects both his love of plants and the American industrial might. He was inspired by his travels and the architectural style of Europe’s loveliest gardens.Today, the Longwood park is considered to be the largest in the United States.

 

Gardens Near and Far episode 37 – Longwood Gardens

 

Longwood Gardens is an American botanical garden. It consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States in the Brandywine Creek Valley. It is one of the premier horticultural display gardens in the United States and is open to visitors year-round to enjoy native and exotic plants and horticulture (both indoor and outdoor), events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, as well as educational lectures, courses, and workshops.

Longwood Gardens has a long and varied history. For thousands of years, the native Lenni Lenape tribe fished its streams, hunted its forests, and planted its fields. Evidence of the tribe’s existence is found in quartz spear points that have been discovered on and around the property and can be found on display in the Peirce-du Pont House on the Longwood Gardens property.

In 1700, a Quaker farmer named George Peirce purchased 402 acres of this English-claimed land from William Penn’s commissioners. George’s son Joshua cleared and farmed the land and in 1730 he built the brick farmhouse that, enlarged, still stands today. In 1798, Joshua’s twin grandsons Samuel and Joshua, who had inherited the farm, actively pursued an interest in natural history and began planting an arboretum that eventually covered 15 acres. The collection included specimens that they collected from the wild as well as plants acquired from some of the region’s leading botanists.

By 1850, the arboretum boasted one of the finest collections of trees in the nation and had become a place for the locals to gather outdoors – a new concept that was sweeping America at the time. Community picnics and socials were held at Peirce’s Park in the mid to late 19th century.

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Gardens Near and Far episode 37: Longwood Gardens, in Pennsylvania, is famous for its European architectural style and the diversity of its flower beds.