Orchid Extravaganza brings a taste of spring to winter, with this year's display boasting nearly 5,000 fragrant blooms. (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)
This winter, Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square has a beautiful cure for the cold-weather blues.
Tucked inside Longwood’s four-acre conservatory, a host of exotic blooms transports visitors to balmy climates during Orchid Extravaganza.
Opening Saturday, January 25, the annual orchid display features nearly 5,000 delicate blossoms hanging from baskets, in colorful arrangements and covering unexpected surfaces throughout the conservatory.
In the cold of winter, the conservatory remains a summery oasis to maintain optimal growing environments for orchids and other flowering plants — and visitors should take advantage of the tropical temperatures with a self-tour of the show.
On view through Sunday, March 30, the display also includes a range of interactive programming, including family-friendly OrKID Days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, February 17 and Saturday, March 22.
Beyond the orchids, guests should take in the extensive array of flora in the rest of the huge conservatory, including the ever-popular children’s garden, the Acacia Passage, the Silver Garden of succulents and much more.
Advance ticket purchase is available online.
Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens
When: January 25-March 30
Where: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost: $18, adults; $15, seniors; $8, students and children age 5-18; free, children age 4 and under
More info: www.longwoodgardens.org