Longwood Gardens’ Stunning Chrysanthemum Festival Returns October 22-November 20

Nearly 20,000 beautiful blooms create the largest display of exhibition chrysanthemums in the country...

The ultimate color crescendo is about to hit Longwood Gardens!

With autumn now in full swing, the fall-foliage-filled property brings reason enough to give the horticultural oasis a visit. Yet, the annual Chrysanthemum Festival really seals the deal, sweeping Longwood Gardens’ indoor grounds with a rainbow of colors, too.

Taking place October 22 to November 20, the festival features nearly 20,000 beautiful chrysanthemum blooms grown in extraordinary ways throughout Longwood’s four-acre conservatory. As the largest display of exhibition chrysanthemums in the country, the spirals, columns, pagodas and other flower formations that make up the exposition create one absolutely stunning sight to take in.

The centerpiece of the show is a Thousand Bloom Mum, made up of more than 1,500 meticulously arranged yellow flowers on one plant.

Longwood Gardens Chrysanthemum Festival
(Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)
The Thousand Bloom Mum is the centerpiece of the Chrysanthemum Festival, featuring 1,500 perfectly arranged yellow flowers.

The idea and method for growing the Thousand Bloom Mum (known in Japan as Ozukuri) was introduced in Japan and China more than 200 years ago and is the most difficult of all the chrysanthemum training styles. The growing technique involves a whopping 15- to 18-month process with a ton of detailed care required to arrange the blooms in a perfect dome shape.

You can watch a video of the making of this horticultural marvel right here.

Plan a visit before October 29, and you can catch Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience at the Gardens, too. Nightscape is an immersive after-dark-only installation that brings the chance to see Longwood Gardens once the sun goes down in an artistically choreographed light.

And of course, the gardens’ Pumpkin Playground and all of its autumnal beauty is also on display through November 1. Don’t miss the 800-pound pumpkin in the Idea Garden’s vegetable garden, a massive ball of prime orange beauty.

With a grand display of nature’s true colors, there’s no better time than now to take a trip out to Kennett Square and give Longwood Gardens a visit. Color us intrigued!

Longwood Gardens' Chrysanthemum Festival

When:October 22-November 20, 2016
Where:Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost:Included in the price of general admission



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