Longwood's daily fountain performances are the stars of the new Main Fountain Garden experience throughout "Summer of Spectacle." Enjoy the thrill of what 1,719 jets can do--from spinning and dancing to music, to soaring as high as 175 feet. Shows include "Fountains Then and Now," a fountain performance with some narrated history, running daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (plus 7 p.m., Thu.-Sat.); "Classical," set to music by various composers, daily at 1 p.m.; and "A Fountain Surprise," set to a random music genre.
Longwood's illuminated fountain performances offer a spectacle unlike any other. Find a place to sit--or stand back in awe--as water in all shapes, sizes, and heights combines with music and infinite colors. Before or after the 30-minute show, stroll through the five-acre garden for a nighttime experience evoking old world charm.
Experienced tour guides will lead you through the highlights of the most significant Fountain Garden in North America. Learn about the innovative engineering, design, and horticulture of this technological wonder. Discover new hidden gems and lovingly restored features in an aboveground walking tour of this reimagined Garden.
Spend an hour walking with a Land Steward and discover how Longwood manages its woodlands both in the short term, and through multi-year and generational planning. Learn more about stewardship strategies including invasive species management and native forest plant community restoration.
This summer, the Brandywiners present the Tony award-winning musical "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," the classic French fairy tale which teaches the importance of looking for the heart in others. "Beauty and the Beast" is a tale that has been loved by generations, a tale that tells of the adventure, courage and intelligence of a young woman determined not to let society define her and her discovery that the grumpy beast isn't such a monster after all. Come join us for an evening of enchantment in the gardens, and the message that true beauty comes from within.
The new Longwood Organ Academy is a week-long, residential summer intensive program providing participants the opportunity to study organ transcriptions on one of the world's largest symphonic organs, the Longwood Organ. Throughout the week, students will participate in private master classes and lessons with esteemed instructors Peter Richard Conte and Alan Morrison. It culiminates with a concert that's open to the public and included with Garden admission.
A prolific explorer of jazz and classical music, the 2010 DownBeat Artist of the Year, a member of the DownBeat Hall of Fame, a 16-time Grammy winner, and an undisputed keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after four decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering. Not content at any time to rest on his laurels, he continues to explore different musical territories, from acoustic jazz to electronic and world music influences.
Joe and Justin have traded their paddles for saddles and their hiking boots for cowboy boots. In June of 2015 The Okee Dokee Brothers went out West for a month-long horsepacking trip along the Continental Divide. They rode horses, camped out, told stories, and wrote songs. The new tunes cover western wildlife (Jackalope), Navajo stories (Sister Moon and Brother Sun), the Spanglish of the southwest (Somos Amigos), friendship (The Great Divide), and much more.
Need a quick arrangement or hostess gift for the weekend? Try Longwood's Floral Fun classes. They're quick, fun, and designed for everyone, regardless of experience. Each month, participants create a themed design, perfect for weekend entertaining, to give as a gift, or just to enjoy at home.
Featuring light classics and pops, Kennett Symphony gives audiences the chance to experience love through many genres. This casual performance presents selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein's enchanted "The King and I," John Williams' love theme from "Star Wars Episode II," and Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture," among others. Throughout the performance, Kennett Symphony will feature the recent winner of the Kennett Symphony Instrumental Competition, Audrey Emata, and the winner of the Kennett Symphony Voice Competition, Jowoon Chae.
Some of the most beautiful and interesting design material can be found right in your grocery store! This class will explore the many different shapes and sizes of fruits and vegetables and then challenge you to use minimal flowers and focus, instead, on creating an interesting arrangement with produce. This class is intended to expand your way of looking at available material.
Experience modern seed stories through the breathtaking contemporary artwork commissioned by the Hudson Valley Seed Library. For each seed story learn what makes the variety special and how to grow and save seeds from it in your home garden. Roll up your sleeves for a hands-on seed sharing activity and take home a mixture of seeds for your garden.
There is an abundance of flower, herb, and vegetable crops that can be harvested and saved. Ken will share the stories behind great heirlooms like Stone Ridge Tomato or Ahi Lima Pepper and interpret some of the original works of art commissioned for the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Learn the techniques and tips necessary to save rare seeds. Collect, clean and process seeds from plants grown at Longwood to take home.