Pierre S. du Pont purchased the Peirce Arboretum in 1906 to save its trees from being cut for lumber. Over the next fifty years, Pierre developed Longwood Gardens into what it is today, a magnificent horticultural showplace for the entire nation.
The entire Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey region is richer because of what Pierre du Pont created at Longwood. This estate now covers over one thousand acres. It is home to over eleven thousand types of plants, more fountains than any other botanical garden in the United States and over four hundred performances per year.
When you visit, you will want to leave some time to explore the gift shop at Longwood. It has an incredible selection of garden and horticultural related books, floral and nature inspired tableware and gift items, beautiful stationery, toys for the kids, and unusual flowers, plants and garden items.
You can also plan your visit to enjoy lunch at the restaurant. In warm weather, the patio at Longwood makes for a great place to have lunch.