Longwood Garden Sets Date for Grand Return of Awe-Inspiring Main Fountain Garden
Longwood Gardens, one of the Delaware Valley’s top tourist attractions, has announced that its Main Fountain Garden will make its grand return, following a two-year, $90 million revitalization, on May 27, 2017.
The crown jewel of the most significant fountain collection in North America, Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden rivals the magnificent fountains of Europe with its beauty and ingenious application of leading-edge technologies and design. The Garden will premiere with a Summer of Spectacle, delighting visitors with incredible fountain shows, fireworks, tours, and programs to jump-start a season of celebration.
“The revitalization of our iconic Main Fountain Garden is the largest project in Longwood’s history since the passing of our founder in 1954, and to share its return with our guests is incredibly exciting,” said Paul B. Redman, Longwood Gardens President and CEO.
“Thanks to the efforts of our amazing and world-renowned design, engineering, and historic preservation partners, as well as our most talented and dedicated Longwood team, our legendary Main Fountain Garden is back and more spectacular than ever.”
The Summer of Spectacle season, May 27-Sept. 30, will include an array of special programming. In addition to daily fountains shows, guests will enjoy tours, concerts, and special events throughout the summer. The gardens will have extended visiting hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for evening-illuminated Fountain Shows.
Also, the popular Fireworks & Fountains shows, featuring illuminated fountains and fireworks choreographed to music, will return with six exciting special shows on May 28, July 2, July 22, Aug 12, Sept. 2, and Sept. 16.
General admission tickets and Fireworks & Fountains show tickets go on sale in the spring.
The Main Fountain Garden is a hallmark of the Longwood experience, and is visited by more than 1.35 million people each year. In 1931, Longwood’s founder, Pierre S. du Pont, debuted the Main Fountain Garden, which was inspired by 20th century technology from the world’s fairs and the beauty of renowned European gardens.
As Longwood embarked on preserving the Garden, the team looked to the future to honor his vision and ensure the continued enjoyment of the fountains with an original concept of “adaptive restoration” guiding thousands of design, restoration, and technology application decisions.
“A fountain and garden are living, joyful gifts and the charge of reawakening the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood is an exercise in creativity, thoughtfulness, and responsibility,” said Redman. “It demands respect for how forward-looking the space was in its era and carrying that intent forward to build a magical, innovative, and full sensory experience.
“It is a place both heralded and unique in the world.”
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