Longwood Gardens reopening its restored Orchid House Feb. 26 is the first sign of changes being wrought during its $250 million Longwood Reimagined project.
The Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, attraction is expanding its conservatory in ways designed to modernize the displays, make the plants more accessible and employee more environmentally sound construction.
The Gardens will celebrate the grand opening of the Orchid House the weekend of Feb. 26 and 27 with activities that include opportunities to meet the Greg Griffis, curator of the Orchid House, and hear from the design team behind the renovation and the research team responsible for Longwood’s orchid conservation program.
The century-old Orchid House will exhibit up to 50% more orchids from Longwood’s world-class collection throughout the year, using new custom-made trellises of varying depths, heights and arrangements. The display will change routinely with at least 300 to 500 blooming orchids on display daily.
For information about tickets, go to longwoodgardens.org.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.