August 11, 2000 |
It was an inspired match: Leah Stein, Philadelphia's premier maker of outdoor dance, and Longwood Gardens, one of the world's outstanding public gardens. With Longwood's exquisitely tuned spaces, it is as if Stein had been handed a Strad to play on. Sunday afternoon, Stein orchestrated a performance studded with the kind of enchanting, surreal moments she produces so abundantly in her outdoor work. Her 13 dancers (she and her dance company, plus local children - almost all from farmworker families - and adults)
October 22, 1999 |
Longwood Gardens will combine centuries-old Japanese arts with good ol' Longwood creativity and 20,000 mums. It's Longwood Gardens' annual Chrysanthemum Festival. This year's theme is "Celebrating Japan. " Two visiting artists and three craftsmen from Hirakata Park, in Osaka, will demonstrate the art of making life-size dolls out of living mums. Sounds painful, but it's quite beautiful. Before they left Japan, the artists made body frames of bamboo and straw matting and faces of a hand-painted composite.
October 18, 1991 |
The month will also be filled with special programs, including a display of books by Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, plus theater presentations, children's craft workshops, lectures, demonstrations and live music. The festival will run through Dec. 1. All events are included in the gardens' regular admission fee. A program brochure is available by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Chrysanthemum Festival, Longwood Gardens, P.O. Box 501, Kennett Square 19348-0501.
October 31, 1986 |
The word at Longwood Gardens is mum - chrysanthemum. Tomorrow through Nov. 23, no less than 15,000 chrysanthemums will go on display at Longwood's sixth annual Chrysanthemum Festival, one of the major flower shows of the year as well as a sensory treat for fans of the showy fall flower. "It is," says Colvin Randall, Longwood's publicity director, "our most spectacular event of the year. " Imagine strolling through the gardens, beholding four acres of 40 varieties of yellow, pink, white and bronze mums, all grown and fashioned in mounds, globes, columns and cascades.
October 25, 1987 |
Longwood Gardens is fertilizing more than its soil these days; it's helping bring the area a large increase in tourism. By March, renovations on the Longwood Meeting House, owned by the Gardens, will have changed the historic Quaker site into a tourist center, which will be leased to the Chester County Tourist Bureau. Nearby, East Marlborough officials are talking to a hotel owner who wants to expand and to a New Jersey developer who wants to build a hotel. The Chester County Tourist Bureau talks to 2,500 to 3,000 people a year at an information desk it operates in the lobby of the Gardens site, according to Bea Harrison, director of group services and marketing at the bureau.
October 29, 2014 |
LONGWOOD Gardens has long been known for its pristine topiaries, gorgeous greenhouses, incredible lawns and generally flawless flora. But for several weeks, Pierre S. du Pont's vast and elegant onetime country estate has gleaned international attention for its lush, planted . . . potties. The 1,077-acre site's 4-year-old facilities are among 10 nationwide finalists in an online contest to be crowned (throned?) "America's Best Restroom. " It's no wonder Longwood's loveliest loos caught the eyes of competition organizer Cintas, a Cincinnati-based uniform, restroom and restaurant mega-supplier/cleaner.
May 21, 1999 |
FESTIVAL OF FOUNTAINS. May 29-Sept. 4, Longwood Gardens, Route 1, 3 miles northeast of Kennett Square. Most performances free with Garden admission. Info: 610-388-1000. In an age when different musical styles are unyieldingly pigeonholed by marketers, merchants and yes, the press, one area presenter brings all sorts of music to an eager and oft-returning public. And despite the best efforts of broadcasters and the music industry to consign all music either to rigidly defined markets or to oblivion, one regional venue regularly introduces people to stuff they have never heard before.
February 7, 2002 |
Longwood Gardens has some winter programs planned for the coming weeks, beginning with a cooking demonstration for a Valentine's dinner for two. Longwood's chefs will share cooking tips for a romantic meal and give tastings at 1:30 p.m. today in the restaurant. More demonstrations will be held next Thursday, Feb. 21 and 28, and March 7 and 14. At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the David Leonhardt Jazz Group and the Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers will perform jazz standards and Leonhardt's original songs in the Rose Pavilion.
November 6, 1994 |
Django, the red-jacketed capuchin monkey, pranced across Jerry Brown's plaid-clad shoulders. The sweet-faced monkey went down Brown's arm as though descending a tree and extended a hand to beg a grape from Gail Ginther of Lakewood, Colo. "Give her a kiss," Brown said, sweet-talking to the monkey after it ate the grape. Tiny arms outstretched, Django grazed a kiss across Ginther's cheek. Ginther, who was visiting her sister, Lin Vandenberg, and Vandenberg's husband, Wagih Makky, of Wilmington, was a guest at the 1994 Chrysanthemum Festival that opened Oct. 28 at Longwood Gardens, where Vandenberg is a volunteer.