USA Today: Longwood Gardens Voted Best Botanical Garden in America

The Italian Water Garden inside Longwood Gardens.
The Italian Water Garden inside Longwood.

Long heralded as a Chester County treasure, Longwood Gardens is now firmly established as a national treasure too. Praise for the horticultural prowess of the  1,077-acre Kennett Square attraction is blooming among admirers from across the country.

Voters in the latest USA Today and contest to determine the Best Botanical Garden in the United States chose Longwood Gardens over other renowned botanical wonders of the modern world — New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx; Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis; Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va.; and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., were the runners-up based on popular vote among 20 garden finalists curated by a trio of experts.

“More than a million visitors stroll the exquisite grounds of Longwood Gardens each year, and it’s easy to see why,” the article announcing the winners stated. “Indoor spaces, like the tropical Conservatory and the Orchid House with its 500 fragrant plants, offer a slice of spring throughout the year and always have something blooming. The Flower Garden Walk, a springtime favorite, takes visitors through Longwood’s first (and very colorful) flower garden.”

Longwood Gardens’ aim to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts garnered adoration from USA Today and its readership when the legacy of industrialist Pierre du Pont was named Best Public Garden in North America in 2014.

“Botanical gardens study, protect, exhibit and teach about plants,” the article noted. “The best gardens boast extensive collections and stunning presentations, making them must-visits in their respective cities.”

Read more about Longwood Gardens’ prestigious ranking as America’s Best Botanical Garden on here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of the Kennett Square favorite here.