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A Summer of Spectacle awaits at Longwood Gardens

If you have never visited Longwood Gardens just outside Philadelphia, there is no better time than this summer. Following a lengthy revitalisation, the jewel of the most significant fountain collection in North America is ready to return in May with astonishing awe

The Main Fountain Garden at Philadelphia’s Longwood Gardens will once again dazzle guests this May with its grand horticulture, hand-carved Italian limestone and more than 1,700 fountain jets dancing to music. America’s most visited public garden, Longwood is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the return of its iconic landmark.

The Main Fountain Garden performances are something to behold both day and night
The Main Fountain Garden performances are something to behold both day and night | Image: Daniel Traub
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To mark this momentous occasion, Longwood Gardens will launch a Summer of Spectacle, a huge programme of tours, concerts and events running from May 27 to September 30. “The revitalisation of our iconic Main Fountain Garden is one of the largest projects in Longwood’s history and to share its return with our guests is incredibly exciting,” said Paul B Redman, Longwood Gardens president and CEO. “Our legendary Main Fountain Garden is back and more spectacular than ever.”

The Main Fountain Garden features 1,719 jets that dance in unique  spinning, twirling and dancing forms
The Main Fountain Garden features 1,719 jets that dance in unique spinning, twirling and dancing forms | Image: Daniel Traub
Aerial view of the Main Fountain Garden in winter 2017
Aerial view of the Main Fountain Garden in winter 2017

The Main Fountain Garden will once again dazzle visitors with its grand allées, hand-carved Italian limestone, undulating boxwood and incredible fountain displays. The fountain displays use cutting-edge 21st-century technology to orchestrate 1,719 jets and streams. Guest will see them dance, spin and soar to great heights, creating stunning basketweave patterns and other unexpected forms. The fountains perform daily, but on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, hours are extended for the illuminated fountain displays that glow in an infinite combination of colours, choreographed to music, with spectacular results. On six special evenings, Longwood adds fireworks to its illuminated fountain performances to create the ultimate garden spectacle. Prepare to be astounded.

The new basketweave fountain feature is the first time this fountain feature will be seen in the world
The new basketweave fountain feature is the first time this fountain feature will be seen in the world | Image: Hank Davis
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For more information and tickets for the Summer of Spectacle, visit longwoodgardens.org.

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