Chrysanthemum Festival in Bloom at Longwood Gardens

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Until November 19 enjoy viewing thousands of blooms in a riot of color during the annual Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square.  You will be amazed at the huge  thousand bloom chrysanthemum which showcases the Asian art of flower cultivating flowers into various shapes.  This plants features 1443 blooms  and measures 12 feet wide and almost 8 feet high.

Don’t miss the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

The festival blends the science of horticulture with the artistry and skills of the staff at Longwood.  These displays are the most challenging for the horticulture staff at Longwood Gardens and some take a full year to achieve.  

On view are more than seventy topiaries in the shapes of balls, pagodas, and clouds as well as cascading blooms.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss with Longwood’s staff how they create this impressive display, they will be on hand on November 4 and November 11 from 1 to 4 PM in the Conservatory.   

While you are visiting in the Brandywine Valley why not take in the National Dog show which runs November 18 and 19.   The Philadelphia Dog Show is the oldest and most prestigious show in America.   Imagine seeing 2000 dogs in over 180 breeds in one place.  The show takes place at the Oaks which is only a forty minute drive from Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast.

The oldest and most prestigious dog show in America is coming to the Philadelphia area.

Philadelphia Dog Show

And you can visit the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, Pa.  Settled in 1744 by Peter and Rosanna Wentz, they had built an English Georgian style house by 1758.   With the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1777, the Wentz home became a temporary headquarters for General George Washington.  

After several families owned the property throughout the years until 1969, the property was purchased by Montgomery County.  The house was restored to reflect the era when it served as Washington’s headquarters.  The farm also includes farm buildings and livestock as well as a kitchen garden.  There is much to see here and you will learn about the era through historic recreations and costumed reenactors.

Coming events at the farmstead:

Friday, November 3 – Tours begin at 7:30 PM and run every 20 minutes  Night Life

See what it was like to live in the 1700s before we had electric lights and computers.

Saturday, December 2nd from 3-9 PM Candlelight Tours with Colonial music and seasonal entertaining.  There will even be a visit from Belsnickel, the German version of Santa Claus, decked out in furs.   The last tour begins at 8:30 PM.

 For more information, call 610-584-5104 or visit their web site  for hours of operation.

For more events and fun things to do, check out out web page under Attractions.  There are more things to do in the Brandywine Valley than you can shake a stick at!