May 26, 2024

Education For Live

Masters Of Education

Growing tomorrow’s horticulturists is at core of Longwood’s mission

4 min read

Paul B. Redman

You may know Longwood Gardens for our spectacular horticulture, our dancing fountains, our invigorating performances and our ever-present beauty … but we’re much more than meets the eye.

From K-12 programs that bring our Gardens into the classroom, to experiential onsite programs for those pursuing a career in horticulture, we are also a place of learning and growth.

Learning has been integral to our mission — to the soul of Longwood — since day one, reflective of our founder Pierre S. du Pont’s desire to establish a school where students and others may receive instruction in horticulture and floriculture. But our commitment to learning goes much farther, with a much deeper impact than you may know.

The house in the center of Longwood's meadow all lit up for A Longwood Christmas in 2018.

Today, here at Longwood, we continue our commitment to learning, proudly offering a vibrant, broad and ever-evolving selection of educational programs that deliver on Mr. du Pont’s wishes that we continue as an institution committed to both education and instruction. All of these programs are supported by our earned and contributed revenue (admission and membership revenue, gift shop sales, special events like our Fireworks and Fountains Shows, donations and our endowment.)

Here are just a few:

In 1957, we began offering paid summer residency internships for college and university students — a program that continues today and has impacted more than 2,300 students from more than 80 institutions.

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