Longwood Gardens’ Autumn’s Colors comes each year when Greater Wilmington’s crisp fall air is at its peak. On view October 2 through November 14, surround yourself in the daily shifts of the season’s hues and textures as the days grow shorter and sweeping fields of gold and amber paint the landscape.

October 16 marks the arrival of the Gardens’ annual Chrysanthemum Festival, transforming the Conservatory into a vibrant, colorful view of chrysanthemum blooms. Iconic three-dimensional pieces will showcase Longwood’s horticultural expertise while preserving an ancient artform practiced throughout Japan and China.  Enjoy live music under a canopy of fall color in the Beer Garden Thursday–Saturday evenings, and a spectacular Illuminated Fountain Performance set to music at 8:15 pm, both through October 30. For tickets, visit longwoodgardens.org. 

Autumn Highlights 

From falling leaves to blooming wildflowers, the 86-acre Meadow Garden reaches its peak in autumn with its many layers of beauty. The Garden Railway features an enchanting display of G-scale model trains that ramble through a whimsical landscape complete with miniature Longwood landmarks. Children of all ages will enjoy the Pumpkin Playground, on view October 9 through October 31.   

Chrysanthemum Festival Marks 40th Year 

Since 1981, Longwood has showcased spectacular blooming chrysanthemums grown and shaped into unique three-dimensional forms during this month-long celebration. This year, the display features a record number of forms, with more than 50 large-scale cascade chrysanthemums nurtured and trained using techniques first practiced in Japan and China. From fanciful clouds and umbrellas, to shields and spirals, more than 5,000 chrysanthemums are used in this extraordinary blend of horticulture and artistry. A highlight of this year’s display is the Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, a single chrysanthemum plant grown to produce as many perfect blooms as possible.   


Final Weeks of Fountain Performances 

Just a few weeks remain to experience the Main Fountain Garden. Daytime fountain performances will continue through October 31 at 11:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:15 pm, & 5:15 pm. The Gardens’ Illuminated Fountain Performances will also continue through October 30 Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:15 pm. Catch a favorite show or experience one of the new performances, featuring jets of water in all shapes, sizes, and colors dancing along to music in the last fountain performances of the year. The Beer Garden live music and Illuminated Fountain Performance lineup includes: 

Friday, October 1:  

5–8 pm: Poor Man’s Gambit (Traditional Celtic)  8:15 pm: NEW Las Vegas Legends 

Saturday, October 2:  

5–8 pm: Borderline (Traditional Bluegrass)  8:15 pm: NEW It’s Always Sunny at Longwood Gardens   

Thursday, October 7:  

5–8 pm: Marc Silver and The Stonethrowers (Bluegrass)  8:15 pm: Sleeping Beauty 

Friday, October 8:  

5–8 pm: Borderline (Traditional Bluegrass)  8:15 pm: Queens of Soul 

Saturday, October 9:  

5–8 pm: the mma project (Eclectic Acoustic)  8:15 pm: NEW Proud 

Thursday, October 14:  

5–8 pm: Conjunto Philadelphia (Traditional Cuban and Latin Jazz)  8:15 pm: Bailando: Latin Rhythms 

Friday, October 15:  

5–8 pm: Marc Silver and The Stonethrowers (Bluegrass)  8:15 pm: Producer’s Choice 

Saturday, October 16:  

5–8 pm: Polkadelphia (Polka New and Old)  8:15 pm: NEW Hip Hop Mixtape 

Thursday, October 21:  

5–8 pm: Poor Man’s Gambit (Traditional Celtic)  8:15 pm: Copland Classics 

Friday, October 22:  

5–8 pm:  Polkadelphia (Polka New and Old)  8:15 pm: Pure Imagination 

Thursday, October 28:  

5–8 pm: Stevie Nolan & the Bluescasters (Blues)  8:15 pm: NEW Here You Come Again 

Friday, October 29:  

5–8 pm: Polkadelphia (Polka New and Old)  8:15 pm: We’ve Got the Funk 

Saturday, October 30:  

5–8 pm: TBD  8:15 pm: Halloween Magic 

The Beer Garden music and Illuminated Fountain Performances are included with Longwood Gardens Admission. Free timed Member reservations required on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays if arriving after 3 pm through October 30.  

For tickets and the complete schedule of Illuminated Fountain Performances, visit longwoodgardens.org.