Blue poppies now on display at Longwood

Blue poppies now on display at Longwood Gardens. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Once considered a myth, blue-poppies (Meconopsis ‘Lingholm’) are alive and thriving at Longwood Gardens, but only for a limited time. These spectacular flowers—which are native to the high elevations of the Himalayan Mountains—are on display now in Longwood’s Conservatory, one of very few places to see these rare gems. ...

What To Do: Kennett Symphony’s annual Children’s concert

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Children of all ages can benefit from being introduced to the joy of listening to classical music. The Kennett Symphony of Chester County (610-444-6363, www.kennettsymphony.org) supports this premise by presenting its “Annual Children’s Concert & Post-Concert Instrument Zoo” every spring to give young children exposure to live classical music. This...

Longwood Gardens launches fourth annual Community Read

This year’s title for the fourth annual community read is The Way Things Work Now, by David Macaulay, which explains complex processes in a humorous and accessible style. KENNETT SQUARE – Longwood Gardens and a host of community partners launched its fourth annual “Community Read,” which is designed to encourage the region to join together in reading the same book to spur discussion...

What To Do: Celebrating the orchid at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Orchids at Longwood Gardens The largest family of flowering plants is the orchid — a flower that is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful, delicate and graceful flowers in the world. The Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew list over 20,000 accepted species with about 800 new species added each year. Additionally, horticulturists have more than 100,000...

What To Do: Holiday season kicks off with fun events

Holiday Light Parade in Kennett Square among busy weekend of activities By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Holiday Light Parade in Kennett Square. Now that Thanksgiving 2016 is history, the floodgates have burst open and unleashed a torrent of annual traditional holiday events and activities. The holiday season will officially arrive in Kennett Square on November 27 when Downtown Kennett...

What To Do: One last weekend for before full-on Yuletide

A batch of events this weekend to keep your mind off the holidays By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The National Dog Show Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means a huge amount of Christmas-related events will be filling the event calendar over the next few weeks. Fortunately for those not quite ready to jump into the holiday season with both feet, there are several special...

What To Do: ‘Mum’ is the word at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  This is the time of year when nature’s colors go through a shift. The bright colors of summer’s flowers are beginning to disappear and are being replaced by the autumnal colors of changing leaves. The only plants that really hang on and continue to have flowers are hardy pansies, which can bloom all winter long, and chrysanthemums, which are primarily...

What To Do: Old Fiddlers’ Picnic, 88 years and going strong

Also: Music at Longwood, Star Party at Marsh Creek By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times A music event with nearly a century of tradition in Chester County highlights what looks to be a fun-filled, but warm and steamy weekend in the Delaware Valley. The Chester County Old Fiddlers’ Picnic (Hibernia County Park, off Route 340, Wagontown, 610-383-2812, http://dsf.chesco.org/ccparks) is scheduled...

What To Do: 88th Kimberton Fair keeps on rolling

Also: The Democrats come to Philly, PoliticalFest events planned By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Kimberton Fair is one of the state’s oldest free admission fairs. This is the time of the year for outdoor festivals. Every summer, this area is a hotbed for festivals — blueberry festivals, peach festivals, county fairs, firemen’s festivals, state fairs and plain old country...

Longwood Gardens lights up the summer night

Summer Spectacular is on view now through September 5. Photo by Hank Davis. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Summer at Longwood Gardens is extraordinary by day and night. From the Waterlily Display featuring more than 100 types of colorful day- and night-blooming waterlilies, to the expansive Meadow Garden, to the shady groves of Peirce’s Woods, to performances under the stars, there is something for everyone...