Longwood Gardens Masterplan
2011, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA

“The garden is the smallest parcel of the world and then it is the totality of the world.” – Michel Foucault

West 8 has completed Longwood Gardens' first-ever physical master plan in the garden's 104-year history.  A culmination of three years of effort, planning, and creativity, the master plan is the first step in Longwood’s transformation into one of the Great Gardens of the World.

Since its inception in 1906 and its early years as a working dairy farm to its position today as one of the finest public gardens in America, Longwood has distinguished itself as both an historic resource and an exemplar of the highest levels of horticultural creativity, display and research in the world.  

Multiple owners, historic layers of landscape use, a range of ecologies and cultivated landscapes including wetlands, woodlands, meadows, fountains, formal gardens and a four-and-a-half-acre conservatory contribute to the complexity of this 1077-acre site in Pennsylvania’s famed Brandywine River Valley.  

The evolution of Longwood from private pleasure garden to large public institution adds layers of operational and organizational intricacy to the site.Through the Physical Master Plan West 8 sought to reveal and enhance Longwood’s values, culture, and ambitions for the future into a bold framework.

Longwood Gardens is already a much-loved public display garden, celebrated for its exuberant horticultural display, leadership in horticultural education, spectacular fountain shows and performing arts programming. Home to a devoted regional audience, Longwood now seeks to become a world-renowned garden broadening its visitor base.

client
Longwood Gardens, Inc.
partners
Weiss/Manfredi (architecture and programming)
consultants
Fluidity Design Consultants, Sam Schwartz Traffic Engineers, Sherwood Design Engineers, Dagher Engineering, Stuart-Lynn
awards
Honor Award American Society of Landscape Architecture New York Chapter (2015)
team
Adriaan Geuze, Claire Agre, Jamie Maslyn Larson, Daniel Vasini, David Zielnicki, Hyeyoung Choi, Jelle Therry, Joost Koningen, Joris Weijts, Juan Figueroa Calero, Julie Gawendo, Perry Maas, Reinaldo Ismael Jordan, Steve Carlucci