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The flower spike, growing at the incredible rate of 5–6 inches per day, shot through the greenhouse roof and reached heights of 30 to 35 feet.
This amazing plant was transplanted to the Silver Garden in 1997 from a 5-gallon container and thrived for ten years. Legend says the century plant takes one hundred years to bloom. However, century plants in cultivation may bloom much quicker, and Longwood’s living example took full advantage of the ideal conditions the Silver Garden offers.
The century plant uses all of its energy to produce this once-in-a-lifetime bloom. After it finished flowering it died, and Longwood gardeners replaced it with a younger plant.
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A team of Longwood Volunteers gathers horticultural highlights from the Outdoor Gardens and Conservatory. Download a pdf of their top picks for the week, including photos and locations.
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Journey to the wild, remote flood plains of South America and to the great gardens of Europe and North America to discover Victoria, the waterlily queen.
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When you visit our Idea Garden you will discover something new: our first-ever Trial Garden on view for our guests. This square space houses more than 250 cultivars within 10 genera: Clematis, Dahlia, Paeonia, Capsicum, Agastache, Salvia, Pentas, Lantana, Colocasia, and Canna.
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Enjoy family-fun activities, an outdoor concert, and behind-the-scenes experiences.
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