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Encore: Longwood Gardens brings back ‘Nightscape’ show
Jill Odom | August 6, 2016

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania’s Longwood Gardens has no problems attracting visitors, but events such as ‘Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience’ are special draws.
Photo: Daniel Traub

More than a million people pour through Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania each year, but this doesn’t stop it from trying to up the ante with special enticements.

“Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience” is just one of the ways Longwood Gardens shows off its intriguing plant life.


The garden’s plant life remains the star of the show, although the light displays and the music of Bach, Brahms and Debussy create a unique environment for taking it all in.
Photo: Longwood Gardens

Executive Director Paul Redman was inspired by an installation he saw at in West Philadelphia in 2012. He reached out to Klip Collective, which produced the installation, and in July 2015 their dream became a reality.

Now, the psychedelic show of lights dancing upon the topiaries and trees that was highly praised last year, is back. The inaugural performance was Aug. 3 and the event will be staged from 6-11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, through Oct. 29.

Klip Collective’s Creative Director Ricardo Rivera says this year’s presentation heightens the entire experience, along with adding new installations.

“In short we’ve created a more cohesive and affecting experience,” Rivera said. “We hope people will find it as exciting as we do.”

Along with the enchanted lake show, geometric patterns pulsing in the Palm House and Silver Garden, Nightscape has added installations in the Exhibition Hall, the Mediterranean Garden and the Waterlily Display.

Music will play a larger role in this year’s display as well, with pieces from Bach, Brahms and Debussy incorporated into the shows.

“The addition of new, imaginative installations means that whether you have seen Nightscape, or if you have seen it many times before, there is something new for everyone to enjoy,” Redman said.

Check out this video for more about the display:


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