Without gardens, hills alive with the sound of music would spring up everywhere and deafen us with incessant yodeling. Celebrate more peaceful grounds with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get a one-day admission to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square (up to an $18 value). Tickets for students ages 5–18 or any age with valid student ID are normally $8. Children ages 4 and under get free admission. This Groupon expires September 30.
Longwood Gardens has brought plants and people closer together since 1906, when Pierre S. du Pont bought the Peirce Arboretum to save its trees from lumberjacks. Since then, the gardens, woodland, and meadows have grown to cover more than 1,077 acres with lush green spaces plus 40 indoor and outdoor gardens. Visitors can stroll amid verdant lawns and bend to nostril-kiss each of the more than 11,000 varieties of plants. The walkways curl through one of the largest assortments of garden fountains in the U.S., and the paths into the conservatory guide spectators on a half-mile walk past 20 indoor gardens. To help plan your visit, check out what’s in bloom each season, from the petunias of summer to the chrysanthemums in autumn that are dressed up like Jason from Friday the 13th. General admission to the gardens also includes a visit to the Peirce–du Pont House, a mansion influenced by five periods of construction dating back to 1730.