Design Award of Merit
Peirce's Woods at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square,
W. Gary Smith, ASLA, Austin, TX
Client: Longwood Gardens, Inc.
Effective creation of garden room with seasonal emphasis.
. . The planting plan by seasons is terrific. . . A beautiful
Professional Awards Jury Comments
Longwood Gardens has long been known for its glass conservatories,
fountains, and formal displays of exotic flowers from around the
world. Longwood's newest destination, Peirce's Woods, reveals the
more subtle beauty of plants native to the woodlands of the eastern
United States. Encompassing seven acres of existing mature woodlands,
Peirce's Woods was conceived by Longwood as an "art-form garden."
Consistent with Longwood's mission, "the art of horticultural
display," their goal was to attract visitors' attention to
native plants because of their beauty, rather than to promote the
use of natives as part of an ecological crusade.