Longwood Gardens lights up the summer night

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   Summer Spectacular is on view now through September 5. Photo by Hank Davis.

Summer Spectacular is on view now through September 5. Photo by Hank Davis.

EAST MARLBOROUGH — Summer at Longwood Gardens is extraordinary by day and night. From the Waterlily Display featuring more than 100 types of colorful day- and night-blooming waterlilies, to the expansive Meadow Garden, to the shady groves of Peirce’s Woods, to performances under the stars, there is something for everyone this season at Longwood.   

Summer Spectacular also features free and ticketed performances throughout the season including Mexican Indie Pop Artist, Natalia Lafourcadeon Wednesday, July 6.  Natalia Lafourcade is one of Latin America’s leading indie pop artists, and was the biggest award winner at the 2016 Latin Grammys. Lafourcade also made headlines when she won Best Latin Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards for Hasta la Raíz. For a complete listing of summer performances, visit longwoodgardens.org.In addition to the horticulture splendor, the popular Longwood Beer Garden returns with live music on Thursday evenings. Guests will enjoy dining alfresco with pub fare and brews including Longwood’s newest Signature Brew, Longwood Seasons: Grapefruit Solstice—made by Victory Brewing Company with grapefruit grown at Longwood. In addition, the popular Longwood Seasons: Summer Zest will also return, as well as other selections from Victory Brewing Company. Beer Garden hours are Thursday–Saturday evenings 5:30–9:30 pm through July 30. Access to the Beer Garden is included with Gardens Admission.

The nighttime spectacle Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective returns August 3. Created by Klip Collective of Philadelphia, this innovative display combines light, sound, imagery, and music into an unforgettable nighttime experience. After a successful debut last summer that attracted 180,000 guests, Longwood is bringing back the most popular installations, along with a few new surprises.

New installations include the Exhibition Hall in the Conservatory featuring a kaleiodoscope of light and sound; the Mediterranean Garden with lush plantings of flowers, grasses, and vines under lit by vibrant blues and greens, and the Waterlily Display with elements of light reaching out from the depths of the waterlily pools while the bold, flat surfaces of Victoria waterplatters serve as the canvas.

Nightscape is on view August 3 through October 29, Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 6-11 pm. Nightscape is best viewed beginning at 9:00 pm in August, 8:00 pm in September, and 7:00 pm in October. Special tickets, which include all-day admission, are required and should be purchased in advance. Admission is $27 for adults (ages 19+); $17 for students (ages 5–18); and free for ages 4 and under. Members do not require a ticket, but do require a free reservation.  For more information, visit www.longwoodgardens.org/nightscape.

Guests can enjoy live music from a variety of regional artists in the Beer Garden every Thursday during Nightscape from 6–9 pm. Access to the Beer Garden is free with a Nightscape ticket, or Member reservation.

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