Longwood Gardens debuted its Winter Blues Festival, which invites guests to dance and explore their way through an unusual display of blue-flowering plants.

Gardens representative Abigail Gau said, during the winter months, Longwood Gardens wants to be a warm oasis at which guests can escape their winter blues--this year, by bringing the color to life. 

“When you come to the festival you will see our conservatory is awash with over 3,000 blue flowering plants,” said Gau.

Featuring delphiniums, echium, hydrangeas, cineraria, Longwood's highlight is its true blue spectacle: their famed blue-poppies, native to the high elevation of the Himalayan Mountains.

“Not many people know this, but blue is a pretty rare color in nature, there is no true blue, hue,” said Gau. “Our horticulturalist had to research, search and propagate different blue front flowering plants and it was something that could really showcase our techniques and horticultural expertise.”

Every Saturday, beginning March 3rd, guests will have the opportunity to tour the flowers while enjoying the sound of live blues music, with performances by:

  • March 3:  The Bob Beach Duo - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • March 10: The Bob Beach Duo - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • March 17: Stevie and the Bluescasters - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • March 24: Stevie and the Bluescasters - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Valerie Holstein, a first-time visitor to Longwood Gardens, said, upon entering the conservatory, she was pleasantly surprised at how well-manicured and beautifully displayed all the shades were in the blue garden.

“I think that [music] could add a really great layer of dimension to the experience, so I think that might be really interesting,” said Holstein.

“Just adds another reason to get out of the house, get rid of those winter blues, listen to some blues, and to have some fun,” said Gau.

Longwood Garden’s Winter Blues Festival takes place until March 25th.