November 7th, 2011 at 9:00 am
This is the third part of a series on unique venues in the Brandywine Valley. Read our first chapter here on the Battleship New Jersey, And our other installments here: The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center.
With such breathtaking foliage available throughout the Brandywine, it’s no surprise that some of our most spectacular events happen surrounded by nature’s beauty. Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, one of our area’s premier attractions, is available for private events with various facilities available. Functions can be held in conjunction with garden visits and on-site catering is available through Longwood’s Terrace Restaurant. Many groups enjoy planning events during Longwood’s phenomenally festive holiday displays or breathtakingly colorful spring arrangements.
A smaller outdoor site – but charming and picturesque in it’s own right – is Tyler Arboretum in Media, home to more than 650 acres of Mother Nature’s most artistic works, including rolling meadows, towering trees, fields of wildflowers and butterfly-filled gardens. Each season brings a unique quality to events – from spring’s brilliantly bright colors to summer’s golden sunsets and fall’s fiery hues to winter’s snow-capped branches. Many marriages have been celebrated at Tyler’s stone bank barn (circa 1792), which is able to accommodate 80 guests itself, and up to 150 when the adjacent terrace is tented. A freestanding tent can be placed on the Painter Library lawn or alongside the Fragrant Garden for even larger parties. With such beautiful natural resources, and the convenience of an on-site caterer, Tyler is definitely a popular choice for weddings.
The Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau is available to assist you in your site search. Descriptions of hundreds of locations are included in the listing sections of this guide, and links to many of their web sites are available online at www.brandywinecvb.org. For individuals responsible for planning corporate events or large group tours, the event specialists at the BCVB can help with questions you may have and arrange customized tours of event locations.
Our area has been entertaining visitors for centuries – all the way back to when William Penn and his Quakers first landed on the banks of the Delaware River. Even then, the Native Americans who greeted them had spectacular scenery as a setting for that historical occasion. Whether you are looking for an event for hundreds with a view of the water or a gathering of a few in a kid-friendly attraction – and anything in between – Delaware County’s Brandywine Country is the place to be. We look forward to being the place where your celebration memories are made.