Longwood Gardens: Chesco Top Tourist Spot Welcomes PA Lawmakers


CHESTER COUNTY, Pa. — State Representative Christina Sappey, Democrat of Chester County, thanked lawmakers for visiting Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania’s most-visited garden and one of the nation’s largest.

In 2021, Chester County welcomed over 4.57 million visitors, providing over 7,000 tourism jobs and generating an economic impact of over $930 million. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square brought in $360 million and 3,057 jobs to Chester County.

Sappey, who represents the 158th Legislative District which includes Longwood, recently hosted a public hearing for the State House Tourism and Recreation Development Committee at Longwood Gardens.

Sappey asked the audience to highlight the far-reaching economic, educational, environmental and physical benefits provided by Pennsylvania’s many public gardens and to encourage the promotion of public gardens throughout the Commonwealth as a top priority for the committee.

“Our State Public Gardens are an integral part of Pennsylvania’s tourism industry and generate significant revenue,” Sappey said.

“This hearing was a great opportunity for policy makers to find out how public gardens provide educational opportunities, create jobs and support local businesses.”

Tourism: in numbers

Tourism creates more than half a million jobs and generates $43.3 billion a year in state and local tax revenue.

Chester County Commissioners recently approved a $156,000 contract for Heritage Strategies LLC to boost tourism in preparation for the nation’s 250th birthday in 2026.

Policy makers have learned from testimonials from industry leaders the important role that public gardens and horticultural organizations play in the tourism economy.

The testimony was provided by members of the PA Public Horticulture Coalition, a newly formed organization of industry leaders working to highlight the rich benefits that public gardens and horticulture organizations bring to the public.
Representatives from the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Longwood Gardens, Laurel Hill and the Penn State Arboretum also testified before the House committee.

Lawmakers also heard from Chester County’s Bureau of Conferences and Visitors, VisitPittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

The park’s garden fountains are open daily with displays starting at 11:15 a.m. From October 1 to November 13, the park features a Chrysanthemum Festival and a view of the fall foliage from three treehouses award-winning. More information is available here.


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