Meeting/Event Information


April 18, 2013

Sustainable Development at Longwood Gardens and Tour
April 18, 2013
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Sustainable Development at Longwood Gardens and Tour

$46.00 Member - Meeting, Lunch, Presentation, Tour and Garden Pass

$30.00 Member - Meeting, Lunch & Presentation Only

$51.00 Non-Member - Meeting, Lunch, Presentation, Tour and Garden Pass

$35.00 Non-Member - Meeting, Lunch & Presentation Only

Longwood Gardens is one of the great gardens of the world. They strive for innovation in horticulture and display, presenting the arts in an unparalleled setting  inspire the imagination of guests. Longwood Gardens contributes to society through diverse educational programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship, and cultural and community engagement. 

Two members of the Longwood Gardens team will speak about sustainable developments in two distinct areas of the gardens.  Tom Brightman will discuss Longwood’s “Soil to Sky,” land management plan.  His presentation will provide a broad overview of the plan for multiple stakeholders that emphasize Longwood’s key goals of a balanced and diverse wildlife communities; use of native plants in natural areas; invasive species management; air, water and soil conservation, and land-use strategies that carefully weigh heritage, aesthetics and climate change principles. Ben Rigoroso will speak to the development of facilities, specifically the electrical plant, at Longwood and the solar field project. 

Tom Brightman,

Land Steward, Longwood Gardens

Mr. Brightman holds a B.A. degree in American Civilization with a minor in Legal Studies, and a Master of Environmental Studies degree, both from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Land Steward at Longwood Gardens, responsible for the health and care of the 700+ acres of natural and perimeter lands at Longwood, and is involved in many of Longwood's sustainability initiatives. He was previously the Conservation Easement Manager for the Brandywine Conservancy, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Red Clay Valley Association.

Benny Rigoroso,

Senior Maintenance Electrician, Longwood Gardens

Benny Rigoroso is a senior maintenance electrician and has been at Longwood for 17 years. He has been in the electrical trade for over 25 years and has an Associate’s Degree from Stevens Technology in Lancaster, PA.


Meeting Registration

When registering for this meeting be sure to choose either meeting only, or meeting with tour.  When selecting the tour option, you will need to choose one of the below tour options.  Space is limited.

Optional Tours

Tour #1 - The Longwood Story tour:

Explore highlights of Longwood's diverse gardens while learning about our history, as well as plans for our future.”  Capacity: 2 guides leading 2 separate groups of 20 (total 40 guests)

Tour #2 - Production Green House tour:

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Longwood's production greenhouses—where our expert horticulturalists research, study, propagate and grow many of the plants that end up on public display in the Gardens. Capacity: 2 guides leading 2 separate groups of 15 (total 30 guests)

Tour #3 - Main Fountain Garden Pump house tour:

Experience the grand garden design and visit the historic Pump House that still operates the magnificent fountain display. Capacity: 2 guides leading 2 separate groups of 15 (total 30 guests)


Future Meetings

September 14, 2020

2020 CEM Training

September 14, 2020 8:00 AM to September 18, 2020 1:00 PM

Chester County Economic Development Council
737 Constitution Dr.
Exton, PA 19341

Comprehensive 5-Day CEM Training, Exam included