Longwood Gardens wins Best Restroom in America contest

Longwood Gardens

This undated photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens shows the Green Wall at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. (AP Photo/Longwood Gardens)

When you have to go, go here: Longwood Gardens has won America’s Best Restroom contest.

The gardens, established by Pierre S. du Pont in the early 1900s in Kennett Square, beat out nine other restrooms from across the country to snag the top prize in Cintas’ 13th annual contest.

Longwood’s “lavatory cabinets” are tucked into the largest “green wall” in North America and feature translucent glass ceilings which let in natural light.

“We are so pleased to receive the America’s Best Restroom award,” said Marnie Conley, chief marketing officer of Longwood Gardens. “Longwood Gardens is about beautiful horticulture, being a good steward to our environment, and providing an extraordinary experience for our more than one million guests each year.”

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Thousands of votes were cast in the online competition. Bowl Plaza in Lucas, Kansas took second place and The Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis, Missouri came in third.

Longwood will receive a $2,500 credit to spend on Cintas services and supplies.

Longwood Gardens is nationally renowned for its grand horticulture displays and is the most visited public garden in the country. The famous Green Wall features 47,000 plants and was installed in 2010. It stands 14 feet high and 30 feet long. Architect Kim Wilkie designed the wall to resemble a jungle.

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