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Longwood Gardens...Visit 1


Just over two hours from here is a botanical garden worth driving for. The Longwood Gardens is a 1,050-acre wonder, with 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens.

Our first visit here was spent mostly in the Conservatory, an immense greenhouse system large enough to house full grown trees of all sorts! The weekend we went there they had an orchid show going on. More of them in a later blog.

The gardens started out as the home of early Quaker’s. They bought the property from William Penn in 1700 and established a working farm. In 1798 Joshua and Samuel Peirce began an arboretum on the farm. Longwood owes its present-day success to the Peirces, who actively pursued a Quaker interest in natural history. By 1850, the site was known as one of the finest collections of trees in the nation, and one of the first public parks, and its aesthetic qualities were as important as its botanical significance.

The farm was purchased in 1906 by Pierre du Pont so he could preserve the trees, and from 1907 until the 1930s Mr. du Pont created most of what is enjoyed today.

Exquisite flowers, majestic trees, dazzling fountains, extravagant conservatory, starlit theatre, thunderous organ—all describe the magic of Longwood Gardens, a horticultural showstopper where the gardening arts are encased in classic forms and enhanced by modern technology. Many generations helped create Longwood Gardens, but one individual—Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954), industrialist, conservationist, farmer, designer, impresario, and philanthropist—made the most enduring contribution. (much of the above came directly from their site)

The front gates


This is a gate found inside the main room of the Conservatory!

Bird of Paradise

A banana Flower, look closely the “hand” of bananas forms above it

An orchid or two to tease you!

A lily

And back to my favorite (so it seems) hibiscus


In front and off to one side of the Conservatory is the Topiary Garden…this is a chicken

And the garden dog!

Our first visit was in March, I took over 500 pictures that day!
Hope you enjoyed a sampling!

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Breathtaking isn't enough to describe what I am feeling from these photos..Awesome...

16 Apr, 2010


Thanks so much!

16 Apr, 2010


Can't stop looking at them...

16 Apr, 2010


We have already taken a second trip and I will be posting those pics soon!

16 Apr, 2010


I agree with Cazzalyn, the Hibiscus are so beautiful, the place looks so wonderful to visit.

16 Apr, 2010


Oh please do, Healerwitch - but maybe not all 500 at once!!! lol.

Lovely photos of lovely flowers. What a wonderful place to visit! :-))

16 Apr, 2010


Spritzhenry...the 500 pics were on the first visit, the second I had two cameras and took even more than the first time! lol

I will post only selected photos (not everything looks as nice) :o))

16 Apr, 2010


I'll look forward to seeing them. :-))

16 Apr, 2010


stunning pics healer... would love to go there ;o)

16 Apr, 2010


Thanks for showing these photos. It looks like an interesting place to visit. The history of it is interesting aswell. I'm looking forward to your next blog. =^..^=

17 Apr, 2010


What a fascinating blog Healerwitch, and some stunning photos as well! Am just trying to catch up with everyone again, but am so glad I caught your blog. Great history lesson too, you write really well,am looking forward to browsing your future posts my friend :~))

21 Apr, 2010


I would love to visit those lovely gardens. I have grown one or two Hibiscus like you photographed above. They really are beautiful flowers.

I'm looking forward to catching up with your other visit to the gardens.

24 Apr, 2010

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