Monday, February 17, 2014

Longwood Gardens

It was not ideal that the start of our college tour of the mid-Atlantic coincided with the very worst winter weather the Eastern seaboard has seen in years, but over the weekend we spent a restorative day at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley where, despite the blowing snow outside, the conservatory was in lush, full bloom.


Begun by Pierre S. du Pont in the 1920's, the conservatory at Longwood now encompasses four acres of diverse indoor gardens. Following are just a few...the East Conservatory where one enters the complex:


The Orangery:


The arid Silver Garden:


The tropical Cascade Room:


The Camellia House:




In the Estate Fruit House, a 1921 greenhouse, nectarines are espaliered with their branches in a fan shape - a method developed at Longwood to maximize production of du Pont's favorite fruit.



The garden is open year-round and periodically hosts special exhibits. On view until the end of March is 'Orchid Extravaganza' - 5000 orchids displayed in a variety of arrangements throughout the conservatory (And those are in addition to the extraordinary collection in the Orchid House.).




A visit to Longwood is a unique and transporting experience; I cannot recommend it highly enough. For more information visit Longwood Gardens.

21 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos, Phyllis. Ellen and I are planning a visit to Longwood Gardens in April with another of our posse. I am sorry that we will miss the orchid exhibit. They look amazing. If you do end up in Richmond, please take a look at The Gracious Posse's post from last Thursday highlighting our favorite design spots in town. I hope that you have a wonderful trip!

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    1. Thanks so much, Alison; we had the best time. I loved Carytown and, on my mother in law's recommendation took lunch boxes from Sallybell's Kitchen for the drive to Williamsburg - that was a highlight for sure!

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  2. Oh those orchids are just stunning! Lovely photos! I visited Longwood Gardens a few years ago in the fall and it was gorgeous then too! We also had a fabulous lunch at the 1906 restaurant. I have to get back there one of these days!
    -Shelley

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  3. I have always wanted to go there and now I definitely will! Gorgeous!

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  4. I have a daughter who lives about 30 minutes from Longwood, so it has been my privilege to visit there several times, each time even more amazing that the time before. Truly a wonderful place to spend a day!

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  5. Stunning, Phyllis! Beautiful photography, my friend. It's been too long since I visited Longwood. That conservatory is one of my favorites. Hope to see you soon -xoxoxoxox

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  6. Phyllis your photographs are absolutely stunning. Good luck on the college tour. I remember those days!

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  7. Stunning gardens Phyllis! Those orchids and camellias are so pretty, and the tropical garden is so lush and green. Enjoy the college tours. I remember those days well and now my kids have graduated. Where does the time go?! :)

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  8. These photos are a welcome sight after all the snow and gray weather we've had lately! Thanks very much for the tour. Beautiful photos!

    Deborah

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  9. Phyllis,
    What a beautiful display of flowers/plants. Such a nice way to round out the college visits. I remember those days...so exciting.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. It has been a lot of fun, Karen. It is an exciting time.
      xo,
      Phyllis

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  10. What a gorgeous place to visit...beautiful pictures!

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  11. Oh, so very special, Phyllis. I travelled all the way to Victoria, Canada to see the Butchart Gardens and loved every inch of the property. I've taken my daughter and son-in-law back with me. I never tire of seeing beautiful flowers. And, those orchids you've shown, I would D.I.E. xx's

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    1. Marsha, would you believe we have also been to Butchart Gardens before embarking on an Alaskan cruise? It was truly an amazing place. There is nothing like a garden to restore one’s peace of mind. Hope you are well!
      xoxo,
      Phyllis

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  12. Phyllis,

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful garden are the perfect balm on a cold, snowy day.

    Have you visited the botanical gardens in St. Louis? Stunning!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  13. I would go today if it were closer - so beautiful!

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  14. How lovely! We have never been to Longwood in the winter but it is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Phyliss. Pretty pinks!

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  15. What a lovely post! I used to visit Longwood Gardens very frequently when I lived in Bryn Mawr and would take my girls for the afternoon when they were pre-schoolers. I think I will plan a trip up there this spring...it's not too far from Richmond! Thank you for sharing!

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  16. So gorgeous Phyllis! Thank you for brightening my day!
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  17. I LOVE Longwood Gardens! So beautiful and peaceful…. It was one of things that helped get me through my 7 winters in Philadelphia! Thanks for sharing!

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