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 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.