longwood trip

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Hey all. What a fabulous day it was for Longwood Gardens. I wanted to move in there. I can't even begin to describe how beautiful it was. Hope these pics tell part of the story. Thanks Chris for organizing it. Had a great time meeting everyone.
Here's a pic of all that went. Harry, Wind, Ruby, Ladygardener,Gita, Shirley, me, John, Sally. My mother in law Jeannette and Ruby's niece(Angela) are not shown-they're the ones taking the pics.

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

This pic is the peirce-du Pont house(their "winter house"). Very neat tour inside, background info on the du Ponts, the kitchen actually had a safe for the silver!

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

The next couple pics are of the Italian water garden.

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Along side wall.

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Fountains

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Huntsville, AL(Zone 7b)

WOW - looks like it was a beautiful day :-)

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

more fountains

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

The large lake.

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Main fountain garden. They have fountain shows at certain times of the day. On the 4th of July they will have fireworks with the show.

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

One of the tree houses.

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Topiary gardens, some kind of animal...lion, dog.

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Bordentown, NJ(Zone 7a)

I was wondering how they were going to allow you to go into the treehouses without having to climb a tree. Beautiful pictures! Good you had better weather than the earlier dire TV forecasts were predicting.

NisiNJ

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

The one of the main rooms of the conservatory(which is absolutely HUGE!!!)...this pic does not do it justice.

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

The resident cat, just sleeping away, must be used to all the people by now.

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Some flowers from the orchid room.

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Another one.

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Another, there were just so many!!!!!

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Hibiscus.

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

I absolutely have to go back. There were so many gorgeous flowers. My camera batteries started to die or I would have taken a ton more pics
Azaleas.

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Nelly Moser Clematis

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Waterfall and chime tower

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Close-up waterfall

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

I did take a pic of every blue and purple flower that I could find there for my 5 yr old son, he was torn between coming with us and going to his friend's b-day party...he chose the party.

Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

Hi flowerjen :) love all your photos!!!! Did your son like the blues you photographed? I figured even though we were all taking photographs of the same things, our photos would be very different except for the group photo which is pretty much the same. I didn't get any of the Italian water garden, close up orchids, topiary garden, or the tree houses and love your photos! I can't wait to see everyone else's too.

Here is our group...behind us is a kiwi vine

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Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

cross section of a 2100 year old sequoia, was cut 100 feet up from the bottom!

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Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

The Peirce-du Pont House dates from 1730 and is the oldest building at Longwood Gardens. This is the North wing.

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Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

The Peirce wing is connected to the North wing. The inside was very interesting, especially the old kitchen and the electric towel dryer from 1911.

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Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

I loved these long spurred yellow columbines...the photo got over-exposed though...they had large pots with columbines just outside the restaurant where we all had lunch.

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Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

more long spurred columbines

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Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

Princess-trees (Paulownia tomentosa) were in full bloom! I first saw these blooms in a Park's seed catalog which only had a close up like this and I had no idea it was a tree until someone on the cottage gardening forum filled me in :)

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Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

I know they can be invasive but we figured Longwood has the staff to keep them in check and looking spectacular, which they were!

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Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

the trees lined both sides of a very long and wide walkway

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Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

time crunch here-I'll get my pictures on eventually
Thanks jen for getting started

Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

they had alot of these all over in the conservatory

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Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

hi Sallyg!! sorry it takes forever to upload these pictures!!!!!!!

we really loved the brick pathway in the South African plant section in the conservatory

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Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

these were nice, the photo isn't great, called: Marguerite ~ I'll post a photo of the full name after the photo

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Denville, NJ(Zone 6b)

beautiful photos..... looks like it was a great day

Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

was the white daisy photo

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Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

hi onewish...it really was :) have you ever gone there?

look for the name of this in the next post

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Mount Laurel, NJ(Zone 7a)

the name of the yellow daisy above

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