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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
7:59 PM

Post #4969576

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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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:04 PM

Post #4969585

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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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:05 PM

Post #4969590

The next couple pics are of the Italian water garden.

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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:07 PM

Post #4969595

Along side wall.

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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:09 PM

Post #4969602

Fountains

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Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 18, 2008
8:09 PM

Post #4969604

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

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:10 PM

Post #4969619

more fountains

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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:11 PM

Post #4969627

The large lake.

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:16 PM

Post #4969636

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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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:18 PM

Post #4969639

One of the tree houses.

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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:19 PM

Post #4969647

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

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NisiNJ
Bordentown, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
8:21 PM

Post #4969653

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

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:21 PM

Post #4969654

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

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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:24 PM

Post #4969660

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

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:26 PM

Post #4969668

Some flowers from the orchid room.

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:28 PM

Post #4969671

Another one.

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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:29 PM

Post #4969677

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

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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:31 PM

Post #4969680

Hibiscus.

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:35 PM

Post #4969691

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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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:46 PM

Post #4969738

Nelly Moser Clematis

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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:47 PM

Post #4969745

Waterfall and chime tower

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:49 PM

Post #4969754

Close-up waterfall

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
8:52 PM

Post #4969771

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.

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
9:36 PM

Post #4969997

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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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
9:38 PM

Post #4970010

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

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
9:40 PM

Post #4970018

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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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
9:43 PM

Post #4970030

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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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
9:46 PM

Post #4970048

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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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
9:48 PM

Post #4970063

more long spurred columbines

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wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
9:52 PM

Post #4970086

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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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
9:54 PM

Post #4970093

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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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
9:56 PM

Post #4970102

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

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 18, 2008
9:57 PM

Post #4970107

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

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
9:57 PM

Post #4970108

they had alot of these all over in the conservatory

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
10:01 PM

Post #4970131

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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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
10:04 PM

Post #4970142

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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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
10:04 PM

Post #4970143

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

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
10:06 PM

Post #4970156

was the white daisy photo

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
10:10 PM

Post #4970173

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

look for the name of this in the next post

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
10:11 PM

Post #4970185

the name of the yellow daisy above

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
10:13 PM

Post #4970191

variegated leaf

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
10:15 PM

Post #4970204

this combination was so gorgeous...maybe someone else got a more vibrant shot of this?

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
10:17 PM

Post #4970207

the name of the hydrangea

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
10:19 PM

Post #4970221

these were striking in front of the gartenmeister fuchsias

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wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
10:23 PM

Post #4970240

admiring the orchids in the orchid room!

and that is all folks for now...I have more photos to share but I have to stop here for a break and turn off the computer...big thunder storm here! will post back tomorrow

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
10:29 PM

Post #4970257

I was hoping someone took pics of the names since I forgot to do so. I was so overwhelmed by it all.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

May 18, 2008
10:40 PM

Post #4970307

Thank you so very much Jen and Wind for posting these. It will be later this week before I will post any that I took. You took the words out of my mouth jen when you said it was all so overwhelming. It was awesome, and awesome is not really a word that I use very often. ha-ha

Gita tells me that we really missed some gorgeous things in the Orchid Room. We definitely plan to go back at some point and do the Conservatory first next time. We also missed touring some of The Du Pont house and I will definitely want to see all of it the next time.

A wonderful day all the way around. Thanks to all who came out for the day. I believe that every one had a good day.

Ruby

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2008
10:56 PM

Post #4970373

I know!! We missed some things, too and I would love to see it each season. I was checking out Longwoods website again, I kept saying to myself-I didn't see that or that...oh man I def have to go back

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:23 AM

Post #4970784

Ruby,

You know--there were a lot of people driving around in those motorized handicap carts. Everywhere! I think, maybe, you can get them for the asking--FREE? Just like in a Grocery Store and the other big stores.
That way, you can enjoy everything and be comfortable.

Gita
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:48 AM

Post #4970930

The picture above is the back of me & Harry (Diana Wind's DH) admiring all the Orchids. They were incredible!

P.S. I was a walking advertisement for Dave's Garden!

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:53 AM

Post #4970961

What an incredible day! Perfect weather and wonderful gardening friends to share the day with walking through such spectacular gardens. A big thank you to Chris (Ladygardener) for organizing this wonderful trip!

A have a few gazillion pictures, but I'll try not to duplicate anything.

Here we are by the sundial in the Flower Garden Walk.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:55 AM

Post #4970969

Take a deep sniff because we are standing in the Wisteria arbor. It was beautiful & very fragrant.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:56 AM

Post #4970975

Another picture opportunity in front of this humongous Rhododendron.

(L to R: Ladygardener (Chris), FlowerJen, wind (Diana) and her husband, Harry)


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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:03 AM

Post #4971013

Candee (haighr) this picture of us in the tree house is for you! We missed you & Steve being with us and we hope you can join us on our next excursion. I know how much you wanted to see the tree houses. Here we are in the "Canopy Cathedral" which rises 20 feet into the tree. The house does not rely on the tree for structural support, but uses a "pin support", which anchors the structure to the ground.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:06 AM

Post #4971027

This is the entrance to the "Loft Tree House".

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:10 AM

Post #4971046

The "Look Out Loft" rises 10 feet into the tree and has 75 feet of ramp leading up to it. Again, it uses the same "pin support" and is anchored to the ground.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:10 AM

Post #4971051

A different view of the Italian Water Gardens.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:12 AM

Post #4971061

Hardy Hibiscus trees in the Flower Garden Walk.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:14 AM

Post #4971076

In the Conservatory allee (back of Chris).

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:14 AM

Post #4971080

Conservatory, tropical Hibiscus

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:15 AM

Post #4971086

Another Conservatory walk way.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:16 AM

Post #4971095

Conservatory, Astilbe and Orchids

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:17 AM

Post #4971110

Conservatory, more plants.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:18 AM

Post #4971113

Conservatory, water gardens with Calla Lillies.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:19 AM

Post #4971124

Another water garden in the Conservatory.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:21 AM

Post #4971136

In the Estate Fruit House of the Conservatory they demonstrated this unique way of vertically growing muskmelons using nets.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:23 AM

Post #4971149

Roses growing inside the Conservatory.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:24 AM

Post #4971154

The fountain display finale.

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:49 AM

Post #4971314

I uploaded all my pictures last night. Just finished ID'ing them all.

Shirley--the pink blooms that you called Hardy Hibiscus are Tree Peonies. There were about 4 different colors there.

OK! I will post a few also--trying NOT to duplicate anything too much...Hard to do, as we all were there--

Jill--This is for you--some serious sized banana trees.

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:51 AM

Post #4971329

Some close-ups of Columbines outside the Restaurant/Cafeteria where we had lunch.

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:52 AM

Post #4971337

Another one----

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:52 AM

Post #4971342

And--another one--

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:53 AM

Post #4971349

One more---I like the rounded petals on this one.

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:54 AM

Post #4971355

LOVE this corridor to the orchid Room! I waited until there was no one walking in it...

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:55 AM

Post #4971363

hart--This is for you!
Look at these Clustered Bellflowers!!! This was in the Herb Garden

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:57 AM

Post #4971369

Golden Showers Tree. This was near the beginning of our trek--where all the Wisterias were.

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
1:58 AM

Post #4971372

Here's the Grapefruit Tree. Weird!

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:00 AM

Post #4971388

I know someone already posted this wall--but I did want to share my picture of it. At the far end was the waterfall down the steps...

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:01 AM

Post #4971402

Here's looking straight up the extremely tall and straight Tulip Trees in the grove where the Loft was.

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:02 AM

Post #4971413

Some Orchid close-ups.

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:03 AM

Post #4971425

These were odd looking...but SO unusual!

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:04 AM

Post #4971430

Just pretty...

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:05 AM

Post #4971437

This Orchid was the weirdest I have ever seen!

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:07 AM

Post #4971453

OK! Lets get some people shots in here...

Ruby taking a break. She had a hard time by now...

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:09 AM

Post #4971469

Here's John engrossed in a conversation with someone. This was outside the Du Pont winter home. Ruby and John walked up there to wait for us while we all went intot he woods to see all the Tulip trees and the loft house.

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:10 AM

Post #4971476

Here's Ruby, her niece, and Shirley

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:12 AM

Post #4971491

Here's Sally by some tall cactus. Will send you pictures, Sally, where you are on separately...

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:13 AM

Post #4971498

Here's Sally inspecting some orchid...

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rubyw
Crozet, VA

May 19, 2008
2:13 AM

Post #4971502

Thank you so much Shirley and Gita for adding these pictures. Gita, I sure did miss a treat with the Orchid Room it seems. Both of you took some lovely shots. Kind of like Sally must feel each time that she looks at her pictures from Rome, in awe.

I haven't even looked at the pictures that I took yet. Will check them out at some point tomorrow.

Thanks again ladies.

Ruby
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:14 AM

Post #4971503

Oops, you're right Gita, they are Tree Peonies. Regardless, they were beautiful!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:15 AM

Post #4971509

And here I thought I did not like white Astilbes...I just fell in love with these! They looked like powder puffs!

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:16 AM

Post #4971519

A beautiful Wisteria...one of many!

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:17 AM

Post #4971529

The main room in the Conservatory was filled with Clivias--both orange and the yellow ones. This is a close-up of a yellow bloom cluster.

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:19 AM

Post #4971533

Our last stop was the Bell Tower. Just such a beautiful setting...

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:21 AM

Post #4971546

LOVE the old stone construction! So--medieval looking...
This was the entrance into the tower. Then there was a winding stone staircase if you wanted to go up. Eeerie...

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:22 AM

Post #4971559

This is the tower from the back side. To me--this looks just so grand!
Took this when we were winding our way back to the parking lot to devour some Apple Fritters I brought...

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:24 AM

Post #4971568

Here is a close-up of the plaque by that humongous Sequoia slab. Kind of puts it's age into perspective!

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
2:25 AM

Post #4971581

Las one! I have monopolized this too much by now...

The "Grand Finale"...:o)

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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 19, 2008
3:22 AM

Post #4971854

Awesome pics everyone!!!

Starzz

Starzz
Newcastle, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
10:36 AM

Post #4972499

Wow! Love that Grand Finale pic..thanks to all, for the wonderful tour.

When I saw the pic of the waterfall down the steps..I thought wouldn't it be fun to run through..but probably too slippery..and not allowed.
Gorgeous. blooms ...I liked all the white hanging baskets and Astilbe in the conservatory..must have amazing gardeners working there..so many interesting displays.

So nice to see all you happy Daves Gardeners too. Shirley..did any strangers ask about your T-shirt? I'll bet it got some smiles.

Cheers,
Carol


ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:35 AM

Post #4972652

Hi everyone, got home safe and sound, around 3:30, we took the PA turnpike and then north on 79 this time, the toll was high $16.00 but saved us a lot of time and aggravation, it rained about 3/4 of our trip back and very heavy at times. Now I have some time before I go to work but I had a good nights rest so I'll post some pictures.

Just getting started, all fresh and eager to go!

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:40 AM

Post #4972680

A close up of a tree peony.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:43 AM

Post #4972692

This is the first garden area we ventured into and we were really taken by it.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
11:44 AM

Post #4972695

You all did a wonderful job with the photos. Shirley, thanks so much for the tree house, wish I could have been up there with you all. What a great job of photographing the name plates for the odd varieties, I will remember to do that when I do go. The fountain displays look phenomenal and the wisteria is just gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing, everyone looks like they had a great enjoyable day with tons of memories.
Candee
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:45 AM

Post #4972699

This gentleman came by as Shirley was getting a group photo and offered to let her get into the picture.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:49 AM

Post #4972715

A close up of the peony that was posted before by Shirley, I had to lift up the blooms as they all were facing down.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:51 AM

Post #4972727

Many paths to take we took the one most traveled.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:53 AM

Post #4972732

John chose the other least traveled, pointing out Cypress Knees.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:56 AM

Post #4972741

The Cathedral tree house, another view.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:57 AM

Post #4972748

Dragon guarding the Cathedral tree house on the stairs.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
12:00 PM

Post #4972755

Different view of the Italian Garden Fountains

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
12:02 PM

Post #4972763

Close up of one of the fountain heads in the Italian Garden

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
12:03 PM

Post #4972774

Can't get over the detail. A closer look, love my Zoom!

Darn, forgot the picture! Ok I tried this a few times, good sign I better stop for now, I post when I get home from work. Time to go.

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wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:23 PM

Post #4972838

hi ladygardener :) you're too funny! I'm really enjoying everyones photos and thinking...how did I miss that? Well, we missed some trail sites early on trying to catch up with you all!

I'm sorry we missed the golden chain tree in that first garden area and that yellow tree peony. I would love to know what peony that was...I'm looking for our first tree peony and I like that coloring :)

I'll add a few more photos up to the veggie garden...

this is similar or may be the same one Jen posted: this is 'Erin Rachael'

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:26 PM

Post #4972850

a cheery combo

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:28 PM

Post #4972862

this was in the cactus area...we have something similar at home...may be this

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:31 PM

Post #4972870

this was a nice veggie garden area outside away from the large veggie 'Idea Garden'. This was one of my favorite parts because it had a few really great pergolas and a compost bin that I wish we had!

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:35 PM

Post #4972887

I'm going to post more pictures of the pergola in the trellis thread I started so as not to bore you with the details here...I really want my husband to build us one so I took pictures of structural details, which I will post here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/844786/

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:39 PM

Post #4972898

I really loved this plant, and it was soooooo FRAGRANT...I couldn't find a sign for it so if anyone has any idea of what it may be, I would love to know :)

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:43 PM

Post #4972912

I loved this too, the above flowers were planted below this as a border

susybell from the cottage gardening forum was able to id this for me: mahonia
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/56715/

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:46 PM

Post #4972925

I loved this compost bin, I took photos of it from diff. angles if anyone wants to try and build one, just dmail me and I'll send you the pics.

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wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
12:53 PM

Post #4972950

That's it from me :) I'll post the trellis photos from the veggie "Idea Garden" on the trellis thread too. We walked by the herb gardens and the children's garden so fast...I would have liked a photo of the mosaic fountain in the children's garden ~ I'm looking forward to a return visit some day!

I had fun with the cat in the chair photo...this is how I felt by the end of our wonderful day

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rubyw
Crozet, VA

May 19, 2008
3:10 PM

Post #4973516

You are so cute Diana. I think we all felt like that after the tour. I am with you. I want to go back and walk in the opposite direction next trip so that I can see all of the wonderful things that I missed by leaving early. We are now trying to decide when we might be able to come back. It was a very wonderful weekend for me.

I won't get to post my pictures today unless I am able to find some time in between all that I need to get done after being gone for a few days. Again, it was a wonderful few days for us.

Ruby
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
4:18 PM

Post #4973863

The photos are splendid you all captured the beauty of the place. The treehouses are wonderful and I wish Steve could have been there to see that carved dragon standing guard. It is so picturesque, you really did a bang up job with your cameras!
rubyw
Crozet, VA

May 19, 2008
8:04 PM

Post #4974768

Haighr, I was thinking last night while viewing all the pictures that it would actually be hard to take a bad picture at that place. I may prove myself wrong when I post mine though. If anyone is going to take a dud, it will be me. ha-ha I will post mine eventually.

Ruby
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2008
9:21 PM

Post #4975104

Take your time Ruby, will be even better if we stretch this out so I am more inclined to go back and look again and again.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:02 PM

Post #4975444

Candee, your wish is fulfilled...more pictures.
Diana... now who is the funny one with the cat napping in the chair, and was I the only one to stare at him to see it he was breathing.

Here is the more close up of the fountainhead I was trying to post this a.m.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:05 PM

Post #4975458

"Which way?" " Lunch break or see tree house?" "Which way to the cafe?" Decisions, decisions.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:06 PM

Post #4975463

Tree house looking up.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:08 PM

Post #4975466

Another view, notice how the roof was constructed so it is not touching the trees.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:12 PM

Post #4975473

The stair case inside the Du Pont house.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:13 PM

Post #4975475

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:15 PM

Post #4975482

Spring combination pot outside Terrace Resturant.
Other have posted single flowers, here is a father away view.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:17 PM

Post #4975488

wind posted her picture of the same area, here is another view.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:20 PM

Post #4975503

Jen posted the picture of the topiary dog, I took this pic I think it may be a bird sitting on top. Also you can see the trees in the picture that are in the above post.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:24 PM

Post #4975514

Azaleas plus Jeannette(Jen's MIL) , Jen and Gita

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:26 PM

Post #4975521

Part of the main Fountain Garden

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Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:27 PM

Post #4975525

Other view

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:29 PM

Post #4975531

Picture says it all.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:30 PM

Post #4975540

Tea tree, always wondered what they looked like.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:31 PM

Post #4975543

Here is the tag for the Tea tree.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #4975554

Just get me a chase lounge and a big glass of ice tea. I could spend the day in here.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:36 PM

Post #4975566

Love the sound of water.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:39 PM

Post #4975584

The area with the pots to the left was flooded with water, looks like the tiles were highly polished. I liked the fountain.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:42 PM

Post #4975597

Gita taking picture. we all liked this area and admired the combination and the hydrangea.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
11:45 PM

Post #4975609

Need a break, more pictures to come!

I had a wonderful time. don't know when I'll get back to see it again. I am enjoying everyone picture, such memories of a great time together.

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
12:02 AM

Post #4975694

hi ladygardener1 :) I'm loving your photos, in particular the staircase shot and the cape fuchsia in yellow, which I forgot to take. I have a cape fuchsia plant but the trumpets are an orange color. I love that plant and over wintered mine last year with success. Keep 'em coming...and it was a great time...so nice to meet everyone especially.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2008
1:12 AM

Post #4976063

I'll try not to duplicate orchid pictures..Sorry if I do!

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Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2008
1:13 AM

Post #4976069

another

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Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2008
1:14 AM

Post #4976076

a single shot

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2008
1:16 AM

Post #4976106

Try posting this again, another orchid

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2008
1:19 AM

Post #4976122

One with streamers (I'm sure the streamers have a more high tech name) lol, Shirley might enlighten me.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2008
1:22 AM

Post #4976153

A wall of orchids on display, this did not begin to capture the orchid room. So beautiful.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2008
1:23 AM

Post #4976166

Can't remember this area, by now my brain was so overwhelmed.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2008
1:25 AM

Post #4976177

Loved all the water features

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
2:32 AM

Post #4976578

No one has posted this frog spewing water into the pond at the Italian Garden. So--May I?

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
11:40 AM

Post #4977496

I have never seen such lush photos. Those azaleas are just gorgeous. All of the photos are beyond my vocabulary!!! I want to retire and move up there and mow the grass every day!
That orchid wall looks like a dreamy spot to hang out, I'll bet it was even more colorful in person. Ohhhhhh, we just gotta get up there.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
1:18 PM

Post #4977813

I took, pretty much, pictures of all the "walls" in the Orchid room. Then a hoard of people would come in with their cameras and tripods and you could not find a clear spot anywhere to take more pictures.

I will post the wall shots I have.

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
1:19 PM

Post #4977816

Another

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
1:20 PM

Post #4977819

Third wall-shot

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
1:21 PM

Post #4977823

Sally, Ruby and Chris planning where to go next...

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
1:24 PM

Post #4977829

This "fern" was just amazing--everything just draping down so gracefully.
This was in one of the walk-throughs where all the giant Staghorn Ferns were hanging from the ceiling...

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Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
1:27 PM

Post #4977841

Speaking of Staghorns----here's a doozy!!!!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
1:32 PM

Post #4977864

OMG those orchids, there are no words to speak!
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2008
4:00 PM

Post #4978471

Gita, your Orchid room pictures came out nice. Seems we all liked pretty much the same things but looked through the eye of the camera differently.
Waiting for more pictures everyone.
Just a few more before I go off to work.

Another main Fountain shot.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2008
4:03 PM

Post #4978485

Caught a picture of some Mennonite girls enjoying Longwood

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2008
4:06 PM

Post #4978503

Can't remember if this was posted , but a view of the lower part of the Main Fountain

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
4:10 PM

Post #4978519

Oh, the fountains remind me of Bellagios last Christmas. Spectacular photos.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 20, 2008
6:23 PM

Post #4979129

Gita, love the pics of the orchid walls.
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
11:56 PM

Post #4980553

Terrific pictures everyone! Thank you for sharing them!!

Ladygardener (Chris): I didn't know the answer to your question about the Orchids, so I googled it and here is the answer I found. "Some have flat, typically broad, ovoid leaves (strap-leaves), while others have cylindrical (terete) fleshy leaves and are adapted to dry periods." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanda

Staarz: No one came up and asked me about my DG tee shirt, but I hope they made a mental note of it. I have one of the original tee shirts when they only came in grey and they did not indicate that Daves Garden is an Internet website. I hope that the tee shirts that are now available to purchase at DG give an Internet address. I liked Ladygardener's (Chris) DG tee shirt which was in pink and sported her DG moniker (on-line name), plus her real name too, which is an added plus in my opinion.


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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2008
2:15 AM

Post #4981371

Gita made a friend- he looks suitably Northern European to me- but what do I know? I'm not 'into' dragons but he is cute.

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rubyw
Crozet, VA

May 22, 2008
11:18 AM

Post #4987138

Haighr, you said it...my vocabulary is too limited to express my pleasure with all of the pictures here. You folks will have a to wait a bit longer for me to try posting the pictures that I have taken. I haven't even looked at them myself yet. Busy, busy, busy.

Thank you to everyone who has shown theirs so far. I have to get back up to Longwood ASAP in order to see the things that I missed by leaving early.

Never in a million years did I think that I would ever be so enthralled by flower gardening. I am walking a few feet off the ground just thinking of the beauty of what we all enjoyed on Saturday.

Ruby

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2008
11:31 AM

Post #4987162

me too Ruby :)
I was able to get the id (thanks DGers in the plant ID forum) of the flower I loved under the mahonia shrub in the veggie garden area with the pergolas and I think it is:
geranium macorrhizum 'Spessart'. I just ordered one and I'm thrilled! Now all we need is a mahonia :)

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
12:02 PM

Post #4987254

I wished it wasn't so far away form me, would be nice to go back and take in more detail.
I still have a few more pictures towards the end of the tour that I didn't post but they may be a repeat of the bell tower picture already posted.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2008
2:45 PM

Post #4987920

I don't mind seeing the bell tower from your perspective, unless that was a pre-decided no no.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2008
3:54 PM

Post #4988201

wind...

Mahonia has another name---can't think of it right now, but it had "holly" in it...OH! It may be "Grape Holly"!!!!
Might help you find it if you go shopping.

Gita

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2008
6:15 PM

Post #4988797

Gita's gotit on the Grape holly

I did ask permission to write about this trip and still plan to, just overextended at the moment. When I get it going, I'll put paragraphs on a thread here in Mid A so you can preview.
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2008
6:28 PM

Post #4988848

I'm looking forward to your article on Longwood Gardens, Sally. You're more than welcome to use some of my pictures if you want to.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
10:42 PM

Post #4989748

Sally, My pictures are also available to you if you want them. Can't wait to read your article.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
10:47 PM

Post #4989771

Candee, You asked for it, ha ha

Looking up at the tower, reminds me of Rapunzel

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
10:49 PM

Post #4989780

The waterfall is to the left as you look at the tower.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
10:54 PM

Post #4989793

The flower bed on top of the wall that frames the pool at the bell tower.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
10:55 PM

Post #4989801

View from the bridge that leads to the bell tower.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
10:57 PM

Post #4989806

Another view of the waterfall

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
10:59 PM

Post #4989816

Another view of plantings around the bell tower pool.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
11:00 PM

Post #4989821

Walking up the path to the "eye of water"

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
11:02 PM

Post #4989829

The water fall looking through the evergreens.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
11:05 PM

Post #4989851

The path winds up behind the tower, you can see part of the Main Fountain and beyond that the conservatory.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
11:09 PM

Post #4989866

We reached the "Eye of Water" it pours out of the center and back down the water fall, the circle of water is complete and ever flowing.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2008
11:14 PM

Post #4989881

Last picture.

We all admired this beautiful Japanese Maple, I don't think the picture does it justice. It was next to the shelter for the Eye of Water. You can see the water starting it journey back down the hill.

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Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 23, 2008
2:00 AM

Post #4990683

Chris: I'm delighted that you were able to capture pictures of the "Eye of Water" and our walk to the "Eye". My camera's battery had given out by that point, but I'm glad your camera still had enough "juice" to take those lovely pictures.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2008
11:08 AM

Post #4991731

Shirley, I had 81 pictures a few were blurry or repeats close to pictures others posted. I put new batteries in that morning. It seem that this Cannon Powershot A720 uses less power, I get lots of shots with it.
I had a great time with everyone, I hope we can do it again in a few years.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

May 23, 2008
11:39 AM

Post #4991795

Oh Chris, those are wonderful. You got some great photos of that "eye of water" and the shot through the trees looks as if you are in the midst of nowhere jungle and stumbled upon that view. The bridge over the water really captured my eye and I will have to find that spot when we do go up there.
I think we are going for the 4th. of July, hoping it is not too crowded as they do have fireworks there at the gardens. Should be quite the adventure and now thanks to all of you I'll know what to look for.
Keep posting, I am beginning to feel as if I am already there.
Thanks,
Candee
rubyw
Crozet, VA

May 23, 2008
1:54 PM

Post #4992265

More wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing. Chris, you are such a sweetie. You put in lots of time and energy organizing this get together and we all appreciate it.

When things slow down around here, I will post the pictures that I took. It is almost the weekend, have a good one all.

Ruby
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

May 23, 2008
8:25 PM

Post #4994070

Oh, I'm enjoying the photos & descriptions on this thread!

My in-laws are taking a bus tour of the area in early June, and they just sent us their itinerary... the tour stops for 2 1/2, maybe 3 hours in Longwood Gardens. I'm so disappointed on their behalf -- they'll hardly be able to do it justice in that amount of time, and they love gardens!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 23, 2008
8:29 PM

Post #4994080

Jill,

Tell your in-laws to just take in everything IN and AROUND the Conservatory!

All the rest is walking around the Grounds--but the Conservatory and all the side-rooms is to die for! Then-if they happen to be there when the Water Fountain show starts--it would be the icing on the cake.

Gita
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

May 23, 2008
8:37 PM

Post #4994103

Sounds like good advice, Gita, thanks!
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2008
1:39 AM

Post #4995330

Chris: Believe it or not I did have my battery completely charged up, but I took so many pictures that it finally gave out after 8 hrs.

Candee: The fireworks display at Longwood Gardens will be fantastic, plus I'm sure they will have the symphony perform the "1812 Overture" as the sound of cannons & fireworks explode into a spectacular display of colors & sounds. Any major holiday weekend will be very congested with visitors, but don't forget that the gardens have so many acres to see that the crowds will be spread out, except for the fireworks, which I'm sure will be in the Main Water Gardens opposite the Conservatory.

Jill: Your in-laws will get a "taste" of Longwood Gardens and will hopefully be planning future trips there again. Gita's advice regarding concentrating on the Conservatory & Main Water Gardens is right on!

dragonfly53

dragonfly53
(Terri )South Boston, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2008
12:32 PM

Post #4996523

Wind,

Great pics, especially the Pawlownias, makes me miss living in PA! In a small group the Paulownia trees are beautiful but further down route 1 south from Longwood, there is a large grove of them and when they are in bloom, it is spectacular!
It always made my long commute from Philly endurable because you could see them from at least a mile away!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 29, 2008
1:31 PM

Post #5019991

bump- I really am trying to write- perusing pictures and thinking about what to write with them.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 6, 2008
2:07 PM

Post #5062428

Wow, Thanks for the tour you all did a great job, wonderful pictures. It's been awhile since I have been to Longwood and the last time I was there was for the Christmas show. That is really a sight to see.
Wish I could have joined you all, looks like everyone had a wonderful day. Thanks Chris for the link.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 6, 2008
4:20 PM

Post #5063086

We who live in the area tend to take Longwood for granted. I try to get there at least every other year. For a return trip, it would be worth calling to find out when the delphiniums are in bloom. They have them up to 6' tall. A site not to be missed.
I assume they weren't in bloom or someone surely would have posted a photo.

The Christmas shows are spectacular. All of the elementary and middle schools in the surrounding counties enter decorated Christmas trees in a contest. Such originality from children! There are wonderful light shows and marvelous caroling.

For those willing to invest a weekend, about 5 miles south over the Delaware border is the other great Dupont estate Museam, Winterthur. It is a hugh estate that houses the country's largest collection of American decorative arts. It is also a university for those pursuing careers in Museam curating. The grounds are also beautiful and there is a wonderful little train to ride through the gardens. There are also bus tours of the grounds, which were planted specifically for winter interest.

Wind, if your still looking, our Lowes has Mahonias for about 40% of the Nursery prices. Check out the Lowes in your area.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2008
4:52 PM

Post #5063242

Stormy, I don't remember seeing the delphiniums, I'm sure I would have remembered them as I am always trying to get some to grow a bloom for me, one of my favorites!
They did have some very tall Foxgloves at the enterance. Did anyone get a picture of them? Maybe Ruby did.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 6, 2008
6:20 PM

Post #5063705

I may be heading to Longwood on Monday, meeting up with my in-laws who are touring that area with a group from NC next week (they'll be at Winterthur on Tuesday). It looks like it's going to be brutally hot... Is it cooler and pleasant inside the conservatory areas, or does the under-glass portion of Longwood turn into a total sauna in hot weather? Just wondering what to expect...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 6, 2008
6:29 PM

Post #5063745

The orchid room and the succulent room in the conservatory was really stifling and it was a beautiful day with no humidity.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2008
7:06 PM

Post #5063910

Jill, be sure to take your camera, and if you get into the water lily display, it opened in June, take some pics for me. I was hoping to see the Victoria water lilies, I guess they get so large that you could stand in them and not sink.
Chris
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 6, 2008
9:54 PM

Post #5064648

Oh, if I get there not to worry... my camera will be clicking away!!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 6, 2008
10:36 PM

Post #5064805

Did you all see the "Go Gardening" Post mand it's winners on the drop-down window on your Home page?
I sure think we all could have done a very competitive posting about Longwood Gareds.

I, like maybe many others here, do not pay any particular attention to the listings of "things" just above the "Articles" list every day.

Please, check it out!

Gita

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 6, 2008
10:42 PM

Post #5064827

Finally nailing down what to write and going through the posted pictures. (next to )Last chance anybody who objects to my using one of your pictures please dmail me and I won't. I am trying to use at least one from everybody who posted. Also have some of my own. On the other hand, I hope no one gets offended if I don't end up with one of yours in the article.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 6, 2008
10:44 PM

Post #5064842

Yes Chris, I was surprised that no one had taken pictures of the waterlilies. They are HUGE, the pads 3ft across or larger maybe 5ft. Maybe I need to run down and see them. It's been so long since I was there in the summer when they are blooming. The last three trips were twice to the Christmas display and once to the Fall Mum display.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2008
11:49 PM

Post #5065218

Holly, If the waterlily display was open I'm sure somone would have taken pictures. It opened in June so we were 3 weekends ahead of schedule.

Jen did post her picture of the stair waterfall, here is mine, I knew I had to get this shot when I saw it on a Longwood site.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2008
12:14 AM

Post #5065320

Gita, Thanks for the Go Gardening post, I went to the Longwood entry and saw there was only 2 reviews (Now there is 3) and 0 pictures. Well, I fixed that. I only posted 1 pic so far but might post more, didn't want to hog the photo shoots.

Chris

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 7, 2008
12:21 AM

Post #5065343

Holly,

I believe the Water Lily display was to (eventually) go to the BIG flooded area, with the tile floor underneath, that was just "there' in the main entrance area. When we were there, there was nothing much on the floor--just huge HB's of Fuschia above.

Somehow, I remember seeing somewhere that this is where they were going to have the Water Lily display...not sure...

Did anyone take a picture of the flooded floor??????

Gita
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 7, 2008
12:53 AM

Post #5065463

I'm sure they will have quite a display but the really huge lilies are in concrete ponds outside near the conservatory. It's been so long but I remember walking out one of the conservatory doors into a courtyard. They were really impressive.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2008
1:31 AM

Post #5065648

Gita, I got part of the floor I think you are referring to, I can't imagine how they could display water lilies in there but then again I'm still in ahh of the place.

Edited after a search, the waterlilies are outside. Scrool down to the bottom of the page on their site. Here is a link http://www.longwoodgardens.org/Orangery_1_3_2_4_1_1.html

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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 7, 2008
2:17 AM

Post #5065913

All those outdoor ponds were empty I was wondering what was going on there.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 7, 2008
8:17 AM

Post #5066679

Critterologist, It's hot inside of the conservatory even at Christmas. Take lots of water. Mary
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 7, 2008
8:37 AM

Post #5066689

Flowerjen, Those outdoor ponds have been empty for several years. Apparently they need some major structural work inside of the Waterworks.I had heard that they were getting conflicting engineering reports and were not at a stage to begin any repairs, but that was 2 or 3 years ago. Did you all have a guide for your tour?

Last spring, the large round fountain out front had the bottom circle planted all in Blue Grape hyacinth's interspersed with brilliant orange tulips throughout. It was gorgeously simple, but spectacular and just made me happy to look at it!!!!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 7, 2008
4:38 PM

Post #5067834

We didn't have a guide...gives us an excuse to go back. :)

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 7, 2008
5:13 PM

Post #5067981

I think there was a sign that the WL ponds would be open soon. Am guessing the big huge pads aren't grown until summer.
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 7, 2008
6:12 PM

Post #5068205

Critter: Hope you have a wonderful time at Longwood Gardens! Prepare for the heat, go early in the morning, find shady spots to rest and drink LOTS of water! We're all looking forward to seeing your pictures because so much changes from month to month. That's why it's worth visiting Longwood Gardens several times a year!
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 7, 2008
6:46 PM

Post #5068307

Sad to say, the heat may cause me to wimp out. I've got an ice pack on my head today, trying to keep a migraine at bay -- the heat just seems to make them worse, and a migraine would sure cut down my enjoyment of visiting the folks at the garden. Phoo. I'm feeling doubly bad because Terri (such a sweetie!) was all set to jump in the car and go with me! Maybe I can get some photos from my MIL... better yet, maybe Terri and I can find a day with friendlier weather and go another time, and then I can compare notes with my in-laws. :-)

When do water lilies bloom?
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 8, 2008
7:18 PM

Post #5072656

I'm sorry you're having a migraine. You definitely want to stay out of the heat & the sun. I believe that next week the temperatures will be in the 80's. At least it's a little bit cooler.

I'm not sure when the water lilies bloom, but Longwood's Rose Garden should be magnificent this month.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 8, 2008
7:49 PM

Post #5072768

I'm better today, but still keeping out of the heat and bright sun, so tomorrow is a no go... :-( But I think both Terri & Sally were interested in going there another time, so maybe we'll pick a (slightly) cooler day and go enjoy the roses and the water lilies!

I need to get my MIL a subscription so she can post on this & other forums... actually, first I need to get her playing with her new laptop more the next time we see them so she's more comfortable surfing the web at will. :-)
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 10, 2008
11:14 AM

Post #5081356

So sorry to hear you are feeling poorly Jill, perhaps you will get up there another time. Steve and I are going for the July 4 weekend, not sure what the weather will be but sure it will be crowded, good thing we can spread out!
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2008
12:50 PM

Post #5081673

I'm better again, but the heat just kicked me! I'm sure I'll get up there another time, especially as I think I've got a couple of DG buddies who might be convinced to keep me company. :-)

Today, my in-laws are headed for Winterthur! I'm sure they're having a blast. We got a couple of calls from them yesterday (at rest stops), and it sounds like they've got a great group of folks and are enjoying their trip. :-)

HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2008
2:40 PM

Post #5082212

Critter, When you are ready to come up please let me know. Since I missed this trip it would be nice to get a second chance.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2008
2:46 PM

Post #5082244

OK... I think we need to find out when their water lily collection will be in bloom! :-)

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 13, 2008
2:31 PM

Post #5097782

Hi all-
As promised. have just gotten approval for my article. I sure hope you all like it. Here it is, minus many pictures that appear. I used 2-3 pictures from each person who posted pictures here.
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~~~Spring has been frustratingly cool and wet this year for most of the Mid Atlantic region, but happily there was warm sun on May 17th, 2008. That was the day a bunch of Dave’s Garden Mid-Atlantic Forum members met to tour Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square Pennsylvania. A jovial gang of green thumbs and friends discovered that Longwood Gardens has something to appeal to any gardener. Read here for an overview and plan your own visit.

Gardening picture

The dim days of February had a lot of us pining for spring when one snowbound Pennsylvania resident proposed a group tour of Longwood Gardens. Longwood is a premier destination for travelers who love gardens. The Longwood website here gives a detailed history of the place. Briefly, the Pierce farming family started planting an arboretum on this site in 1798. Intense development of the gardens began in 1908. That's when wealthy Pierre S. du Pont bought the land and made it his personal horticultural playground. Now visitors can enter any day of the year to experience acres of formal gardens, water features, mature woodlands and many different specialty plant collections.
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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 13, 2008
2:32 PM

Post #5097788

Blue skies, green grass and flowers of every hue greeted our group of twelve. How do you see it all in one day? (You can't.) We headed first for the Flower Garden Walk. Ancient wisterias pruned like huge bonsais amazed us all. Out came the digital cameras for the first of countless stunning closeups, landscape shots and group photos.



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Passing the Small Lake, we found one of the just finished Nature's Castles, with a gorgeous view of the Large Lake. This "Canopy Cathedral" combined rustic construction of reclaimed lumber with charming details, giving it the feel of a meditative retreat in the trees.





ImageNext on the route was the Italian Water Garden, one of four major fountain-based features on site. It's just the place to have you dreaming of or reminiscing about Rome.



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Then the group headed uphill past the sunny Meadow and the second Nature's Castle, surrounded by a stand of massive Liriodendron tulipfera, Tulip-trees. We all gained new respect for those towering specimens-suitable only for the biggest of big backyards!

ImageA couple of hours on foot had us hungry and thirsty and a bit tired. Some toured the Pierce- du Pont House and found it fascinating ("Imagine, a silver safe!, and an electric towel dryer from 1911"), while others rested outside. Incredibly, the house cat dozes on a wicker chair while dozens of tourists roam past and photograph him. (See him at the end of the article.)



There's so much more to see. We stayed on site for lunch in the Terrace Restaurant. It's a busy place around noon, but with a choice of cafeteria line or sit-down service, plus outdoor grilling going on, we all soon found a tasty lunch and adjacent tables for comparing notes.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 13, 2008
2:33 PM

Post #5097795

fter lunch we visited the Conservatory. "Extensive" doesn't even begin to accurately describe the scale of the indoor facility or the extent of the plantings found within. In fact, if you were only allowed a couple of hours at Longwood, the conservatory would give you a lot of visual bang for your walking buck. In one huge room, an emerald lawn is surrounded with flowers from floor to ceiling. Various wings and attached greenhouses hold breathtaking collections of orchids, succulents and cacti, tropicals, roses, ferns and large water features.

When we finally got our fill, we found seats on the terrace and watched

the hourly Main Fountain display.main fountains



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What could possibly be left to explore after all this? Even with feet swelling and camera batteries dying, we couldn't bypass the Idea Garden, a demonstration area for all kinds of flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables for home gardens. After the mind-blowing conservatory displays we appreciated seeing plants as we might actually use them ourselves.



ImageAre we done yet? Oh, no. While the most tired of us headed for the exit, a hardy few took the scenic woodland route out, past the Chimes Tower and Waterfall. You could imagine yourself in Europe standing at the base of this impressive stone tower.



It was close to the six o'clock closing time when the last four of us headed for the parking lot. Apple fritters waiting in the car were our delicious blood -sugar boosting reward for the long day of walking, talking and taking pictures. Image



We couldn't view Longwood entirely in one day. The main Flower Garden Walk, Pierce's Woods and a third treehouse were among the sites we'll have to catch next time. On top of that, there will be the flowers and plants who reach their full glory at other times of year, like summer's water lilies or fall's chrysanthemums. Nor did we take advantage of one of the many special events held throughout the year. There's already some chat at Mid Atlantic Forum about the need for another excursion to Longwood.



Given that any visit to Longwood Gardens will be a Dave's Gardener's delight, here are some details to help you plan your tour. See the website for much more information.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 13, 2008
2:34 PM

Post #5097804

Photo credits--all photographs used were taken by me or the generous members of the Mid-Atlantic forum or friends present at the event, and used with their gracious permission. Thank you, Mid-Atlantic! I hope I did it justice. For Dave's Garden subscribers, many more gorgeous photos are posted on the longwood trip thread in the Mid-Atlantic regional forum.

flowerjen- first group photo, Pierce-du Pont House, orchid, cat

Gitagal- tree trunks, fern, Main fountains, (and apple fritters!)

ladygardener1- Chimes tower, final group photo (and getting us all there in the first place!)

Shirley1_MD- Italian water garden, begonia foliage

wind- vegetable gardens, Clivia

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 13, 2008
3:00 PM

Post #5097936

Good job, Sally! When will it be published?

Can't wait!

Thank you for doing this. Longwood Gardens should give you a goft card for all this free publicity!

Gita
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 13, 2008
3:05 PM

Post #5097964

Great job, I can't wait to see it with all the pictures.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 13, 2008
3:24 PM

Post #5098085

*boasting* I got a preview! It's lovely.

:-)

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 13, 2008
7:55 PM

Post #5099366

I scheduled it to run Friday June 20th- Thanks!!!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 13, 2008
8:02 PM

Post #5099394

Sally--YOU get to schedule WHEN the article runs???????
Not like dave would say to you--"Well, let me know when I can squeeze you in..."...Just like a Dr.

Such "power"...You go, Girl!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 13, 2008
8:08 PM

Post #5099426

writers all have this power with Dave. There's a calendar with up to six slots for each day so once he says its approved, you can pick any empty one you like. It's kew-ell, fer sherr. Fridays seem to stay open so I'm tending to just see that as my Day.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 13, 2008
8:36 PM

Post #5099553

I like having a "regular" day, because it motivates me to keep writing so that I can put an article on the schedule each Thursday! I get an occasional extra one in, too. The schedule was "light" over the weekend, so I put one in on Sunday... right now, it's an article on roses, but I may swap it out for the one I'm just finishing up on cherry pie (more "seasonal).

Gita, since we don't have an editor, and since our publisher (Dave) is pretty busy with other things, a lot of things that an editor/publisher would ordinarily do (like scheduling articles, and proofreading, and technical assistance, and etc.) ends up getting handled by the writers, both individually and as a group. That's why we've got our own forum. We pair up to proofread each other's articles, we try to coordinate topic coverage, you'd be amazed at what a group effort the articles are. Then again, maybe you wouldn't be surprised at all... group efforts are pretty typical for our DG community! :-)

So if anybody has been thinking about writing for DG but has hesitated because you think you have to be a professional writer, or you think you might need a little help getting started... just jump right in, the water's fine! Dmail Dave and let him know a little about you and what you might be writing about, tell him you want to write articles (don't just say "maybe," be definite), and he'll link you to the forum where you'll find links to the contract (yes, there's a contract, and we get paid $50 per article) and all other necessary info.

edited to add... I didn't mean to get this thread so off-topic! If you've got any questions about writing for DG, please Dmail Sally or me (or Dave)... :-)

This message was edited Jun 13, 2008 4:38 PM
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 13, 2008
9:27 PM

Post #5099786

Sally, I can't wait for June 20th, It will be a great article with the pictures.
I hope I can copy it to paper so I can show the girls at work.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 13, 2008
9:35 PM

Post #5099827

Sounds great Sally-good job!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2008
12:54 AM

Post #5100643

hee hee- yes it will print out like a 'real' article! the internet is veddy veddy good to me. imagine, all it is , is knowing how to write...and patience to work on a little technical stuff. Any of you could do it!
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 14, 2008
1:13 AM

Post #5100727

Great job, Sally! You captured the essence and beauty of Longwood Gardens in your article. I know everyone at DG will enjoy reading it.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

June 14, 2008
9:47 AM

Post #5101976

I truly enjoyed reading the article too. Yep, you done good Sally.

Ruby
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2008
11:25 AM

Post #5102116

I wore my DG tee shirt to Bluestone yesterday, one of the ladies at check out was saying how good DG folks were to them, giving them good reviews of their plants. She asked if I worked for DG, I told her no, just a member and said we have a lot of fun on the site, and about our Longwood garden trip.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

June 14, 2008
1:42 PM

Post #5102627

Speaking of Dave's tee shirts...I wore mine for a while last Saturday at Jody's swap. It wasn't as awful as I thought it might be. I decided to use it to garden in. I wore it outside yesterday to play in the dirt and now it is in dirty clothes hamper waiting for me to wash it. Expensive gardening outfit, but what the hey!!!

Ruby

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2008
4:57 PM

Post #5103451

thanks fellow Longwoodies~~

a Dave's tee shirt probably Should have big hand smudges around the bottom!
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 14, 2008
5:56 PM

Post #5103719

LOL! I've got a couple of the old grey ones, but even with that base color they're picking up clay stains... I'm thinking of over-dying the grey, maybe even trying some tie-dye. They could use livening up, anyway!
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 20, 2008
10:02 AM

Post #5131770

Sally, just read your article - it was great - then had to go look up flowerjens thread that linked this one. I'll be in the area in August and may have to fit this in now...

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2008
12:48 PM

Post #5132173

Thanks, debilu! You won't be disappointed!

bluespiral

bluespiral

(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2008
2:49 PM

Post #5132794

Sally, your article is bringing this lurker out of the woodwork - just wanted to say again how much I enjoyed it and being able to vicariously share such a wonderful experience with such great folks - I already posted my comment over there.

Critter, thanks for the info on the DG writers' group. Someday, when I finish (well, maybe get it to a satisfactory point) volunteering for writing the morning glory forum stickey, I'd like to try submitting some articles for DG - there are so many gardeners around here that I think would also be worthwhile to prod, from time to time, too.

Sally, how 'bout contributing some more articles - there's Kenilworth (Kenillworth?) Gardens and Lilypons - 2 wonderful aquatic gardens in our area. And then there's the National Arboretum just outside of Washington, DC - that would take several trips - their funding is being seriously cut - such a shame - it's a huge, bucolic oasis with many gardens. Cylburn Park in Baltimore - been a while since I've been there. Oh! and Brookside Gardens in Wheaton - I love their fragrant garden and there's a Japanese garden on a small lake and so much else.

Yup - if ya hang around with DG enablers long enuf, it kinda turns ya into one yerself :)

karen

ps - for us slow dial-uppers, how 'bout a new thread for Longwood & other possible garden excursions?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2008
2:59 PM

Post #5132838

Hi Karen--happy to hear from you - appreciate your nice comments on OUR article.
I'll go do a new thread and get back here to link in a minute.

Here's a thread for your comments on gardens to visit in Mid Atlantic.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/865869/

This message was edited Jun 20, 2008 11:06 AM
JeanneTX
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 20, 2008
5:52 PM

Post #5133729

Sally...I too am another friend of Shirleys that read your article and am Sooooooooo enjoying the gorgeous pics from The Longwood Gardens ...that place is AWESOME and so magical..how thrilling that all of you could get together and experience this wonderful place together!!..Thanks to everyone for taking all the pics and the time to share it with us...the highlight of my week!!...Jeanne
ps..I am just MAD about those Paulownia trees!!
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 21, 2008
9:18 PM

Post #5138940

Hey Jeanne,

Thanks for stopping by and visiting the Mid Atlantic Forum! Glad you enjoyed our trip and pictures from Longwood Gardens. It was a spectacular day filled with gorgeous gardens, beautiful flowers, unusual plants, tree houses to climb, a conservatory that you never wanted to leave, acre upon acre of different themed vignettes, fountains and manicured lawns.

The Paulownia trees are beautiful when they are in bloom, but they can be invasive in our area. I'm not sure if they would be in Texas. Each growing area is so different.

If you ever come East, make sure to put Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, PA on your itinerary. You don't want to miss them!
JeanneTX
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 22, 2008
11:44 AM

Post #5141385

Shirl..I was going to plant a Paulownia Tree this past Spring but opted to plant A Vitex Tree instead because I had been told they are very invasive here in our area...Jeanne
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 22, 2008
12:31 PM

Post #5141546

Sally , You did a wonderful job!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 22, 2008
9:39 PM

Post #5143795

Thank you so kindly, stormyla! Wouldn't be half the article without everyone sharing pictures!

Interesting at Longwood seeing the ancient wisteria and Paulonia trees. Beautiful yes, but part of me says they should tell the whole story as we now know it on invasives. Although, maybe its only us DGers that are going to go home and actually try to grow everything we saw there LOL
You could see patches of Paulonia in the woods on the way back down towards B more
claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 22, 2008
10:01 PM

Post #5143870

They also have that big boulevard of Norway maples down near the fountain, kind of pollarded into cubes.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 22, 2008
10:06 PM

Post #5143896

Sorry we missed that "lovely" sight

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 2, 2008
11:07 PM

Post #5194880

Does anyone remember the name of the astible in the conserv. with the hydrageas the purplish/mauve ones????
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2008
1:43 AM

Post #5215133

Wow, how very beautiful! I was there when I was 16 years old (and an aspiring florist)... that was 31 years ago, Crikey! It was amazing then, and I remember that we needed more time to see more (which we didn't have)... thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Brenda, from the SW Gardening Forum
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2008
6:12 PM

Post #5312950

Well we made it to and from Longwood. What a great time. We had tickets for the fireworks to the music of Rachmaninoff over the main fountains so we got to the gardens at 9:00 a.m., rented the scooters and never left until 10:30 p.m. after the fireworks. What a fabulous day, was hot but there was a breeze. So much to take in, I'll be posting my pics soon or at least a link if anyone is interested.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 24, 2008
6:19 PM

Post #5312994

Glad to hear you had a great time. I need to go back.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

July 24, 2008
11:19 PM

Post #5314567

Haighr, I'd love to see more pictures! This thread is up to 200+ posts so might be a good idea to start a new thread but link it here.

Hope you got the water lilies. :^)
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2008
11:50 PM

Post #5314707

Oh I got some water lilies and lotus and water platters.

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