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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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'
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/
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??????
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.
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!!!!
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!
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. :-)
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. :-)
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!
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. :-)
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.
~~~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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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)... :-)
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!
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.
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!!!
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!
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 :)
ps - for us slow dial-uppers, how 'bout a new thread for Longwood & other possible garden excursions?
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!!
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!
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
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!
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.