Longwood Gardens is every bit as beautiful as I remembered. I lived nearby as a teenager, but I haven't been back there for way too many years, so recently, on a visit to see family, we stopped by.
I am amazed that at this time of year, just a couple of weeks ago, the gardens were so lush.
This waterfall caught me by surprise.
The conservatories are my favorite part. They look like postcards. My photo doesn't do it justice, but trust me.
I foolishly tried to get the kids to pose for a photo.
I'm pretty sure Rapunzel lives here. But really, it's a chimes tower built by Pierre duPont. The carrilon was replaced with electronic chimes in 1956, but with the 2001 rennovation authentic chimes were re-installed. The carrilon rings every 15 minutes, from 9:00 - 5:00.
The vegetable garden is one of my favorite places, if for no other reason than walking through a garden like this reminds me how beautiful the most practical of plants can be. Swiss chard is tucked in everywhere, part function, part beauty. I need to stop planting Swiss Chard in rows.
As we headed to the gates, my kids weren't quite ready to go, so we stopped by the rose garden. There is a topiary pruned into the shape of a chicken. What more could we ask for?
The kids also tried to figure out exactly which rose smelled the best. I think it was this one.
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348