Longwood Gardens

This weekend we went to the middle of Pennsylvania for a friend’s fairy-tale wedding and on the way home I took advantage of our trajectory to finegal in a visit to the reknowned Longwood Gardens. There was no way we’d ever travel 2 1/2 hours to go see them otherwise!

Though the admission fee was pretty steep – $16 – we ended up being glad we’d braved Philadelphia and come anyway. I got lots of good ideas for my future garden (for me it was something of a research trip), Josh got to take lots of pictures, and Taco got to eat some grass.

And crush a magnolia.

The tulips were in full swing, and they had beds and beds of them.

When the wind shook the cherry trees, they snowed madly on the blooms and people below:

Possibly my favorite place was the Conservatory. Its magnitude overwhelmed me. It had whole enormous hydrangeas – full grown hydrangeas! – suspended from the ceiling like globular chandeliers. This is just a tiny corner of one of many, many rooms:

All this indoors.

I would love to go back sometime – we only got to see maybe 1/2 of it in three hours. And there is a lot of other stuff to see and do in the Brandywine Valley. Maybe when Sofía can walk on her own!

4 Responses to “Longwood Gardens”

  1. Songspinr Says:

    would love to visit those gardens too, but I don’t think Christmas would be optimal, do you?
    And “Taco” can now sit upright by herself!!!
    oh, the milestones missed.

  2. diana Says:

    We could skip Christmas and you could come up in May?

  3. debbie swickard Says:

    I have been there at Christmas time, and it is BREATHTAKING with all the lights and ornaments and Christmas poinsettias.
    Every season is worth a visit because the gardens change to accomodate the types of plants that are typical of that season. It’s an absolutely amazing place!
    Did you visit the orchid room?
    Taco is getting so big! Can’t wait to see you folks at the summer company gathering!

  4. Rose Says:

    That place looks amazing, but have you been to the National Arboretum? Admission is free.

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