It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for those of us who look forward to the Christmas season. Even if Christmas isn’t your favorite holiday, many of us will likely agree that fewer times are as beautiful in PA then Longwood Gardens at Christmas. Drink in some of that beauty with a visit to this botanical gardens started by and persevered by Pierre S DuPont, who purchased the farm primarily to preserve the trees. He wasn’t planning to create Longwood Gardens, but within a few years, his desire and love of plants transformed a simple country farm into one of the country’s leading horticultural display gardens, estate and elegant conservatory. With my using some personal days, I met my good friend the Dame Courtney and friend Nevin there last week for a day off. It was truly spectacular. If you love nature, gardening, flowers and exotics, then this place is for you, like for many here a tradition to see at Christmas. Longwood Gardens has one of the best Christmas light displays in the country. In fact, it has the best botanical gardens and holiday lights -- at least, according to USA Today’s 2019 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Each room in its conservatory commits to the theme with elaborate décor as well, simply breathtaking.....and the orchid and conservatory is simply intoxicating with the smell of roses, paperwhites, and others. The gardens outside feature another half-million twinkling lights, organ sing-a-longs, carolers throughout the gardens, fountain shows choreographed to holiday music and much more. The music is accompanied by a display of more than 50 bedecked Christmas trees and more than 16,000 seasonal plants. Longwood also provides three fire pits throughout the gardens, allowing guests to warm up by the fire on cool evenings. Here are the extensive pictures I took that day.
I love this Lamb's ear.
I loved this tree in the cactus rooms.
In the orchid and greenhouse....
The amazing bonsai collection. Many of these were started in 1906 to 1967! Truly mind blowing. These are only 3 of the dozen they have. Hard to believe that is a whole, full grown tree.
The music room was transformed into a candy shop with the help of Shane's Confectionery.
The ballroom's HUGE tree.
Over in the Pierre S DuPont house.
These picture don't even do justice. What a gem in the area.
I always feel at peace here.