Where is a perfect place to spend a gorgeous fall day? For us, it was Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Longwood Gardens is one of the premier horticultural showplaces in the world and encompasses more than 1,077 acres. I wasn’t sure what we would see this time of year, but Tim and I were literally blown away.
We started our tour at the Peirce-du Pont House, which was built in 1730 and was the family homestead of the Peirce family until 1905. After Pierre du Pont purchased the property, he enlarged the house for his weekend residence and added the garden’s first conservatory. The house contains a wonderful heritage exhibit, which details the history of the property, its evolution into Longwood Gardens and the du Pont legacy.
|Peirce-du Pont House|
|The Original Conservatory at the Peirce-du Pont House|
|Tim Examining Original Herbarium Sheets in the Heritage Exhibit|
Are They Like the Ones in His Collection?
|Planting Plan Drawn by Pierre du Pont in 1907|
for Longwood Garden's First Flower Garden
The most amazing structure at Longwood is the Conservatory, one of the world’s great greenhouses. Built in 1919, the Conservatory is enormous and contains twenty indoor gardens. Seasonal displays are always a draw in the Conservatory, and the Chrysanthemum Festival recently opened.
|Thousand Bloom Mum - It Really Is Only One Plant|
|Tim and Sarah - Mum's the Word|
|Main Fountain Garden|
We spent most of the day at Longwood and had to tear ourselves away to visit the Brandywine Valley Museum, which is home to a large collection of works by the Wyeth family. Our visit here reminded us of our tour of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, which also houses a large Wyeth collection.
All and all, a very colorful and art-filled day.
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