Saturday, January 3, 2015

CHRISTMAS AT LONGWOOD

by Mary Kennedy                           

 Christmas at Longwood Gardens is one of Delaware's most popular sights. This year, over 15,000 visitors enjoyed the fabulous former Dupont estate that is world famous for its gorgeous plants and shrubs. This is the first time I've visited Longwood at Christmas and it definitely has a wow factor. Exhibition Hall, pictured above, was once used for dances and dinner parties.                                               
                                                            
 
 
There were dozens of Christmas trees, each one unique. One of my favorites was decorated by children.  Think of how much love and attention went into each home-made decoration, and I'm sure the children were delighted to see "their" tree on display in the main conservatory.
                                                      
                                                           
Longwood has a wonderful educational program with world-class gardeners who explain how their four acre conservatory operates and how they maintain the beautiful plants on display. 
                                                          
 
The Orangery is one of Longwood's iconic indoor displays.
 
 
The Orchid House was truly amazing. Pierre Dupont's sister donated 2300 varieties of orchids to the conservatory.
 
Amazingly, all these plants are hand-watered. There are over 100 gardeners at Longwood and several hundred devoted volunteers. It is truly a labor of love. People come from all over the world to visit Longwood and when I worked in the travel industry in North Carolina, we used to send so many tourists to Longwood. Everyone raved about it and said it was the highlight of their trip.                                         
 
If you have the opportunity to visit Longwood--in any season--I hope you jump at the chance. You won't be disappointed!
 
Happy New Year! from Mary Kennedy

15 comments:

Gram said...

Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I love it there at Christmas, so lovely

mary kennedy said...

Hi Gram, so glad you like it!

mary kennedy said...

It really is magical at Christmas! Thanks for stopping by.

Connie Berry said...

A friend of my parents, Gottlieb Hampfler, was staff photographer at Longwood Gardens from 1955 until his retirement in 1975. They lived in a cottage in the gardens, a magical place to visit. Good memories

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I am ready to pack my bags, Mary! What a beautiful place. I will make sure to get there. I've never been to Delaware - now it's 'on the list'.

Happy New Year!

XO

MJ

mary kennedy said...

HI MJ--come on down and I'll give you the grand tour! Thanks for stopping by.

mary kennedy said...

Connie, that's fantastic, it's such an amazing place.

Lynda Turpin said...

Would so love to see this. I am NOT a gardener. I hate everything about working in the yard and garden, but I LOVE looking at other people's gardens. This place looks so amazing. Thanks for sharing....

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ceblain said...

Those are gorgeous picture Thank you for the tour of a location that I probably won't ever get to see in person. This was my desk chair tour.
Happy New Year.

Cynthia

mary kennedy said...

HI Cyntha, how I wish you could come up here and see Longwood, it is even more fabulous than the photos! Thanks for stopping by.

mary kennedy said...

Thanks for stopping by, Lynda. In the spring/summer, it is truly amazing, thousands of blooming plants, waterfalls and an outdoor theatre.

mary kennedy said...

I'll have to think about that, I've been in deadline hell and actually haven't gone out to eat in quite a while! I need get out of my writer's cave more often. Thanks for stopping by.

Heather said...

Looks spectacular!