Longwood Gardens

Next time you are traveling near Philadelphia, you owe it to yourself to visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa

During this summer 2008 visit, we took photos of many of the magnificent gardens and floral displays at Longwood.

We also toured three tree houses constructed as a special display. Everywhere you turn there are scenic vistas and panoramic views which help make every photo an instant winner.

As we strolled about the grounds, we were awestruck by the fantastic specimen trees that have been preserved for well over 100 years. I was particularly impressed with the purple-leafed Beech trees, weeping Cherries and one huge weeping Hemlock that must be 45-feet across. Numerous fountains and water features complement a wide array of plants, set against ornate stone work.

Inside the conservatory is a beautiful water lily display and numerous other rooms with all types of plant themes. The new children's wing is well worth the visit, even for large-sized garden enthusiasts. Overall, Longwood contains 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens, covering over 1,000 acres. Longwood Gardens is located 30 miles west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Longwood's Outdoor Gardens

Entrance to Longwood Gardens Longwood Gardens entrance area
Garden path lined with hedges Garden path bordered with flowers and formal hedges
Intricate display gardens abound at Longwood Longwood display gardens
Pond with flowers galore! This pond blends well with the flower displays
Brick garden walk bordered with bright colors Brick garden walkway
Stone steps at Longwood Gardens A stone staircase makes a nice backdrop for these colorful plants
Massive trees provided cool shade on this hot summer morning Massive trees on the Longwood tree lawn
White hydrangea backlit by the morning sun Ornamentals, perennials and annuals nicely backlit with morning sun
There is new wonder around every turn in this fantastic outdoor garden Looking out through a garden trellis


Water features at Longwood Gardens

Weeping willow overhanging the pond No pond would be complete without a weeping willow
You could sit and enjoy this relaxing view all day Fountains and ornamental pools
More fountains at Longwood Fountains in areas other than these Italian Gardens are used for special fountain shows, some after dark with fireworks
These fountains create a focal point from the Peirce-du Pont house Fountain seen from the Peirce-du Pont House
Waterfall to Nowhere The waterfall to Nowhere
My latest screen saver image! Looking out through the doors of the Conservatory


Old, new and temporary structures at Longwood

Longwood Gardens Conservatory Approaching the Longwood Gardens conservatory
The grand elegance strikes you as soon as you enter Inside the entrance of the Longwood Conservatory
Indoor lawn surrounded by flowering plants Lawn areas surrounded by fantastic floral displays
Long side porch of the Peirce-du Pont House Peirce-du Pont House porch
Courtyard of the Peirce-du Pont House The Peirce-duPont house  interior courtyard
"The Treehouse REIMAGINED" One of 3 treehouses in the special display at Longwood One of three tree houses in a special summer display
Looking up through the treehouse windows at large Tulip trees This treehouse was built on a pin foundation, and isn't attached to any trees
Another Longwood Gardens treehouse has trees growing through the roof These trees are literally through the roof!



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