Happy Labor Day! I hope you are enjoying your well-deserved day off today. As promised, I have finally put together a photo recap post of our trip to Longwood Gardens! Stay in your jammies, snuggle into your couch, and get ready for some truly lovely photos.
If you’re ever near Kennett Square in PA, you should definitely check out these gardens! Longwood’s founder, Pierre S. du Pont, purchased the property in July 1906, when he was a mere 36 years old. He bought it because he found it very important to preserve the trees. He quickly fell in love with the property and masterfully turned it into the picturesque gardens and fountains we have today. Check out some of my photos below of his amazing vision and take a virtual tour of the gardens!
The topiary garden was our first stop. Its perfectly trimmed hedges were really neat, and I loved the many different colored rose bushes that lined it.
We loved all the benches and chairs placed throughout the property, so you could sit and enjoy your surroundings whenever you liked. The next shots were from a porch and trellis near the student exhibitions.
Lots growing in the fruit and vegetable gardens!
I took a few videos of this gorgeous Bahamian Swallowtail butterfly, too! So pretty!!
I really loved the Orchid House, too! A giant beautiful room filled top to bottom with all different types of orchids. Wonderful!
The Rose House in the Conservatory was filled with not just roses, but other beauties as well!
Next up was an exhibit that will soon close down for the colder months: the waterlilies!
They have a hybrid lilypad called the Longwood Lilypad… they are the ginormous ones you see!
Outside the Conservatory we met not one, but TWO of Longwood’s cats! They were super friendly and just wanted some belly rubs! I didn’t get any pics of them, unfortunately!
There was a long winding path that brought you through colorful fields in the Meadow Garden, but Husband and I were already dying of heat and thirst, so there was no way we were conquering that in the sun! We took a few pics and wandered to the next location.
Hanging out in the treetops was pretty cool!
When we heard running water, we knew we were getting close to the fountains of the Italian Water Garden. It was one of the things I was most excited for!
The water danced about on timed fountains.
It was really something to see!
This was our favorite part of the whole trip. It was a little bench in a hideaway spot in the shade, with plants growing all around and so much life and color. We could have sat there all day!
More of those gorgeous dahlias!
I teased my Husband that the couple strolling together arm in arm below were so-in-love, unlike us who couldn’t even handle holding hands because of how hot it was.
I don’t know what kind of flowers the beautiful wild ones above or bright purples below are, but I’m kind of obsessed! You may see them pop up again for a Wordless Wednesday post in the near future!
Caught a little rainbow in this shot!
I adore these arches in front of this lush green grass and this too-blue-to-be-real sky!
My Husband thinks it looks like the old Windows wallpaper. 😉
Well, I hope you enjoyed all my photos! Husband took a ton as well, but I know I’ve already overloaded you! Maybe he can do a follow up post with shots of different things I didn’t include in the future. There was just so much to look at, it was easy to be overwhelmed. I can’t wait to go back in the Winter when they have their Holiday displays!
Which was your favorite photo?