It was a beautiful Fall day when we decided to use the complimentary tickets that I received from a neighbor. Longwood Gardens, just a 15 minute drive from us is a botanical garden consisting of over a thousand acres of woodlands, manicured gardens and meadows. Years before it became a public garden, it was home to the Lenape tribe and Quaker farmers. The gardens have since changed hands several times. In July 1906, Pierre du Pont purchased the property and much of what visitors see today is his vision and dream of what Longwood Gardens has now become.
This magnificent piece of horticulture is visited by over a million guests each year. It’s a garden for all to enjoy. There are many featured events throughout the year. Probably the prime visit for me has got to be the lights around Christmas time. Membership to the gardens is probably the best way to see all the seasons which offers a plethora of gardening tips and learning experiences for those horticulturally inclined. During the winter months, there’s plenty to see and do inside the conservatory; one can stroll through the indoor gardens, enjoy the performances, take a class or workshop or simply learn about this horticultural masterpiece. We are fortunate to be surrounded by at least four gardens of varying types in our area.
The entrance to the gardens is always seasonal. Here, chrysanthemums and pumpkins come together to welcome the visitor into this beautiful sanctuary where art and horticulture go hand in hand.
The expansion of the meadow in Longwood Gardens is the latest addition to this oasis. The meadow was created by a community of artisans, including blacksmiths, masons, carpenters and gardeners. We had not visited this newest addition before, so we really explored every part of the three miles of hiking and walking trails. The historic Webb colonial farmhouse has stood on the property since the mid 1700’s, it now houses a gallery.
Bert is not into the more manicured areas of Longwood Gardens as I am, so the wild and unkempt meadow areas were great to explore together on this gorgeous Fall day. There are four bridges that surround the Meadow Garden.
The benches are made from Longwood’s fallen trees. There’s so much to learn and take in along the way. Insects, birds and wildlife can be spotted. It’s all so rustic and natural and is definitely a fine inclusion to these gardens. After exploring the meadow, we headed to the cafeteria which is always a popular spot for a quick lunch or tea. There is also a more formal dining room.
A quick walk and photo opportunities around some of the more manicured gardens, and then we headed home.
It was a grand day to be outdoors immersed in nature. If you are from the area, do not miss this great opportunity of exploring the meadow. We certainly came away fully satiated.