A whirlwind trip up to Longwood Gardens, last week, was a Christmas treat for Peter and me. There is probably almost nothing better than a visit to this place during the holidays to get a gardener (or anyone else with even the slightest appreciation of flowers) into the spirit of the season. To top off the day, we also made a stop in Lancaster County, PA. to pickup a cupola for our soon-to-be studio showroom and lunch at another favorite haunt of ours, Terrain in Glen Mills, PA, just 15 minutes from Longwood.
|Cyclamens, winter berry and evergreens frame the giant begonia bedecked Christmas tree.|
|Poinsettia standards stand guard at almost every doorway into yet more beautifully decorated rooms.|
Moving through the magical conservatory rooms, the serene atmosphere keeps the visitors, adults and children alike, in a quiet mood while taking in the scents and sights....
|Silvers, golds and wintry whites framed the array of colorful gardens.|
Some of the greenhouses attached to the conservatory were open for inspection as well and everything looked wonderful. I often pride myself with keeping my own modest greenhouse fairly clean but mine is nothing compared to the pristine condition these greenhouses are kept in. I think you could eat off of the floor here however, they would probably frown on that. A workroom, pictured below is kept in "apple-pie order." It always helps to have an army of employees to keep it that way but they also know the importance of organization and cleanliness, even in the gardening world.
We came upon trees decorated with lavender as well as lemons. Both looked as though they would make perfect table centerpieces.
There is a beautiful glassed-in exhibit of bonsais to see as well. Small stands of tiny forests, perfectly coiffed and tenderly cared for.
Intricate living wreaths adorned the walls everywhere...
The children's garden room is a castle turret with a small maze planted with amaryllis. Whimsical fountains and secret doorways made me want to linger there a while longe but there was still more to see.
Finally, at the other end of the conservatory, there is a hallway straight out of Star Trek,The Next Generation, featuring a green wall that is truly unique and definitely green planted with ferns, vines, ivys and tropical plants. The doorways are actually individual bathrooms but they could be doorways to anywhere, like the future, the past or a whole new world.
There is so much to see here at Longwood Gardens that it is almost overwhelming--in a good way--and we survived on floral overload and all. It was a great way to spend a holiday day and we left with wonderful memories and ideas to incorporate in our own winter decorations. It made for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for us and I hope you have Happy Holidays. too.