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Longwood Gardens Paths

When we visited Longwood Gardens in mid September, the weather was perfect for walking and taking photographs of every plant we passed.

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This classic English border garden was not heavily populated probably because everyone was over at the new Meadow Garden.

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But we found a few gardeners to ask what stuff that wasn’t labeled was and we took our time to take long shots, medium, and closeups.

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The colors were classically autumnal and the plants were generally things that anyone could grow themselves.

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What is typically Longwood Gardens about this area is the shear size of the plantings and the lovely color juxtapositions.

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Even though they use common plants in this area, we have never seen the same plants in the same place in all the years we have visited. Even the marigolds are a surprise when they show up because of where they show up.

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This is definitely the year of the dahlia.

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And they are lovely planted in masses.

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How many tubers would it take to make your garden look like this? I doubt we could afford it.

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Are you using more grasses in your garden?

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With classic holly berrying?

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Pitcher plants in a big pot:

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This shows the pot of pitcher plants in the shade:

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How do they keep the deer at bay?

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These views renew my desire to continue plugging along in our garden, despite the deer.

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My lesson this year is to plant in large masses rather than a few of this and a few of that.

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I liked the use of the chrysanthemum plants so they look like boxwoods before blooming, don’t you? And their brick paths are smoother than you can imagine.

What are your favorites at Longwood Gardens? Is there a particular place you like to visit when you come?

Longwood ltalian Water Garden

We share our photos of the Italian Water Garden at Longwood Gardens, the former home of Pierre du Pont  in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

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It was a splendid day in September.

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I tried to capture the water in mid bubble and show everything frozen in time and space.

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The Water Today

Pierre du Pont’s love of water is brought dramatically to life in this garden of his design.

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Pruned littleleaf linden trees, clipped ivy, and green lawns surround 6 large and 12 small blue-tiled pools with 600 jets of water and a water staircase that recirculate 4,500 gallons of water each minute.

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With renovations completed in 1992, the fountains are operated from April to October each year.

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Inspiration for the Garden

Although many elements of Longwood’s landscape do not suggest a specific cultural influence, the Italian Water Garden draws heavily from du Pont’s admiration for the Villa Gamberaia near Florence, Italy.

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Construction of these fountains began in 1925 and was completed two years later.

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We understand that the carvings were all imported from Italy.

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No matter how hot it is, this is the place to feel cooler and visitors flock to the fountains all summer long.

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As I studied the carvings, I believe I can attest that no two are alike as far as I saw.

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Longwood Gardens Main Fountains

We were surprised to see the Main Garden Fountains splashing at Longwood Gardens when we visited in mid September.

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We have been visiting during droughts over the last several years, and these fountains had been turned off.

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They are pretty spectacular just splashing during the day, but Longwood Gardens adds lights and organ music to coordinate with the water show to make it even more spectacular.

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We have never seen the full display at night, but it must be something!

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And on this day we were shooting into the sun, so we didn’t get too many photos worth sharing with you.

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This garden is actually 5 acres in size and recirculates 10,000 gallons of water a minute, featuring 380 fountains, including a jet that rises 130 feet in height.

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The reason the fountains were splashing was because starting at the close of October, they will be renovating this garden making it more accessible to visitors and repairing its substantial plumbing and decorative stone work. They wanted to give visitors a last time for some time to come to enjoy the fountains.

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There is a lot of upkeep and maintenance to being a good steward of such beauty.

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Just looking at these photos, I want to go back and just sit on the patio in front of the Conservatories and bask in the sunshine and water play.

Do you have a favorite fountain that you like to visit in your travels or neighborhood?

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