We share our photos of the Italian Water Garden at Longwood Gardens, the former home of Pierre du Pont in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
It was a splendid day in September.
I tried to capture the water in mid bubble and show everything frozen in time and space.
The Water Today
Pierre du Pont’s love of water is brought dramatically to life in this garden of his design.
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.
With renovations completed in 1992, the fountains are operated from April to October each year.
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.
Construction of these fountains began in 1925 and was completed two years later.
We understand that the carvings were all imported from Italy.
No matter how hot it is, this is the place to feel cooler and visitors flock to the fountains all summer long.
As I studied the carvings, I believe I can attest that no two are alike as far as I saw.
We were surprised to see the Main Garden Fountains splashing at Longwood Gardens when we visited in mid September.
We have been visiting during droughts over the last several years, and these fountains had been turned off.
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.
We have never seen the full display at night, but it must be something!
And on this day we were shooting into the sun, so we didn’t get too many photos worth sharing with you.
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.
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.
There is a lot of upkeep and maintenance to being a good steward of such beauty.
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?
As we edge towards winter, I want to share with you a gift idea for indoor and outdoor gardeners alike. It is a vertical gardening system known as My Garden Post® from some fine folks up in Vermont. And they are willing to give you, my readers in the United States, a special opportunity to buy this system at a substantial discount!
How Do You Feed Your Love of Gardening in the Winter?
One of the problems of gardening actively (for those of us who live outside of tropical locales) is that we have to do our winter gardening inside. Outdoor plants go into dormancy and so do we. We might curl up in front of a fire and plan next year’s garden, ordering seeds and plants for the spring.
But what if we could continue to garden inside? What if your loved ones who garden could do the same?
What if we could still garden inside and do it in a 2 by 2 foot area of floor space? Nice, huh?
Introducing My Garden Post®
My Garden Post® is a very compact vertical garden consisting of five planting containers on a very stable base that can be rolled around.
There are two systems available:
One is composed of
a roll-around stand, which holds
two large pots, and
3 small pots.
This is the system that you would use to garden vertically indoors and would be all that you would need during the winter months.
The second system includes all of the above, along with an automated irrigation system that includes:
a set of tiny hoses that irrigate each planter and
a timer that can be adjusted to water the pots automatically as frequently and for as long as you want. All the tiny irrigation hoses attach to the timer which in turn attaches to your hose bib.
In the photo below, the Swan hose is not part of the system nor is the y-valve. It shows how you can add your own y-valve so you can continue to use the hose connection for a regular hose as well as for the My Garden Post® timer.
The automated irrigation system is meant especially for outdoor container gardening. The automated irrigation system is not designed for, nor would one want to use it for indoor gardening. The biggest mistake gardeners make in indoor container gardening is over-watering, and you don’t want to risk getting water on your floors or other surfaces with an unmonitored irrigation system.
My Garden Post® Automated Irrigation System Takes Care of the One Shortcoming to Container Gardening Outdoors
What everyone complains about container gardening outdoors is the need to water daily or even multiple times daily. With My Garden Post®, you don’t have to set a reminder to do so, its timer does it for you.
You won’t have to look at crispy plants at the end of a hot day (flowers, edibles, herbs — we’ve all been there) and curse yourself for forgetting to water.
If you want to grow edibles, you will be rewarded with produce that only thrives when regularly watered. Why, this is easier than my raised beds outdoors, because I admit that I have forgotten to water them occasionally and my vegetable garden has suffered the consequences.
It Is Easy to Grow in My Garden Post® – Without the Automated Irrigation System – Indoors
My Garden Post® is vertical, so it only takes up less than a two by two foot space, and it is on wheels so you can try it out in various locations for perfect lighting and ease of reaching with a watering can or hose from a sink.
Sure, you can put your indoor plants all over the house, in front of every window, and have at it! But if you are like me, you run out of real estate in front of your southern windows – making a vertical system ideal for consolidating your plants and for only having to get at a single spot for watering.
You can purchase My Garden Post® without the self-irrigation system ideal for indoor use, but you will find it so easy and fulfilling to garden with My Garden Post® indoors, you will want to use it outdoors too — and that is where its timer irrigation system really shines.
The Inventors of My Garden Post® Are Making a Very Special Offer
You gardeners and friends of gardeners (in the United States only), my dear readers all, have a very special opportunity: The full vertical growing system (including irrigation timer and hoses) sells for $179 plus shipping.
Through this blog, if you click on the icon at the upper right hand, you will be taken to the My Gardening Post® site, and if you use the code on this icon (picture), you will receive a discount of 28 percent! If you buy the entire vertical gardening system, your price will be reduced from $179 to $129. If you decide the buy only a part – or parts – of this very useful and pretty system, down to the individual pots, you will still receive the 28 percent discount! And just in time for holiday gift-giving time!
So go ahead and click, and be rewarded with a great product and experience in gardening for yourself or your loved ones!