Photos from Longwood Gardens Conservatories – Part 1

We went to Longwood Gardens the end of October. It has been 8 years since we were last there! Far too long without a fix! One of the reasons we want to share this visit with you is the accessibility it affords someone who is less able to get around on their own. First, almost all of the grounds is accessible through paved paths. Secondly, if you feel winded on the massive grounds, they have wheelchairs that they will lend out onsite. Thirdly, if you want to go first class, they will rent electric scooters to you. This makes everyone fully functional. DH doesn’t have to push me. I can even carry some of his photography equipment on the scooter, and I am not winded after a trip through a conservatory or even to the bathrooms!

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Exterior Entryway from the side – see the Japanese lanterns hanging from the ceiling?

It was a bit late in the season for outdoor walking, but we did take in the topiary garden, the rose garden, and the toy train garden outside.

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Lanterns hanging from the ceiling

Mostly we spent our 7 hours in the conservatories, a full 5 acres or more of fun and photos! We will provide the photos in several posts in the next few weeks. Our favorites will be easy to spot, probably: DH loves the orchids and I love the bonsai.

It was 2 days before the official start of the chrysanthemum festival, and there in the center of the entry was their second try at a 1000 bloom Japanese chrysanthemum plant, which they had exceeded by several hundred blooms.

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1000 blossom chrysanthemum (single plant) – actually 1339 blossoms – still 2 days from opening all blooms

We were impressed! There is a YouTube feature showing last year’s grafting the giant mum. Fascinating! What especially impressed us was the closeness to bloom every mum in the place was — a tribute to their knowledge and control over green events.

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Bedding mums in the conservatory entrance

Not that this place and that mum is a natural low maintenance kind of place.

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Japanese lanterns hanging from the ceiling entry

It is great to have such a spectacular garden within 2 hours of us.

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Japanese mum sculpture at entrance to Longwood Gardens

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Another entry mum (yes, it is a single mum)

Because of the lateness of our visit, we didn’t go to the other wonderful gardens we planned when we saw how empty the outdoor beds were at Longwood.

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Exterior of one of the entries to conservatories

We hope to trek up to Delaware and PA in May 2013 and visit Winterthur, Swarthmore, Chanticleer, and perhaps Nemours. We’ll keep you posted.

We also did a day of covered bridge discovery and found nine of them! We hope to post DH’s photos of them this winter for your viewing enjoyment.

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