Longwood Gardens Conservatories – Silver Garden – 10

This is the tenth post on a trip we took to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania in late October. There is a collection of succulents and desert plants called the Silver Garden in the Conservatories that is very ethereal and calming. We always try to visit no matter where else we go in the Gardens. Perhaps it is so different from where we live, dry and pale in comparison. Perhaps it is because we often have to focus up close to see that it is really plant life, not rocks that we are seeing. Nevertheless, we spend time here meditating. It is an arid climate with direct sun when the sun is shining. It was not when we visited. Come with us:

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The Silver Garden was designed by California landscape architect Isabelle Greene. There are cacti and succulents in a landscape of mountains, farmland, and dry streams.

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The Silver Garden was designed by California landscape architect Isabelle Greene. There are cacti and succulents in a landscape of mountains, farmland, and dry streams. Under the flagstone ”stream bed” there are water and air ducts in a three-foot tunnel. When the garden first opened in the late 1980’s, Ms. Greene said she particularly liked the exit and entrance. Departing visitors see rows of miniature old-man cactus with white, shaggy thorns. At the entrance is a huge, battered cornerstone near the olive tree. ”There was an ugly cast iron bench in here,” she said. ”Then I was home in Santa Barbara and saw this stone. It was part of a bank building they were demolishing. It was perfect.”

We’ll post more pictures of the miniature “farmland” later. For now, Happy New Year!

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