Longwood Gardens – Silver Garden – 11

This is the second post showing photos of the Silver Garden, an arid landscape of blues and silver, mainly cactus and succulents, at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

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Longwood Silver Garden 3

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Longwood Silver Garden 4

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Longwood Silver Garden – farmland?

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Longwood Silver Garden – 9

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Longwood Silver Garden – more farmland?

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Longwood Silver Garden –miniature landscape

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Longwood Silver Garden – cactus forest

Longwood Gardens was originally a working farm owned by the Pierce family (having purchased the land from William Penn in 1700). The Pierces started a tree collection, which they passed along to Pierre S. du Pont when he bought the property in 1906 to save it from development. Du Pont built the estate into a garden paradise, adding formal gardens, fountains, water features, an outdoor theater, a huge pipe organ and an extravagant conservatory. The Silver Garden was a remodeling of an existing conservatory in 1989 that shaded the conservatory further inside too much. We will continue to show you around the conservatories in further posts.

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One thought on “Longwood Gardens – Silver Garden – 11”

  1. Just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying your photos of Longwood’s silver garden, the best I’ve seen. I attended a lecture recently by Isabelle Greene, the landscape architect who designed this silver garden. I would love to include some of your wonderful photos for a short blog piece on Ms. Greene, so I wanted to check your policy on using these photos.

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