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.
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.