The garden was designed by a co-owner of the DuPont chemical company. A meticulous engineer, he drew inspiration from contemporary books and visits to European gardens. It grew by the addition of major features, without a controlling plan. There is a Flower Garden, a Sundial Garden, a Rose Garden, an Italian Water Garden (modelled on the Villa Gamberaia and pinpointed on the satellite image if you zoom in on the map below) and a Fountain Garden. DuPont had a special interest in fountains and used them as part of musical entertainments, in the manner of Versailles. The conservatory houses 4 acres of indoor garden.
My husband and two kids (boys 2 and 5), visited summer 2013! Can't wait to go back! The kids are already asking when we are going...
Truly one of the great gardens of the world, and my favorite of all-time anywhere out of at least 200 seen. At a minimum, the best in the U.S.
We are fortunate to live in the area and enjoy the benefits of membership. My wife and I just go sometimes when we are feeling blue and need a pick me up. The benefit of discounted use of the gift shopt, resturaunt, concerts, and lectures are just an add on to actually walking thru the gardens. BTW I do NOT work for Longwood Gardens :-).
If you are lucky enough to live in the region you should visit the gardens at least one per season if not once per month. People come from all over the world to visit Longwood. The place is a remarkable organization.
A friend and I went to Longwood for a day out. It's gorgeous. The flowers are beautiful, the grounds are immaculate, and even though the restaraunt wasn't compeltely finished yet, the food was still outstanding.
It's so fascinating how *small* the DuPont houses are compared to the rest of the gardens. There seems to be more put into the *just* the ballroom than all the houses combined. In my opinion, it's a great testament to love of nature and the humility and resourcefulness of previous generations.
A must-see for nature or art lovers in Pennsylvania!
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