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.
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!
This former duPont estate is one of the world's great display gardens, with numerous fountains and other attractions. Don't miss it! It has something for everyone and it changes seasonally, so there's always something different to see.
The cluster of conservatories alone is worth the visit. There are many greenhouses and conservatories, one opening into another. The biggest is the East Conservatory, recently restored and redesigned, which is a beautiful garden under glass with little cul-de-sacs that make it seem very private, even with other visitors enjoying its scenery. And opening off it is the even-newer indoor children's garden that is a marvel of water features and Italian-influenced attractions for kids.
The conservatories wrap around an outdoor plaza that is home to several huge pools that display waterlilies, water platters and other exotic flowers and tropical plants in the summer. Try to catch one of the in-the-pool lectures on the sex life of waterlilies... it's quite fascinating!
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