No holiday is complete without a visit to see the seasonal display extravaganza at Longwood Gardens in Kenneth Square, Pennsylvania. The crown jewel of the gardens is the conservatory. This year’s theme is “C’est magnifique!” and the décor is done in a French style reminiscent of Versailles. The floating display is designed like a French parterre garden with thousands of floating Granny Smith apples, cranberries and walnuts arranged in a deconstructed fleur de lys design. A Christmas table is set as if in a palace with its adjacent winter wonderland outdoor terrace garden. At every turn, there are surprises that delight every sense. Trees are decorated with fleur de lys, giant castle keys and mirrored sun ornaments, a nod to Louis XIV, Le roi soleil, who was known for his vanity. Towering Christmas trees made out of succulents are spectacular creations. Another tree constructed of 400 fragrant orchids takes the breath away. Giant pointsettia topiaries are nothing short of stunning as are the towering pointsettia trees. It was difficult to edit my photos for this post, it was all so magical. Join me for A Longwood Christmas! The enchantment continues to January 7th. Check the website for details.