Longwood Gardens Christmas 2017


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. Continue reading

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens



The fabled Longwood Gardens in Kenneth Square, Pennsylvania attracts visitors from around the world.  I am lucky to live less than an hour away and visit often.  The founder, Pierre S du Pont and his wife Alice, had a passion for orchids.  Orchids were one of the first plant collections established in 1922 and the permanent collection is on display year round.  Come February however, Longwood Gardens celebrates the beauty, variety and art form of orchids in a spectacular Orchid Extravaganza show.  Ongoing until March 27th this year, the entire conservatory showcases breath taking displays of thousands of orchids.  From a 12 foot tall archway at the entrance of the conservatory made entirely of orchids, this special show will stamp out any winter blues.  It is enchanting, enthralling and uplifting all at once.  If you can’t make it to Longwood Gardens, please join me in a virtual tour. Continue reading