Exploring Longwood Gardens, And There Is A Lot To Explore
After my Saturday morning hike in the Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square I had a quick breakfast, checked out of the Hilton Garden Inn and drove the two mile to Longwood Gardens. What a difference a day made. When I arrived for my first visit on Friday I had to run to the visitor center in a torrential downpour. It continued to rain most of the day, curtailing my plans to explore the gardens. Not Saturday. It was sunny and warm when I arrived. After a few minutes wait in line I entered shortly after my 10:30 admission ticket. Ticket are required in advance and are time specific.
My plan was to hike the Meadow Garden first then come back and explore some of the gardens nearer to the entrance. However as soon as I saw the many beautiful flowers in bloom my plans changed.
It was late morning now and it was humid from the heavy rains on Friday. Temperatures were near 90 degrees. There were still a lot of people hiking the trail despite the heat. And it seemed like all of them sought shelter,and a rest, under the shade of this huge beech tree.
The larger meadow gardens had been used for agriculture and livestock production since the early 1700’s. Pierre S. duPont acquired some of the meadows when he purchased the Peirce farm in 1906. He acquired more land and used it for agriculture until 1951.
It was cloudy now but still hot and humid as I continued my hike to the Webb Farm House. The Farm House was closed but I learned it was originally built by the Webb family around 1730. So much history in this area.
There were a number of displays and inspirational signs along the trail. I took the Outer Trail Loop, about a two mile hike, and I was glad when I reached the end of the trail and the open meadow. The sun occasionally broke through the cloud cover and it was hot. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of my hike in the Meadow Garden. Kennett Square Longwood Meadow Garden July 11 2020.
Of course I had to visit Sprout, the corpse plant and was disappointed it did not bloom. I was told it may be a few more days until it would open. It is still a wonderful experience to observe this amazing plant. one of so many at Longwood Garden.
Leaving the Conservatory, I walked down to the Main Fountain Garden. I missed the daily performances of the fountains but I hope to return and see them soon. My walking tour of the gardens continued the with a walk to the Chimes Tower. One of the paths followed the stream that flowed into the lake beneath the tower.
It was now mid-afternoon and I had already walked around 8 miles in the park in Kennett Square and the gardens so I, reluctantly, decided to leave. On my way to the exit I visited the rose garden and,
Topiary Garden. Both required so much more time to appreciate their beauty, as did all of the areas I visited, I think I saw most of the major gardens and displays but I am sure I missed many. It was a good orientation to Longwood Gardens. As a proud new member I hope to return many times in the future and discover even more of its history and beauty. Here is a link to a gallery in my blog website with more photographs from the gardens and flowers of beautiful Longwood Gardens. . Kennett Square Longwood flowers July 11 2020.