Some Christmas Magic At Longwood Gardens.
Despite the Covid -19 pandemic that has altered and devastated so many of our lives this past year, Christmas magic still exists. I found some of it at Longwood Gardens in Chester County this past weekend.
This was my second visit to Longwood Gardens. I first visited last Summer to see Sprout the corpse plant. I loved the Conservatory and outside gardens. And I soon became a member. I was looking forward to Christmas at the Gardens. I had heard both the displays inside the Conservatory and outside in the gardens were remarkable. Unfortunately, after planning a visit last weekend , we learned that the Conservatory would be closed because of the pandemic.
We decided to still visit the outside gardens and arrived late in the afternoon to see the displays in daylight and again once it got dark. The ground was covered with snow from the nor’easter that hit the region the day before our visit. It was also frigid with temperatures in the 20’s.
Admission was limited and you had to arrive at a scheduled time. As we walked through the gardens we were glad to see everyone wearing a mask and keeping their distance. The gardens were enchanting. Christmas music filed the air. The bare trees and shrubs were decorated with lights, ribbons and ornaments.
We walked past the Italian Gardens where fire pits provided warmth to the visitors. Once again the fear of the virus deterred many folks from gathering together as they would have in years past. Leaving the gardens and approaching the fields we saw folks braving the snow and cold and walking to the old farm homestead on the far end of the property.
After a short stroll in the old woods we walked back to the main gardens and past the many decorated trees that were now becoming more visible as darkness approached.
There were a number of concession stands selling food and hot beverage for those willing to sit out in the cold. As we approached the Conservatory we peeked in through the window to see the beautifully decorated trees. Thousands of roses were in bloom. I am sure it would have been a spectacular display had we had the opportunity to enter.
Here is a link to a photo gallery on my blog website with more photographs of my visit to Longwood Gardens and the enchanting Christmas magic I found there. Longwood Gardens December 18 2020.
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ”