Sprout, The Corpse Plant And My First Visit To Longwood Gardens
Until a few days ago I never heard of a corpse plant. I have heard of the Longwood Gardens, but I never had the opportunity to visit these famous gardens near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. On Friday I had the opportunity to see and visit both.
Last week my nephew Charlie told me about Sprout, the corpse plant that was about to bloom at Longwood Gardens. These plants, native to Sumatra only bloom every four to ten years and emit an odor of rotten flesh when they bloom. I had to be in the area on Friday so I decided to check out both the plant and gardens.
I had to purchase a timed ticket to the Longwood Gardens. My admission time was 1:30 p.m. Unfortunately, I arrived around the same time as tropical storm Fay. Luckily, I had a rain jacket in my car and I rain through the torrential downpour to the visitor center and then to the Conservatory, where Spout , the corpse plant was located. Even with my rain gear I was drenched. However, once I entered I forgot about the rain and my soaked feet and cloths. The beauty of the vast Exhibition Hall and the many wonderful flowers on display immediately caught my attention and kept it for the next four hours.
I have always loved flower, plants and trees. My mom and dad always had flowers in our yard at home. And I have visited botanical gardens on six continents. My nephew told me that the gardens were amazing and that i would love them. I was a little skeptical but I knew as soon as I began to explore the Conservatory that he was right.
Because of the corona virus you had to walk one way to tour the gardens and visit the corpse plant. I knew I’d be inside the Conservatory for a few hours because of the heavy rain so I decided to walk straight to Sprout and take photos of the many flowers later. I walked through the splendid acacia passage and came to the orchid display.
I passed many of the displays on the way but just walking along the passages was an experience. What a magnificent place. A little history now. Longwood Gardens began as a camping site of the local Native Americans. In 1700 the Pierce family acquired the land and maintained parts of it as a nature preserve. Many of the old forest trees were saved. In 1906 it was acquired by Pierre du Pont and was transformed into the wonderful gardens that exist today. The Conservatory is just a small part of the vast estate and it’s many outdoor gardens. However, because of heavy downpour I wouldn’t be exploring them this afternoon.
The rain continued to let up and i decided I would explore some of the outdoor gardens. I couldn’t imagine they could compete with the wonderful gardens inside the Conservatory. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the flowers and exotic plants I saw in the Conservatory. Longwood Gardens Conservatory flowers July 10 2020.
“…I have set myself and guests to work planting flower seeds whenever I have opportunity.” – P.S. du Pont, 1907