Today I am in Philadelphia and on my way to Longwood Gardens! I am so excited to finally visit this famous garden, or should I say gardens!
The Longwood Gardens of today bears little resemblance to the farm that Pierre du Pont purchased in 1906. With a yearly budget of nearly $50 million and a staff of 1,300 employees, students, and volunteers, Longwood is continuously evolving to meet the demands and tastes of the next century. To accomplish this, Longwood has embarked on a Visionary Master Plan, ultimately to become one of the world’s greatest gardens.
Perhaps nothing quite embodies the history of the land and the promise of the future as Longwood’s Meadow Garden, which opened to the public in June 2014. This new garden uses principles of ecological landscape design and locally sustainable practices to help “preserve the open spaces, valleys, and woodlands surrounding the formal Gardens.” Visitors to the eighteenth-century Webb Farmhouse can explore the story of the land and those who once lived there, as well as the seasonal ecology of the Meadow as it exists today.
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I am especially excited to see the Topiary Garden, the Orchid House, the Orangery, the Fountain Garden and all of the other spectacular areas of this famous site.
Let me hear from you if you have visited Longwood and what was your favorite area.