Longwood is located in Kennett Square PA and has along history with multiple transformations from a farm, to a park to a country home for Pierre du Pont. Luckily , Mr du Pont had an interest in preserving his 'farm' and created a foundation in 1946 establishing Longwood as a public garden. I was unable to find a definitive statement of exactly how large Longwood is, but the conservatory alone is 4 acres; you could almost make a day of it just hanging out in there.
The dry climates were represented under glass as well, in the silver garden.
I manged to drag myself back outdoors and passed through the beautiful courtyard that features lotus, water lilies and other aquatics in a architecturally imposing setting -as you can see I was not up to the challenge of getting a shot that wasn't full of fellow gawkers.
I managed to grab a photo in an unoccupied corner.
It would be an understatement to say that this garden is impeccably maintained; they are clearly well-funded and well marketed as a destination that can be enjoyed by both serious gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The next several images are taken in what is called the 'idea garden/ trial garden.' There were certainly flowers in this area but the emphasis was on texture, foliage and movement.
Rapunzel was not at home.
The flower Walk is a series of long bloom-filled paths radiating from a central fountain.I almost missed this altogether, and as dinner reservations were nigh , it was a brief stroll. After returning home and starting to process all the photos I took , I saw that there were a few areas of Longwood I didn't make it to, and some notable features I failed to photograph. I guess I'm going to have to go back !