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A Longwood Gardens Christmas

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It started in 1906, when the remnant of what had been an arboretum a half-century earlier was purchased by a lumber company for timber. Thirty-six-year-old Pierre S. du Pont was horrified at the prospect of losing a forest filled with historic and rare trees, and he purchased the land to save them. He wasn't planning to build Longwood Gardens, but within a few years, his desire to create a place of beauty where he could entertain his friends transformed a simple country farm into one of the country's leading horticultural display gardens.


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Today the 1,077- acre Longwood Gardens consists of varied outdoor gardens, ranging from formal to naturalistic in their landscape design, and 20 indoor gardens within a 4.5 acre group of heated greenhouses. Longwood's Conservatory contains 4,600 different types of plants and trees, and is specially decorated for the holiday season: A Longwood Christmas can be visited through Jan 6th.


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Longwood Gardens is located on US Route 1, about 3 miles northeast of Kennett Square, PA.






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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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