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A Longwood Gardens Christmas

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Poinsettias  in the greenhouse
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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.

Pierre S du Pont (1870-1954), painting by Bjorn P Egali, 1961. (detail)
Pierre S du Pont (1870-1954), painting by Bjorn P Egali, 1961. (detail)
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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.

Suspended Christmas Trees  in the greenhouse
Suspended Christmas Trees in the greenhouse
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Amazing chandeliers!
Amazing chandeliers!
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Bird of Paradise  in the greenhouse
Bird of Paradise in the greenhouse
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The Mediterranean Garden tree is made of strips of colored glass
The Mediterranean Garden tree is made of strips of colored glass
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Anthurium in the greenhouse
Anthurium in the greenhouse
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Christmas tree at Longwood Gardens
Christmas tree at Longwood Gardens
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Rose in the greenhouse
Rose in the greenhouse
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The library tree was made of books!
The library tree was made of books!
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Papercraft decorations in the library
Papercraft decorations in the library
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Decorations for the Cupcake Tree were made by grades 1 & 2, Gov. Charles C. Stratton School, Swedesboro, NJ.
Decorations for the Cupcake Tree were made by grades 1 & 2, Gov. Charles C. Stratton School, Swedesboro, NJ.
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Having fun watching the trains in the outdoor gardens.
Having fun watching the trains in the outdoor gardens.
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Lookout Loft
Lookout Loft
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More than 500,000 lights grace more than 150 trees throughout the outdoor Gardens.
More than 500,000 lights grace more than 150 trees throughout the outdoor Gardens.
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Visitors enjoy the magic at Longwood Gardens
Visitors enjoy the magic at Longwood Gardens
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Longwood Gardens is located on US Route 1, about 3 miles northeast of Kennett Square, PA.





OEN Managing Editor, Meryl Ann Butler (R) visiting Longwood Gardens with high school buddy Paula Botwinick (L) and Paula's daughter Arielle...we all had a great time!
OEN Managing Editor, Meryl Ann Butler (R) visiting Longwood Gardens with high school buddy Paula Botwinick (L) and Paula's daughter Arielle...we all had a great time!
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See more about me, Paula and Arielle in my article here.

 

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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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