Located in Chester County, PA, about an hour outside of Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens boasts 11,000 varieties of plants spread out across more than 1,000 acres of gardens, meadows, woodlands and elaborate horticultural displays.
The institution was originally founded by Pierre du Pont in 1906 and has since become world renowned for its dedication to botany, design, education and art.
In the tranquil oasis of Longwood Gardens, visitors stroll along paths that wind through acres and acres of exquisitely maintained grounds.
A new vista presents itself at each turn: the Italian Water Garden, Flower Garden Walk, aquatic display gardens and many others, including through Peirce’s Woods, a collection of eight outdoor “rooms” of distinct woodland habitats.
Throughout the garden, you can expect to see various forms of wildlife including deer, butterflies, birds, beavers, bees and more, as you stroll across bridges stretching over numerous water sources on the grounds.
Meadow Garden, in particular, features an elevated boardwalk, which takes 15-minutes to cross and presents unique views of the landscape and the flora and fauna that inhabit the space.
Inside the Conservatory, guests find a lush world of exotic flowers, cacti, bromeliads, ferns and bonsai.
Each season brings a different pleasure: spring features magnolias and azaleas; in summer, roses and water lilies; the fall brings foliage and chrysanthemums; while winter begets camellias, orchids and palms.
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