LONGWOOD GARDENS

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LONGWOOD GARDENS

KENNETT SQUARE, PENNSYLVANIA 2012

By Chet Yarbrough

One of the great destination cities of the United States is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Philadelphia boasts great dining, theatre, art, early American history, and an ebullient youthful downtown marketplace.

PHILADELPHIA SKYLINE

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Walking down the street to view Benjamin Franklin’s house or the location of America’s First Continental Congress reminds one of how great it is to live in a free country.

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One can spend weeks in Philadelphia, see the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, on and on; barely beginning to appreciate the city’s beauty and history.

LIONS, TIGERS, AND BEARS–OH MY!
PHILADELPHIA ZOO ENTRY MARKER
THE LIBERTY BELL
PHILADELPHIA ZOO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, on this trip, the destination is outside the city to see Longwood Gardens, approximately 40 miles east of Philadelphia; by car, about an hour drive.

Longwood Gardens was purchased by a Quaker from William Penn in 1700.  It started as a working farm and then was purchased by the industrialist, Pierre S. du Pont in 1906.  In 1946, du Pont created Longwood Foundation Inc. “for the maintenance and improvement of the gardens” and at his death in 1954, the Foundation carried on with a policy of opening the Gardens to the general public.

PIERRE S du PONT (CHAIRMAN & PRESIDENT GENERAL MOTORS 1915-1923)

Longwood Gardens rests on 1,077 acres with 20 outdoor gardens, 20 indoor gardens, 4.5 acres of heated green houses, and numerous fountains and water features.

Flower colors and trees are magnificent.

 

 

 

Water features are an integral part of the eco-system of the Gardens.

Longwood Gardens has one of the largest greenhouses in the world with over 5,500 plants.

The following website shows the current status of a tuition-free two-year graduate program in horticulture; Longwood Gardens is a hands-on teaching facility for interested students:

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=longwood%20gardens%20graduate%20program&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CGkQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.longwoodgardens.org%2FLongwoodGraduatePrograminPublicHorticulture_1_3_4_2_6.html&ei=y-_kT4zCE8ry2QWClKHaCQ&usg=AFQjCNHhCyJcU2YoMfv5EG6KE_Gh6SLe9g

This is a great side-trip that should not be missed if you plan to visit Philadelphia, the aptly named “City of Brotherly Love”. [contact-form-7 id=”1710″ title=”Contact form 1″]

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