Longwood Gardens

A friend of mine recently acquired a box of old books that didn’t really have any value to her, but upon further review, I found some wonderful hidden gems featuring china patterns and specific garden estates. One garden book I fell in love with is Longwood Gardens. This garden is located 30 miles west of Philadelphia as the country home of the DuPont family. As I turned each page of this book, my jaw dropped at the perfectly pruned landscape of the gardens. The Italian inspired gardens were one of a kind in America, especially the fountains, which were rumored in 1928 to be like “fireworks.”

While the fountains are fantastic, the gardens are beyond wonderful. The flowers are not  just scattered, but are dripping in a plethora of color. The abundance is what makes a big impact in the design of the landscape. Longwoood does not “short” on flowering plants and well hedged spaces. I love the adaptation of the gardens for the seasons that allows for maximum color and contrast.

 

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The fountains certainly do look like fireworks. They shoot high into the sky, as does the formal hedging. Via perfectgardeningtips

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Timeless flowers blooming in the orangery. Longwood Gardens 11

The topiaries are unlike anything I have ever seen. So well crafted and appointed. Via AD

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All I can say is wow. I love how the wall plats are diverse, not uniform, and full of dimension.

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A pond that is literally unreal. Via Pinterest

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Black potted tulips and hanging wisteria. Via Flickr

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More high rising fountains located throughout the gardens. Via Pinterest

Longwood Gardens 5 Another glimpse of the orangery. Breathtaking. Via Good Housekeeping

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I am making this estate my next garden visit. Via Pinterest

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