Sunday, April 19, 2009

Longwood Gardens

Saturday was the first really beautiful day of the year, so Kim and I decided it would be the perfect day to visit Longwood Gardens. We knew that we were in for a treat when on the walk to the main entrance of the grounds we saw these Cherry and Magnolia trees in full-bloom.

As you can see, the sky was clear and cloudless. Although many of the trees weren't in leaf yet, some were showing great blossoms and on a day like that what can you really complain about.

The garden was well groomed and the fountains were going. The formal Italian water garden was beautiful right at the edge of the large pond

We walked out to edges of the property where many treehouses were built. We especially like this one overlooking the meadow, which made use of these very interesting yellow natural logs. I thought they were probably stripped yellow popular logs, but couldn't find a sign anywhere to give me more information.

Longwood also has a good exhibit of Bonsai in the back of the Conservatory. They have many wonderful trees including a Crepe Myrtle with great bark, several Maples and Hornbeams, but easily my favorite was the Wisteria that was in full bloom. This tree was flowering much earlier than the plants in the landscape so it was a wonderful surprise.

While we were there, I took the opportunity to take some photographs, including some with the Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 with Macro, that I recently purchased. I hope you enjoy my pictures!
I highly recommend everyone make some time on a nice day and drive out to Longwood Gardens. From Philly, the drive is around 45 minutes. Student tickets are $6 and normal adult tickets are $16, so it isn't too expensive.

1 comment:

  1. This seems a beautiful garden with lots of colorful flowers in the conservatory and the photography is also excellent