Longwood Garden's Orchid Extravaganza


Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, PA is surely one of the most beautiful garden centers in the world. With each passing season and holiday, the gardens transform into a new wonderland resembling something out of  Tim Burton film...well, only more girly and less creepy. The outdoor trails stretch on, winding around an ampitheater, Italian fountain garden, colossal topiary sculptures and more.


Around each bend in the path there is a new sight to behold, lending a romantic and almost magical quality to the place. As if it could get any better, at the back of the property sits the enormous conservatory, home to various greenhouses, exhibits and a children's garden. Unlike traditional American gardens, Longwood proudly displays the art of horticulture through living installations fashioned from thousands of plants and flowers.


The current exhibit is Longwood's famous Orchid Extravaganza. As if orchids aren't beautiful enough to begin with, the artists at Longwood Gardens have carefully placed thousands of them on display in archways, over hanging baskets, on a living wall and in the main hall of the conservatory, which houses a different elaborate display with each new exhibit.






Though the orchids on display come by the thousands, each one looks as if it has been cared to with individual attention. It is a great place to take floral photos if you like to do macro photography.




One of the best parts of the orchid display is the variety of orchids. I saw kinds there I didn't even know existed, like the heart-shaped orchid and the tiger orchid.



The Orchid Extravaganza runs now through March 25th. I can't wait to go back in the summer for the outdoor light installations by Bruce Munro.

If you live anywhere within several hours of Kennett Square, it is worth the drive. Longwood Gardens does admission by timed tickets every half hour. They usually sell out days in advance per time slot, so you'll want to book your ticket online a few weeks in advance. I suggest picking a time in the afternoon so you get to see the outdoor gardens during the day as you make your way to the conservatory and indoor exhibits. Then as you are leaving from the conservatory back to the front, you get to experience the outdoor trails at night. Wear comfy shoes; it is a lot of walking. And bring some spending money for the gift center and restaurant or cafe.

For more info visit the official Longwood Gardens wesite.

*All photos by Krisztina Williams. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. Wonderful photos! Orchids are so weirdly cool.

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  2. What a gorgeous post Christina. Thanks for sharing it. The last time I was in that area was in 1998, but you never know--your blog makes me want to check out those orchids for myself!

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  3. Thanks for posting, Christina!

    It seems like the sort of place one could spend hours in!

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  4. Thanks, Lynn!
    @Eve-well, come on up! I'll give you the grand tour.:)
    @William-it is. I spend hours and hours there everytime...especially since it takes me 2&1/2 hours to get there!

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  5. Pretty pics! I haven't been there in years. More like a couple decades. All I remember is bees, lots of bees. Maybe this spring the kids and I can take a little road trip. Thanks:)

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  6. Oh, how I love orchids. I'm afraid I would be there everyday. What a great place to sit and be inspired. Thanks for showing us this place.

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