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.
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.