Longwood Gardens: "a snow-covered paradise"

   Since I was a little boy, who had a nerdy obsession with gardens, and I have been wanting to visit the fabled Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania!

   Located in the tiny community of Kennett Square 30 min west of Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens was founded by Pierre S. du Pont in 1906.   The history of Pierre duPont is a fascinating one!   He purchased a farm which had hundreds of ancient trees in an arboretum which would have been cut down if Pierre hadn't intervened!   Pierre rose to great success in corporate America to become one of the wealthiest men in the United States at the time.   His parties at Longwood became the most anticipated events of the year on the East Coast - anyone who was anyone was there including presidents and politicians!  

   Anyway, enough with this history lesson!   Last week I finally visited Longwood for the first time......and there was a foot of snow on the ground!   This was both positive and negative.  

    Negative because, as beautiful as the snow covered hedges, lawns and paths were accented by the lovely naked branches of deciduous trees, my imagination had to most of the work to fill in the absence of spring's glory.       

   The positive aspects were that, in spite of the dormant state of the grounds outside, the massive gardens in the conservatory were in full bloom, combined with the fact that there were so few visitors it felt like we were on a private tour!  

   I can't wait to visit again during Spring, Summer and Fall!