We began our Christmas holiday celebrations with a visit to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA where more than half a million lights, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, spectacular fountain shows and 'Victorian' carolers made the night memorable for H.H and me. We strolled through the grounds marveling at the miles of lights illuminating the trees. Our first stop was the open air theater where colorful fountains danced to holiday music with 750 jets of water. But it was a cold night so we were glad to spend most of our visit in Longwood's four acre heated conservatory where 16,000 seasonal plants flourish. Take a tour with us:
|I liked the white lights better than the colored ones on the outside trees|
|A grand piano filled with lights inside the conservatory|
|The succulent tree was my favorite|
|Succulents included Aloe, Echevena, Sedum and Kalanchoe|
|Living wreath of Kalanchoe and spleenwort ferns|
The conservatory displayed many out-of-season blossoms ...
|Clockwise from top: Hydrangea, roses and orchid|
... as well as seasonal ones such as amaryllis and poinsettia.
I loved this unusual red and green combination:
|From top: Swiss chard, curly parsley and sweet alyssum|
|The children's Christmas trees|
Another favorite of mine was a tree dressed in blues, purples, oranges, yellows and reds. I liked it because the colors were reflected in the plantings at its base.
|Plantings reflect the colors of the tree decorations.|
|Stunning silver and white display|
I wish I could show you the waterfalls and various water features in the conservatory, but my poor skills with an iPhone camera didn't do them justice. I especially liked the Cascade Garden with its sheets of water cascading down 'earthen' walls.
Back outside it was colder than ever, so we went to the restaurant for hot chocolate before walking to the Peirce-du Pont House. On the way we were glad to come across one of three fire pits where we could linger to warm ourselves. In the Peirce-du Pont house we greatly enjoyed the 'Victorian' carolers. Their angelic voices put me in the Christmas mood more than any other event up to that moment.
Our final stop was the Garden Railway. We visited it other years with our grandchildren, but not after dark when it is truly enchanting.
|The Garden Railway|
We left Longwood Gardens cold but happy, spending the night in a hotel before returning home where our own Christmas tree and holiday decorations greeted us.
|Our 2016 Christmas tree|
|Some of our decorations.|
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas,
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