Christmas is a magical time--no more so than at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania. The holiday would not be complete for me without our annual winter visit. This year was no exception. We spent time there earlier in December, raising my mood and putting me in the Christmas spirit.
Following an established routine, on arrival we left the visitors' center and headed for the conservatory, anticipating some stunning displays. We were not disappointed as you can see from the scene that greeted us as we entered the building ...
|The Conservatory, Longwood Gardens
|A close-up shot of the tree in the previous picture
Plants with winter-interest, such as red-twig dogwood, winterberry holly, and poinsettia, dominated the main display. I have red-twig dogwood 'Arctic Fire' in my garden, but I'm ashamed to say that I have no winterberry. I plan to rectify this in 2022. I'm not too fond of poinsettia, except for the double one shown below.
|Winterberry holly Ilex verticallata 'Maryland beauty', Poinsettia Euphorbia pulcherrima, Redtwig dogwood Cornus stolonfera
|'Golden Glo' poinsettia and Kalanchoe
|My favorite display in the conservatory--no words needed
I always enjoy perusing the trees decorated by children. This year the children's tree exhibit was in the ballroom.
|Trees in the Children's Tree Display
|An ornament made by a child. I love the sentiment of the angels bringing peace.
There are many plants to enjoy other than those typical of Christmas. Here are a few of my favorites, especially the orchids, from the 'hundreds' of photographs I took:
|Bird of Paradise Strelitzia reginae
|Hybrid grapefruit Citrus 'Oroblanco'
|A hanging basket of orchids
|Moth orchid Phalaenopsis hybrid
I've had no success growing one orchid, let alone a hanging basket full of them, so I need places like Longwood to give me my 'orchid fix.' There is a new orchid display area under construction. In the meantime, there were plenty to see and admire.
|A few beauties from the orchid display
The Green Wall always intrigues me. I never fail to go find it, and not just because of its location by the restrooms. How I would love to grow a living wall like this:
|A very small part of the Green Wall that is on both sides of a long corridor.
Entering the Exhibition Hall we admired the table decorated for the Christmas meal. As with all the exhibits at Longwood, it is very different each year.
|My Christmas table wasn't so fancy.
Leaving the conservatory, we strolled around the grounds, enjoying the garden railway, warming our hands at a firepit, and watching a fountain show at the open air theatre. The trees were covered in lights, but as we were there earlier in the day, we didn't get to see all their festive glory. My friend, Christine, visited at nighttime and sent me the following pictures. Thank you, Christine.
|A Longwood Christmas after dark
I hope Christmas 2021 was a magical time for those of you who celebrated it--as it was for me. For the new year, I wish all of you peace and happiness, dear gardening friends.
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