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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Longwood Gardens Part 2

Today I'm going to show you a few (or maybe more) pictures from our visit to Longwood Gardens.

It seems that around every corner there is another beautiful sight!



This is the Italian Water Gardens.

One of the things on the map they gave us was a Conservatory. We thought this was going to be a quick stop, thinking it would just be full of plants. As soon as we stepped in the door, we knew we were wrong!
This is the view from the doorway. This picture is deceiving because it doesn't show the true size. This place was huge. We loved the way the grass worked like carpet, and the pillars were covered with vines.


This is another view from the entrance.


This is the elevator in the Conservatory. Pretty classy, don't you think?


Vines and flowers were everywhere.



This is an example of some of the details. Everything was finished beautifully.


Inside the Conservatory was a section devoted to kids.
Each nook and cranny was filled with fun things to discover.


There were lots of fun fountains.


This water feature was inside a tower.


This little boy was having a great time playing in the water.


After finishing in the Conservatory we followed a path, where we were supposed to find a Chime Tower. Imagine our surprise when we rounded a corner and saw this view.
This was such a beautiful site; looking at that old tower and hearing the water splash.



This is the entrance to the tower and the spiral stone staircase inside. We climbed the tower and found an exit door at the top.
This was the last stop at the Gardens. It was a hot day and we were ready to get into our air conditioned car, but we agreed it was well worth the time it took to get there and the heat we walked around in. If you are ever in the area, you really need to stop here!

15 comments:

Nancy said...

That place is so beautiful. I wonder how many gardners they have to maintain it.

Karin said...

What a beautiful place - relaxing, refreshing and gorgeous eye candy! Thanks for sharing the photos!

linda said...

Mari, what a gorgeous gorgeous place! I probably could have stayed there for hours! I'm finding that the older I get, the more I appreciate the beauty that is around us! Thank you for sharing these beautiful gardens!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

This is incredible!!! I love the elevator. "Wondering to myself, how do they keep it so clean?" And the boy is darling.

Love the very first photo best. Your framed it so well.

My Wednesday post -Tall Sail Ships Arriving. Lots of photos! Hope you can come take the tour with me!

Just Mom said...

When I grow up, I want a garden just like that. :-D Simply breathtaking.

Connie said...

Beautiful gardens - can you imagine what it takes to keep them all looking like that.

Kim said...

Yep, definitely going on my list of places to visit! Absolutely gorgeous! Where is it in PA anyway? Near what?

Brooke said...

i wanna take a book and roll around in the grass of the conservatory! beautiful!

Sharon said...

That is just a beautiful place. I would love to see it.
Thanks for taking me with you through photos of your trip.

Cherdecor said...

You really got some good pictures from Longwood. It is a beautiful place.

Betty said...

Sorry I haven´t been commenting. Still busy with dog and daughter... :)
But I have been following your trip and I love these pictures. Even though I´m sure they do the place no justice. I would love to visit there sometime.

Heart2Heart said...

Mari,

I completely feel in love not only with the landscaping on the outside of the grounds but must say the conservatory is my favorite. I love that they really brought the outdoors in.

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Butterfly Works said...

Georgeous place; I know you had so much fun....your pictures are so inspiring.....

jenniferw said...

Good heavens, girl! You've got me on beauty overload! The fountains! That elevator! What sights you did behold. Now I want to visit Longwood Gardens more than ever. Thanks so much for sharing your memories.

Kat said...

What a gorgeous place!

Hugs,
Kat