Before embarking on my voyage to the Bahamas, I stopped in the Philadelphia area for a weekend in my man's home town. Amongst many other activities (including delicious meals at Estia and Miles Table), we stopped at Longwood Gardens to walk around. Longwood Gardens was the residence of Pierre S. du Pont, who purchased a simple country farm in 1906, eventually turning it into one of the country's most well known and beautiful gardens. It consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, meadows, woodlands-- you could spend hours upon hours exploring the property.
We spent most of our time in the massive and expansive 4.5 acres of greenhouses. It was "Orchid Extravaganza" so there were thousands of different types of orchids scattered throughout the conservatory. I can't begin to describe how breathtaking it was inside these greenhouses. There were waterfalls, water fountains, sculptures, and of course flower and plant galore.
The plant above is called Jade Vine. The woman working in the greenhouses told us that it is a member of the bean family and is pollinated by birds and bats. The unique shade of green causes it to glow slightly at night.
Above is Pierre and his wife's house, which was kind of comically small compared to how enormous the greenhouses were. But seriously look how gorgeous it is. I love houses that are covered in vines and it had a beautiful green house, atrium type room in the center.
I can't recommend enough a trip to Longwood Gardens if you're ever in the area. No matter the season, there is always something to see and enjoy.
399 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, PA 19348