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A Day in the Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens is a big slice of land (approximately 1,077 acres) consisting of a variety of gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania in the United States. Visitors can enjoy this collection of botanical gardens all year round and see exotic plants and even join events and workshops on horticulture and other activities.

Longwood's history can be traced back to a Quaker named George Peirce's purchase of land from William Penn. It started out as a farm. But in 1798, Joshua and Samuel Peirce planted what was to be the first of an arboretum on it and was originally known as Peirce's Park.

Pierre S. du Pont then purchased it from the Peirce family back in 1906 to save the trees in the arboretum from being sold for lumber. He added many features to the garden and opened it to the public quite frequently. Upon his death, the foundation he created, Longwood Foundation Inc., continued maintaining and improving the gardens and has kept it open to the public.

Things to see in the Longwood Gardens

Of course, this being a huge garden, expect to see lots of plants (11,000 different varieties to be more precise). Strolling through the garden is a pleasant experience as there are many paths laid out across beautifully maintained grounds. You can also visit such sights as the Italian Water Garden, Flower Garden Walk, Peirce's Woods, aquatic display gardens, and so much more.

You can also visit the conservatory and see many more varieties of plants. There are different plants featured for different seasons, so each visit, depending on the time of year, is a different experience.

Meadow Garden

Meadow Garden is a relatively new addition to Longwood Gardens. Guests can enjoy 86 acres of colorful fields of wildflowers. This new addition shows the evolution of meadows from the 1700s and the importance of conserving nature.

Visitors also get to see the Webb farmhouse with its two galleries, the first showing the meadow in all four seasons and the second showing its inhabitants as time passed.

Another bonus that can be experienced from the garden is the wildlife that can be encountered which include deer, birds, and insects. There's even an elevated boardwalk to get a better view of the landscape.

Indoor Children's Garden

The Indoor Children's Garden is a new space where children can safely learn more about nature and amazing plants and experience some fun activities. Other amenities include a Central Cove, a Rain Pavilion, and a Bamboo Maze to really engage kids.

There's no need to go very far in order to get in touch with nature. Spending a day in the Longwood Gardens can prove to be relaxing and enjoyable as well as educational for the whole family. And based on all that can be seen and experienced in this beautiful 1,077-acre space, we could be talking about a long day of fun experiencing the great outdoors without spending much.

Whether you're from Pennsylvania or from out of town, this place is sure to be a great stopover destination. So have some fun, take a little stroll and smell the flowers in the scenic Longwood Gardens.

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