The Longwood Gardens
Many of my blog friends and followers have enjoyed the Longwood Conservatory post that I posted. Today, we are walking outside of the conservatory, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
“I have recently experienced what I would formerly have diagnosed as an attack of insanity; that is, I have purchased a small farm,” Pierre du Pont wrote to a friend soon after purchasing the Peirce farm in 1906.
By the mid-1930s, Pierre S. duPont purchased 25 contiguous properties, the Longwood gardens had grown from the original 202 acres to 926.
It takes 1,300 employees and volunteers with a $50 million annual budget to maintain these 20 outdoor gardens and 20 indoor gardens.
Walking through the gardens is almost like journeying into another planet.
Even the bathrooms are ridiculously beautiful! Take a look:
There are about 9,000 taxa (including different species, varieties, and cultivars) of cultivated plants growing at Longwood, including:
- Orchidaceae with about 3,000 taxa
- Rosaceae with more than 700 taxa
- Ericaceae with over 400 taxa
- Liliaceae with over 400 taxa
Special thanks to Jo for promoting my first Monday Walk post. It boosted the traffic of my humble blog; and I had fun walking with my blog friends 🙂 Hope you’ll join Jo’s Monday Walk and share your thoughts, photos, and/or stories. Thank you so much for visiting!