When I first learned about the Light exhibit by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens, I put it on my must-do list. The photos I saw of the glowing lights in the garden darkness positively captivated me. So I finally found the time to make my way there on a recent weekend. I arrived in the late afternoon and took advantage of the remaining daylight to wander through the magnificent gardens.
Situated in the historic Brandywine Valley, Longwood Gardens is an Eden for plant lovers and one of the preeminent gardens in the United States. Although its just 32 miles from Philadelphia and 12 miles from Wilmington, Delaware, the surrounding Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, with its little town center and charming B&Bs, seems far removed from both.
The 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens that spread over the 1,077 acres of the park proved to be too much to cover in the couple of hours before nightfall, but I did manage to see a number of the gardens highlights. And though the day was a bit overcast, it didnt detract from the beauty of the plants and trees.
My first stop was the topiary garden. Im always fascinated by how plants here, Japanese and English yews are clipped into all kinds of cool shapes. (I also cant help but think of the moving topiaries in Stephen Kings The Shining, though these werent creepy like the ones in the book.)
From there, I headed to the nearby rose garden, positively radiant with brilliant yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds.
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