A Longwood Gardens Christmas

Canopy Cathedral Treehouse

Squirrel!

Pierce du Pont House Conservatory

Longwood Gardens, former estate of Pierre S. du Pont, is an alluring retreat in the heart of the Brandywine Valley in Pennsylvania. Although beautiful any time of year, dazzling lights and Christmas displays enhance the splendid 1,077-acre horticulturist and garden lover’s dream during the holidays.
The four-acre conservatory houses room after room of flora; everything from orchids and roses to exotic trees and plants. Christmas brings tree after glittering tree, poinsettias, lights, and music. At Longwood, the rolling hills are the canvas painted with flora and fauna, and the beautiful architecture of the du Pont house and Conservatory. Fountains mist the air while dancing to Christmas tunes. Is it enchanting? Absolutely.

Decor at the Longwood Gardens Entrance

Mama & Juston

I spent a cold, icy Saturday afternoon with my mom and Juston at Longwood Gardens. We arrived early enough in the day to see the garden in the light and watched lights magically appear as the light of the day faded into darkness. Before long, the garden was awash in color: brilliant red, white, and green dotted the landscape, accented with the colors of the rainbow.

Christmas Lights Along the Walk

A Hearty Dinner

We ate a late lunch/early dinner at the café on the grounds. Each of us choose the Longwood version of beef bourguignon, a hearty stew served with Brussel sprouts, carrots and pearl onions over mashed potatoes. It really hit the spot on a cold winter’s day.

Tree Filled with Poinsettias and White Orchids in the Exhibition Hall of the Conservatory

The Conservatory kept us warm from the chill outside as we meandered through the many rooms lingering over the magnificent decorations. I wish someone would come decorate my house like any one of these rooms.

The Orchid House

A Victorian Tree in the Music Room

Glittering Trees in the Conservatory

Before we knew it the day was over, however the magic continues even days later. It was a great way to spend with two people I love!

A “Fruit” Tree Covered in Glass Ornaments

A Succulent “Tree”

Bromeliads

A Bonsai Cypress Tree

A Longwood Christmas Collage

Time to Head Home

4 comments on “A Longwood Gardens Christmas

    • Hi Tanya!

      Longwood Gardens is about as magical as it gets. The conservatory is magnificent! One can never have too many lights!

      Happy New Year!

      ~Mindy

  1. A friend of mine worked at Longwood Gardens for a year after college, and the photos she sent me throughout the year of the place were always so beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit it – I’m glad you had a chance to explore it! Happy holidays to you and your family!

    • Hi Liz!

      It’s a bit of a drive from here, but if you’re ever going north for any reason, take a day to visit and explore. You really can’t go wrong any time of the year, it’s stunning!

      I hope you enjoyed your holidays as well. Happy New Year!

      ~Mindy

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