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.
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.
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.
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.
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!