“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!” – D.M. Dellinger
Hello TTC readers! First I want to thank you for your continued support, and I want to wish you salud, dinero y amor. This is a spanish saying which means health, prosperity and love. I also want to thank Luba and Adrian Chafloque for going out of their way for this post, which literately means 120 miles away to Longwood Gardens.
Longwood Gardens was founded by Pierre S. du Pont an industrialist, who purchased the property to save the arboretum from being sold for lumber. Mr. Du Pont added extensively to the property including an enormous conservatory, which is where all of our pictures were taken. In addition to the this conservatory, there are gardens that surround the entire property. Mr. Du Pont also added an extensive system of fountains and a massive pipe organ to the property.
Mr. Du Pont made Longwood Gardens his private estate from 1906 to around the 1930s. During his occupancy he opened his property to the public and at sometimes would anonymously give personal tours of the the gardens.
Today Longwood Gardens is a 1,077-plus acre property and consists of 20 outdoor gardens and 20 indoor gardens within 4.5 acres (18,200 m2) of heated greenhouses. The heated greenhouses were phenomenal! As you step from one room to the next you feel like you’ve been transported from the cold winter of Pennsylvania to a tropical rainforest in Madagascar.
Longwood Gardens hosts 800 horticultural and performing arts events each year, from flower shows, gardening demonstrations, courses, and children’s programs to concerts, organ and carillon recitals, musical theatre, foundation shows and firework displays. They also host an extensive Christmas light display during the holidays.
The picture above was my favorite display! Red Rome and green Granny Smith apples float in four inches of water to create a colorful tapestry, which reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.
The decorations were so detailed and beautiful that when Adrian took pictures of them up close they looked like postcards!
Another one of my favorite pieces is this gorgeous flower chandelier above us. Unfortunately, I’m not sure what kind of plant it is but it had beautiful white flowers and interwoven throughout the plant there were lights and small crystal balls swinging from one vine to the next.
Many of the trees, like the one above were also decorated with colorful pears and other fruits. My family and I have never decorated our tree with fruits but this will be a great idea for next Christmas.
The picture above is of the music room which was elegantly decorated for tea!
The fruit reef above is just one of at least 50 reefs at Longwood Gardens made from a variety of plants. Another reef I remember was made out of a variety of cactus plants!
The conservatory was so enormous we took a moment to look at the map and Adrian caught the moment without us knowing haha.
The tree above was Luba’s favorite Christmas tree! It’s gorgeous because the blue lights and decorations make it seem like it’s frozen.
I hope you enjoyed our tour of the gardens and our outfit ideas for the holidays!
–Cindy, Luba and Adrian
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