A Longwood Christmas

On View Through January 12, 2014

A brilliant design of floating Red Rome and Granny Smith apples in the Exhibition Hall.

A brilliant design of floating Red Rome and Granny Smith apples in the Exhibition Hall.

Fresh and in Season is this years theme at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and it is pleasingly graceful.

Staff and volunteers create awe-inspiring displays during every season at Longwood, but Christmastime is celebrated with a half million glittering lights and colorfully lit fountains around the thousand acre outdoor gardens.

My favorite first stop is always going to the exhibition hall in the four acre indoor conservatory. Each year, I can’t imagine any display being better than the previous year, but once again –it is stunning!

This year a brilliant design of floating apples (Red Rome and Granny Smith) are contained within an in-house specially made concealed frame.  The display is very artistic, imaginative and extrordinarily festive.

All these locally grown apples will eventually be used for cattle feed.

All these locally grown apples will eventually be used for cattle feed.

Longwood’s School and Youth Program serves 15,000 regional students yearly.

Several local students decorated Fraser Fir trees with their fruit themed ornaments.

Several local students decorated Fraser Fir trees with their fruit themed ornaments.

Clever orchid wreath designed with moth orchids and spleenwort ferns.

Clever orchid wreath designed with moth orchids and spleenwort ferns.

For over two years the gardeners at Longwood trained a Euphorbia pulcherrima 'Annette Hegg Brilliant Diamond' into a massive Poinsettia Standard.

For over two years the gardeners at Longwood trained a Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Annette Hegg Brilliant Diamond’ into a massive Poinsettia Standard.

Always a pleasure to visit the beautiful bathrooms along North America's longest living wall.

Always a pleasure to visit the beautiful bathrooms along North America’s longest living wall.

Holiday Tea is set.

Holiday Tea is set.

Fruit-adorned tree.

Fruit-adorned tree.

TIPS FOR VISITING
Everyone must buy a timed ticket! Purchase online before arriving. Go early on non peak days for best viewing. Check the  performance, event, class and display schedule; there always seems to be something fun or informative going on. longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/longwood-christmas
Dress in layers as parts of the conservatory are very warm and walking the grounds can be chilly. Plan on a lot of walking to see everything. Outdoor gardens have a light display after 3:30pm.
On the way out be sure to visit the exceptional gift shop.
For detailed information visit http://longwoodgardens.org

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