In 1906, industrialist Pierre DuPont bought a farm containing historic trees because they were going to be cut down and sold for lumber.
Mr. DuPont used these 1,077 acres to create an inspirational, world-renown botanical gardens with water features, and a 4.5 acre conservatory. His programs continue horticultural education, research, and artist performances on the grounds. (Check out my post on Longwood of 2015.)
I was lucky to be able to see over 5,000 beautiful orchids this visit. Some of them were grown in California and some rare orchids were grown in Taiwan by experts who have a very precise treatment for them.
Enjoy these photos I took. Enlarge them if you can to see their beauty close-up.
View of Conservatory
Huge arch at the entrance of white phalaenopsis.
Huge hanging ball of anthurium, a waxy leaf plant native to tropical North America. I remember seeing them for the first time in Hawaii and was amazed because it looked like it was fake. The stems grow 15-20″ and last about 6 weeks in a vase. All parts of anthurium are poisonous so be cautious. It would make a good feature in a murder mystery!
There are some huge water features with and without lovely waterfalls. Some small ones are tucked away in-between plants that you could miss unless you looked carefully.
These are some of the rare orchids, below, from Taiwan. It’s only the second year they have been on show anywhere in the U.S. They’re famous for the large number of blooms on each stem, equal size of the blooms, and the length of time they bloom. It takes 4 years to cultivate them.
Here’s a giant aloe plant (lily family) from South Africa:
Small orange tree that reminded me of California because of it’s lovely smell.
I hope you were able to experience just a bit of the incredible beauty of the orchids and meditative qualities of Longwood conservatory.