Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Longwood Gardens, located about 30 miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a gorgeous collection of flowers situated on 1077 acres of land. (Only 325 acres are open to the public.) There are twenty indoor gardens, housed in a conservatory which contains 5,500 types of plants. There are also 20 outdoor gardens featuring exquisite flowers, trees, and dazzling fountains.
Longwood Gardens has a very rich history. Over two hundred years ago, the land was inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Indians. In 1700, a Quaker family purchased the property from William Penn (the guy Pennsylvania is named after) and established a farm there. In 1906, Pierre du Pont, the famous industrialist, purchased the property and created what is enjoyed today. In 1946, the Gardens were turned over to a foundation set up by Mr. du Pont.
One of the gardens is the Bee-aMazed children's garden. It features a tree house, a Honeycomb Maze, Flower fountain, and Buzz Trail. Kids can learn about bees and the various parts of a flower through these interactive features.
The Gardens are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission for adults is $18.00. Admission for children is $8.00.