And then we were off to Longwood Garden's. The Longwood Garden had originally been bought by a Quaker family- Peirce- from William Penn in 1700 for farming. Around 1800 the Peirce family established an arboretum. In 1906, after family descendents had squandered most of the money- the Peirce family put the arboretum up for sale. When Pierre du Pont (of the du Pont MONEY) heard that the trees- many well over 100 years old- were to be logged, he bought the farm to save the trees! In 1946, du Pont established a nonprofit foundation and opened the gardens to the public. Now I must admit that this was the most spectacular garden I have ever visited. The du Pont family lived on the property beginning in the early 1900's. Mr. du Pont created most of the gardens that are still on display today. It has grown to include 1050 acres of gardens plus a absolutely enormous conservatory that has 20 rooms. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. The following three were taken inside the conservatory.
I'm not sure what these were called, but they came from the Canery Islands.
The Wisteria were amazing.
There were hundreds of "Jack in the Pulpit" in bloom.
Below is a picture of a very interesting azalea
This was labeled as a Carolina Allspice plant.
And these Foxglove were just wonderful.
After this day of wandering about in the Garden's, we spent the last evening at Farmicia Restaurant.
I actually had "Fiddlehead Ferns & Green Garlic" for a salad...
And because this was a BYOB restaurant we were able to take one of Don's really AMAZING bottles of wine from our basement here in Cincy...
A perfect ending to a perfect weekend!