Longwood Gardens has always been on my wish list of gardens to visit and last summer my daughter and I were lucky enough to spend a week in Pennsylvania, touring gardens and taking in historic Philadelphia. Longwood proved to be even better than I expected.
One of the first sights I saw was this beautiful and intensely fragrant arch of Brugmansia.
The Conservatories at Longwood are spectacular (and massive).
There is a stunning indoor Children's Garden. It is centered around water and there were many little ones playing in the water and having a grand time. These storks blow bubbles in their basin.
The conservatories are climate controlled so it is very comfortable to spend the entire day here, which you could easily do.
The Orchid Room smelled heavenly.
Longwood has the most pristine waterlily and lotus ponds I have ever seen. Dead foliage and flowers are removed daily and the water is dyed black so it is more reflective and also inhibits algae growth.
The Gardens are famous for their huge fountains and shows go on all day long.
However, I preferred the smaller Italian Garden and it's lovely formal fountains.
There are 3 tree houses in the garden and they are all wonderful. One had a glass beehive in it with a volunteer who explained the life cycle of bees.
We spent all day in this fantastic garden and could easily have come back for another day or two. I highly recommend a visit.