Longwood Gardens in Bloom

On a sunny morning in late April, we headed down to Longwood Gardens to look at some plants. You probably don’t remember, but we had actually been to Longwood during Freshman year before all the leaves were on the trees because it was still winter. Anyway, this time, there were actual flowers and things blooming and it was so lovely! If you live in the area and have never been, I would definitely recommend it, even if you are not a plant fanatic because it is beautiful and the amount of maintenance required to keep this place perfect will blow your mind.

We were supposed to be taking notes on different spaces and plants for class but I mostly just looked at all the plants and wandered around.

One of the cool things we go to do was go behind the scenes of some of the plant growing operations. We walked through green houses with rows and rows of different plant species.

There was also this tree called a Mardarinquat (I think) which looked awesome but we weren’t allowed to pick any.

They also showed us these crazy flowers they were propagating that only bloom every 7 years and cost upwards of $600 dollars if I’m not mistaken! So I think this picture should be worth at least $50 haha.

Anyway. After getting a tour, we were able to walk around on our own! Yay! I definitely could’ve stayed longer but I still got to see plenty of foliage and flora.

First we took a stroll down the Flower Garden Walk which was planted with over 250,000 bulbs! That’s crazy! Here are some pics:

Pictures of columbine flowers (I think) planted around the fountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These pictures don’t really do it justice but you can still see all the pretty flowers 🙂

The formal Italian Water Garden is lined with pollarded trees which I personally am not a fan of but they do look rather sculptural in this setting

The meadow. A perscribed burn had just been done to part of the meadow which was pretty cool. These burns are important and mimic natural meadow ecosystem processes that promote seed germination, ecological health, and the suppression of weeds among other things.

We also got to walk around the indoor greenhouses which are always blooming with beautiful flowers!

 

 

And no trip to Longwood would be complete without using the famous greenwall bathrooms!

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A Garden Field Trip in February

So last Thursday, the freshman LARCHies (that’s what us landscape architects call ourselves) went on a field trip to Longwood Gardens. It’s somewhere in Pennsylvania. The lovely day started with getting up at 5:45 in the morning. It was cold and icy. The bus driver said that he had been to Longwood Gardens before and that it was really nice, but of course, he went in May or June. You know, when there are plants growing and it’s not cold. But no. We went on Thursday, when it was cold, and plantless. Actually, there were indoor gardens to walk around in which were pretty cool.

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There was also this really cool indoor green wall.

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I also took this fancy picture:

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After wandering through the various gardens, we visited the gift shop where – true to our major – wIMG_5872e bought plants to keep in studio. Unfortunately, all the widows (they all open on some sort of mechanical automated system) had opened during one of the coldest nights of the week and had froze all of our plants. It was so cold in the building that my water bottle had also froze. Sadly, I don’t have a picture of my plant before the incident but I do have one from after.