How to Tour Longwood Gardens Like an Expert

#Delaware trip Longwood Gardens #1

I love to walk. Hal, age 91, and I walked for two hours through Winterthur and met a couple who walked there often.

“We walk here and at Longwood Gardens,” they told us.


“Where’s that?” I asked. My mental wheels turned.

“Kennett Square, PA about 15 minutes from here.”

“You’ve never been to Longwood Gardens when you visited before?” Hal sounded incredulous that he could have overlooked something as iconic as visiting Longwood Gardens.

“Never heard of it.”

“Everyone goes to Longwood Gardens. We need to go.”



After years of practicing touring every kind of museum under the sun, the best advice I can give you about touring like an expert is never to think you are an expert. Make comparisons, guesses, then check your facts. If you know you are going somewhere, you can check your facts first, but you’ll probably forget them because you don’t need to know them yet. I love to go in green and come out with more expertise than when I went in.

That being said, you are going to become more of an expert about Longwood Gardens that I was, and can build on the knowledge you gain here.

The Outdoor Gardens at Longwood Gardens.


We arrived at about 11:30, and unlike Winterthur, there were no shady areas in which to walk. The sun warmed us and the water features added humidity to the air.



Pierre du Pont enjoyed water. We came across a lake across from the Italian Water Gardens. Framing the picture on the right is the column of a gazebo. Unless you happen to be a frog, you would not want to jump in and swim in this lake. If you do, you will look like a frog when you come out.


I stood inside the lakeside gazebo to photograph Hal looking at the lake.


What impressed me most about this gazebo was the ceiling’s intricate pattern. Pierre du Pont designed his own gardens and incorporated much of what he learned on his travels to Italy.


With thousands of plants on thousands of acres, it is a photographer’s paradise. I couldn’t click fast enough.

Longwood Gardens

Hal and I wandered into the garden and through the woods until 2:30. We caught the closing chords of the organ concert in the conservatory.


We did not let much grass grow under our feet, but there was some growing over our heads.


The display of flowers on the grounds outside reminded me of Buchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. There is a lot of stonework here in Delaware and Pennsylvania, but this garden is not built into the rock quarry.


Du Pont created the Italian Water Gardens with the most elaborate water show in the world when it was built in 1925-27. He could time the display, much like they do today at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Overlooking the Italian Water Gardens is a Canopy Cathedral. What attracted me were the windows. It was not as grand as the windows led me to believe, but it is worth the short climb to go inside to look out over the meadow.

Much of the wood for this structure came from reclaimed wood. The floors came from a toothpaste factory in Toronto, Canada.

Follow me as I go upstairs.

Finally, we look through the beautiful window panes onto the meadow and Italian Water Gardens.

I hope you enjoyed your tour today of the Longwood Gardens. I’ll take you to other parts of it in another post. Stay tuned.

9 responses to “How to Tour Longwood Gardens Like an Expert”

  1. MickETalbot Avatar

    Love your virtual tour, pleas give us a nod when you post part II, mind you I should pick it in/on the reader option. Have a great weekend,


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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Look for it in a week! 😀 hope you have a great weekend too!

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      1. MickETalbot Avatar

        Thanks Marsha.
        I don’t think its anything on my side, re your polldaddy link not working. Thinks, it could be my theme not accepting it. I know it wont allow me to put a poll up. Could be the latter as I don’t even have the option.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I have trouble with Reader choosing too many blogs that I did not sign up to see and not focusing on the ones I like. I prefer using email reminders and just following up as people comment. I have to admit that I’m slow, though. Too many irons in the fire! 🙂

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          1. MickETalbot Avatar

            I’m a bit like that, forever playing catch up, but I love it. Take care, have a good Sunday,

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            You too, Mick. 🙂

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          3. MickETalbot Avatar

            Oh yes! However WP gives 2 options, Reader and Notifications, very helpful indeed.

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          4. MickETalbot Avatar

            Forgot, thanks for the follow back!

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          5. Marsha Avatar

            You’re welcome! 🙂

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