Thursday, September 24, 2015

Longwood

Yet another beautiful here in Pennsylvania. September has been gorgeous so far and as we zero in on the last week it looks like plenty of good weather still to come.

We went to Longwood Gardens for a walk and lunch. Longwood is 1500 acres of beautiful gardens that were once part of the DuPont estate but now are public access and visited by thousands every year. There are constantly changing outdoor displays, changing with the seasons, and greenhouses full of treasures all year 'round. Dozens of people work to keep the flower beds weeded, the trees and bushes trimmed, and the visitors behaving. There's a wonderful gift shop, a cafeteria, and a sit-down restaurant. It's wonderful any time of the year.

We headed first to the restaurant for some lunch, and it was before noon so it was pretty empty. Service was great, the setting, surrounded by the woods of the outer gardens, was peaceful and serene. The food was delicious and lunch unrushed and I enjoyed the time to chat.

After lunch we took a walk around some of the gardens to check out the dahlias and mums. A good section of the gardens were closed to the public while they're working on the fountain area. Next time I visit they should be done and it will be nice to see the result.

Longwood is always a feast for the eyes and good for the soul. There's beauty in every direction and on a beautiful day like today, it just hit the spot.

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