Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Longwood Gardens Christmas Display

Today our family visited Longwood Gardens, in Kennett Square, PA. Longwood Gardens is one of the premier botanical gardens in the US. I couldn't find a Top 10 List for botanical gardens, so we'll have to take their word for it. When you see my photos, I think you will agree they are pretty premier.

Longwood Gardens was created by Pierre du Pont, the great-grandson of the founder of the DuPont chemical company. Pierre began building his gardens in 1907. Today there are 11,000 different types of plants here.

The 85 ft long floral carpet floating on the pool above is made from Barkos Red begonias, Enduring White poinsettias, green moss, English ivy, and painted pine cones. The Christmas tree is also decorated with Barkos Red begonias.

Enjoy the flowers (and fruit) below, and Happy Holidays!

Paphiopedilum g. Leeanum (Orchid)

x Laeliocattleya g. 'Platinum Sun' (Orchid)

x Doritaenopsis 'Leopard Prince' Sogo F-611 (Orchid)

x Laelio cattleya g. 'Bonanza' cv. Vesuvius (Orchid)

Dianthus caryophyllus 'Brocade' (Carnation)

Cyclamen persicum (Cyclamen)

x Citrofortunella microcarpa (Calamondin Orange)

x Guzvriesea 'Patricia' (Painted Feather)

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Jason' (Chinese Hibiscus)

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Night Fire' (Chinese Hibiscus)

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Erin Rachael' (Chinese Hibiscus)

Rosa 'Tombola' (Floribunda Rose)

Begonia x hiemalis 'Barkos Red' (Winter-Flowering Begonia)

Lilium 'Tiny Icon' (Asiatic Hybrid Lily)

Anthurium 'Orange Hot' (Anthurium)


  1. Beautiful flowers - a nice break from the dreary west coast weather. Mind you, we've got crocuses and daffodils coming up already!

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