Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens

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Yesterday, after spending the morning at the Brandywine River Museum, Ellen and I drove four miles west on Route 1 to the massive estate and botanical gardens, Longwood Gardens. From spring to fall it deserves a day of its own to walk the garden paths, but in winter the Conservatory (entrance above), a huge enclosed greenhouse, is the thing to see, and from now to March 30 they have hundreds of their orchids on display. After a fine (if expensive) lunch at their restaurant, Ellen and I spent a few hours walking the many paths inside the Conservatory to see the orchids and the many other plants. A great tonic for winter weather.

Conservatory

The main Conservatory building with central pools.

FernWall

Something new since we were last there, the Fern Wall. The doors are to individual and family-sized restrooms.

LavenderBed

The flower beds are beautifully planned and arranged for color and variety.

OrangeBlueBed

Another example.

BirdParadise

A large Bird of Paradise flower.

WaterGarden

Another view in the Conservatory. And now, following without further comment, my photos of the orchids. I don’t know the names of any of them, but they are gorgeous and well worth seeing!

OrchidGroup

OrchidLavenderSpots

OrchidYellowSpotted

OrchidLavenderVeins

OrchidMagentaGroup

OrchidYellow

OrchidMagentaRed

OrchidPink

 

OrchidPinkBed

OrchidWhiteSpeckles

OrchidPinkLavender

OrchidWellType

OrchidPinkRose

OrchidWhitePurpleVeins

OrchidPinkRed

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