“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”Henri Matisse
A colorist and beautiful painter, Henri Matisse is one of my favorite artists and flowers are one of my favorite things, making the quote by Matisse something special. A recent day trip to one of Pennsylvania’s largest botanical gardens made this quote pop into my mind.
I live in Pennsylvania and the stereotype is that you can drive continuous miles before anything thrilling shows up roadside. While it is true that portions of Pennsylvania are an on-going series of land, there are exciting locations to visit. This includes Longwood Gardens, a spacious botanical garden composed of over 1,000 acres located in Kennet Square – 30 minutes from Wilmington, Delaware and just 50 minutes from Philadelphia.
Visiting botanical gardens is one of my favorite places because of photoshoot opportunities, as well as the abundance of color beside winding pathways. I have been to Longwood Gardens twice in winter and once in summer and autumn, but a trip near the end of March was my first spring experience.
From azaleas, daffodils, tulips, blue poppies, and more here is my day trip.
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Minus a tulip’s inability to last the whole spring season, tulips are one of my favorite flowers. The red tulip is as striking as they come and I feel lucky to have captured the bold moment. While not all tulips were fully blossoming, many were opening beneath the sunlight and fields of color were starting to spread. These white tulips offered a refined palette and a peaceful encounter.
Later in April, tulips of pink, yellow, purple, and even black, dotted Longwood Gardens’ fields.
The wildlife across Longwood Gardens changes depending on the season. Here, a goose was nesting with plenty of fish swimming in the pond, as well as the other ponds across the gardens. Turtles, frogs, other birds, bumblebees, dragonflies, and even fox have been spotted often in the warmer months. Longwood also does a bit of beekeeping where you can see live honeycomb.
Longwood Gardens has more than just ponds, but fountains and waterfalls too. While the fountains remained off until April to prevent freezing during night, I had taken these photos during an autumn visit.
While much of Longwood Gardens is outside, the conservatory is one of my favorite parts. Inside are where many unique buds are planted. Since the conservatory is heavily temperature monitored, there is always a special assortment of flowers and greenery. A large structure with pathways and various rooms to meander, the question always presents itself, “What’s coming next?”
Parts of the conservatory were closed off due to their current expansion project, expected to finish in 2024, an addition to the conservatory. This meant the lily pads were not for display, but here is a photo from a past visit.
Snapping plenty of photographs and paying attention to the patterns and abundance of color, it seemed that pink was the color of the day!