Christmas at Longwood Gardens
This time of year, many towns and cities around the United States and Canada enhance their public spaces with Christmas decorations. Tourist attractions, too, are decked out in holiday finery: garlands, twinkle lights, wreaths and Christmas trees. At Longwood Gardens, just 30 miles outside of Philadelphia, the Christmas tradition is truly one to behold.
Originally founded as a Quaker farm in the 1700s, Longwood Gardens is one of the most illustrious public gardens in the United States today. It began as an arboretum and was developed in the 1850s into an elaborate showcase of gardens by the property’s new owner Pierre Du Pont, an industrialist who was very interested in conservation, farming, gardening and landscape design.
The gardens were opened to the public in the 1940s and have been a Pennsylvania landmark ever since. Their Christmas displays are a must-see each year. I urge you to visit their website to read more about the colourful history of this place and to potentially plan a visit to see the Christmas displays, which will be up until the 6th of January. Longwood Gardens is located on US Route 1, about 3 miles northeast of Kennett Square, PA.
All photos courtesy of Longwood Gardens.
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