" THE LAND OF MUSHROOMS AND FLOWERS " Top 5 Page for this destination Kennett Square by Rich62
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LONGWOOD GARDENS, on Route 1 in southeastern Pennsylvania just east of Kennett Square, was created by Pierre DuPont (yes, thats THE Dupont family) for the enjoyment of the public and, some say, as a nice tax writeoff. But for whatever reason, they are well worth visiting.
In the summer of 1966 I was a Horticulture major at Colorado State University and was selected, along with 12 other students from the U.S. and South Africa, to be a summer intern. Do you see the tower above? my first job was trimming the vines that were overtaking the top of the tower. The waterfall to the left of the tower is man-made and turned on each morning, but is very nice to see and hear.
IN A HUGE FORMAL GARDEN AREA you will find these computer-controlled fountains. They put on a spectacular display and can be viewed from the ground level or from a large balcony across the garden.
I NEARLY FORGOT TO MENTION...Kennett Square is also the mushroom growing capital of the United States. Sadly, I have no pictures to show you, but there are many growing houses in this area. Just look at the label on a can of mushrooms in your grocery store, and it is likely to come from Kennett Square or the immediate area.
EVEN AFTER DARK...NO, ESPECIALLY AFTER DARK, the fountains are an amazing sight to see. Computer-controlled colored lights give the whole performance an added dimension. You will not forget what you see here.
By the way, the gardens are about 30 miles west of Philadelphia, on Route 1.
- Pros:A THOUSAND ACRES OF BEAUTY
- Cons:NO CONS THAT I KNOW OF
- In a nutshell:I WOULD VISIT EVERY YEAR IF I COULD
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