Monday, June 25, 2012

Longwood: Greenhouses

It's SAT analogies time.  So the Winterthur du Ponts were obsessed with decorative arts, and filled the house with so much stuff that, by the end, they removed all of the kitchens, servants quarters, and bathrooms to fit in chairs and tablewear.

What Winterthur is to American decorative arts, Longwood is to -what-?
        a. gunpowder 
        b. chemistry
        c. gardens
        d. brick sidewalks

C. Gardens.  
Mum and Aunt Rita inside one of the giant Longwood conservatories.

There were some very cool glass art installations scattered throughout.

I had only been to Longwood once before, during my junior year of college, in November to see the chrysanthemum festival flowers.  (The things in the conservatory rotate seasonally.)  It was a program for folks in our dorm that Liang had set up.  

The conservatories are all connected, and set up to be different types of gardens.  This is from the silver garden, with lots of desert plants.
Orchids from the orchid room.

Mediterranean garden.

Tropical garden - huuuge glass ceilings, very warm.

We hung out by a large water feature for a while, planning where to go next.


Mum said...

This place is so beautiful, it's hard to believe it's real. I'm glad we have the proof in the pictures.

A.H. Buchbinder said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the analogy too. :)