Thursday, January 1, 2015

31 December 2014 New Years Eve at Longwood Gardens

We used to have a family tradition to go to dinner near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, then stroll thru Longwood Gardens with the family. When my girls were small, there were few people there, so we basically had the place to ourselves.

In the past 10 years, it seems Longwood has been rediscovered, so much so that now tickets are purchased on the half-hour (and that is when you enter!). This is done so as to smooth out the crowd flow. However, it means we need to compete with 10,000 other people to walk the grounds, and thru the Conservatory. Oh much for progress....

Still, it was a lovely walk. The grounds were in their best festive  Christmas lights, and there were carolers both on the grounds and inside the Conservatory.

A highlight for me is always seeing the bonsai there, so here are a few shots I can share.
Happy New Year to All!


A nice Chinese Elm which started training in 1969. Nice ramification!

An old Japanese Zelkova (Graybark Elm), whose training began in 1909. A very nice tree!

An old Ginkgo, whose training also began in 1909. These seem to always want to grow their branches upwards...

And a nice HornBeam Forest. Training began in 1991.