Winter got you down? Cold weather freezing your outdoor adventures? Warm up those wintery days with a stroll through Longwood Garden’s Orchid Extravaganza!
From now through March 27, escape to Longwood Gardens and its Conservatory, which has been transformed into a dazzling array of nearly 6,500 amazing orchids. From orchid baskets to orchid meadows, orchids suspended from the ceilings and orchids hanging from the walls, and even an orchid waterfall display, this truly is an orchid extravaganza!
Welcome To Longwood’s Orchid Extravaganza!
Historic Longwood Gardens was once the private estate of Pierre S. duPont. Inspired by his surroundings, he embarked on a mission that eventually lead to the wondrous indoor and outdoor gardens we see today.
Longwood Gardens is world renown for it’s spectacular botanical gardens. It’s nearly equally known for its stunning collection of orchids, begun nearly 100 years ago by the duPont family.
Orchids have long been a part of Longwood Gardens. In the dead of winter, Longwood invites the outside world to step into its Conservatory for a stunning indoor orchid exhibit sure to rival any other in the world.
A winter walk through the Conservatory will please the senses and help one to momentarily forget that chill outdoors. Stroll through the Exhibition Hall, passing beneath archways of orchids and alongside giant potted orchids.
Meander along paths filled floor to ceiling with stunning orchid displays in vibrant hues of purple, red, yellow, white and blue. Step into the Exhibit Hall, where orchid orbs dangle high above, creating a dazzling display of purple and white.
Longwood’s incredile collection of diverse orchids are set in artistically brilliant displays throughout the Conservatory. It’s where you will find an extravagant 12 foot tall orchid archway, and a stunning Orchid Curtain created from 250 orchids that seemingly grow right out of the wall!
Then there are these little beauties suspended from the Silver Garden’s ceiling. Oh what a sight, to look up and see what appears to be hundreds of these silvery blue orchids dangling above your heads, their color a perfect compliment to the garden greenery beneath them.
Inside Longwood’s Extravagant Orchid House
Longwood Garden’s Orchid Extravaganza will put a little spring in your step, long before the first harbingers of warmer weather arrive. Around every corner, along every path, are bright and colorful eye candy sure to turn any cold day into something warm and wonderful.
Like the Orchid House, which the duPonts built to house their incredible and ever-growing orchid display. Here one will find hundreds of orchids along every inch of wall space, all designed to showcase their glorious beauty.
The Orchid House is the place to slow down, to contemplate the beauty such a delicate flower can deliver. To stop and examine each and every one of these delightful little blossoms.
Orchids in soothing color palates of purples and whites, vibrant hues of yellows and oranges, reds and pinks, cluster along the Orchid House walls.
Orchids of all different designs, shapes and hues beg for your attention.
Orchids with fringed petals of purples, reds and oranges, stunning in their simple elegance.
Orchids decked out in white with vibrant splashes of orange spread out across frilly petals.
Orchids covered with tiny blotches of multi-hued shades of purple dotted along smooth as silk white backgrounds.
Orchids in all their elegant beauty, shades of purple and orange and yellow drawing the eye in for a closer glimpse.
Yes, a walk through Longwood Garden’s Orchid House and Conservatory are sure to be a walk of discovery, a walk to lift the doldrums of winter, a walk sure to please the senses.
Have You Been to Orchid Extravaganza?
Longwood Gardens is more than “just” a botanical garden. It is a piece of history, a moment of time preserved for generations to come. The orchid collection is no different. You can almost see Mr. duPont wandering through his greenhouse, hand-picking which orchids should be showcased in the dead of winter. I wonder what he would think of his orchids today?
How about you? Have you experienced Longwood Garden’s Orchid Extravaganza? Did a walk through Longwood’s Conservatory on a cold winter’s day uplift your spirits? Do you have a favorite botanical garden you enjoy during the winter months? Do share!
Longwood Gardens is located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, approximately one hour west of Philadelphia and 30 minutes north of Wilmington Delaware. Spring hours on most days are 9:00am to 6:00pm. Check the Longwood website for Garden Admission ticket prices as well as special events dates and prices. Parking is free.
Check out Spring Has Sprung at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, for more views of Longwood Gardens.
All images by C.Biederman