The process of change is sometimes as intriguing as a single event. Now is a great time to witness the continuous change of autumn, outdoors at Longwood Gardens.
Flowers and planning
Regular visitors to Longwood Gardens envision and expect the ever-blooming array of roses and seasonal menagerie of flowers along the paved walkway from the visitor center. Autumn has changed the view of the expected color explosion of the flower garden walk. Instead it offers Longwood Garden visitors a treat to witness the efforts to prepare for the next seasons. This includes the planting of bulbs and planning of new displays. The design plans and display shapes are more easily viewed and provide process techniques to apply in your own garden. This also a great time to ask questions as you enjoy the quieter walkway and look closer at the information planting signs. The garden railroad exhibit, while off the main walkway, is still vibrant in all colors of autumn associated with the previous flower garden walks. It is located just past the Birdhouse Treehouse and is enjoyed by all range of ages. If wildflowers are your preference to celebrate autumn, continue beyond the birdhouse treehouse to the meadow garden entrance. Here you can experience the season’s finale of wild bold colors and wide open expansive views.
Autumn lake scenes
The range of gold and orange of the autumn color scale can be appreciated from the Italian water garden area of Longwood Gardens while the Canadian geese steal the spotlight previously held by the dancing fountains. The changing leaf template is enhanced by the colors now reflecting up from the lake bottom where fallen leaves add a glossy glow. There are many favorite places to enjoy the autumn lake scenes. Sit alongside the large lake on ornate benches or share some space with the many geese along the water’s edge. Look down from the Canopy Cathedral Treehouse, across on grassy knolls, or quietly watch from the elegant gazebo or whispering bench. Just be sure that you take time to walk along the historic path of Pierce’s Woods where mature trees emphasize the vibrant colors of autumn while offering shade and serenity.
No fountains, big plans
Remarkably, the immaculate rose garden that faces the Longwood Gardens conservatory and fountain garden area continues to impress with showy blooms from hardy cultivars. While other areas change quickly with the season, the roses remain boldly blooming. The roses’ neighboring garden, the main fountain garden, is currently silent. Big, bold plans are underway in a restoration project entitled New Heights. With goals to honor Longwood Gardens’ founder, Pierre S. du Pont’s vision, and this great fountain garden’s 1931 heritage, desperately needed restoration and new technology is crucial and part of the design. The restoration project will result in greater fountain heights, more extensive seating and improved lighting to welcome visitors. These big plans will carry this New Heights project through to 2017 before the grand debut can be experienced. While you may be anxious for the change, realize this project is significantly quicker than the two decades it took for the fountain garden’s original debut. Change can be grand. This is especially true if you witness the process and anticipate great results. Come visit and participate in this season of change.