On Monday morning, August 30,
we traveled from the hotel to Longwood Gardens.
Longwood Gardens is the legacy of Pierre S. du Pont,
who is best known as
one of the leaders who helped bring the DuPont corporation
into the 20th Century as well as helping
to direct the development of General Motors.
For these reasons, Pierre S. du Pont is often
thought of as
"the father of the modern corporation."*
*Source: The Heritage of Longwood Gardens
Pierre S. du Pont and his Legacy,
Now, Longwood Gardens has long
been on my Bucket List.
I was very happy to be able to
cross this item off the list.
Happily, after our tour coordinator
paid for our tickets,
we were set free to explore the gardens at our leisure.
The only caveat was that we had just three hours
and that we had to also eat lunch in that time.
Longwood is a large place and I knew
that I simply could not see it all in less than three hours.
Thus, I had to choose the most important
areas and focus on those areas.
I can only hope that I can someday get back here.
This time I decided that I would focus on the original garden
that Mr. du Pont set out - the Flower Garden Walk
and the Conservatory.
After that I would see if I had time left to see more
of the gardens.
At about 4 and 1/2 acres,
A varigated waterlily.
The garden is child-size, although
We learned that Longwood employs 300 people,