Longwood Gardens left a lasting impression on Martha Stewart during her visit to the botanical wonder last week, and it received a wonderfully detailed description on The Martha Blog.
The Chester County attraction has a rich and varied history. It was once a home to the native Lenni Lenape tribe who fished, hunted, and planted on the land. At the very start of 18th century, the land was purchased by Quaker farmer George Peirce, whose family owned it until 1906.
That was when Pierre du Pont acquired the land, and laid the groundwork for the Longwood Gardens of today.
Now, spectacular botanical collections cover its 1,803 acres that are lovingly maintained by 1,300 employees, students, and volunteers.
During her visit, Stewart enjoyed the Chrysanthemum Festival, which features thousands of the stunning flowers and runs until Nov. 19. Other features that drew her attention included the newly planted tree allee in the Main Fountain Garden.
“I love the shadows of the trees in the center of the allee,” wrote Stewart, adding that the “five-acre Main Fountain Garden was du Pont’s most ambitious project.”
Read more about Martha Stewart’s visit at The Martha Blog here.