Previously I had blogged about a visit to Longwood Gardens. Less than a month later, I returned. Well into autumn, the grounds have begun to lose their blooms as the attention is drawn indoors to the conservatory. This huge enclosed area is home to seasonal floral and yesterday it was thousands of Chrysanthemums of every variety and color. Yesterday was the beginning of the Chrysanthemum Festival with judging of the best blooms taking place by official judges and amateur garden enthusiasts alike. Visitors marveled at the variety of blooms, I among them. I was curious to see if Iwould be amazed as much as my first time visit and I was not disappointed. In a month I will return as Christmas time is a special time there
A week ago, I visited the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island, the Lost Colony in North Carolina. Even though autumn was upon us, the gardens were lovely with statues, fall color and symmetrical gardens. Located right on the water between the Outer Banks and the main land, this charming area once, the first colony settled by the English is well inhabited today with homes and shops. The colony lasted less than three years and remains a mystery worthy of discussion by the History Channel and historians alike, offers a nice get away from the beach for a day trip. There was even a wedding rehearsal going on during my visit. It is a dog friendly garden to visit. Dogs are $3.00 each, but our dogs found it too stimulating as they attempted to bark and chase the squirrels. If you are visiting the Outer Banks, take a break from the beach and visit the well shaded gardens dedicated to Elizabeth I.
Last weekend I went to the Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. What a wonderful place. We spent 6 hours walking the pathways around well manicured and colorful gardens. The vivid colors of the mums and orchids;the various sizes and shapes of pumpkins and the autumn leaves decorated the country home of the DuPont family. The smoothing sound of the Italian Water Garden fountains and the ponds surrounded by trees changing colors, all made for a spectacular day. I strongly suggest that you visit this outstanding garden. It is while worth the 90 minute drive from the Baltimore area. .