Since I had to make a trip to HR at West Chester University yesterday morning, I made sure I was at my laptop at 5 a.m. so I could put in about five hours of work before we left. My husband Ralph came with me. Our plan was to stroll Longwood Gardens one more time before the week became too busy with work, an outing to celebrate my brother-in-law’s birthday, and getting ready for the holiday (that means a lot of house cleaning and food shopping). Tuesday was a perfect walking day to explore some of the gardens we didn’t get to see the last time we were there.
But first, some important things to attend to at WCU. So after watching a video on mandatory reporting and dropping off my FBI check to Human Resources, we would go for a stroll. If you teach or work with kids, you need to keep your clearances updated. I only needed the fingerprinting which I did at the university a couple weeks ago. Did you know that as you get older, your fingerprints disappear? And actually, if you play the piano or handle a lot of paper or do a lot of typing, you can wear down the edges of your fingerprints. Bricklayers and massage therapists also tend to wear down their distinct fingerprints. Not having fingerprints is actually a genetic condition called Adermatoglyphia. This may be more than you want to know about fingerprints, but it could be helpful information if you are writing a mystery or crime novel.
Back to Langwood Gardens in less than fifteen minutes. If we lived in the area, we would walk here several times a week….or even every day. Our friend Paul Perry met us. We headed toward the children’s garden. I was sure there would be tulip beds in bloom just beyond it, and I was right! We strolled, took lots of photos, and walked through the conservatory which had grown quite busy. The fountains reopen this Saturday and the main fountains reopen May 1st. Early May will be our next stroll since the gardens will be pink, white, blue, and purple and the wisteria will be in bloom. Evening hours begin on May 9th and will allow us to make the drive after six and walk from seven to ten. These hours and early morning hours (opening at nine) are great when the weather gets really warm. Certain paths lead through wooded areas where temperatures actually feel about ten degrees cooler!
I could feel myself relax as we wandered, sat, and wondered. So much beauty here all in one place! The du Pont family gave the world a gift that keeps on giving. Yes, the world! Thousands of students from the late 1950s to present day have participated in Longwood’s intensive education programs. Graduates have gone on to leadership roles in many of the country’s top horticultural institutions. If you have never visited this treasure, when you come to Pennsylvania to perhaps see Philadelphia’s historic treasures, add Longwood Gardens to your list of things to do. It’s just about an hour’s drive.
Enjoy our walk through photos!