By Robin Kaye :)
I’ve always loved flowers. When I was a kid living outside Philadelphia, the highlight of the year was the Philadelphia Flower Show. It’s usually in late February or early March—most times, we would be trudging through winter weather to get there. I’d walk in and it was like instant summer with flowers and trees blooming.
I’d go with my mother and my sister, lose them as soon as I could, and buy as many plants and flowers as I could afford. When I moved to Pennsylvania and lived with my dad, I took the train into the city and explore it on my own. Carrying a box of plants and flowers on the SEPTA train was not fun, but I gladly did it every year.
I also adore going to Longwood Gardens, in Kennet Square, Pennsylvania.
They have indoor and outdoor gardens, amazing tree houses, and a great restaurant--everything you need. There’s something to see there all year round.
Even in the darkest, coldest winter, you can go into the Conservatory and go from the rain forest to the desert, the orchid room to the orchard house and then to the children’s garden. It’s full of the scent of flowers—a treat for the eyes and the nose. Although, I have to say, it doesn’t agree with my nose…
Longwood is also a huge, historic arboretum. It was purchased by Pierre-du Pont to save the Pierce arboretum from destruction. Mr. du Pont went on to build the gardens and incredible fountains from there.
When it comes to gardening, I’m not really into it. I love to visit gardens, see the flowers, but I’m not one to muck about in the dirt. I’m allergic to just about everything. If I had the money to employ gardeners, I surely would, but I don’t see that happening for a while. For now, I’m just happy to be able to go to the flower show every year and make monthly trips to Longwood Gardens. No matter how many times I go, I find myself taking pictures of the perfect flowers… and using my inhaler when my asthma kicks in.
How about you? Are you into gardening, or are you like me, just someone who appreciates the labor of others?
I'm going to be traveling much of the day, but I'll try to stop in to comment when I can. I'm off to New Jersey--The Garden State which is fitting, isn't it?