Painters searching for inspiration and a respite from the cold harsh winter need look no
further than Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. First occupied by the
Lenni Lenape Indians, the ground which was once called Pierce’s Park was later
bought by Pierre S. Dupont.
In 1907, the first, and now one of the most popular gardens, the 600 foot-long
Flower Garden walk was laid out.
In 1921, a stunning Conservatory or indoor garden was created. By 1927, an
Italian Water Garden was installed featuring 600 jets in nine separate displays that
shot from six blue-tiled pools and 12 pedestal basins.
Ever since it’s inception, Longwood Gardens has expanded it’s grounds and
offerings featuring domestic and exotic plants in rich and often stunning
combinations of breathtaking color, texture and design just begging to
be painted or photographed. A days visit will give painters and
photographers plenty of fodder for their work.
These are the rules governing working in the Gardens taken from Longwood’s website:
Monopod/tripod/easel use by amateur photographers and artists is permitted in the Conservatory and the Peirce-du Pont House from 9:00 a.m–12:00 p.m daily.
Monopod, tripod, and easel use is not permitted in the Indoor Children's Garden at any time.
Hand-held easels (without legs) for drawing and painting are permitted any time.
Photography, painting or drawing sessions must not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests.
Tripods, monopods, and easels are not permitted in the Gardens during Fireworks shows and during the Christmas display. They are permitted all other days at the discretion of Longwood.