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Longwood’s Meadow Garden: Access to green and gold

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Kathy Martin (www.kathyamartin.com) Longwood Gardens

The Meadow Garden, of Longwood Gardens, is now open for you to experience native meadow grasses in shades of green and gold. The Meadow Garden is a showcase of nature and provides beautiful access to let you connect.

Green and gold of summer

Just in time for summer, Longwood now offers an exceptionally designed 86-acre natural world devoted to the plants, birds and wildlife of a meadow. Fields of meadow grasses and wildflowers, lush wetlands, pavilions and bridges, the Meadow Garden includes three miles of walking trails, as well as, both boardwalk and grassy access to connect to this vibrant world. First opened June 13th, guided walks and self-guided exploration options encourage visitors to seek and experience more of this oft forgotten ecosystem. Friendly signs and viewing platforms promote learning for visitors or all ages and levels of knowledge. As expressed in this anonymous poem, The meadow: green in spring, gold in summer, brown in fall, white in winter, everlasting, ever-changing!, the Meadow Garden of Longwood will continue to fill in the spaces between the newly planted gardens and inspire visitors for years to come. Part of the delight is in the diversity. Pavilions and bridges provide perfect views such as the deep green Hourglass Lake, and a sprouting fountain from the shaded Earth Bridge. Visitors can watch frenzied birds and bees from viewing platforms such as the artfully shaped Meadow Bridge or walk across the open field to the Pollinator Overlook and Beech Forest Boardwalk. The meadow flora and fauna glow in summer’s many shades of green and gold, a buzz of energy and growth. The ease to experience and artfully designed access to this natural world may well be granted your highest rating: pure gold.

Be sure to plan adequate time to walk the trail, across the grassy green fields to the lookout locations, when you visit this new garden exhibit at Longwood Gardens. It can be especially delightful in the dewy early morning hours or in the afternoon when the fields take on the color of gold. Consider scheduling your meadow experience to be well timed to other regularly or specially offered events. You may also want to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more from an expert. Key features of the meadow and garden are highlighted each Thursday through Sunday afternoon. Whether you visit for the walk, the birds, or garden life, the Meadow Garden at Longwood will give you access to connect that is truly first class.