Part IV: The Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

 
The Mums at the Longwood Chrysanthemum Festival © Britt Conley

The Mums at the Longwood Chrysanthemum Festival © Britt Conley

So, if my posts thus far haven’t quite gotten some to head on over to Longwood Gardens, this one might just do the trick.  There is only one 1/2 weeks left for you to experience their Chrysanthemum Festival.  I know, what’s so great about a flower festival?

The Chrysanthemum Festival © Britt Conley

The Chrysanthemum Festival © Britt Conley

Mums of every type and shape © Britt Conley

Mums of every type and shape © Britt Conley

Over 20,000 Chrysanthemums in full bloom.  How neat is this?  Well, I’ll let the photos do most of the talking.

Now this is a grand entrance © Britt

Now this is a grand entrance © Britt

Photo Garden Bee Assistant Erika and I drove right up here the other weekend and the festival did not dissapoint.

Topiary Bee © Britt Conley

Topiary Bee © Britt Conley

I was especially enamoured with the fantabulous hanging topiary bees for obvious reasons.

Topiary Bees hovering over The Conservatory lawn © Britt Conley

Topiary Bees hovering over The Conservatory lawn © Britt Conley

According to Longwood, to make a thousand bloom Chrysanthemum requires, “15-18 months and involves meticulous watering, pinching and tying of the chrysanthemum to a customized frame to get the plant to grow into the desired form. After a wilting period to allow the stems to become more malleable, the blooms are meticulously arranged in a dome shape, with the goal of achieving as many uniform blooms as possible.”

There are several of these mum domes © Britt Conley

There are several of these mum domes © Britt Conley

Throughout the side wings of the Conservatory there are even more mums and each is photo ready!

Mums everywhere © Britt Conley

Mums everywhere © Britt Conley

And just when you think you’ve seen every possible type of mum…

Purple Mums © Britt Conley

Purple Mums © Britt Conley

Calling Dr. Seuss © Britt Conley

Calling Dr. Seuss © Britt Conley

Yellow mums © Britt Conley

Yellow mums © Britt Conley

White mums © Britt Conley

White mums © Britt Conley

Orange mums © Britt Conley

Orange mums © Britt Conley

There is even a mum tree!!!

The mum tree © Britt Conley

The mum tree © Britt Conley

Pink Mums that fray © Britt Conley

Pink Mums that fray © Britt Conley

They even have Green mums! © Britt Conley

They even have Green mums! © Britt Conley

More mums when you least expect them © Britt Conley

More mums when you least expect them © Britt Conley

Lovely white mums © Britt Conley

Lovely white mums © Britt Conley
More side Conservatory mums © Britt Conley

More side Conservatory mums © Britt Conley

If you can’t make it this year, you can at least look forward to a visit in the future.  The blooms are at their best the first three weeks of November.  As I’ve mentioned, there are tons of places to stay.  You can visit http://www.longwoodgardens.org/BrandywineValley_1_3_1_6.html for more information on places to stay.

For more information about the Chrysanthemum Festival visit:  http://www.longwoodgardens.org/AutumnsColors.html

Well, tomorrow we’re heading out to see the reason why du Pont bought the property: the trees!

Related posts:

  1. Part II: Brookside Garden Chrysanthemum Festival!
  2. The Topiary Garden at Longwood Gardens
  3. Wisterias in full bloom at Longwood Gardens!
  4. The Siberian Irises at Longwood Gardens!
  5. Part I: Longwood Gardens: An Overview

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