|Outside the entrance|
A wonderful friend of ours had left us two complementary tickets at the entrance. Added to the pleasant temperatures and sunny skies, we were set to have a gorgeous couple of hours, roaming the gardens, fountains, indoor conservatory, the du Pont mansion, and two treehouses. We spent about four hours just wandering, taking photos, and finally dining on the outdoor patio of the on site Cafe. It was simply a lovely morning, and I took LOTS of photos. Every place I looked seemed to be filled with some sort of creative beauty. Consider yourself warned.
Several views of the Canopy Cathedral Treehouse:
Centrally located in the gardens is the Peirce du Pont house, home of the man who purchased the land and had the vision for the gardens and waterworks that would be enjoyed by many. It was an impressive home, but honestly my heart wasn't into it - I really wanted to be outside instead, looking at the gardens on this fine day.
|Bell system for the household help|
|Vintage towel warming closet|
We headed next to the Conservatory. Constructed from 1919 to 1921, this Conservatory is one of the world's great greenhouse structures, with more than 4 acres of lush gardens under glass. We enjoyed 20 rooms of pure sunshine with an expansive variety of plants from around the world. Again, a lot of pictures. I couldn't stop myself.
|Inside the East entrance of the Conservatory|
|My crotons never look this good.|
The waterlily display is accessed through the Conservatory. These outdoor water gardens are only open from early June through mid-October, so we just caught the last of them.
We crossed the waterlily courtyard and went back into the conservatory. Although the temperatures were a bit more humid in there, we didn't mind. There was plenty more to see.
|In the orchid room|
|In the Tropical Terrace|
|The Silver Garden|
After exiting the Conservatory, we took a look at the Main Fountain Garden. Right next to the Fountain Garden is a fun Topiary garden.
Heading back to the exit:
What a beautiful place! It was a lot of walking, but well worth the effort and time. We look forward to returning to this lovely place during another season. I'd like to see how the Conservatory is decorated during the Christmas holidays.
Next on the itinerary: body parts and medical specimens (We will see them at The Mutter Museum.)