Longwood Gardens


This past week one of my college roommates and best friends came to visit me for five days. We had such a wonderful visit and one of the highlights of the week for sure was our trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, PA. Longwood Gardens is one of my favorite places in the world and even with all of my travels throughout Europe I have never come across any gardens more beautiful than here. During Fall Break of our senior year, I brought Elisabeth to Longwood Gardens for the first time but since it was late October, most of the flowers were done blooming and most of the outdoor fountains had already been turned off for winter. It was so delightful to bring her back in June when Longwood is in its peak display.

I told her I was gonna bring my camera and asked if she’d be up for a little photoshoot while we were at Longwood. I am in the process of updating my branding and website (hopefully will reveal all the new changes in July!!) and one of the things I desperately needed was new headshots and portraits to match my brand and Elisabeth did an amazing job helping me get these done!! I knew what I wanted to wear for the branding portraits but figured it would be a little warm to be walking around the main part of the gardens in the beautiful (but hot) sunshine so we ended up wearing a more casual outfit first and then changed into our dressier outfits in the conservatory. We had so much fun swapping the camera and finding empty sections of the gardens for mini photo shoots. Also, we could not have ended up with a more glorious day to explore Longwood. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, there was an amazing breeze all afternoon, beautiful sunshine and the flowers. Oh my goodness. Not only did every garden look AMAZING but they also smelled soooo good (and the breeze just helped spread all that goodness). I’m already looking forward to my next visit!!

John Paul and I came across these exact trees in Spain when we were walking the Camino (I think it was in the 4th week, so you’ll see a picture of them in next Friday’s Camino post) and I had never seen these trees before and wondered what they were called. So I got really excited when I saw these Scarlet Powder-Puff-Trees at Longwood because I finally found out their name! They are so funky, and literally, look like they are straight out of Dr. Seuss.


Mary Kate


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