Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza 2019

I went to Longwood Gardens’ Orchid Extravaganza in February. This is one of my favorite events at Longwood. I went last year too; you can read about that here.

longwood gardens orchid extravaganza

What an entrance! This is the display right when you walk in. I had killed a nice big Tillandsia xerographica the week prior so this just rubbed salt in the wound. They look cool though!

longwood gardens orchid extravaganza

I’m pretty good with plants, but orchids mystify me. I have lots of houseplants and can keep a garden, but I’ve never been able to keep an orchid alive for more than a few months. I don’t even try anymore, but I love to look at them. You can’t tell me those aren’t Mother Nature’s vulvae.

They always have a variety of cool orchids in their orchid house, but during the event, they’re everywhere! These were in the East Hall, Acacia Passage, and Cascade Garden.

I always recommend going to Longwood on a weekday. This day was perfect. It was an unseasonably warm day. There weren’t many people out, so I really got to take my time and enjoy everything. This is my favorite way to visit; a long, leisurely stroll where I get to pause and take my time when I want to, without a double stroller or worse, photographer with a tripod blocking the path.

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Look at those wide-open walkways! This is my kind of party.

longwood gardens orangery

I think my favorite room in the Conservatory is the Orangery. I mean, just look at all of those layers! I love the contrast of the smooth grass against the busyness of everything else.

Next time I go, I’m going to focus on taking pictures of only one room; I find that when I get home from a trip where I take pictures of everything, there are just too many to choose from. I’ve gone back once since then and didn’t take many pictures because I knew I still had to post these!

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