Arriving early in the morning allows you to enjoy the splendor of these grounds without the crowds of visitors that arrive later in the day. This next photo is of a cypress tree adjacent the small lake, with leaves ablaze in the morning sunshine.
Benches are provided in many locations about the grounds. The one shown next is in a bright glade close to the mansion, located centrally on the Longwood Gardens property.
Du Pont purchased several of the farms surrounding Peirce’s Park, including the Webb Farm. William Webb probably built the house shown next in the 1700s. Restored in 2014, the Webb house now serves as a gallery and displays the interiors as they might have looked centuries ago. The farm house is reached by a meandering path across the Meadow Gardens.
The Scholar Tree is one of the many large specimens on the property. You may notice the wiring for small lights surrounding the tree’s trunk. Apparently a lot of the grounds are illuminated this way after day, creating a fairyland appearance quite different from the daytime environment.
There weren’t a lot of flowers in late October, but several displays of bright berries could be seen such as this Winterberry Holly. The birds certainly enjoyed these.
Asters line the near meadows in hedges of color. Slightly past their prime, the yellow centers of the flowers have started to turn a darker brown.
Longwood Gardens –