The Perfect Take-alongs
WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Tips to Make the Most of Your Visit
- Be sure to take a digital camera with plenty of capacity. (Film would be fine, but with a digital camera you won't feel limited to only a few images.)
- Take a notepad and pencil. Don't be afraid to sketch combinations you like, and write down all the details from plant tags. Having as much information about a plant you like will help to find it later for your own garden.
- The signage in the Idea Garden is particularly good, but there are great signs all over the garden. We learned about Integrated Pest Management (aka 14 cats kept on the grounds) from a sign outside Peirce-du Pont House. Another near the main fountain announced that deciduous trees can help reduce heat around the south and west side of a house by as much as 30%. A sign in Peirce's Park reminded that beech trees can provide wonderful winter interest. We counted 14 signs around the gardens--all with information that can easily be used at home. How many can you find?
- If you live near Longwood, or any quality public garden, consider buying a frequent visitor pass rather than paying each time you come. The changing seasons--as well as the concerts, classes, and kids' programs--will make you want to come back, and the savings can add up. For an adult, a frequent visitor pass to Longwood costs $60, while a one-day pass ranges from $12 to $15, depending on the season. With just a few visits, it pays for itself, and you also receive dining discounts and notices of upcoming events.
- Check out www.longwoodgardens.org before you go--you'll find pictures, calendars of events, and more. Select the month of your visit, as well as an area of interest, and you'll get a customized itinerary to guide you on your trip. You can also schedule a behind-the-scenes guided tour through Longwood's Group Visits office or take classes covering topics ranging from testing color boundaries in the garden to dealing with turf insects and weeds through Longwood's Continuing Education Department.
"A Garden for Everyone" is from the February 2007 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.