One of the best places to visit in PA is Longwood Gardens, at least in my opinion. And it’s even better to go with friends, in this case, my hosts from Lancaster, who love to visit this place in all seasons. This was my second time here, and it was even better than the first visit five years ago.
Besides having fountains and flowers, there’s an amazingly huge organ that you can walk behind and see all the pipes. That display never gets old for me.
They also have some beautiful trees and this one in the light of golden hour absolutely begged to be photographed. So I did!
Longwood also has one of the best bathrooms ever. You walk down this beautiful curving hallway with walls of ferns, and then each door is a private little bathroom and sink. If you’re thinking of a bathroom renovation, this place sets a pretty high bar.
Art in the Dark
This visit, it was all about seeing the series of works called Light:Installations by Bruce Monro. In a word, awesome. I’m just going to highlight my three favorites, as there were seven works in total. The first one is Field of Light, a huge open field with oversized lollipops of light that displayed a rainbow of colors in ever-changing patterns.
Then it was on to an indoor light show that flashed color patterns set to music, using hundreds of CDs to reflect the lights. A pretty clever way to recycle old CDs!
My favorite installation was SOS, an expanding spiral of light boxes that flashed colors coordinated with sound and music.
It’s hard to explain how interesting this was, so here’s a link to a little video clip: SOS installation. I especially love the person who started dancing to the music as she walked through the light boxes.
The classic show at Longwood is the dancing fountains, which include the main display, two smaller side fountains, and then a long row of smaller fountains, which even do fire amid the water (don’t ask me how they do that!).
Here’s a short video clip of the fountains in action: Mozart Music
Thanks, Peg and Larry, for treating me to yet another wonderful outing at Longwood Gardens! You know I’ll be back…
If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in the water.