Christmas at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Xmas Crop_4950 ACS Print Longwood Xmas Crop_4823 ACS PrintAs the year comes to a close, our souls protest the darkness of the oncoming winter. We must have light! Little wonder that many of our varied holiday traditions glow with strings of twinkling bulbs and shiny baubles.

On a cold, dark night, the holiday displays at Longwood Gardens are a particular delight for the eyes and the heart.

On entering the Main Conservatory, visitors are greeted with a towering tree trimmed in glass, glitter and feathers. White flowers and greenery line the dark pools and fountains.

Longwood Xmas Crop_4827 ACS Print Longwood Xmas_4795aTreasures of Christmas Past adorn a stair hall.

Longwood Xmas_4924 AS Orig A child’s whimsical interpretation of Rudolph.

Longwood Xmas Crop_4927 ACS PrintIn the Orangery, the trees bear both fruit and delicately woven ornaments.Longwood Xmas Crop_4928 ACS Print

Longwood Xmas_4869 AS OrigOh, look! Here is a table is set for a festive holiday wedding! Polished silver and sparkling crystal gleam among the flowers and gifts in red and white.Longwood Xmas Crop_4854 ACS Print Longwood Xmas Crop_4872 ACS Print

Longwood Xmas_5154 AS Orig When the sun sets, Longwood Gardens really shines. Lights twinkle from luminous trees everywhere you turn. Even a new moon adds its radiance to the festivities.

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Longwood Xmas Crop_5069 ACS Print The Conservatory, aglow from within and without.

In this season of light in the darkness, I wish for a world without war, famine, poverty and pollution; a world where every creature has a healthy and protected home; a world where all people live in peace and prosperity.

Whatever your traditions may be at this holiday season, I wish for you good friends, good food, and good cheer!

Longwood Xmas Crop_5156 ACS OrigThe Wild Edge will return in early January. A Snowy Day!

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.  – William Wordsworth