A Rose

Flowers, nature

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

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Longwood Gardens

Flowers, Gardens, Photography

I mentioned in last week’s post that my mom and grandma both have the “green thumb.” However, it skipped a generation with me. I like flowers, but I’m no gardener or botanist for that matter. I can appreciate the beauty and the fragrance. However, I don’t know all the names and you won’t find many flowers in my yard. So,when my mom invited me to Longwood Gardens, I agreed and thought “okay, it will be a good place to take photos.” But, I was no near as excited as other family members of mine…

It was better than I expected, in fact I ended up going back a couple months later. Because, it’s not just a green house or a garden tour, it’s an experience. Yes, you can stroll through gardens and walk the green houses. But, you can also climb tree houses,  take in the beautiful water displays, and explore the grounds. Plus, Longwood Gardens features new displays each season. They also offer a variety of events, including light shows, water displays, holiday favorites, and more!

Longwood Gardens is located in Kennett Square, PA. It’s a great location for all ages. You can choose from daily ticket prices or memberships. The events change through out the year, find out what’s happening now, by visiting their website.

Spring is in the Air

Flowers, gardening, nature, Photography, spring

The women in my family seem to have a green thumb. Well, at least my mother and grandmother. However, it seems to have skipped a generation this time. I can’t seem to keep a plant alive. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them.

I may not be able to grow them, but I can capture them on camera. Here is a beautiful sunflower from my Grandma’s garden. I believe this photo was taken last year. It reminds me that spring flowers are right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready for warmer weather, and nature hikes!

What do you love most about spring? Share in the comments section below.

Conestoga House and Gardens (Lancaster, PA)

Architecture, Flowers, Gardens, History, Photography, Travel

Are you familiar with “The Great Gatsby?” The Conestoga House and Gardens may remind you of a similar time. You can find yourself mesmerized by its beauty and history. You may even daydream of Gatsby’s grand parties…

The estate was once owned by James Hale Steinman and Louise Tinsley Steinman. In fact, some people still refer to the grounds as the Steinman Mansion. The land encompasses outbuildings, a house, several gardens, and a pool (with an adorable bathhouse). The Conestoga House and Gardens are open to the public during summer months on Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can find specific dates and times on their website.

Take a step back in time and enjoy a slower pace. It’s a perfect pairing with a book, a picnic, or a simple desire to explore. Breathe easy and soak up the history.

The Castle at Skylands Manor and the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens

Architecture, Bees, Flowers, Gardens, Photography

If you think spending the night in a castle is costly, think again… Sure, some castles would cost an arm and a leg to stay in. However, this one is affordable, and it’s located in New Jersey. In fact, they sometimes offer deals on Groupon. That’s how we discovered it…

About two and a half years ago, we were looking for a place to celebrate our 1st anniversary. We had to watch our funds, so we checked out Groupon Getaways and came across The Castle at Skylands Manor, in Ringwood, NJ. It’s a bed and breakfast, set in a castle.

The castle alone sports beautiful architecture. But, the grounds are equally eye catching. They are a part of the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens. According to NJBG’s website,”The NJBG includes 96 acres of specialty gardens surrounded by 1000 acres of woodlands.”

Visiting this place is like stepping right into a storybook. You will find yourself surrounded by magnificence and beauty, an experience you won’t soon forget.

You can easily fill up your time exploring the castle grounds. But, don’t miss out on their breakfast. We were personally impressed with the variety and quality they offered. In fact, we have yet to find better pancakes anywhere else!

We highly recommend this location for those who love nature, photography, exploration, and history. It’s unique, captivating and memorable.