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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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It’s Longwood Gardens week at the GPOD! For the next five days, we’ll celebrate this fabulous public garden in pictures. Longwood, located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is a long-time FG staff favorite, an infinite source of inspiration, gardening know-how, and of course, great photos. Day 1:

The Italian Water Garden at Longwood Gardens was constructed 1925-27 and inspired by the Villa Gamberaia near Florence, Italy. When designing the garden, Longwood founder Pierre S. du Pont took into account visual foreshortening by making the farther pair of rectangular pools 14 feet longer than the nearer pair, ensuring all pools looked proportionally equal when viewed from the observation terrace.

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  1. ArtofGardening_org 04/26/2010

    I was just there last week! I even put up a post this morning about our trip to Longwood Gardens:

  2. ArtofGardening_org 04/26/2010

    Oh, and the other cool thing about this Water Garden was a staircase that was designed to be a waterfall. DuPont would line up his nieces & nephews & visitors to have a photo taken on the staircase and then have the water turned on, soaking everyone. The kind of mean uncle I aspire to be!

  3. arboretum 04/26/2010

    perfect photo, michelle, showing the symmetry and peacefulness of the spot. Please please please include a photo of the Eye of Water in one of your other photos this week!!Thanks much

  4. frankgreenhalgh 06/30/2016

    Well, my new found knowledge of accessing GPOD (thanks to all your useful advice yesterday) has resulted in a new challenge to your early postings Kevin.

    The Longwood Gardens obviously have a long and successful history. The formal Italian Water Garden looks spectacular. Looking forward to seeing other parts of the garden during the week.

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