Longwood or Winterthur?

Datawgal(8/9 SC)July 1, 2005

I will be traveling from NJ to Washington, D.C. next week. I'll have enough extra time to tour either Longwood or Winterthur but not both.

Any thoughts on which one I should see?

Also, any outstanding nurseries in the Princeton, NJ area?

Thanks

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wardw(z6 NJ)

Longwood would be my choice, if you haven't been you are in for a treat. Give yourself plenty of time, it's big.

If go over the Commador Barry Bridge and take Rt 322 to the left onto US 1 you will pass Styers Nursery on the left side of US 1 a couple of miles down. It is a very fine nursery.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 11:43AM
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Larry Kahn(7b)

Definitely Longwood. I'm guessing that if you got 100 responses, at least 90 would vote Longwood.

Larry

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 2:24PM
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gardengranma(6a/6b MD)

I'm for Longwood too.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 3:00PM
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sam_md

A large part of Winterthur's appeal is the world famous museum of period furniture and home furnishings. Each floor is a seperate guided tour. If you are not interested in furniture, fabrics, silver etc I would recommend Longwood. It is alot to see in one day. There are several good retail nurseries in the greater DC area.
Sam

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 4:21PM
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Datawgal(8/9 SC)

Thanks, that is what I expected but I had to ask. The garden pictures on Winterthur's website look wonderful but I sort of remembered it was more museum than garden.

Styer's Nursery will be on the itinerary also. thanks again.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2005 at 5:52AM
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cynthia_gw

Definitely Longwood!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2005 at 8:10AM
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treehouse(z7 MD USA)

Longwood is great, however I have been introduced to Chanticleer in Wayne, PA. It is near the area you'll be in. Chanticleer is small but has so much whimsy in the hardscape you'll spent lots of time looking for the treats amongst all the plantings. I will be going back often.

Jan

    Bookmark   July 2, 2005 at 8:37AM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

Longwood would probably be the best choice, although I would 2nd the Chanticleer recommendation. Had the opportunity to go there last year myself as a PHS member for one of the scheduled member's events and was amazed. The website for Chanticleer is here.

You'll love Styers! One of my favorite nurseries!

Longwood's website usually lists what's in bloom for each month.

Here is a link that might be useful: Longwood Gardens

    Bookmark   July 3, 2005 at 8:37AM
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graywings123

Longwood, for sure. If you have lunch in the dining room, the mushroom soup is delicious.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2005 at 9:11PM
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ryanzone7(z7MD)

My wife and I went to longwood for our wedding aniversery a few years back, as well as to winterthur (on the same trip, they are pretty close when you get right down to it)and after visiting longwood first and winterthur second, nothing compares with longwood.(but winterthur is nice too, in a blue haired granny sort of way)
And since then, my wife and I have been trying to find a garden that was as impressive as longwood and we both think that there isn't one to be found on the east coast, we did visit a garden on an island near seattle two years ago and that one was just as great as longwood, albeit the name escapes me, it too was well worth the trip.
(although here in MD garden grandma's garden is like a lil mini longwood)
ialbtc

    Bookmark   July 4, 2005 at 5:14PM
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Melissa_InTheWoods(z7a MD)

I thought this was going to be a question about Viburnums.. lol

    Bookmark   July 6, 2005 at 4:35PM
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carol23_gw

I think Chanticleer is the ultimate garden experience.
Today was overcast and perfect for a few photos.



    Bookmark   July 7, 2005 at 8:33PM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

Those are great Chanticleer pics! When I was there May of 2004, I just had to grab a pic of some of their peonies in bloom at the time.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 9:12AM
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Molineux(6b)

For sheer floral profusion what is the best time of the year to visit Longwood? They are in PA so I'm assuming their spring arrives a little later than it does in Montgomery County.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 5:02PM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

Longwood is located in a solid Zone 7 Delaware County PA so no, not necessarily later than Montgomery County, MD (which I'm off to for a biz trip next week BTW). ;-)

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 6:28PM
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brubeckgal(z7 MD)

I don't know, Professor Dirt, after looking at Chanticleer's website, I think that could become our new favorite.

(Let's see what they are serving for brunch)

    Bookmark   July 9, 2005 at 11:32AM
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treehouse(z7 MD USA)

Not to disappoint you, but there is no resturant at Chanticleer. However, there are many wonderful places to eat in the town of Wayne. John Harvard House is one of them.

Jan

    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 1:08AM
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carol23_gw

There is Bonnie's on Conestoga Rd. It's open for lunch and has wonderful food and is only a few minutes away from Chanticleer. They also do catering, I believe.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 11:03AM
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ryanzone7(z7MD)

O.K.
Lets go.
ilybbg.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 2:28PM
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carol23_gw

These were taken on Chanticleer's last open day in 2004, end of October.



The sofa and chairs are quite comfortable, much to everyone's surprise!


    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 4:27PM
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ryanzone7(z7MD)

O.K. brubeckgal, lets see if there is a motel close by as well.
irdlybbg

    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 6:41PM
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