Category Archives: Longwood Gardens

Flemish Bond Brickwork

Flemish bond is the arrangement of bricks on the Peirce–du Pont house at Longwood Gardens. A wall is formed of two bricks laid side-by-side (stretchers) and a brick laid lengthwise (header) on either end to tie the first two together. … Continue reading

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Christmas Won

“Christmas Stories,” by Adam Gopnik. The New Yorker (“The Talk Of the Town”) 1/1/2018. I didn’t hear much controversy about Christmas this year, but that could just be me. Usually, people complain about the shorthand “Xmas,” and the custom of … Continue reading

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The Basement of the Peirce–du Pont House at Longwood Gardens

The older part of the basement (the south end) is a warren of small rooms that were built originally in 1730, or added over the many years since. The rooms join each other seemingly at random, so it is easy … Continue reading

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Mistletoe At Longwood Gardens

There is none, plain and simple. Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that attaches itself to tree branches, sucking out water and nutrients. Severe infestations can kill the host tree, but only one or two results in stunted growth. The mistletoe … Continue reading

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Longwood Garden’s Fire Pits

What’s not to love about a fire pit on a cold, winter night?  Even John McEnroe once praised the tennis umpires as “The pits of the world!” (Or did I misunderstand?) I love outdoor fire pits, and when Longwood Gardens … Continue reading

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I Shudda Been Named “Saquon”

Saquon Barkley is Penn State’s talented running back. With a name like “Saquon,” of course he would grow up to be a running back. My name is “Roger.” What chance would I ever have? That’s why I did not try … Continue reading

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Visiting Longwood

I recently visited Longwood Gardens to explore on my own some of the newly-renovated areas I was too busy to see while volunteering. As part of my rounds, I stopped in to visit the staff member who is in charge … Continue reading

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