Category Archives: Longwood Gardens

An Outgoing Personality

When I first started as a volunteer at Longwood Gardens as a greeter in the Peirce-du Pont House, they told me I had just the outgoing personality they were looking for. This surprised me. Do you remember me having an … Continue reading

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Kind Employees At Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens is not all fountains and flowers.  It also has many good employees, and here are some examples: All volunteers wear name badges while they are working, The badges have our first name, “VOLUNTEER” in big letters, and the … Continue reading

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Finding Your Way In Longwood Gardens

You will often hear cardinal directions used in the Gardens: You enter the Main Conservatory through the East Entrance. The south side of the Peirce-du Pont House is the original old farmhouse that Pierre bought in 1906. The main entrance … Continue reading

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The World on Your Computer (or Phone)

All the time, everywhere, I see people totally engrossed in their phones, while stepping into a street with traffic, at parties, at lectures, even at funerals. What could they find so engrossing? Now I know, and I don’t even have … Continue reading

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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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