Category Archives: Longwood Gardens

Pierre du Pont’s Purchase of Longwood Gardens

A reader of this blog asked what Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) paid for Longwood Gardens. The question is answered in the 12-minute video that runs continuously in the library of his home there: $15,500 in 1906. Visitors coming from the … Continue reading

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What TV House Hunters Find Important

Those home-search TV shows are my last-resort shows to watch when I can find nothing else (which is happening more frequently lately). These are the ones where a couple is looking to move to a new location, often a vacation … Continue reading

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Relieving A Snoot Full Of Snot

Growing up in East Lansdowne, several of my grandfather’s male neighbors (on Melrose Avenue, near the school) were Italians from the old country with very thick accents. They would talk with my grandfather while tending their adjoining gardens in a … Continue reading

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World’s Dumbest Christmas TV Commercial And Alice’s Pearls

My vote is for the latest GMC car commercial. It starts out with a young couple—he especially looks to be in his 20s—yet they are in a house that in my neighborhood would be a many-million dollar house, if we … Continue reading

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The Ringling Museum in Sarasota

If you think the Peirce-du Pont House at Longwood Gardens is impressive, you should see the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL. It, too, has a mansion, but with the pretentious name Cà D’Zan, which, they tell us, is Venetian slang … Continue reading

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Edging With String Trimmers and Window Glazing at Longwood Gardens

I admit I am biased about this. I have long thought edging is unnecessary, but most have it professionally done and see it as only a reasonable charge added on to their grass-cutting bill, so why not? Edging is done … Continue reading

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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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