Meadow

 

 
I used to own the meadow walk at Longwood Gardens…well, not really. But it seemed that way because I rarely ever saw any guests venture that far from the pavement and conservatory. I had a lovely relationship with a red fox. He would dart into the trail and watch me walk toward him, warily making eye contact, then trot up a few paces and wait for me to catch up. It seems I wasn't the only one because Longwood has just reopened the expanded meadow, and this beautiful sculpture is positioned near one of the learning stations, just where I would encounter the fox.
 
 
The “new” meadow is stunningly gorgeous. I should have known Longwood could be trusted to showcase the natural world in a beautiful way. Gone are the old bridges, replaced with these curvaceous walkways. Some walkways are elevated to the level of the tree branches, making for a very special entrance to the meadow.
 
 
I am looking forward to enjoying this tree in all seasons, walking up to the top of the hill.
 
 
This house was believed to have been built by William Webb, a Quaker farmer, in 1730. Longwood selectively restored the farmhouse and it is now open for visitors to view galleries that explore the history and natural beauty of the meadow garden.
 
 
The exhibits showcase the work of many artists and artisans.
 
 
Birds of the meadow habitat are described using these amazing paper sculptures.
 
 
There are over three miles of trails in the meadow and along the way are benches for resting, observation stations and learning centers.
 
 
I think it will take me quite a long time to explore all the new additions. I didn't want “my” meadow to be messed with. It was just fine in a totally natural state and I loved the solitude in all seasons. Now the paths are populated with parents pushing strollers and toddlers running around, birders peering through binoculars, and I hear the sound of different languages spoken by foreign visitors. What a transformation and how incredibly wonderful it is!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 


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Comments

  1. I love that big tree! It is truly an amazing place!

  2. I wondered about the traffic on the walkways there too. I am a big fan of old bridges. It will be interesting to walk through the ‘new’ meadow.