EAST MARLBOROUGH TWP., Pa. - It's not easy to think the world we live in right now is beautiful. Our smiles are covered, we're separated from family, and we don't quite know how all this will end, but in the midst of the crisis, there is beauty in the world around us.
Mother Nature is giving us one dazzling display after another. Spring at Longwood Gardens in Chester County means plants that are native to eastern North America are in full bloom.
Spring Beauty is one of the first wildflowers to pop up this time of year in Pennsylvania. You'll find it on a walk through Peirce's Woods, a seven-acre oasis at Longwood. And since we can't visit in person, Longwood is bringing the beauty to you.
"Nature doesn't stop," said Patricia Evans, Longwood's director of communications, "so spring is still blooming, and we've really had quite a lovely spring here in the Pennsylvania region, so we're happy to be able to share it in some context."
A section titled "Look and Breathe" focuses on what's in bloom.
"We really wanted to give people a sense of how spring was starting and evolving, and that's what we've been trying to do for the last month, is sort of take people along with us and show how the gardens are changing," Evans explained.
There weren't as many tulips this year. That was one of the COVID-19 consequences. They're about 400 hands short these days and they had to pull tulip bulbs from the garden walk to manage the maintenance. There was still plenty though.
Some of the videos are narrated by Longwood's horticulturalists and gardeners. They talk you through the tour, so you're hearing about what you're seeing.
Others are just quiet. It's an act of nature like sunrise in the Meadow Garden.
"I think one of the reasons people come to our gardens is to unwind and relax and sort of tune out all of the pressures of the everyday world and, you know, we're hoping we can bring a little bit of that through some of this content to them now," said Evans.
So log on, take a deep breath, and hold on for the wisteria. That's what's blooming next.
Our magnificent 200-year-old cucumber magnolia brought us so much joy as it stood near the Peirce-du Pont House. During the strong wind gusts on April 30, our beloved tree fell. Find out how we are honoring its legacy: https://t.co/quY2BPuJIs #OurGardensYourHome pic.twitter.com/M3jQSr4MZt— longwoodgardens (@longwoodgardens) May 13, 2020