I must have fallen in love with gardens when I was a child in the 1950's because of Papaw & Mamaw's farm in Mississippi. Papaw, a widower, built the house for my grandmother soon after they were married in 1917. This blurry photo was taken of the flowers that lined the walk up to Mamaw's front porch in 1974. Mamaw was 77 by then and would live another 20 years in that house and another 6 in a nursing home. We moved so often that my parents had no interest in gardening. Mamaw's flowers and her farm were very special to me. . . .
So it's no wonder I love visiting Children's Gardens whenever I can. . . .
Winterthur's website has a wonderful interactive site about the Enchanted Woods. The Tale of Enchanted Woods sets the stage for the enchantment. Be sure to read the Letter From the Enchanted Woods Faeries and click on the link below this map. Be prepared for surprises. . . .
Now you are ready to enter the Enchanted Woods. It was an overcast day. Leaves were being stirred about by the wind. There were only a few other children there (besides me!). . . .
Harvey welcomes you, too. . . .
Be careful as you cross for Scott the Troll lives under the bridge, or do like me and follow the path around the bridge. . . .
Moss, the gardener fairy, planted the Gathering Green where you can dance around the May Pole to welcome Spring. . . .
Ah, you must pass through the chiming gate to reach the Tuilip Tree House. . . .
In beauty may I walk
With beauty before me
With beauty behind me
With beauty above me
With beauty around me
May I walk
. . . .and special stones carved with magic flowers. . . .
It is said one must absolutely, definitely not enter a fairy ring. . . .
. . . .for if you do this is what happens. . . . !
As we made our way out of the Enchanted Woods we passed some petrified stumps. . . .or were they. . . .?
LONGWOOD GARDENS - CHILDREN'S GARDEN
Pierre du Pont loved having children play in his gardens at Longwood. It was only fitting that an Indoor Children's Garden was added to the Conservatory in 1987. This is how it looked in the summer of 1991 when I took my children to see it. The theme that year was Peter Rabbit and Friends. That's my little Benjamin bunny when he was 3. . . .
Now, other people's children are playing in the garden. . . .
Longwood Gardens has several outdoor areas for children such as the Children's Corner, Bird House & Railway Garden, and Lookout Loft.
MY ENCHANTED WOODS
As you will remember the Gnomes in my Woods keep guard over the Enchanted Woods. They stay hidden in the tree trunks most of the time, but this one came out to give me a wave. . . .
This was one of my favorite songs when I was a little girl. . . .If you go down into the woods today be sure of a big surprise, . . you better go in disquise. . . .