It's hard to sum up what I loved about Longwood in just a few words but it was probably the overall experience that was so special. The gardens are spread out over more than 1,000 acres and include a 4-acre conservatory -- which I still think I didn't see all off! -- a topiary garden, fountain garden, Italian garden, edible garden and oh-so-memorable aquatic garden. I just can't resist beautiful water lilies, lotuses and huge lily pads.
There were even some enormous tree houses that kids of any age would be envious of. I would love to see their huge fall mum display and their holiday displays sometime. More reasons to go back in the future?
Here are some photos I took during my visit. I'll post more in part 2 (below). Remember to click on any of the photos to view a larger image.