At Longwood Gardens…

Painting by Susan Detjens“At Longwood Gardens” is the name of this painting created when I was living in Wilmington Delaware.  Each January to March, I would visit Longwood Gardens regularly to sketch subjects for floral paintings.  Outside the staff entrance to the greenhouses, leftover plants would be assembled in the most charming combinations.  They never failed to please the many visitors.

Longwood GreenhouseI was delighted to be able to return to Longwood two weeks ago to see the famous greenhouses in the same season as my long-ago paintings.  This is the main entrance to the East Conservatory.

Orchids at LongwoodMarch centers on Longwood’s Orchid Festival.  This elegant stand of orchids is surrounded by the pool with more orchid containers.

Orchids and bluesBrilliant swathes of blue play off the sunny tones of the orchids,

Corridor at LongwoodThis handsome vertical garden has to be the most beautiful WC corridor in the US!

greenhouse pink and yellowWalking between the smaller greenhouses one comes upon charming gardens like this one with a pink and yellow scheme.

Fern floor greenhouseThe oldest greenhouse houses the fern floor surrounded by walkways lined with lush plants.  Through this archway, you can glimpse the interior of the music room at the end of the view.

orchid basketThis is the enormous phalaenopsis orchid hanging basket which is centered on the greenhouse.  Notice the purple bougainvillea to the right.

ferns and orchidsLooking across the fern floor through tree ferns and orchids. The flooded floor keeps the greenhouse humid.  For gala evenings, it is drained and tables are set up for dining.  This is dining with a difference!

green lawns and hanging basketsWith your back to the arch, you will face the second half of the original conservatory structures with their lush lawns and beautiful blue hanging baskets.

Yellow liliesAll the greenhouses smell absolutely wonderful and none more lovely than near these sunny lilies.

bromelliadsNot every planting is blue or yellow.  Warm oranges play off beautifully against the gray green foliage.  Mama Nature always gets the colors right.

greenhouse cyclamenPink cyclamen is bedded out under a wonderful shrub whose name I wrote down … and then lost.  It was such fun to wander through this beautiful treasury of flowers, greenery, and scent.


PS  I will be creating floral designs and speaking at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore MD on April 5, 2013 at 11AM.  I’ve cut and pasted the information here.  If you are in the area, I’d love to see you there!


Friday, April 5, 11 a.m. SUSAN DETJENS: Art Blossoms – The Art of Interpreting Art with Flower Arrangements

An award-winning flower arranger, Susan will share her deep knowledge of botanical materials and her imaginative sense of design as she describes and demonstrates how to interpret a variety of works of art in floral arrangements.

Raffle of arrangements / Graham Auditorium

SUSAN DETJENS LECTURE / DEMONSTRATION                  _________@ $40                  $_________ Friday, April 5, 11 a.m. I am unable to attend but would like to make a donation in the amount of $_________

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MAIL TO: Marion Kandel, 7201 Bellona Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21212 For information & tickets call 410-547-9000 x305 or visit

About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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