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More than a botanical garden

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Longwood Gardens
Inserted: 16.07.2018
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If fate blows you to the town of Wilmington in the US state of Delaware (but you can easily get here from Philadelphia, for example), here is a tip for a pleasant half day. Longwood Gardens is a kind of combination of a botanical garden and an amusement park with an arboretum, fountains, evening performances including music and fireworks; thematic exhibitions, lectures, workshops, etc. are held here.

A little history

(doesn't kill anyone)

Delaware is one of the smallest and most industrialized states in the United States. It is known for its liberal trade laws, which means that half of all American publicly traded companies are registered here. One of the largest local companies is the chemical giant Dupont (this is the company that invented Teflon, Kevlar, Nylon, Neoprene, Lycra, etc.). Members of the Dupont family, which founded the chemical plant at the beginning of the 19th century, were not only capable entrepreneurs, but also philanthropists, patrons and patriots. Although in the 19th and 20th centuries the chemical industry was not as fundamental to the global climate as it is today, the owners of the chemical industry already felt that the company's acti­vities were not exactly beneficial to the health of the local population. So, at least as compensation, they bought a dilapidated farm near Wilmington and established one of the most interesting botanical gardens in the United States.

Topiary Garden

at this point, the shapes of the trees are reminiscent of the movie Edward the Scissorhands

Topiary Garden
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