Christmas at Longwood | Photos #2 of 2

by Elouise

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It’s gray and cloudy outside. A perfect day for a colorful peek at Longwood’s annual Christmas extravaganza!  I’ve chosen what my eyes love to look at.
The ornament above reminds me of a Christmas carol,
“Lo, How a Rose E’er Bloometh.”

Highlighted colors this year: blue, green, yellow and white.
Displays were more subdued than last year, though red wasn’t ruled out.

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Here’s an indoor tree featuring blue-green, and white.
It’s in the main exhibit hall of the Conservatory.

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This third tree is in a side wing,
surrounded by pots and hanging baskets of poinsettia.

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The next three photos and the ornament at the top
are my favorites for single ornaments. My eyes won’t let them go!
I love the shapes, colors, textures and lighting.

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How’s this for a chandelier?

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Or this orchid wreath for your house or front door?

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Now we’re in the children’s Christmas tree exhibit. Students in area schools enter trees in the competition. Judges choose about a dozen to include in the exhibit. Each follows the color scheme for the year. Trees are judged according to grade level, and ornaments are designed and handcrafted by students. What’s not to love?

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The olive tree in the Desert Garden was brilliant this year.
Imagine icy blue glowing olives!

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Finally, here’s a little feel for what it looks like outside.
Sometimes the trees look surreal, as though they’re hanging in midair.

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Thanks for coming along!
Elouise

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 16 December 2015
Photo credit: DAFraser, December 2015
Longwood Gardens and Conservatory