SOLSC Day 8
It was so nice seeing Erika after all of these years. We walked into the entrance and this is part of what we saw.
There were all kinds of orchids on display and for sale. We would have to check them out before we left.
After a minor hitch not really worth mentioning we got into the grounds. I would not have known where to begin, but luckily we had Erika as our own tour guide. We walked up to the conservatory to see the displays.
On the way we passed the topiary garden. Because of muddy and soggy conditions this is not open yet. However, we were able to stand by the chain and look at it. I was also able to get some pictures.
Here is a close up of one of the sculptures. We couldn’t decide what it is. A turkey? A dinosaur? What do you see?
When we entered the conservatory this is the first thing that captured our attention.
Of course we had to have our picture taken here. Luckily there was a volunteer there who was taking pictures for everyone. Here are me, Kathy, and Erika.
We then started out tour of the conservatory. First stop…the living wall.
In case you are wondering where each of those doors lead, it is to an individual rest room. There are more on the facing wall.
Before looking at the different rooms of flowers, we went to a ballroom where an organ was on automatic play. I understand that at times there is a person playing and the ballroom is set up for special dinners. Erika and Rose, you are the experts so please feel free to correct any misinformation I post.
In a room behind the ballroom we saw some of the pipes for the organ. As you can see, there are 10,000 pipes. All I can say is, “Oh my!”
Here are the ones on display. Notice the sized. Some extremely large while others are very small. Some are wood and some are metal.
Well, I think this is a good place to stop for today. Tomorrow, the flowers and plants of Longwood. (Yes, I know I am dragging this out.)