After over 12-13 years, I revisited the gardens with a dear friend who had never been here before. The gardens are definitely more well maintained and well put together. I loved the orchids sections and different colors and set up. The conservatory was beautiful. You have to wear good walking shoes as you can get a great cardio workout my taking a few laps.
At the end, we visited the Dupont Residence and went through the informative documentary on his life and how he set the foundation of the gardens. It was great to read and hear a brilliant chemistry major from MIT set the foundation of the gardens and have a passion for horticulture.
At the end of the day, we bought a few plants and herbs from the local horticulture center. The gift shop is cute and has some nice pieces of plants as well as souvenirs.
The onsite fine dining restaurant is highly recommended. Execllent choice of food but very slow service. It took us approximately over 30-45 mins to get our dinner. Otherwise, a real pleasant experience through and through. Friday and Saturday are late evenings. The gardens are opened till 10pm EST. Buying tickets ahead of time is recommended.You can bring the ticket on your PDA device vs. carrying a paper print out or ticket. It's convenient. Thank God, they are using modern day and age technology.
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