Even though the Garden Club does not meet in the winter, that does not prevent members from finding interesting garden-related activities to keep them busy. This group recently traveled to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.

The mission statement of Longwood Gardens says: "Longwood Gardens is the living legacy of Pierre S. du Pont, inspiring people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts."

This area consists of 1,077 acres of outdoor gardens and 20 indoor heated greenhouse gardens. The conservatory contains more than 4,600 types of trees and plants. Longwood Gardens hosts a horticultural school, a graduate program and internships. It hosts gardening demonstrations, courses, flower shows, children's programs, organ and carillon recitals, concerts, fountain shows, musical theater, and fireworks displays. There is an extensive and magnificent Christmas light display during the holiday season. You can also visit The Peirce-du Pont House.

You don't have to be a Garden Club member to enjoy all that Longwood Gardens has to offer. If you have never been there, definitely add it to your bucket list. Just ask any of the members named in the photo caption, and they will tell you what a beautiful, memorable day they all had.

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Leaves are still available for our memorial bronze tree on the bottom floor of the library. Pick up an application and send it in. Donations are always welcome to help us with our good work.

So as Oprah Winfrey said, "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." I hope we all get it right in 2017.