February Favorite #9: Longwood Gardens

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When the weather is nice, I enjoy taking my camera out for some pictures. One of my favorite locations is Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. While I prefer to go there in when the weather is warmer, they do have year-round displays, including an amazing Christmas display that everyone should see. However, if you do want to go in the colder months, they do have some beautiful indoor displays. Right now, their main display is the Orchid Extravaganza.

In addition to the gorgeous gardens, Longwood also offers classes, talks, and musical performances. The classes range from ‘how to start a vegetable garden’ to landscape design to identifying plants. Spotlight talks are guided tours where you can learn more about Longwood and their plants. But if you love music, Longwood really is the place to go. They have a variety of performances every year. Jazz, Irish, Pop - it’s difficult to list the range of the performers. Longwood has a calendar of events on their website. I recommend taking a look at it to see if anything interests you.

If you ever get a chance to visit the Philadelphia area, I highly recommend taking some time to check out Longwood Gardens. You need to see their fountain shows, at the very least. Don’t believe me? Check out their Instagram to get a glimpse into what they offer.

Game review: Flower Stand Tycoon

I used to enjoy playing Tycoon games. Yes, I purchased Monopoly Tycoon many years ago. Flower Stand Tycoon sounded like it might be a bit of fun. However, the game isn't like any Tycoon game I've ever played. You don't purchase new flowers. Heck, you don't even purchase the places where you sell flowers! Here you are a meager flower salesperson, traveling to various locations to try to beat your competitors. Every location where you have a higher rating than your competition, that area turns your color. The goal is to get as many squares to turn your color as possible. Oh, and you want to keep them your color.

I actually found this game quite boring. I guess I was looking for something a bit more exciting. It's difficult to steal your competitor's locations while making sure you visit your locations enough to keep them. You only get new flowers when you spend enough money "researching" them. Why should we need to research flowers? We should be able to just buy them! I think there was a possibility for a good game here but it definitely should not have been under the Tycoon name.