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July 23, 2014 – Do you have a small area in your yard that you want to redesign? Maybe you need more privacy or your foundation planting needs help.  Drawing a garden plan is really very easy.  Amy Bloom-Mountz will show you how with a few measurements, and a pencil and paper. It is easy to do, and YOU can do it!

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Walks last 45–60 minutes.  Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics.  These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August).  Wednesdays at Winterthur is free with all admission tickets. Members are free.

No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough ground and steep garden paths.

Summer is exploding in the Winterthur Garden with the soft purple of Russian Sage and Hosta ventricosa. Day lily’s add their touch of orange while Joe-Pye weed displays puffs of mauve. Near the Reflecting Pool, you’ll find Glossy abelia attracting butterflies and water-loving plants sheltering happy frogs and flashy fish.

Enchanted Woods is ringed in white, pink and blue of hydrangea and hosta. Sink into the refreshing, lush green, fern valley along the lower March Bank walk. Along stream banks, bright yellow Indian cup flowers wave a greeting to summer visitors while attracting gold finches to their seed heads.

Experience summer in the cool of the Winterthur Garden today!

 

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Here’s the latest bloom list, thanks to our fantastic volunteers:

http://www.winterthur.org/pdfs/Winterthur bloom list July 16 2014.pdf

July 16, 2014 – Did you ever wonder how deep Winterthur’s reflecting pool  is?  Why is it so dark?  What are the plants growing in it?  Wonder no more! Join Michele Christiano and Leigh Donnelly today as they answer those questions and explain its history and maintenance.

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Walks last 45-60 minutes. Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics.  These events begin at the Brown Horticulture Learning Center at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August).  Wednesdays at Winterthur is free with all admission tickets. Members are free.

No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough ground and steep garden paths.

July 9, 2014 – Winterthur’s Visitor Center started its life with a different name assigned by Henry Francis du Pont, head gardener and clerk of the works. How it came into being, as a result of Winterthur Museum’s opening to the public in October 1951, is the subject of this talk by Charles Hummel, Curator Emeritus at Winterthur. Join us for today’s Wednesdays at Winterthur.

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Walks last 45-60 minutes.  Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics.  These events begin at the Brown Learning Center at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August). Wednesdays at Winterthur is free with all admission tickets. Members are free.

No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough ground and steep garden paths.

July 2, 2014 – The Winterthur Garden is ripe with detail, yet many aspects get overlooked.  Take a short walk today with Carol Long through the garden and explore some of these gems.

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Walks last 45–60 minutes. Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August). Wednesdays at Winterthur is free with all admission tickets. Members are free.

No reservations necessary.  Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes.  Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough ground and steep garden paths.

Many thanks to volunteer, and over-the-top talented photographer, Bob Leitch, for these fabulous images of the Winterthur Garden and Estate in late June. Doesn’t it just make you want to come for a hike?  Get your ticket, or display your membership card, and you’re on your way!

(Tip: if you click on the photograph, you should see a larger version.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to our volunteers, here is the latest list of what’s in bloom in the Winterthur Garden: http://www.winterthur.org/pdfs/Winterthur Bloom Report 6.27.2014 no.17.pdf

From their report:

The most striking area is the great meadow East of Azalea Woods, the Pinetum, and the Sundial Garden. Sycamore Hill is past its peak but still of interest. Hosta ventricosa is on the verge of blooming throughout; actual blooms in Quarry.

 

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June 25, 2014 – As you enter Azalea Woods, have you ever  wondered about the Chandler Farm Road and its history?  Today, Maggie Lidz, estate historian, will take us on a walk past the Joseph and William Chandler Farm area and to the outer edges of the property. Join her on what should be a beautiful and interesting lunchtime stroll.

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Walks last 45–60 minutes.  Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics.  These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August).  Wednesdays at Winterthur is free with all admission tickets. Members are free.

No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes.  Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough ground and steep garden paths.

An Almost Summer Stroll

Looking towards the train station from near the Quarry Garden

Looking towards the train station from near the Quarry Garden

Yesterday afternoon, I took a quick stroll through the Winterthur Garden. Busy with lots of Downton Abbey-inspired bus groups, I’ve been missing the garden. I enjoyed listening to the birds, sitting on a bench in a quiet nook, and basking for just a time in the warm sunshine. Hope you’ll take a summertime stroll soon in the garden; it’s the best way to encounter the beauty of the Winterthur Garden!

 

A mighty oak tree near the Sundial Garden

A mighty oak tree near the Sundial Garden

Here’s what’s in bloom right now in the Winterthur Garden, thanks to two loyal and dedicated volunteers:

http://www.winterthur.org/pdfs/06.18.2014 Winterthur Bloom Report no16.doc

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The Enchanted Woods birds’ nest floating above a cloud of hydrangeas

June 18, 2014 – Have you ever wondered how those wacky arborists get so high in the trees here at Winterthur and what are they doing? Kevin Braun, Winterthur’s Garden and Estate arborist will demonstrate techniques and talk about the different tools an arborist uses.

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Walks last 45-60 minutes.  Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics.  These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August). Wednesday at Winterthur is free with all admission tickets. Members are free.

No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough ground and steep garden paths.