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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hundreds of different ferns can be grown in our gardens. They range in height from inches to four feet, range in variety from evergreen to deciduous, and range in color from basic green to shades of silver and red. Join Linda Eirhart, director of horticulture and curator of plants, on a stroll today to discover a dozen that are easy to identify and grow.

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Dryopteris erythrosora

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). Included with all admission tickets; Members free.

Walks last 45–60 minutes. No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough and steep garden paths.

Charlie (left) on the set of  the Nat Geo TV show Nature Boom Time!

Charlie (left) on the set of the Nat Geo TV show Nature Boom Time!

2013 Garden & Estate Intern Charlie Engelman reports about his latest adventure and “boom” in TV-fame:

I hope everyone’s doing great. I wanted to let you know that, thanks to the encouragement of Winterthur’s horticulture staff during my summer internship, I was able to go on and win a National Geographic grant last year. This gave me the opportunity to go on an incredible film expedition and create a television show about trees across the U.S.! Basically, “Nature Time with Charlie” (that YouTube series I started making while at Winterthur) has turned into the National Geographic Kids television show, “Nature Boom Time!” It’s super exciting!

The show is currently airing on the Nat Geo WILD channel around 8am EST and will continue through fall. You can also check out the entire first season online at: kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/nature-boom-time. The first episode is also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k68VdWyMGJM. The other episodes will gradually be released on YouTube over the course of the summer.

Please feel free to let me know what you think! You can reach me by email at: charlie@worldbycharlie.com. I’m gathering feedback to help us prepare the second season, so any comments (positive or negative!) would be appreciated. And feel free to share it around with anyone who has kids…or anyone else who may be interested!

Winterthur horticulture staff: Thanks for all the support when I first started making these videos a few years ago. You guys are the greatest. Have an excellent spring!”

Charlie at Winterthur, summer 2013

Charlie at Winterthur, summer 2013

 

Charlie today, in the field for Nature Boom Time!

Charlie today, in the field for Nature Boom Time!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Explore the care and maintenance of Winterthur’s herbaceous and tree peonies. Take a walk through the Peony Garden and see the collection as well as some of A. P. Saunders’s hybrids. Michelle Stapleford, garden horticulturist, will be your guide.

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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). Included with all admission tickets; Members free.

Walks last 45–60 minutes. No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough and steep garden paths.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It has been 99 years since Mr. du Pont purchased his first Kurume azaleas. Join Linda Eirhart, director of horticulture and curator of plants, on an easy stroll through Azalea Woods to enjoy their beauty and learn more about their history at Winterthur.

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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). Included with all admission tickets; Members free.

Walks last 45–60 minutes. No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough and steep garden paths.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

There is a wealth of bulbs beyond daffodils and tulips that can be used to extend seasonal color in the garden. Join Chris Strand, Brown Harrington Director of Garden & Estate, to learn more about selecting, growing, and using minor bulbs in your garden.

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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). Included with all admission tickets; Members free.

Walks last 45–60 minutes. No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough and steep garden paths.

Azalea Time!

Well, true to form, Mother Nature is keeping us hopping once again!  Instead of the (typical) 2nd week in May–Mother’s Day–being our main azalea display, we are having a “May in April year”.  If you have been waiting to see the azaleas then come on by and see them.  It can not be predicted how long they last as there are several potential rainy days in the 10 day forecast but reliance on weather prediction is futile…good news is that temperatures seem to be reasonable for this time of year.  Excessive heat is notorious for a fleeting flowering display.

There is always something to see in the Winterthur Garden; if you miss something you inevitably see something else.  I spoke with a visitor a few weeks back who was enchanted with what he saw in the April garden.  He stated that it was because he always came when the azalea display was going on.  The moral of the story is just come to the garden, see what is flowering and enjoy!

Azalea and bluebell combination in Azalea Woods

Azalea and bluebell combination in Azalea Woods

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Join Winterthur garden guides, Candy Dunson and Susan Smith-Habelow, for a walk to explore the garden where Henry Francis du Pont once had his personal golf course. Visit the caddy stand and other areas of his original course.

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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). Included with all admission tickets; Members free.

Walks last 45–60 minutes. No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough and steep garden paths.

My thanks to all the staff, volunteers, and guests who came out to make Daffodil Day a success. The weather has been unpredictable this spring and the daffodils were punished by some freezing temperatures that followed warm weather. Nevertheless, there were thousands (more on that below) of flowers to see!

How Many Daffodil Flowers
This year I asked our GIS Mapping intern if he could develop an estimate of how many daffodil flowers we had this spring. Using the maps of the beds and careful counts of representative sample beds, Cole developed an estimate. Care to guess? Despite the harsh conditions this spring, we had 410,000 daffodil flowers in the garden this year.

Daffodil Tour
This year we offered guided tours as well as a self-guided tour. Guided tours were full, but even better, there were hundreds of guests exploring the daffodils and the rest of the garden.

Daffodil Show and Crafts
Just as we did last year, we hosted a Children’s Daffodil Show and Daffodil Crafts in the Visitor Center. There were many entries in the show and dozens of ribbons won. It was fun to see families returning with their craft projects from last year, ready to try the new craft for this year. As we did last year, there was a generous distribution of cookies to the kids (and adults).

Thanks again for making Daffodil Day a fun family event.