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Today, even with the rain, artists are busy capturing the beauty of the Winterthur Garden and Estate. They’re part of an event sponsored by the Children’s Beach House in Lewes, Delaware. The artists had two or three venues to capture each day this week, from Monday through Thursday. https://www.pleinairbrandywinevalley.org/

At Winterthur, the artists usually to gravitate to these spots:

  • The shimmering front ponds with fall-colored trees beyond
  • The back ponds and East Barn complex
  • Brown’s Meadow near Magnolia Bend with the wonderful fall colors of wildflowers
  • The Japanese Maple at Magnolia Bend

Friday night, 10/24/14, is the date of the big opening gala. You can still purchase tickets and be one of the first to see the artists’ work, or come to the Winterthur Visitor Center on Saturday or Sunday from 10-4 to see and purchase exquisite photographs and paintings. (No Winterthur admission tickets needed for the art sale.)

https://www.pleinairbrandywinevalley.org/store/catalog/category/view/id/6/

Here are a few shots of artists at work at the event in October 2013:

 

 

 

Enjoy these lovely garden photos by volunteer, Bob Leitch, taken on October 21, 2014.

Color displays are found in the fiery reds, blazing oranges and brilliant yellows of leaves contrasted against leaves that are still green. Look up and around throughout the gardens. Berries and fruits provide additional color in jewel-like tones.

Here’s the latest bloom list for the Winterthur Garden:

http://www.winterthur.org/pdfs/Winterthur bloom list 10.14.2014.pdf

 

 

 

October 22, 2014 – Join our garden guide, Mike Rausch, to learn the ins and outs of taking your tropical plants that have been sitting outside all summer and bringing them indoors for the winter.

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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.

October 15, 2014 – UD researchers will provide an update on the  research done on both Winterthur’s and nearby development Applecross’s ecosystems. Learn how different landscapes provide varied ecosystems and how we can improve landscape installation and management for beauty and the environment.

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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.

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Photo by Bob Leitch

 

If you’re out walking in the Winterthur Garden, you might want to refer to the current bloom list, compiled by two amazing and dedicated volunteers:

http://www.winterthur.org/pdfs/Winterthur bloom list 10.08.2014 no.32.pdf

The most striking area is the East end of Oak Hill, across from the Quarry.

 

October 8, 2014 – Winter winds will soon blow through our gardens. How might we use berries, bark, foliage, and flowers to enliven our landscapes? Consider stunning native plants, early-blooming bulbs, and ornamentals. Share your experiences and get new ideas while walking with Karen Steenhoek, assistant curator of garden interpretation, today as she takes us through the garden and introduces us to her favorite winter plants.

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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.

Welcome, October!

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A crisp breeze blows through the Winterthur Garden, touching it with autumn hues of yellow, red and purple. To set off these warm colors, White snakeroot and fluffy wood asters bloom along meandering garden paths. Bright goldenrod announces the arrival of autumn – a prelude to exciting fall color to come.

At Magnolia Bend, the purple plumbago beckons one to a stroll through the sun-kissed meadow. At the east circle, glossy abelia continues to attract butterflies and bees. As you walk in the Winterthur Garden, enjoy the surprise of pink autumn crocus, the smooth fruit on the hardy orange trees, and purple beautyberries that accent sweeping views across the Piedmont landscape.

Come, taste this season of beauty among the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley.

Here’s the latest bloom list for the Winterthur Garden, thanks to our terrific volunteers: http://www.winterthur.org/pdfs/Winterthur bloom List 9.30.2014 no.31.pdf

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Round up the kids, neighbors, and grandkids and head over to Winterthur this Saturday, October 4. It’s Truck and Tractor Day!

You’ll find a new and improved tree climbing activity where you can pretend to be an arborist, the ever popular fire hose demonstration put on by Winterthur’s own fire company, and our two newest staff members, Franklin and Stanley. http://gardenblog.winterthur.org/2014/09/23/meet-franklin-and-stanley-two-new-winterthur-employees/

Loads of details here: http://www.winterthur.org/?p=1105

Join us for the 3rd annual Truck and Tractor Day at Winterthur. Members, get a head start on the fun when we open at 9:00 am just for you! Avoid the parking hassles and let the kids climb on the farm equipment without waiting in lines, and then you’ll be ready for arts and crafts in the Brown Center when they start at 10:00 am! Kids are sure to have a blast during this fun-filled day with lots of outdoor activities.

Proceeds support the Winterthur Fire Department. Members free. Included with general admission. Rain or shine event.

Dr. Walter Hipple, Winterthur volunteer extraordinaire (among other things) provides his observations on the Winterthur Garden. The accompanying photographs are by another wonderful volunteer, Bob Leitch.

At this date–September 25–most of the most striking area of the gardens is not visible from the tram, nor even from the paved walk. That area is the East end of Oak Hill: from the Quarry walk back up a bit along the walk towards the Enchanted Woods — then around the copse at the left (i.e., South).

First, at the West end, you will see Tea Viburnum (Viburnum setigerum) with its brilliant red berries, A few steps further around the copse are the splendid purple Beautyberries (Callicarpa dichotoma). Above them are multitudes of the yellow fruits of Trifoliate Orange (Poncirus trifoliata)–they are indeed citrus fruits, but you will regret biting into one, as they are unparalleled for sourness.

And just beyond are the panicles of yellow berries of Viburnum dilatatum xanthocarpum (i.e., Yellow-berried Linden Viburnum). If you stand at the right spot, you see a perfectly composed picture of the Beautyberries, the Trifoliate Oranges, and the Yellow-berried Viburnum.

But not everything worth seeing is above the ground. Look down and you will see the first blossoms of Sternbergia lutea–brilliant yellow.  (If it has an English name, I don’t know it.) Off to the south is a great patch of  lavender Colchicum, ‘Autumn Crocus’–which are really a kind of lily, not crocuses at all. (Lilies have six stamens in each flower; crocuses belong to the Iris family and have three.)

And then over at the slope going east is another species of Colchicum, larger, more vase-shaped, purple-and-white; there are hundreds of them scattered down the hill to the outlet rivulet from the Quarry.

Autumn has its beauties too!

 

September 24, 2014 – Ferns are a wonderful addition to the woodland garden, offering a variety of heights, textures, and colors. Join Linda Eirhart, director of horticulture and curator of plants, today on a stroll to discover a dozen of our best.

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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.