Despite the snow, I can’t wait for tomorrow’s lecture and Bank to Bend. Each year in March we have an event entitled ‘Bank to Bend,’ which celebrates the early display of bulbs here at Winterthur. This idea traces itself back to our Mr. du Pont who used to search out the first flowers in the Winterthur garden as winter was giving way to spring.
Tomorrow’s lecture is going to be delivered by Charles Cresson, one of the most knowledgeable horticulturists you will ever meet. Charles is going to share his insights on the winter garden. Personally, I will have my notebook ready, because he is a wealth of information. (Here is a link that provides a little preview of Charles’ garden Hedgleigh Spring.) We will also have Carolyn Walker from Carolyn’s Shade Garden on site selling rare and unique plants, an afternoon guided walk of the garden (even if there is snow on the ground we will see flowers), a self-guided tour, and a snowdrop ‘tutorial’ for those interested in learning more about Galanthus will round out the day. Below is some information for those of your who would like to pre-register. I hope to see you there.
Brown Harrington Director Garden & Estate – Winterthur
Bank to Bend: Celebrating the Year’s First Flowers
Saturday, March 11, 10:00 am–3:30 pm
Celebrate the first flowers of the year and be part of a longstanding Winterthur tradition! This year’s featured speaker, Charles Cresson, a well-known horticulturist and plantsman from Swarthmore, will explore the wonder of the winter garden, drawing upon his rich gardening experience and long association with Winterthur. Come be inspired with new ideas for your own garden, enjoy a guided or self-guided garden tour, and shop our speciality sale of rare and unusual plants from Carolyn’s Shade Garden. Lecture: $10 per Member, $20 per nonmember, free for Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate members. Please call 800.448.3883 or 302.888.4600 to pre-registration required. Garden tours and plant sale are free for Members and included with admission.
- Lecture by Charles Cresson, “Winter Flowers: Inspiration for Your Garden,” – 11:00 am, Copeland Lecture Hall
- Guided walking tour of the garden led by Director of Garden & Estate Chris Strand – 1:00 pm, begins at the Visitor Center Patio
- Self-guided tour – all day, begins at the Visitor Center Patio
- Plant sale by Carolyn’s Shade Garden – 10:00 am–3:30 pm, Visitor Center