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Anne McNally recently began her position as one of Winterthur’s Livestock Volunteers.  She’s been able to get up close and personal with our seven Boer goats and Greenbank Mill’s four heritage breed sheep.  Check out what she has to say about her experience so far, and some of her lovely photos capturing the spirit of our livestock!

“Animals have been an important part of my life since I was a baby.  My boss told me Winterthur was looking for an Animal Husbandry Volunteer, and I knew this was for me.  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings I take care of Negandank Farm’s goats and sheep at Winterthur.

Having worked with Pygmy Goats at Brandywine River Museum’s Ring Farm, I was thrilled at the friendliness of this breed.  Working around them is comical; they are so curious.  I love photographing them.  The sheep have warmed up to me, too.  I think all of the animals think I’m their paparazzi!

Stay tuned for more shots of these amazing creatures.  I am honored to be part of this program at Winterthur!”

Anne & Stanley

Anne & Stanley

Anne with Morgan, Missy, & Michael

Anne with Morgan, Missy, & Michael

Anne's buddy, Michael

Anne’s buddy, Michael

Minnie & Missy romping around

Minnie & Missy romping around

Goats grazing in the pasture

Riley, Nora, & Missy grazing in the pasture

 

 

Thanks to Linda Bailey, Winterthur’s Natural Lands Technician, for contributing this blog post and lending her keen eye for both the landscape and photography!

As the trees reach their peak color in the Brandywine Valley, Winterthur is a must-see for those who enjoy the spectacle of autumn foliage (and who doesn’t?!). Winterthur is known for its many scenic vistas, offering outstanding views of the garden and estate. While most visitors are well-acquainted with the beautiful scenery from places like Magnolia Bend and the Quarry Road bridge, did you know that there are stunning views all over Winterthur’s nearly 1,000-acre estate?

With about 10 miles of roads and trails accessible to members and guests, there’s always somewhere new to explore. Here are a few spots from all corners of the estate with spectacular views. Although I could provide you with detailed directions to each location, I won’t deprive you of the opportunity of discovering the beauty for yourself!  There’s still plenty of time before the last leaf falls, so be sure to visit before it’s too late!

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Colorful reflections at the Reservoir

White oak just past the Railroad overpass

White Oak just past the railroad overpass

Upper Armour Meadow loop trail looking towards Armour Farm Woods

Upper Armour Meadow loop trail looking towards Armour Farm Woods

Woods Road view

Woods Road view

Trail that runs from Back Drive towards Railroad tracks

Trail that runs from back drive towards railroad tracks

Looking up at the William Penn tulip poplar in Chandler Woods

Looking up at the William Penn tulip poplar in Chandler Woods

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Enliven your home with the beauty of autumn. Meredith Graves, coordinator of the Winterthur flower program, will demonstrate how to use end-of-season plant material from your garden to add unique interest to your autumnal arrangements and displays.

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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, October 19, 2016

Colors of fall come and go differently each year. Join Carol Long, associate curator of the garden, on a walk to see the crème de la crème of the day.

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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, October 12, 2016

Winterthur was once a model farm that embraced groundbreaking agricultural research and cattle breeding.  Join Winterthur Garden guide Debra Shedrick to explore what it was like to run such a farm at the highest levels of American society in the first half of the 20th century— an endeavor that resulted in the development of an award-winning herd of Holstein Freisian cattle that have been said to be the backbone of today’s great milk-producing cattle.

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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, October 5, 2016

Join Assistant Conservator Lauren Fair and Estate Supervisor Rob Plankinton for a walking tour and discussion about Winterthur’s garden objects. They will be discussing current, future, and completed projects along with conservation practices.

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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.

Our summer interns have gone for the season; back to their respective schools or onto the next phase of their lives. Sometimes they will visit, giving us updates about what has been going on after their summer at Winterthur and other times they might return for other reasons, like a marriage proposal.  Such is the case with this story.

Nathan Smith was an intern with us in 2014 and came back to visit several times, either for organized tours or just to check up on the garden—and garden staff. This past fall and winter, Nathan and I did a lot of back and forth e-mail planning for an idea that he had; to have a commemorative tree planted so that he could then propose to his longtime girlfriend, Heather, under that tree on her birthday.  (Guess he was pretty confident that she would say yes).  We checked out several locations throughout the garden and the trees that were allocated for the spots.  After some consideration and return visits, Nathan decided on the burr oak, Quercus macrocarpa, just below the Bristol Summerhouse on Sycamore Hill.  This tree is a replacement for a white oak that shaded this area and I think it was the tree’s location plus the thought of a sturdy, long-lived oak that made for a romantic tribute to his love for his girlfriend; no short-lived tree for him!

More e-mails (with several staff) and visits ensued to take care of the myriad of details to pull off this secret birthday-proposal present: what to write on the plant label, exact location of the tree placement, planning for the actual day itself with a homemade picnic basket and blanket which had to be handed off and on site for the surprise. Oh, and did I mention that they were running a little late on the day of? Nathan had to keep his cool and send us messages on the sly throughout the process.  Needless to say the day went well; a beautiful, sunny April day with the end result being, “Yes”.

Personalized Tree Label

Personalized Tree Label

Heather with Both of Her Presents.

Heather with Both of Her Presents.

Nathan sent along the pictures from the day and when I asked about the birch box that held the engagement ring, Nathan had this this to say, “The story behind the box is that I really wanted to make something special that involved nature and went with the theme of the proposal, so that it wasn’t just the usual ring box. I just cut a piece of birch from Joann’s Fabrics and drilled the notches in the top and bottom to create a space for the ring, and then I put a hinge between the two pieces. The scroll on the stick is a poem I wrote for her which goes into the hole in front of the ring and becomes a peg to hold the top down. Then I put felt in each notch and moss in the bottom notch for the ring cushion.”

Ring Box by Nathan

Ring Box by Nathan

 

The Happy Couple!

The Happy Couple!

Nathan and Heather chose a wedding day this upcoming year that is 2 days before their 10th anniversary together. Congratulations Heather and Nathan, may your love for one another–just like the oak tree– grow stronger each and every year.

 

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

As fall brings a variety of color, take a walk with Linda Bailey, natural lands technician, on the field pathways to enjoy the asters and goldenrod varieties and observe the wildlife that inhabit these areas. Please wear hiking shoes and bring a camera.

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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, September 21, 2016

Join garden horticulturists, Suzanne French and Jessica Tsakiris, to learn how to gather natural materials in order to create whimsical arrangements.

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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, September 14, 2016

Join Estate Historian Jeff Groff in the Brown Learning Center for an illustrated overview of three buildings that were important parts of Winterthur and the role they played over time. Then enjoy a walk to take a closer look and hear more about them.

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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.