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This evening’s spectacular performance…

2017 Horticulture Interns

Inside the Interns’ Garden

July 26, 2017 | 11:30 am | Brown Horticulture Learning Center

Winterthur’s horticulture interns share about their behind-the-scenes experiences in the Winterthur Garden in this conversational-style presentation, one that has become an annual tradition! This year, come hear about some of the unique projects and research that the interns have been pursuing during their time at Winterthur.

“Garden Insider” is a new name for a longstanding Winterthur tradition (“Wednesdays at Winterthur”). Join us for this unique series of walks, talks, and demonstrations that introduce you every week to a specialist from among the staff, volunteers, and other professionals affiliated with the Winterthur Garden. Presentations explore all aspects of the Winterthur Garden and Estate – their history, design, and plants – as well as current topics of interest in horticulture, agriculture, and environmental studies.

Colorful Clues

Wisteria and tulips in formal flower garden at Winterthur, May 1910

In Living Color:
Winterthur’s Lost Garden Through
Autochrome Photography

July 19, 2017 | 11:30 am | Brown Horticulture Learning Center

The Winterthur Library’s collection of autochromes, the first industrially produced color photographs, provides horticulturists with a valuable glimpse into Mr. du Pont’s early design aesthetic. In particular, their portrayal between 1910 and 1921 of a lavish, formal flower garden at Winterthur is particularly priceless in that this garden no longer exists today. Join Assistant Curator of Education Erica Anderson for a sampling of historical images picturing this “lost garden,” and then go on-site to investigate the garden’s original location and see remnants from its colorful past.

Oriental poppies in formal flower garden at Winterthur, May 1912

“Garden Insider” is a new name for a longstanding Winterthur tradition (“Wednesdays at Winterthur”). Join us for this unique series of walks, talks, and demonstrations that introduce you every week to a specialist from among the staff, volunteers, and other professionals affiliated with the Winterthur Garden. Presentations explore all aspects of the Winterthur Garden and Estate – their history, design, and plants – as well as current topics of interest in horticulture, agriculture, and environmental studies.

Letterhead for Winterthur Farms

Gentleman Farmers and Estate Farm Buildings

July 12, 2017 | 11:30 am | Brown Horticulture Learning Center

H.F. du Pont was one of the most accomplished gentleman farmers of his day. In this presentation by Director of Interpretation and Estate Historian Jeff Groff, you will learn more about the history of this elite group of farmers, the state-of-the-art facilities they created, and their involvement in exclusive organizations such as the Farmers Club.

“Garden Insider” is a new name for a longstanding Winterthur tradition (“Wednesdays at Winterthur”). Join us for this unique series of walks, talks, and demonstrations that introduce you every week to a specialist from among the staff, volunteers, and other professionals affiliated with the Winterthur Garden. Presentations explore all aspects of the Winterthur Garden and Estate – their history, design, and plants – as well as current topics of interest in horticulture, agriculture, and environmental studies.

Garden Insider: What’s a Folly?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 11:30 am – Rotunda*

In 2018 the Winterthur Garden will be hosting its first outdoor exhibition, entitled “Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden.” Not sure just what that will look like? Join Carol Long, Curator of the Garden, to find out more.

Latimeria Summerhouse at Winterthur

“Garden Insider” is a new name for a longstanding Winterthur tradition (“Wednesdays at Winterthur”). Join us for this unique series of walks, talks, and demonstrations that introduce you every week to a specialist from among the staff, volunteers, and other professionals affiliated with the Winterthur Garden. Presentations explore all aspects of the Winterthur Garden and Estate – their history, design, and plants – as well as current topics of interest in horticulture, agriculture, and environmental studies. *This week’s presentation will take place in the Rotunda. About 1 hour. Free to Members and included with admission.

Garden Insider: The Art of Beekeeping—Winterthur Style!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – 11:30 am – Brown Horticulture Learning Center

Join beekeeper Chris Biondi for a behind-the-scenes look at managing honeybees and honey production on the Winterthur Estate. Following the 30-minute presentation, guests are invited to take a hayride out to the hives to see beekeeping in action!

About the speaker: Chris Biondi is an experienced beekeeper and former Treasurer of the Chester County Beekeepers Association. He currently maintains approximately 40 colonies for honey production, in addition to running a successful queen rearing operation.

Chris Biondi among the beehives

“Garden Insider” is a new name for a longstanding Winterthur tradition (“Wednesdays at Winterthur”). Join us for this unique series of walks, talks, and demonstrations which introduce you every week to a specialist from among the staff, volunteers, and other professionals affiliated with the Winterthur Garden. Presentations explore all aspects of the Winterthur Garden and Estate – their history, design, and plants – as well as current topics of interest in horticulture, agriculture, and environmental studies. All presentations start at 11:30 am at the Brown Horticulture Learning Center. About 1 hour. Free to Members and included with admission.

 

As the garden quietly edges toward summer, the white arrows that lead guests to the flowering highlights have been removed and stored away until next year. There is always something to see in the Winterthur Garden but the “sensory overload” of the spring is now replaced with lush greens and a more discerning eye to some of the subtler beauties of the garden.

White arrows with Umbrella Seat in the background

As I was removing the arrows, I noticed what a good martagon lily year it is and how they thread their way throughout the garden. I thought that I would treat you to a visual tour of that display to perhaps encourage you to come out and see them on your own!

When entering the garden from the Visitors Center Patio, the first greeting by a martagon lily occurs before you enter the stone underpass.

Martagon lily with Rhododendron in background

Probably our largest grouping of martagon lilies is in Azalea Woods. There is a horseshoe path that runs parallel to Garden Lane that contains later-flowering rhododendron.  Tucked beneath these towering shrubs are these pagoda-like, towering lilies.  The main cultivar in this grouping is Mrs. R.O. Backhouse whose flower color resemble the variable shades of sherbet or pez candies.  One usually has to crouch down to see the under markings of the lilies.

Mrs. R.O.Backhouse

…but the view from above is not bad either.

Looking down on martagon flowers

A straight-on look shows off the full presence of these statuesque lilies; whorled tiers of leaves, capped with magnificent flower clusters.

Pagoda-like stature

 

Massing of martagons in Azalea Woods

Some other colors, sprinkled throughout Azalea Woods:

Soft yellow

Burnt orange

Creamy white with no speckles

The next grouping of martagons occurs in the woodland up from the Quarry.  Though the quantity is fewer, this smaller woodland hosts many colors:

Russet-red with tulip poplar backdrop

Vibrant orange

Rich maroon

Warm mauve

 

We interrupt this martagon lily tour for a brief announcement:

 

The nearby Enchanted Woods has a massing of martagons near the Faerie Cottage and the Birds Nest, mostly orange and “sherbet colored”.

“Fairy flowers” in the fairy garden

The tour ends with one of the prettiest flower colors–in my opinion–found tucked away in Icewell Terrace. I think that it may be prettier viewed from above.

White with paint-brushed, purple streaks

 

…and from the underside

 

For your viewing pleasure; most of the martagon lilies are in flower but some are still yet to open for you to come back and visit.

Delayed gratification

Although the white arrows are entering their seasonal slumber, please continue to meander the summer garden and consider broadening your perspective by venturing to places you have not yet explored, going the opposite direction from your normal route, or visiting at a different time of day.

If you feel more comfortable being directed through the garden, yellow arrows mark trails through meadows and woodlands, exploring the wider estate and highlighting more of our natural areas.  At nearly 1,ooo acres, there is a lot to observe.

Packed up for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Insider: Discover Winterthur’s Past in Enchanted Woods

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – 11:30 am – Brown Horticulture Learning Center

Remnants of Winterthur’s past, including architectural fragments, columns, and gates, are found throughout Enchanted Woods.  Join horticulturist Suzanne French to discover how these elements were masterfully used in the creation of one of this country’s most magical and unique children’s gardens.

Bench swing on the Gathering Green in Enchanted Woods

“Garden Insider” is a new name for a longstanding Winterthur tradition (“Wednesdays at Winterthur”). Join us for this unique series of walks, talks, and demonstrations which introduce you every week to a specialist from among the staff, volunteers, and other professionals affiliated with the Winterthur Garden. Presentations explore all aspects of the Winterthur Garden and Estate – their history, design, and plants – as well as current topics of interest in horticulture, agriculture, and environmental studies. All presentations start at 11:30 am at the Brown Horticulture Learning Center. About 1 hour. Free to Members and included with admission.

Garden Insider: Plants from China – A Living Museum

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – 11:30 am – Brown Horticulture Learning Center

From Winterthur’s famous dove tree, among the first of its kind to bloom in this country, to the often overlooked beauty, seven-son-flower, Chinese plants abound in the Winterthur Garden. On this walk with Winterthur Garden Guide Fair Bauernschmidt, see examples of plants that – akin to the porcelain and other Chinese objet d’art on display in the Museum – represent a priceless collection!

Dove-tree or handkerchief-tree (Davidia involucrata)

“Garden Insider” is a new name for a longstanding Winterthur tradition (“Wednesdays at Winterthur”). Join us for this unique series of walks, talks, and demonstrations which introduce you every week to a specialist from among the staff, volunteers, and other professionals affiliated with the Winterthur Garden. Presentations explore all aspects of the Winterthur Garden and Estate – their history, design, and plants – as well as current topics of interest in horticulture, agriculture, and environmental studies. All presentations start at 11:30 am at the Brown Horticulture Learning Center. About 1 hour. Free to Members and included with admission.

Garden Insider: Destination—Quarry Garden

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 11:30 am – Brown Horticulture Learning Center

H.F. du Pont found a creative way to re-purpose a once active rock quarry on the Estate into one of Winterthur’s most unique garden areas. Join horticulturist Jim Pirhalla for a walk to the Quarry Garden, where you will discover a rich history and gain new appreciation for a garden conceived in the 1960s during Mr. du Pont’s twilight years.

Quarry Garden awash with color

“Garden Insider” is a new name for a longstanding Winterthur tradition (“Wednesdays at Winterthur”). Join us for this unique series of walks, talks, and demonstrations which introduce you every week to a specialist from among the staff, volunteers, and other professionals affiliated with the Winterthur Garden. Presentations explore all aspects of the Winterthur Garden and Estate – their history, design, and plants – as well as current topics of interest in horticulture, agriculture, and environmental studies. All presentations start at 11:30 am at the Brown Horticulture Learning Center. About 1 hour. Free to Members and included with admission.