Yes, there are plants in flower on the March Bank despite the unrelenting cold!
Our first program of the year – and your invitation to get a taste of spring – is Bank to Bend, an event that celebrates the history of the garden and the du Pont family’s habit of walking the March Bank in search of the first flowers of spring.
This year’s lecture will be delivered by Andrew Turvey of Myddelton House Gardens. This historic garden is the former home of Edward Augustus Bowles ( 1865-1954), one of Britain’s most famous self-taught gardeners, author, artists and botanists. Bowles’ famous My Garden trilogy describing Myddelton in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter is still widely read and respected by garden enthusiasts world-wide. During Andrew’s talk he will introduce EA Bowles and his achievements, his love for bulbs including Crocus, Narcissus and Galanthus and talk about how he coined the phrase Galanthophile. The garden is in the midst of extensive restoration and Andrew will share with us their progress and future plans.
As usual the day will include the opportunity to purchase rare and specialty plants from Carolyn’s Shade Garden, have lunch in the Pavilion, and walk the March Bank on your own or with a guided tour. This year we are adding a drop-in Snowdrop Workshop in the Brown Center and this is the perfect opportunity to visit the recently restored conservatory on the Cottage. Here is a schedule of the day’s events:
10:00-3:00 Plant Sales by Carolyn’s Shade Garden
11:00-noon ‘Myddelton House Gardens’ Lecture in Copeland
1:00-2:00 ‘An Introduction to Snowdrops’ workshop at Brown Center
1:00-2:00 March Bank Tour start at VC
3:00-4:00 March Bank Tour start at VC
All Day Self-guided White Arrow Tour starting at the Visitor Center
All Day Spring Tour & Conservatory Display in the House
All Day Plant Sales at Museum Store
Below are some photographs I took of Myddelton this summer with my iPhone. It is truly a magical place and I can’t wait to here more about it from Andrew.
To register for any Winterthur Garden program, please call 800.448.3883 or 302.888.4600.