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July 1, 2015

Initially conceived by Henry Francis du Pont’s father, the Colonel, in collaboration with the noted plantsman Charles Sargent, the Pinetum has evolved into much more than just a collection of conifers. Placement and design of the plants there and well as their history will be highlighted on this walk.

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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.

There are drifts of hydrangeas planted along the shady reaches of Old Gatehouse Road, just a couple hundred feet from the Galleries Building. It is worth a stroll to see the shades of pink and blue and the enjoy the light fragrance.

June 24, 2015

Join horticulturist Jessica Tsakiris on a walk through Icewell Terrace as she describes the shade-loving perennials that reside there.

6-24 Icewell

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.

June 17, 2015

Join garden guide Terry Colonna for a hands-on demonstration on flower drying. Terry will use the same techniques as they dry flowers for the Yuletide Tree displayed at Winterthur. Each participant will learn several tips to insure success with flower drying as they prepare their own flower to take home.

6-17 drying flowers

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.

Lois Stoehr, associate curator of education, writes:

Bring your children, your children’s children, your neighbor’s children, or any other kids you happen to know to Enchanted Summer Day, which takes place Saturday, June 20th from 11:00 to 3:00.  Enjoy music, magic, stories, crafts, face-painting, and ice cream from Woodside Farm Creamery. Hope to see you there!

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All the activities are included with normal admission fees; free to members!

4-30Tulip-tree House in Enchanted Woods

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June 10, 2015 Join Assistant Conservator Lauren Fair and Estate Supervisor Rob Plankinton for a walking tour and discussion about garden objects in the Winterthur Garden. They will be discussing current, future, and completed projects along with conservation practices. 6-10 objects

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.

June 3, 2015

Hundreds of different ferns can be grown in our gardens. They range from inches high to four feet tall, evergreen to deciduous, and basic green to shades of silver and red. Join Linda Eirhart, director of horticulture and curator of plants, on a stroll today to discover a dozen that are easy to identify and easy to grow. Walks last 45–60 minutes.

6-3 ferns

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.

Whoo-eee! It’s hot out there today, and humid. Somehow, we’ve pretty much escaped intense humidity until today. When you live in Delaware, you pretty much know it’s going to hit sooner or later.

 

Peony in full bloom in Lower Peony Garden

Rhododendron in full bloom

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Stove top statue in upper peony garden

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Shady bench along March Bank path

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Torch azalea in full bloom at entrance to Enchanted Woods

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Bright pink torch azalea near frog fountain in Enchanted Woods

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Hippocampus in Reflecting Pool garden – look for the frogs when you visit!

 

State champion Tulip Poplar near conservatory

State champion Tulip Poplar near conservatory

Peony in full bloom in lower peony garden

Peony in full bloom in lower peony garden

 

No worries, though, as it’s always cool in the Winterthur Garden. While much of the spring thrill is gone, there’s still a lot of interest: bright pink torch azaleas in Enchanted Woods, the cool fern ‘forest’ of the lower March Bank, huge pink rhododendrons near the Visitor Center, beautiful meadow views, and scads of peonies in bloom in the Peony Garden.

When I walked past the Enchanted Woods tram stop this morning, a gentleman and his granddaughter were waiting for a tram ride to the Visitor Center. I asked if they’d discovered the koi in the Glade Garden. They were game, so I showed them how to get there (just a quick walk down hill from Enchanted Woods.)  As we walked he explained that his daughter, the little girl’s mother, had her wedding reception at Winterthur, so he has fond memories of the place. And they were making more sweet memories today!

Brought me back to when our daughter and son-in-law were married in the Reflecting Pool Garden in 2009. And now I spend most Mondays and Tuesdays playing with their 4-month-old son, Thatcher. Pretty cool. Can’t wait to introduce him to Enchanted Woods! But first he needs to figure out rolling over.

 

 

May 27, 2015

Below the Quarry Bridge is a series of waterfalls, or weirs, that carry the water from the Quarry to the ponds. Come and see a brief presentation of the restoration process, then join Carol Long, associate curator of the garden, for a walk to see the newly restored area in person.

5-27 Quarry wiers

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.

May 20, 2015

They always say “start ’em off right!” Why not come and enjoy a hands-on demonstration on how to properly plant and start your new tree off on the right foot! Most future tree issues can be traced back to improper planting or poor care of a tree when it is young! Save yourself loads of time and money in the future by learning the steps to properly plant your tree! We will also discuss a few tips to care for your tree in the first few vital years after planting!

5-20 tree planting

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.