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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.

Today we are celebrating the peony and primrose display at Winterthur with a series of tours, a plant sale, and special member offers. The photos below were taken bright and early this morning and the schedule for the day is simple enough that you can pop in for a visit while the Quarry and Peony Garden are looking so beautiful.

Today’s Schedule

10:00 am–3:00 pm Plant Sale with Your Neighbor’s Envy at the Museum Store on Clenny Run
11:00 am & 1:00 pm Guided Garden Tours—Begin at the Visitor Center.
11:00 am–3:00 pm Winterthur Guides Stationed at the Peony Garden and Quarry Garden

For Members

11:00 am–2:00 pm Library Display of archival estate documents rarely on view to the public. Make your reservation for this intimate tour (limit 10 per group) when you arrive at the Visitor Center. Members only.
12:30–2:00 pm Cookies and Lemonade at Icewell Terrace (while supplies last) Members only
2:30–3:30 pm Renowned landscape architect W. Gary Smith will talk about the Winterthur Garden in the Copeland Lecture Hall. Book signing to follow in the Visitor Center lobby. Members only. Reservations required.

Better Late Than Never?

I had the great good luck of spending Thursday afternoon in the Winterthur Garden. Low humidity, clear sky, 70 degrees – it was heaven!  Wanted to write quickly tonight to assure you that there are still so many things in bloom at Winterthur – you should go visit tomorrow!

* The Quarry Garden is amazing – candelabra primroses in bloom on the quarry floor are to die for….sherberty colors of orange and pink. Spend some time on the hidden bench inside the garden, listening to the birds and soaking in the color.

* The Peony Garden is in full bloom right now, so don’t miss it. I like it early in the day when the morning light skims through the flower pedals.

* The Dove Tree near the Dorrance Gallery is just now losing its flower petals, but should still look good on Sunday. It’s over 100 years old!

* The lower March Bank is covered in fully blooming azaleas. Many of the blooms are at chest height, so one feels like you’re walking through an enormous bouquet.  Where the bright color ends, you’ll find a lush carpet of ferns. My favorite spot on a hot day.

 

Looking from the lower March Bank towards the house.

Looking from the lower March Bank towards the house.

Fern Gully - lush and green

Fern Gully – lush and green

Azaleas near Enchanted Woods

Azaleas near Enchanted Woods

Peonies and Azaleas - what a combo!

Peonies and Azaleas – what a combo!

The Peony Garden is in full bloom right now!

The Peony Garden is in full bloom right now!

Plant Sale - Sunday 10a-3p!

Plant Sale – Sunday 10a-3p!

 

* Azalea Woods continues its show with hundreds of azaleas and rhododendrons in bloom…you’ll be in flower heaven.  The colors of the rhododendrons are amazing – from bright pink to coral to yellow. Love it!

* Don’t miss the bright rhododendrons hidden in the center of the Pinetum. Ultra saturated hues of orange and yellow.

Those were the highlights for me on Thursday. Display your membership badge, or purchase an admission ticket at the visitor center, and find your own piece of paradise

One last thing – a terrific plant sale at the museum store tomorrow (Sunday) from 10a-3p. Don’t miss it!

 

Wednesday, May 13

 

May 13, 2015

Winterthur’s dove tree is an example of Henry Francis du Pont’s passion for collecting—in the garden. Considered rare in China, this mysterious tree was brought back to the West by the great plant explorer E. H. Wilson near the turn of the 19th century. Our specimen was the first to flower in the United States. Join us and find out more about this beautiful and unusual specimen.

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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.

On Saturday, May 9 the azaleas should be near perfection. Enjoy the spectacle of thousands of azalea blossoms and acres of wildflowers! The day’s events will include the opportunity to take photos with Mom in Azalea Woods, plant sales at the Museum Store, and guided and self-guided tours through the azalea display. Members free. Included with general admission. Make a reservation for Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch, seatings 9:00 am–2:00 pm, call 302.888.4826 to make a reservation.

The Day’s Schedule

11:00 & 3:00: Guided Azalea Tours start at Visitor Center
1:00: 2nd Saturday Walk start at Visitor Center

All Day: Special Tram Azalea Stop
All Day: Spring Tour & Conservatory Display
All Day: Historic Autos
All Day: Plant Sales at the Museum Store

Friday, May 8, at 9:00 am

 

 

Did you know that with your trusty Winterthur membership card, you can walk in the Winterthur Garden from dawn to dusk?  Last night, my husband and I did just that.  And we practically had the place to ourselves. What bliss! What a privilege! What a beautiful night!

We stopped at the gatehouse to say hello to the staff member on duty. Then, we strolled from the Visitor Parking Lot, through Azalea Woods, to Magnolia Bend, through the Latimeria Gates into the Pinetum.

From there, we drank in the sweetness of the lilacs in the Sundial Garden, strolled above the (in bloom!) Quarry Garden, before getting the ‘money shot’ of the azaleas in bloom below the house.

 

Pink Azaleas in upper Peony Garden

Pink Azaleas in upper Peony Garden

Pearl Bushes in full bloom at Latimeria Gates (entrance to Pinetum along Garden Lane)

Pearl Bushes in full bloom at Latimeria Gates (entrance to Pinetum along Garden Lane)

Rhododendron 'Luteum' in Pinetum

Rhododendron ‘Luteum’ in Pinetum

Quarry Garden - Primroses and Azaleas

Quarry Garden – Primroses and Azaleas

The 'money' shot in Reflecting Pool Garden

The ‘money’ shot in Reflecting Pool Garden

Native dogwood glows on the East Terrace

Topped the night off with soft-serve custard from Rita’s on the way home.  Yay, date night!

The azaleas in Azalea Woods are almost at peak. Some are fully out, some are showing a good bit of color. I’m betting that by this weekend, it’ll be an amazing show.  Either way, there’s lots in bloom right now.  all over the garden. Don’t miss the stunning yellow-gold rhododendrons hidden in the Pinetum. Their fragrance and beauty will take your breath away!

Enjoy the height of spring in the Winterthur Garden!  Get your membership card or admission pass at the Visitor Center and head out for fun!  (Note: the garden tram tours are likely to be very busy this Mother’s Day weekend, so plan for a bit of a wait, or take a heart-healthy stroll.)

Wednesday, May 6 at 5:00 pm.

I thought readers might appreciate a few up to the minute snapshots of the developing display in Azalea Woods and the Peony Garden.

 

May 6, 2015

Enjoy an easy stroll through Azalea Woods looking at Kurume azaleas in bloom and learn a little of the history of how they came to Winterthur.

5-6 azalea woods red lavender azaleas

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.