Last night’s temperatures don’t tell the whole tale of spring at Winterthur. There is sooooo much in bloom right now! The Sundial Garden is amazing, daffodils are in bloom all over the place, and the tulips on the stone wall above the Brown Horticulture Learning Center are stunning. Yesterday afternoon, I put on my coat and gloves (can’t I box those gloves up yet?) and took in an hour-long hike in the Winterthur Garden. Sure beats a treadmill!
I started out at the tram boarding center to check in with the garden guides. JJ was her cheerful self, despite the chill, and Duncan was sporting a flower bedecked hat. Takes a real man to pull that off…and one with an excellent sense of humor.
Onward, following the white arrow trail, I explored the trilliums in Azalea Woods (just a tiny opening of the buds on the azaleas…it’ll be awhile.) The trail led me down hill past gloriously bright forsythia, to beds of daffodils, and right to the splendor of Magnolia Bend. Picture yourself on the bench beneath the trees with Magnolia petals falling all around you.
I veered off the trail to stroll the Winterhazel Walk. I kinda missed its main display (planning a baby shower!), but it looks great as the hellebores are in full bloom. Through the Pinetum to say ‘hello’ to the Blue Atlas Cedar, then towards the Sundial Garden. Did you know the flowering quince are in full bloom in the Pinetum now? Their colors are so similar to the pinks and corals of Azalea Woods, but don’t get too close, those thorns will get you!
The Sundial Garden is always one of my favorite places, especially in late April when it’s in full bloom. The way the dark green of the Pinetum backs it shows off the paler, softer colors of the Sundial Garden. Love. It!
I missed part of the trail that leads smack dab through the middle of Winterthur’s amazing daffodil display, in the field beyond the Pinetum. I should have backtracked for that! On to the Quarry Garden where there are just touches of deep purple beginning to show on the primroses. Also, check out the newly renovated weirs below the Quarry Garden. The new stone work looks fantastic. And it looks like a great place for frogs to lay their eggs – bonus!
Then where did I go? I was kind of lost in the moment and not thinking about writing later. That in itself is a wonderful thing! Oh yes, I rounded through Enchanted Woods observing a multi-generational family enjoying the day in the garden, despite the chill.
From there, the arrows led me along the March Bank where I saw one of my favorite plants, Uvularia, in full bloom. It’s not a bloom to write home about, but I like the bright hanging-down flowers, like visiting an old friend.
Up to the house to check out its new look. The new windows look fantastic, no longer black empty mirrors, they have some life and vitality. And no more scaffolding and green scrim.
From the house, I cut through the galleries reception atrium on my way to the plant shop. Loes was busy laying out many, many new plants for purchase in her new digs. The plant shop has been entirely redone, inside and out, providing easy access to plants for your garden.
Lastly, I walked uphill to the Brown Center, extra points for hustling up that hill! Along the way, on the stone wall near the Coach House, one of the best displays of forsythia in the state, draping down the wall. Then, to top the walk off, the bright pink tulips near the Brown Center. Remember when Michele planted those last fall? They are in full bloom now. Well done!
A few pictures from my invigorating and mind-expanding walk in the Winterthur Garden on April 23. Get your tickets at the Visitor Center, or display your membership card, and get out in the garden this weekend!