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Choose the Right Tool for the Right Job September 26, 11:30 am, Brown Horticulture Learning Center Confucius says, “The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.” See, even Confucius knew the value of a good tool! Join Carol Long, associate curator of the garden, […]

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Mark your calendars! Wednesday at Winterthur sessions will resume next week, on September 5. This fall, we’ll meet at the soon-to-be-open Brown Horticulture Learning Center. Walk from the visitor center and under the stone bridge. Take your first right, then a quick left and you’re there. Only about a 5-minute walk from the visitor center. […]

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Wednesday at Winterthur – July 18, 2012 11:30 am, please meet at the Visitor Center Patio. We will take a garden tram to the shade of Icewell Terrace for the demonstration. Hydrangeas are a favorite flower for many, including garden horticulturist Suzanne French. Join her to learn how to identify, select, site, and care for […]

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Wednesday at Winterthur – July 11, 2012 11:30 am, please meet at the visitor center patio, or in the Rotunda.  (We’ll walk or take the shuttle from the visitor center, but you can meet us directly at the Rotunda, if you’d like.) Learn how adding vertical aspects will beautify a garden with specialist garden guide […]

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Yesterday, I was at Winterthur’s visitor center information desk when a member walked through and said she had been here three times looking for peonies in bloom and wasn’t having any luck. I quickly said “no, no, we won’t have peonies in bloom for a couple of weeks at least” and encouraged her to read […]

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Recently, a participant on a Wednesday at Winterthur walk asked how the Reflecting Pool is kept so clear, even though the water is relatively still.  Any tips? Michele Christiano, the garden horticulturist who cares for that section of  the Winterthur Garden responds: We have a pump and filter that keeps the water moving. Plus we use […]

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Horticulturist, Jim Pirhalla lends his thoughts to one of his favorite Daffodil cultivars: To me, for all of the garden plants, daffodils (Narcissus spps.) have it made. Let me explain. After a long hard winter when even a yellow gum wrapper or a red cola can in the yard tricks one into believing that spring […]

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Frank Quinnette, estate horticulturist, explains the snow fence near Winterthur’s front entrance: Have you seen this on the Front Drive? This year, in our ongoing (albeit futile) efforts to battle the effects of the winter weather here at Winterthur, we have reintroduced snow fence to our arsenal. Placed at strategic spots throughout the property in […]

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Mulch Mowing 101

How many trees do you have in your garden? Two? Five? If you have five trees on your property, then you might find yourself raking up to a million leaves. By observing the efficiency of the Winterthur staff as they take care of tons of leaves each autumn, I have learned a few tricks. In fact, […]

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  Will someone stop hitting the fast forward button, please?  Over the past seven days we have progressed about three weeks—flower time, that is. We have gone from smelling the spicy scent of star magnolias (Magnolia stellata) to the perfume fragrance of lilacs (Syringa vulgaris cvs). It makes my head spin even more to think […]

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