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In-Between

Recent walks on the Winterthur Estate have proven to me the subtle variation of winter’s beauty, often vacillating between two different poles in the blink of an eye. Here are sights from two of those walks. A gentle snow was falling as I traipsed beside the reservoir near Armour Farm in late January. A patch […]

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Week 7 of the Folly Frenzy Countdown! Featuring: the Chinese Pavilion. I am very fortunate to have been able to do some folly reconnaissance in England two summers ago. It was a whirlwind tour of 18 gardens in 16 days and it was pure heaven! All but 2 of the gardens featured at least one […]

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We have entered the countdown to the April 1st opening of the Winterthur Garden’s first outdoor exhibition, Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden. It has been a day that I have been dreading for a while but as it moves ever so closer, the anxiety has lessened, being replaced by a mix of anticipation and […]

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Doors of Opportunity

ome say that the word January derives from the name of the Roman god Janus—god of doorways and doubles, beginnings and endings. Known for its dual countenance, one face looking backward and the other forward, the image is an appropriate one as we pause momentarily on the verge of a New Year, both to reminisce […]

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Experiment 50

As Winterthur’s horticulture staff brave the freezing temperatures, here is a welcome tribute to something that happened at our main department office (“Building 50”) during the steamy days of summer. Many thanks to this blog post’s author Natalie Duerr, former Garden & Estate Intern and currently a landscape architecture major at Penn State. Can’t wait […]

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As we celebrate today’s opening of the Yuletide season, here is a backward glance to this past summer and the fascinating work that was happening on one of Winterthur’s most iconic trees — the famous “Dried Flower Tree”!  Winterthur Flower Program Coordinator Heidi Militana offers us this special behind-the-scenes glimpse, demonstrating that great things can […]

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Into the World of Land Art

Last Wednesday was a perfect fall day in the Winterthur Garden — sunny, crisp, and with that little autumn “tang” in the air. Fortunately, it provided a golden opportunity to explore a venture that will debut in the fall of 2018: Land Art, or Nature Art, or Garden Art. Whatever we wind up calling this […]

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The Winterthur Garden is busy preparing for its first outdoor exhibition, Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden, opening April 1, 2018. We are creating 7 new follies, or garden structures, that one might find in an historic landscape. These new features will be threaded between the follies that H. F. du Pont placed in his […]

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9/9/2017 – Garden Architecture & Sunset from the Train Station [re-scheduled] Due to a rescheduling, we will have two Director’s Garden Walks with Director of Garden and Estate Chris Strand this Saturday. The first one, 1:00–2:30 pm, features garden architecture and water features. The second is a sunset walk to Winterthur’s train station, which was originally […]

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The following was written by Garden & Estate Intern Emma Relei.  ~~~ Early every Saturday morning, families begin to roll up to the Brown Horticulture Learning Center at Winterthur. In front of the building, bordered by billowing catmint and a row of vintage greenhouses, over 40 garden beds lay bursting with life. Despite the early […]

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