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This is the time of year when I see evidence of gardening injuries among my friends and colleagues. One gardener I know broke her wrist and asked the doctor for a Gore-Tex cast so that she could wash the soil off after gardening. I once asked a visiting garden club from Virginia how many of […]

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Late May Ramble

Come take a walk in the Winterthur Garden! This ramble takes in late May highlights beginning with the Peony Garden, continuing through the Pinetum, and ending in the Quarry Garden — with a couple detours along the way. Colors, forms, and fragrances abound as the pace of spring quickens towards summer. ~Photos by E. Anderson. […]

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In Praise of Peonies

It’s that time! Come take a walk through the Peony Garden and enjoy the large collection of A.P. Saunders hybrids, which flaunt colors as diverse as yellow, red, white, lavender, and fabulous pink. This Wednesday, May 16, Garden Horticulturist Michelle Stapleford takes you inside the garden with her Garden Insider walk, “A Passion for Peonies.” […]

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Come out and see the spectacular display of azaleas bursting into full bloom in Azalea Woods! This Saturday, May 12, make a day of it and join us for “Azaleas, Bluebells & Follies,” a special event featuring guided tours and a sale of Winterthur azaleas. For more details, go to: http://www.winterthur.org/education/garden/garden-events/.

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Follies Opens This Sunday!

This Sunday, April 1, Winterthur will open Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden – our first exhibition in the garden. Follies highlights 6 original structures, many with interesting histories, and 7 new imaginative structures. The exhibit can be seen from the garden tram tour and can also be enjoyed on foot (the walk is approximately […]

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I can’t believe that I have reached the final new folly description in the garden blog. I have never run a marathon but I can imagine as one approaches the finish line, a mix of exhaustion, euphoria and anticipation surges through one’s veins. This about sums up my emotional state as April 1st approaches. Being […]

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The most likely source of reflection in a garden is water. Caught at the right angle, it can capture the movement of clouds in the sky, flocks of birds flying overhead and provide a dreamlike look at the world around us—especially when captured in a photograph. Gazing globes have been a part of the garden […]

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This Saturday, March 10, is “Bank to Bend,” a day that celebrates the year’s first flowers. At Winterthur, those coveted blossoms always appear along the walk leading from the March Bank to Magnolia Bend, where you can literally walk in the footsteps of founder and avid horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont. Be sure to join […]

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Welcome back to the unfolding story of the follies. So far, we have covered the making of the Green Folly, the Chinese Pavilion, the Ottoman Tent, and the Neoclassical Folly with three more to highlight. This week, we are featuring the Gothic Tower. Towers are something that have appeared in our imaginations since childhood, featuring […]

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One does not have to travel to Europe to see classically designed structures. Our cities and particularly our nation’s capital, are rife with this style and it is one that lends itself well to the landscape. There is a romance in how the clean lines of this form of architecture blends with a garden setting, […]

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