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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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If you Google “garden follies”, you are treated to some great images from around the world. Often these follies are inspired by classical architecture, sometimes they are whimsical, but rarely seen is a tent folly. Perhaps because a tent by nature is ephemeral. Many of the tent follies that are in gardens are much more […]

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To me, February is about as deep in the thralls of winter as one can get.  Even with the spring-like weather we’ve been having, the threat of snow and freezing temperatures still hangs in the air.  I, personally, cannot wait until our gardens come alive with spring ephemerals, budding trees, and carpets of bulbs in […]

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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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