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Many of our home gardens are getting a spring cleanup; raking leaves, cutting back perennials and putting down mulch. Working in the Winterthur garden has made me look differently about my approach to this yearly task. Our early bulb displays necessitate a fall cleanup where we shred the fallen leaves and perennials in place to […]

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2020 marks my 29th year of watching the unfolding of spring in the Winterthur garden. There have been some beautiful years, some heart-breaking years (read crippling frosts) and some years where the displays came and went from an errant warm day. Spring is a vulnerable time in the garden and when you are able to […]

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The Winterthur Garden is in full swing, with glory-of-the-snow and squill painting the March Bank blue. You may be wondering, can I walk the Garden? Is Winterthur open? Winterthur is committed to our Wilmington community, and as such, we are keeping the Garden open. But to prevent the spread of COVID-19 all buildings are closed […]

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As if the pleasure of walking on a sun filled, 50 degree day in the winter is not enough, there are more flowers added to the list to see. Adonis and snowdrops continue their display along the main path on the March Bank with a few winter aconite showing to the keen eye. Next to […]

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In the 28 years of caring for the Winterthur Garden, I don’t think I have ever seen the March Bank awaken as early and as prolifically as it has this year. Typically in mid-January, we will see a peppering of snowdrops; this year, there are masses of them alongside the first flowers of Adonis with […]

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As the world bustles, a quiet awakening occurs on the woodland floor of the March Bank; the arrival of the first snowdrops. H. F. du Pont would walk the path from his house through the woods in search for these early bloomers, noting the date of their appearance in his correspondence as well as in […]

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A Reminder to Mulch Mow

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 watching the efficiency of our Winterthur staff as they take care of tons of leaves each autumn, I have learned a few tricks. In […]

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I enjoy garden projects – as opposed to chores. To me a project is something that will improve or add lasting value to your garden. Raking leaves, for example, is a chore. Naturalizing bulbs, on the other hand, is a project because a sweep of naturalized bulbs will add years of low maintenance beauty to […]

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Join us for DelaWILD on September 14, 2019.

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After the spring ephemerals in the woodlands fade, I like to turn my attention to the meadows for native seasonal blooms.  While the striking goldenrod and lush warm-season grasses won’t bolt and bloom until late summer, delicate flowers litter the cool-season grass sea.  The wet areas are especially colorful this time of year.  Time to […]

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