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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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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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