Archive for the ‘Garden’ Category

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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Acres of Azaleas

In 1917, H.F. du Pont bought a few kurume azaleas, flowers unseen, from Cottage Gardens on Long Island. He had his staff propagate them and now hundreds of azlaeas are coloring the garden in whites, pinks, reds, and lavenders.

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Exploring Stowe

We are very excited to be hosting a lecture on Saturday, April 20, on the famous English garden, Stowe. Matt Rader, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will present, “Learning to See and Explore at Stowe” from 1:00–2:00 pm in the Copeland Lecture Hall. Matt will discuss his experiences learning to see the landscape as […]

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Join us on Saturday, April 13, and celebrate the beauty of the daffodil while enjoying Winterthur’s amazing daffodil display! Henry Francis du Pont used his collector’s eye in assembling his collection of hundreds of heirloom daffodil bulbs arranged in cloud-like drifts on Sycamore Hill. The day’s events will include tours, kids’ crafts, and a children’s […]

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Kokedama

I learned a new word… kokedama is a Japanese word meaning ‘moss ball’ and is a creative way of growing specimen bulbs and other plants. Our Floral Coordinator, Heidi Militana, is going to show us all how to make one of these unique little bundles of plants in her new series on flower arranging called […]

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