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June 18, 2014 – Have you ever wondered how those wacky arborists get so high in the trees here at Winterthur and what are they doing? Kevin Braun, Winterthur’s Garden and Estate arborist will demonstrate techniques and talk about the different tools an arborist uses.

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Walks last 45-60 minutes.  Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics.  These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August). Wednesday at Winterthur is free with all admission tickets. Members are free.

No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough ground and steep garden paths.

 

Join the fun in the Winterthur Garden tomorrow, June 14, when we celebrate ‘Enchanted Summer Day!’

Do come early and expect a few lines at the Visitor Center, however, as we welcome many happy guests for Enchanted Summer Day as well as many in attendance to see The Costumes of Downton Abbey.

What’s the best way to get to Enchanted Woods?

* Pick up your admission ticket at the Visitor Center, then go to the Visitor Center patio to pick up a walking map. It’s a quick 15-minute walk through the garden.

* Take an express shuttle bus or tram to Enchanted Woods. Capacity limited, but we’ll do our best!

 

Check out this web page for more details! http://www.winterthur.org/?p=1096

 

 

The Winterthur Garden is in its fully green glory this weekend. Come and stroll through a paradise garden, filled with lush green foliage, and the blooms of summer.

 

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Daylillies near Reflecting Pool

 

Thanks to a pair of dedicated volunteers, here is the bloom list from June 11, 2014 http://www.winterthur.org/pdfs/Winterthur bloom list 6.11.2014 no.15.pdf

And this is the bloom hotline (302.888.4856) recording for the week:

Late spring in the Winterthur Garden ushers in a season of cool breezes in a green oasis. Enjoy a walk along the March bank blanketed in a primeval layer of lush green ferns.

Throughout the garden, you may be surprised by the bright gold of turk’s cap lilies and the soft white of hydrangeas. If you stroll through the cool of the Pinetum, a billow of green ferns near the Latimeria Gates invites you out into the sunshine. There, meadow grasses wave a greeting. Take a stroll through the meadow along paths that connect nesting boxes for Eastern bluebirds.

 

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Hippocampus in Reflecting Pool

 

Bright orange and lemon yellow daylilies begin their show along the March Bank, near the Reflecting Pool and along the greenhouse walk. Visitors to Enchanted Woods will be surrounded by the cool colors of hydrangea and hostas.

At the Reflecting Pool, tropical plants host happy frogs among their leaves while at the glade garden, a waterfall tumbles down a glistening limestone outcropping to multi-leveled pools housing an array of colorful koi amidst plantings of hosta, lilies, and iris.

 

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The Reflecting Pool

Estate Historian, Maggie Lidz, shares a cool photo from a seldom available angle:

 

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View from the scaffolding– the Art Deco lines of the 1929-1931 Marian Coffin garden become vividly apparent!

June 11, 2014 – Hard to tell whether you have any grass in your lawn? Garden Guide Ted Lewis will teach you what the effective control of lawn weeds requires.  He will tell you how to evaluate the health and fertility of the soil and will cover weed identification, controls, and best lawn management practices.

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Walks last 45–60 minutes.  Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics.  These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August).  Wednesdays at Winterthur is free with all admission tickets. Members are free

No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough ground and steep garden paths.

June 4, 2014 – Have you ever wondered what your plants need in the way of water? Marlin Dise, superintendent in the horticulture division, will help you to recognize your plants’ water needs and give guidance on how much and when to water.  You will learn how to avoid overwatering and the correct time of day for water applications on container plants, lawns, shrubs, and trees.

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Walks last 45–60 minutes. Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics.  These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August). Wednesdays at Winterthur is free with all admission tickets. Members are free.

No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes.  Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough ground and steep garden paths.

Here’s the latest staff pick of the week from the Winterthur plant shop:

 

plant pick 5.27.2014 epimedium

 

Epimedium  – any variety

  • spreads fairly rapidly, but not aggressively
  • easy maintenance, just mow or cut off in March
  • semi-evergreen
  • deer and drought resistant
  • good for dry shade
  • small flower in early spring…it’s mostly about the foliage as a groundcover

Here’s what the Missouri Botanical Garden says about epimediums:

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a390

 

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Thanks to two dedicated and very busy volunteers, here is the latest bloom list for the Winterthur Garden – 9 pages!

http://www.winterthur.org/pdfs/Winterthur Bloom report 5.21.2014.pdf

 

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The Lower Peony Garden Today – 5/27/2014

 

 

 

Run, do not walk…or take the Winterthur shuttle bus to the plant shop this weekend where you’ll find SO many plants for your garden. (No admission or membership needed to shop…just take the shuttle bus to the plant shop.)

Plant Nursery Sale in front of Museum Store

Friday, May 23, 10:00am – 5:30pm

Saturday, May 24, 10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Shop the selection of locally grown shrubs, & perennials that will be available during these three days. Your Neighbor’s Envy Nursery staff will be here to answer your plant questions and help you make a selection that is right for your home. Still time left in the season to do lots of planting!

 

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Credit cards accepted – Yay!

Sorry, no employee or member discount can be applied.

 

The prettiest parts of the Winterthur Garden are (in my humble opinion), the Peony Garden, Magnolia Bend, the Pinetum, and the Quarry Garden. How best to see these areas? Follow the white arrows from the Visitor Center to the Museum. One of our amazing horticulturists, Carol Long, changes the route each Monday during the spring. Enjoy!

 

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The Upper Peony Garden on 5.23.2014

 

Here’s the bloom hotline message:

The great body of spring color has faded in the Azalea Woods. No need to despair, though, exciting things are happening in the garden. Lush ferns and intense pink rhododendrons brighten the woodlands. The lower March Bank is alive with stunning pink azaleas and the peony garden features beautiful bright peonies. We suggest a walk through Enchanted Woods to the quarry garden.

In addition to happy families, Enchanted Woods is sporting late flowering azaleas in pink and lavender hues. In the quarry garden, candelabra primroses provide a light and airy contrast to the rigid stone walls. Finally, stop at the plant shop to pick up plants for your own paradise garden. Come enjoy the Winterthur Garden where the fun is just beginning!

 

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A Tree Peony named ‘Mystery’