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May 28, 2014 – Broadleaf evergreen shrubs are valuable plants in any garden, formal or informal. Some have flowers, but all will impart a feeling of solidity in every season. The various habits and leaf forms can be used to provide texture. Join Garden Guide Ed Stevenson for a walk in the garden to explore the different uses of broadleaf evergreens.

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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.

Deciduous Azaleas in the Pinetum

Deciduous Azaleas in the Pinetum

Jim Pirhalla, horticulturist in the Pinetum, provides this flowering update:

This week the deciduous azalea grouping along the white gates path near the blue atlas cedar will begin showing its color. Over the past several years, this area has been replanted and enhanced and is now beginning to mature into a spectacular display of spring color. Additional handpicked specimens will be added this spring to further aid in the show. Selections of azaleas to be used in this planting bed are based upon bloom time, flower size, and flower color. Also, Spanish bluebells flower within the turf which adds to the experience. So be sure to walk through the Pinetum throughout the next two weeks to see what you won’t want to miss.

May 21, 2014 – University of Delaware’s Professor Doug Tallamy, will discuss man’s relationship with nature.  Long ago, they coexisted well, but today man’s “progress” has been at nature’s expense. He will discuss how this approach will soon change to a new strategy in which humans can coexist again with the natural world that supports them. Join William Ryan for a short walk into the garden to enhance your understanding.

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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

Winterthur In Bloom!

I led a guided walk through the Winterthur Garden yesterday with a delightful group from the Green Bay Botanic Garden. (Tough job!)  We walked for 90 minutes and didn’t even make it to Sycamore Hill or the Quarry Garden. I pretty much lost them in the magic of Enchanted Woods!

What, you may ask, is in bloom in the Winterthur Garden?

  • Virginia Bluebells – all over
  • Spanish Bluebells – mostly between the 1750 House and the Peony Garden, and in Azalea Woods
  • Azaleas (especially at Enchanted Woods, the Peony Garden, and in the Pinetum)
  • Native Dogwoods
  • White and Purple Redbud Trees
  • Peonies (a few) in the Peony Garden and Reflecting Pool Garden
  • Lilacs in the Sundial Garden and Peony Garden
  • Crab Apple trees in Peony Garden and Sundial Garden
  • Japanese Primrose in the Quarry Garden
  • Trillium in Azalea Woods

Our latest prediction for the peak of the main body of Kurume azaleas in Azalea Woods is May 13-16. They probably won’t quite be at peak for Mother’s Day. (Plus, we are sold out for Mother’s Day – the garden tram tours, house tours, and Downton Abbey will all be packed full all day!)

Here are a few of volunteer Bob Leitch’s photographs. Come and see!

 

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Dogwoods in Full Bloom along Meadow Edge with Pearl Bushes surrounding Latimeria Gates in Pinetum

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Back Pond with Star of Bethlehem

 

 

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Garden Friend

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Ferns in their Spring Dance

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Japanese primroses in Quarry Garden

Time for Planting

Wow – I just went to the plant shop to choose the ‘staff plant pick of the week.’ Might have been a mistake because I saw at least a dozen plants that I want (now!) for my garden.  Everything is vibrant, alive, and ready to go. And, this weekend, it’s Member’s Double Discount Days –  perfect timing for new plants for your garden!

My staff plant pick is Mertensia virginica, or Virginia Bluebells because of their floral display in the Winterthur Garden each spring. They create a soft blue carpet in early May throughout the garden.

Even before they flower, I enjoy the sort of burgundy spinach look of their emerging leaves in the woodlands. They are a spring ephemeral, so after they bloom and set seed, they’ll fade away. While they’re in bloom, their stunning blue and soft texture can’t be beat. The plant shop has loads of them. Enjoy!

 

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Mertensia virginica

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Staff Plant Pick of the Week – Ready for Your Garden!

Members Double Discount Days!

Friday, May 9 – Sunday, May 11, 2014
10:00am – 5:30pm
in Museum Store, Bookstore and Downton Abbey

It is here!  Our most popular Members event!  Winterthur Members shopping on these 3 special days receive double their Member discount (20%) off their entire purchase in the stores and online.  So shop early and often.

 

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The annual display of historic autos at Winterthur starts tomorrow, May 10 and continues each Saturday in May. Be sure to come out and see them. This year, they will be displayed in the Post Office parking lot, right behind the Museum Store, from 10am to 4pm.

http://www.winterthur.org/historic-autos

Step back in time to see elegant automobiles of the country-estate era. Enjoy a series of displays of magnificent historic automobiles on select Saturdays in May. Each Saturday will feature a different thematic display. Weather permitting. Members free. Included with admission.

May 10 –English Marques, 1912–48

May 17 – Motorcars of the Downton Abbey Era, 1912–30

May 24 – Grand Personal Automobiles and Service Vehicles of the Country House, 1912–48

May 31 – Wood-bodied Vehicles, 1912–48

 

 

May 14, 2014 – Explore the care and maintenance of Winterthur’s herbaceous and tree peonies.  Take a walk through the Peony Garden and see the collection, as well as some of A . P. Saunders hybrids. Dr. Saunders is often noted as the father of the modern peony. Garden Horticulturist Michelle Stapleford will be your guide.

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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 are 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.

Talented photographer and Winterthur volunteer, Robert Leitch, captures the Winterthur Garden in early spring. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Our horticulturists are going out on a limb and making a prediction of when the major show of azaleas at Winterthur will be in bloom. Just this week, we’re starting to see some color on the earlier varieties.

 

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Carol Long writes:

I have consulted with Susan, the 10-day forecast, and the Magic 8-ball and here is what we have come up with for peak bloom:  to paraphrase the 8-ball, “outlook good” on peak bloom for Mother’s Day weekend.

Susan (horticulturist in Azalea Woods) has stated that although still tight, color is starting to form on the Kurume blossoms and the Kaempferi are starting to open.

If folks would like to avoid Mother’s Day weekend, then the Thursday & Friday before should be nice as well.

 

Note: there will likely be long lines for the narrated garden tram tours due to the peak bloom of azaleas, and the influx of many Downton Abbey-oriented guests. Please be patient, or enjoy a sweet walk in the garden. One really sees the azalea display the best if one walks into the middle of Azalea Woods.

Be sure to display your membership card or purchase an admission ticket before walking in the Winterthur Garden.

Here’s the latest (7 pages) of bloom in the Winterthur Garden!

The blossoms of mid-Spring are at a climax. The Azalea Woods are spectacular with white trilliums and windflowers. The magnolias at Magnolia Bend and in the Sundial Garden are splendid.

And the various Narcissus (daffodils) remain in abundance along the entrance drive, on Sycamore Hill, and elsewhere.

http://www.winterthur.org/pdfs/Winterthur Bloom Report 4.28.2014.pdf

 

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Trillium Photo by Bob Leitch