Posts Tagged ‘birds’

The arrival of fall is always an exciting time of year for the garden staff at Winterthur. Cooler weather cues fall planting, deadheading, and weeding which really means one thing: prep for the winter ahead. This is no different for migrating birds making their way through flyways heading to their overwintering locations. Did you know […]

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Winterthur is welcoming guests back into the garden once again on July 1st. Our beautifully choreographed spring display has transitioned to shaded paths, trickling water features and punctuations of summer color. Some of the highlights in the garden right now are hydrangeas, summer perennials such as daylily and Actaea (bugbane) with the purple flowers of […]

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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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The white arrow tour that winds visitors through the garden in the spring has a summer twist to it.  The directional arrows have changed to a seasonal yellow color and now lead visitors through the wider estate to experience the dynamic habitat of our meadows. The meadows at Winterthur are part of the rolling landscape […]

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April 15, 2015 Enjoy a leisurely stroll through field and woodland edges to observe bird species and activity. Please wear walking shoes and bring your binoculars.     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 […]

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In the Month of December

Nature and the garden have the capability of inspiring us all. Here is an example of how it inspired horticulturist Jim Pirhalla–in memory of his father, who was born on a Christmas Day.   In the month of December As the days begin Winds of the North Lay cause to whisper and sing Through the […]

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Jim Pirhalla, our unofficial bird guru writes the following observations: I decided to use an old baseball term as my article title to try to interest (or entrap) people outside of the gardening world that may stumble across this blog by happenstance. For those unfamiliar with the phrase “ducks on a pond” it basically means […]

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Jim Pirhalla, horticulturist for the Sundial Garden and the Pinetum writes:  This year is the first year, at least that I am aware of, that a pair of hawks has nested in Winterthur’s Pinetum during the decade or so that it has been under my care; the particular breed of hawk being the Cooper’s hawk. The […]

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(Rosemary Krill shares a garden story on Groundhog’s Day 2010.) The groundhog saw his shadow, and the skies are gray today, but spring is on its way. I’m sure of it. As a child, I learned that the first sight of a robin meant that winter was over. I aim to see a robin by […]

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One of our staff members posted this as a comment on one of our blog entries, but I thought it was worth re-posting as its own entry for everyone read: I saw the most amazing thing yesterday on the path behind the Museum Store; a pair of cardinals (mom & dad) teaching their baby chick […]

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