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While placing out the white arrows for our annual directional tour through the Winterthur Garden, I met up with several guests and the conversation did not change; it was focused on what flowers got hit and what made it through the cold temperatures unscathed. Comparisons along the same line were made between home gardens and […]

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016 There is a wealth of bulbs beyond daffodils and tulips that can be used to extend seasonal color in the garden. Join Chris Strand, Brown Harrington Director of Garden & Estate, to learn more about selecting, growing, and using minor bulbs in your garden. Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided […]

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What better way to utilize an “extra day”–Leap Day–than to take a moment to see how the Winterthur Garden is waking up. The intent was to go right to the March Bank because that is the main display at this time of year but I was lured by other flowers along the way. Here is how the […]

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April 16, 2014 – Enjoy an early spring day in the Azalea Woods. Susan Sibley, garden horticulturist, will be your guide as you witness the garden come to life with Bluebells, Trillium, and Windflowers. 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 […]

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    March: in like a lion, out like a lamb? I think not! Monday’s snow threw us all for a loop; we had already been thinking spring but in the Winterthur Garden that is not a hard thing to do. Winter still occurs for 3 months here but the amount of winter flowering bulbs […]

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Linda Eirhart, Assistant Director, Horticulture, Curator, Plants writes: It’s coming! The spears of the Glory-of-the-Snow are emerging and the flowers are opening in the warmer pockets of the garden such as the East Terrace. Then one day, as if by magic, the bank turns a bright, electric blue. Primarily responsible for this azure phase is […]

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The morning light crests the hill.  The birds are singing their spring songs.  I have the garden to myself.  I take a deep breath, I bend forward. I exhale. I take a deep breath and come back to standing.  I take a deep breath and bend at the knees to a crouching position.  I breathe […]

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I consider the time when the March Bank is in its full blue regalia to be the calm before the storm; the storm being the flowering flurry of April. There is a quiet composure to the vast blue display and when viewed from a distance, it is one in which you can get visually lost. […]

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Something Blue

[Glory-of-the-Snow today] This afternoon Carol Long, Assistant Curator of the Garden, let me put her on the spot. I asked her to write up her prediction of when the March Bank’s famous ‘blue phase’ would reach its peak, so that we could let staff members and guests know when to expect the best display. Here is what […]

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Those words were written by H.F. du Pont in 1916.    That blue sheet of the March Bank is predominately Glory-of-the-snow or Chionodoxa forbesii (above), formerly known as Chionodoxa luciliae. Its blossoms are upward facing and star-shaped. The petals are joined at the base, unlike those of the squill.   The Siberian squill, Scilla siberica (below),  has […]

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