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Several visitors and staff members have asked for the names and sources of some of the plants growing in the children’s vegetable garden. I have copied the inventory below along with a very informal rating and source code. The rating scale is from “-” (no germination/poor performer) to “++” (star performer). If there is neither a plus […]

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Maggie Lidz, our estate historian, shares notes from Mr. du Pont and other family members’ letters about gardening in August. Are you keeping good notes on your garden’s progress?  H.F. du Pont and his family were rarely at Winterthur in August but as you can see from the excerpts of letters below, the family has […]

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  Today Winterthur is known for its world-class collection of decorative fine arts, its scholarship, and its remarkable garden but at its height Winterthur was also an internationally recognized farm. With a prize-winning dairy herd and farms that produced fruits, vegetables, poultry, and cut flowers Winterthur was a model of an American country place. With […]

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Greetings!  I’m back from a wonderful week of celebrating our daughter’s wedding on June 27th. The ceremony was held in the Lower Reflecting Pool Garden; the reception at the visitor center. I see these spaces most every day and yet was stunned by the beauty and power of the garden in the evening. Maybe it was […]

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by Maggie Lidz HF du Pont made few notes about the Winterthur garden in July as he spent most of the month at his Southampton summer house. The exception was during World War 2. The notes that he made in July during the 1940s understandably focus on the farm and reflect some of the concerns […]

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Jeannette Lindvig, a  guide in the house and the garden, shares a beautiful essay and photo of the Winterthur Garden: The other day I watched a young family walking through the garden at Winterthur. The parents were patient and attentive to their three children, two of whom walked easily with their parents.  The one who […]

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This last Saturday, Winterthur garden interns and staff helped 21 children plant their vegetable gardens for our annual “Kids Grow” children’s gardening program. Over the next 10 weeks children and their parents will watch their seeds grow, pull weeds, thin, pinch, water and weed their way to a nice harvest of salad vegetables. By the […]

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A gardener’s frustration with the weather is timeless and universal. The following excerpts, gathered together by our Estate Historian Maggie Lidz, are quotes by the du Ponts as they struggled with the Winterthur garden during the month of June, which was sometimes too wet, sometimes too dry and only very occasionally just right. June 5, 1942 […]

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