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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, horticulturist in the Pinetum, makes this observation: Well, the hawks are back! Not the Chicago Blackhawks mind you but the family of cooper’s hawks that have nested in the Pinetum over the past three years. Although I did observe them building a nest in one of the conifers this spring, I was not sure […]

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A crane made its way into the heart of Azalea Woods this winter to remove a tulip poplar tree whose structure was compromised after Sandy came through.  Winterthur fared well in that storm by the way, but there were a few arboreal casualties.  Tulip poplars are not rare in Azalea Woods or on the property […]

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Jim Pirhalla, horticulturist in the Winterthur Garden writes: While doing research on tree succession, I decided to key out the alder species that I noticed growing along the banks of the back pond. Upon doing so, not only did I discover that the plant is probably the hazel alder (Alnus serrulata) but I also discovered […]

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Ok—well, we really are still in winter but for the most part you would not know.  With multiple days in the 40’s and 50’s there is lot of activity in the horticultural world.  Early flowering shrubs such as fragrant honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis) and winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) are in blossom and the […]

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Horticulturist Jim Pirhalla writes about one of our lesser known trees: One of the definitions of chestnut I have found is “a stale joke”.   Another is “something, as a story, lacking freshness or originality”.  Perhaps I should put down the dictionary before it’s too late.  The chestnut that I would like to refer to in this […]

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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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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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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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From our guests: Last July, a guest wrote a note to our director saying “Thank you for the paths into the meadows. The meadows are very interesting and they soften the feeling of an edge or limit to the garden.”  Hope you’ll enjoy the garden today as much as our guest did last summer.

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