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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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July 1, 2015 Initially conceived by Henry Francis du Pont’s father, the Colonel, in collaboration with the noted plantsman Charles Sargent, the Pinetum has evolved into much more than just a collection of conifers. Placement and design of the plants there and well as their history will be highlighted on this walk. Walks last 45–60 […]

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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. […]

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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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Jim Pirhalla, Horticulturist in the Pinetum writes: No, this isn’t a blog about gun violence. It’s actually about a charming little flowering bulb. Charming, at least in this region, for in the South, it may be considered a lawn pest to some. The plant that I’m referring to is Ipheion uniflorum, the spring starflower, also […]

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Just before noon today, I walked to the visitor center via the Quarry Garden. Always good to take a long detour through the Winterthur Garden. Along the way, I met people taking photographs, chatting with each other, and drinking in the amazing beauty of the garden at the peak of azalea blooms. One guest said in […]

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Frank Quinnette continues his introduce-the-horticulturist project:   Most places I’ve worked there is always that one person who nearly everybody looks to for answers. Jim is that guy.   To be fair I’d guess he doesn’t have all the answers. He shouldn’t have to. That can be a lot of pressure for anybody. But as […]

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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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  Will someone stop hitting the fast forward button, please?  Over the past seven days we have progressed about three weeks—flower time, that is. We have gone from smelling the spicy scent of star magnolias (Magnolia stellata) to the perfume fragrance of lilacs (Syringa vulgaris cvs). It makes my head spin even more to think […]

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