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There are numerous benefits to walking through a garden but there is arguably none better than capturing a moment like the setting sun illuminating a tree line, a unique cloud formation or catching a glimpse of wildlife. Here are some of those moments within the past week, sometimes taken when one might not think of inspiration […]

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Nature can sure keep us hopping!  Last week we had single digit temperatures, significant ice and snowfall and today, sunshine and warm temperatures are again raining down.  March is known for this behavior but never-the-less it sets our mind spinning a bit. The still-frozen ground and melting snow has made for a “mud season” for […]

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Estate Horticulturist and “Vice President of Snow Removal” Frank Quinnette pays this homage to winter: Could it be? Could this be the end of the 3rd snowiest winter in area history? Well I certainly hope so ‘cause our department is hurtin’! Cold temps, sleep deprivation, and spending just a little bit too much time with co-workers can be […]

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Mimicry in Nature

It is interesting to see when nature imitates nature; the similar appearance between viceroy and monarch butterflies, the “hawk cry” from a blue jay and the scores of insects that camouflage with various backgrounds.  Often mimicry has developed overtime and provides a survival edge in our dog-eat-dog world. Prior to our last snowfall, our winter […]

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Of Ice and Men

Frank Quinnette, estate horticulturist and Winterthur’s unofficial champion of the snow (yes, the  giant S on his chest stands for Snowman and yes, he’s gonna kill me for that intro) sheds a little light on snow removal at Winterthur: We’re out there. The snow, the ice, the cold; it’s just part of the job for […]

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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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After I slid to work this morning, I ran (well, walked gingerly) into the garden to catch the winter wonderland of white. We had about 2″ of light, perfectly placed  snow that is clinging to empty branches and stone walls.  The “place to see and be seen” is the bird feeder in Azalea Woods. It reminded me of Point-to-Point with […]

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Walking in the garden this week you would not know that we were snow covered for a full 4 weeks prior. Snowdrops, winter aconite, adonis, crocus and spring snowflake are in flower in the Glade Garden, March Bank, Azalea Woods, Quarry Garden, Icewell and East Terrace. Amongst some of the last remnants of snow, hellebores […]

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I have just returned from a walk through the garden. Thanks to our garden staff, Garden Lane has been cleared with snowblowers and plows, leaving a six foot wide path through the drifts of snow. It is a beautiful but treacherous hike and, for that reason, I have decided to cancel the walk scheduled for tomorrow, February […]

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Cold Day for a Frog

Talk about a photo op – this morning the Winterthur Garden is gorgeous with a light covering of snow.  I strapped on my Yaktrax so I wouldn’t slip on an icy patch, grabbed my camera and spent about an hour focusing on the beauty of the winter garden. One stop was Enchanted Woods where I snapped […]

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