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Our summer interns have gone for the season; back to their respective schools or onto the next phase of their lives. Sometimes they will visit, giving us updates about what has been going on after their summer at Winterthur and other times they might return for other reasons, like a marriage proposal.  Such is the case with this story. […]

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Something is brewing in the Winterthur Garden as is evident by a strange mirrored structure at the edge of the Pinetum. Follies. This may not be a word used much in the American lexicon but you probably know the concept. The following definition about sums it up: Architecture. A whimsical or extravagant structure built to […]

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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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It has been a long time in the making but the late season rains and the warmer-than-normal fall temperatures have produced a nice crop of new grass in Sycamore Hill and the Sundial Gardens. (If you missed the earlier blog check out the post from September 16th). The target of this project was wiregrass; it […]

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Working in and caring for an historic garden can sometimes shift what could be construed as normal garden sense i.e. keeping a plant that is long past its aesthetic contribution because of its historic relevance.  Case in point: This poor old specimen of a cherry tree has gone from a regal adornment a top a […]

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This morning, I had the opportunity of introducing ten second graders from nearby Greenwood Elementary to the garden. We had a ball exploring hideouts, trees, dragonflies and bullfrogs. In the afternoon, I decided to retrace our steps camera in hand. Walking to the Quarry Garden to check out the bright festival of primroses, I heard […]

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Color on Sycamore Hill

In the 1960s, Mr. du Pont wanted to extend the season of color at Winterthur so he added a new garden area, now called Sycamore Hill. In late May and early June, Sycamore Hill is woven together with paths of white, lavender, and red flowers. This color combination appears at Winterthur earlier in the year with azaleas and dogwoods […]

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