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Lauren Fair, Assistant Objects Conservator and Adjunct Faculty in Art Conservation writes: Each winter, before Delaware gets its first bout of freezing temperatures, the Garden Department teams up with Conservation to ensure several of our more delicate sculptures are covered for the winter months. Enclosures consist of painted plywood boxes with four walls and a slanted […]

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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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The next two days will feature highs in the 70’s; this will be what the budded blossoms need to jettison us into spring and to a little more seasonal flowering time.  As you probably have noticed, the garden has been a little behind schedule.  The forecast for early next week is for temperatures in the 60’s which […]

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If I had a dime for every time I hear “So what do you guys do in the winter?” I would be writing this blog from my own private tropical island somewhere.  OK—maybe not a tropical island as I am not too fond of the heat; how about a snowy New England hilltop?  Regardless, you […]

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At this point in the gardening season, the well-worn topic of discussion has been the weather but in fairness to the popularity of this subject, it has been a year of abnormal trends. Fortunately, it has also provided a pleasant topical diversion in an election year, but I will stop myself here before I fall […]

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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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There is one word to describe the garden this week and that is fleeting.  In a period of seven days we will have experienced relentless, driving rains, wind gusts to 40 mph and temperature swings that vary from upper 20’s to near 80’s. How are plants supposed to respond to that?  The nature of our […]

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Windy Winterthur Weather

On Saturday, March 13, we had a wonderful turnout for our garden lecture by Rick Darke. We also had a power outage, high winds, tree damage, and driving rain! Thanks to our newly installed generator in the Visitor Center, the lecture proceeded without a hitch and we all were able to enjoy Rick’s fantastic photos. […]

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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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Worth the Cold

Updated Images Winterthur was dusted with snow today. The sky cleared at dusk and the temperature began to drop – another weather change and pretty sunset. The temperature dropped last night and is supposed to be trending downward over the next two days. The cold makes a walk in the garden a little less attractive, […]

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