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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Many private estates issued postcards during the 20th century including Winterthur. Join Jim Pirhalla, garden horticulturist, as he shares commentary on his collection of vintage Winterthur postcards depicting images of both the garden and museum.

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Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August). Included with all admission tickets; Members free.

Walks last 45–60 minutes. No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough and steep garden paths.

The Quarry Garden awash with color

The Quarry Garden awash with color

Multiple shades of the candelabra-type Japanese primrose (Primula japonica)

Multiple shades of the candelabra-type Japanese primrose (Primula japonica)

Tiers of color create a textural effect

Tiers of color create a textural effect

Rainbow valley

Rainbow valley

The almost impossible rainbow-leaves and teal-blue-purple berries of leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia bealei)

The almost impossible rainbow-leaves and teal-blue-purple berries of leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia bealei)

Firework-like emerging leaves of 'Forest Flame' Japanese pieris (Pieris 'Forest Flame')

Firework-like emerging leaves of ‘Forest Flame’ Japanese pieris (Pieris ‘Forest Flame’)

Parting view: Sea-green hostas lap the edges of the Quarry Garden's defining rivulet

Parting view: Sea-green hostas lap the edges of the Quarry Garden’s defining rivulet

Paeonia 'Age of Gold'

Paeonia ‘Age of Gold’

Paeonia 'Winterthur'

Paeonia ‘Winterthur’

Magenta herbaceous peony cultivar

Magenta herbaceous peony cultivar

Paeonia 'Mystery'

Paeonia ‘Mystery’

Paeonia 'Red Red Rose'

Paeonia ‘Red Red Rose’

Paeonia 'Vesuvian'

Paeonia ‘Vesuvian’

View of the Lower Peony Garden

View of the Lower Peony Garden

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hundreds of different ferns can be grown in our gardens. They range in height from inches to four feet, range in variety from evergreen to deciduous, and range in color from basic green to shades of silver and red. Join Linda Eirhart, director of horticulture and curator of plants, on a stroll today to discover a dozen that are easy to identify and grow.

Dryopteris erythrosora

Dryopteris erythrosora

Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August). Included with all admission tickets; Members free.

Walks last 45–60 minutes. No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough and steep garden paths.

Charlie (left) on the set of  the Nat Geo TV show Nature Boom Time!

Charlie (left) on the set of the Nat Geo TV show Nature Boom Time!

2013 Garden & Estate Intern Charlie Engelman reports about his latest adventure and “boom” in TV-fame:

I hope everyone’s doing great. I wanted to let you know that, thanks to the encouragement of Winterthur’s horticulture staff during my summer internship, I was able to go on and win a National Geographic grant last year. This gave me the opportunity to go on an incredible film expedition and create a television show about trees across the U.S.! Basically, “Nature Time with Charlie” (that YouTube series I started making while at Winterthur) has turned into the National Geographic Kids television show, “Nature Boom Time!” It’s super exciting!

The show is currently airing on the Nat Geo WILD channel around 8am EST and will continue through fall. You can also check out the entire first season online at: kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/nature-boom-time. The first episode is also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k68VdWyMGJM. The other episodes will gradually be released on YouTube over the course of the summer.

Please feel free to let me know what you think! You can reach me by email at: charlie@worldbycharlie.com. I’m gathering feedback to help us prepare the second season, so any comments (positive or negative!) would be appreciated. And feel free to share it around with anyone who has kids…or anyone else who may be interested!

Winterthur horticulture staff: Thanks for all the support when I first started making these videos a few years ago. You guys are the greatest. Have an excellent spring!”

Charlie at Winterthur, summer 2013

Charlie at Winterthur, summer 2013

 

Charlie today, in the field for Nature Boom Time!

Charlie today, in the field for Nature Boom Time!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Explore the care and maintenance of Winterthur’s herbaceous and tree peonies. Take a walk through the Peony Garden and see the collection as well as some of A. P. Saunders’s hybrids. Michelle Stapleford, garden horticulturist, will be your guide.

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Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August). Included with all admission tickets; Members free.

Walks last 45–60 minutes. No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough and steep garden paths.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It has been 99 years since Mr. du Pont purchased his first Kurume azaleas. Join Linda Eirhart, director of horticulture and curator of plants, on an easy stroll through Azalea Woods to enjoy their beauty and learn more about their history at Winterthur.

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Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August). Included with all admission tickets; Members free.

Walks last 45–60 minutes. No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough and steep garden paths.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

There is a wealth of bulbs beyond daffodils and tulips that can be used to extend seasonal color in the garden. Join Chris Strand, Brown Harrington Director of Garden & Estate, to learn more about selecting, growing, and using minor bulbs in your garden.

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Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April through October (except August). Included with all admission tickets; Members free.

Walks last 45–60 minutes. No reservations necessary. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walks are generally not handicap accessible due to rough and steep garden paths.