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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.

Azalea Time!

Well, true to form, Mother Nature is keeping us hopping once again!  Instead of the (typical) 2nd week in May–Mother’s Day–being our main azalea display, we are having a “May in April year”.  If you have been waiting to see the azaleas then come on by and see them.  It can not be predicted how long they last as there are several potential rainy days in the 10 day forecast but reliance on weather prediction is futile…good news is that temperatures seem to be reasonable for this time of year.  Excessive heat is notorious for a fleeting flowering display.

There is always something to see in the Winterthur Garden; if you miss something you inevitably see something else.  I spoke with a visitor a few weeks back who was enchanted with what he saw in the April garden.  He stated that it was because he always came when the azalea display was going on.  The moral of the story is just come to the garden, see what is flowering and enjoy!

Azalea and bluebell combination in Azalea Woods

Azalea and bluebell combination in Azalea Woods

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Join Winterthur garden guides, Candy Dunson and Susan Smith-Habelow, for a walk to explore the garden where Henry Francis du Pont once had his personal golf course. Visit the caddy stand and other areas of his original course.

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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.

My thanks to all the staff, volunteers, and guests who came out to make Daffodil Day a success. The weather has been unpredictable this spring and the daffodils were punished by some freezing temperatures that followed warm weather. Nevertheless, there were thousands (more on that below) of flowers to see!

How Many Daffodil Flowers
This year I asked our GIS Mapping intern if he could develop an estimate of how many daffodil flowers we had this spring. Using the maps of the beds and careful counts of representative sample beds, Cole developed an estimate. Care to guess? Despite the harsh conditions this spring, we had 410,000 daffodil flowers in the garden this year.

Daffodil Tour
This year we offered guided tours as well as a self-guided tour. Guided tours were full, but even better, there were hundreds of guests exploring the daffodils and the rest of the garden.

Daffodil Show and Crafts
Just as we did last year, we hosted a Children’s Daffodil Show and Daffodil Crafts in the Visitor Center. There were many entries in the show and dozens of ribbons won. It was fun to see families returning with their craft projects from last year, ready to try the new craft for this year. As we did last year, there was a generous distribution of cookies to the kids (and adults).

Thanks again for making Daffodil Day a fun family event.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

From trilliums and toadshades to bluebells and merrybells, the wildflowers of spring are taking center stage at Winterthur. How is such a perfect symphony of color, texture, and form orchestrated in this otherwise “wild” garden? Join Chris Strand, Brown Harrington Director of Garden & Estate, for a spring walk through Azalea Woods, where you will hear more about the management principles and practices behind a premier example of naturalistic gardening.

Pale yellow primrose (Primula veris) and great white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) in Azalea Woods

Pale yellow primrose (Primula veris) and great white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) in Azalea Woods. Photo by Erica Anderson.

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.

UPDATED Our mapping intern, Cole, developed an estimate for the number of daffodil flowers at Winterthur. I will offer some sort of prize (daffodil bulbs? daffodil cookies?) to the person who makes the closest guess to the number. You can guess in person at the Winterthur Visitor Center up until 3:00 on Saturday, April 16.

Mr. du Pont grew hundreds of varieties of daffodils. Last year we inaugurated ‘Daffodil Day’ as a way of celebrating his collection of this wonderful flower. On Saturday, April 16, we will invite families to enter a daffodil in our Children’s Daffodil Show, make a daffodil-inspired craft, join us for a daffodil tea, or simply tour the enormous drifts of yellow and white flowers. Below is the schedule and a little extra information about the daffodil show for families.

10:00–11:00 am Children’s Daffodil Show–Entrants meet at the Visitor Center with their daffodils

10:00 am–2:00 pm Daffodil Day Kids’ Activities at the Visitor Center

11:30 am & 1:30 pm Guided Daffodil Tour through the Drifts of Daffodils

3:00 pm Daffodil Tea at the Visitor Center–Reservations required, call 302.888.4826

All Day Children’s Daffodil Show on Display at the Visitor Center

All Day Self-guided Daffodil Tour–White Arrow Tour begins at the Visitor Center patio

All Day Special Daffodil Tram Stop near the Conifers–Look for the gate posts

All Day Spring Tour & Conservatory Display–Begins in the Galleries Reception Atrium

All Day Plant Sales at the Museum Store

For families interested in entering the Daffodil Show her is some additional information. Children between the ages of 5 and 14 are welcome to enter a daffodil in the show. All they need to do is bring a daffodil for one of the following classes and enter it into the show between 10 to 11 am: Daffodil Specimen, 3 Daffodils, and Daffodil et al (that means, with something else). We will judge the show promptly at 11 and place ribbons on the winning flowers (there will be a lot of winners). Here is a little more information if you are interested in how this works. Show Guidelines 2016

Ode to Daffodils

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This Saturday, April 16th, the Winterthur Garden will host its second Daffodil Day to highlight a beloved flower display in our spring garden.   Create a craft, participate in tours, learn about our daffodil collection, or just simply meander and enjoy the beauty of a spring day. For more information on the day’s events, check out our website.   http://www.winterthur.org/  Perhaps you will be inspired to pen down a few words of your own!

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

 

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

 

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

 

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed-and gazed-but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

 

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Enjoy an early spring day in the Azalea Woods. Susan Sibley, garden horticulturist, will be your guide as you witness the garden come to life with bluebells, trilliums, and windflowers.

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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.