Mary on April 20th, 2011

Ever since I visited Winterthur (“Winter-ter”) in mid-summer a few years back, I wanted to return to see the March Bank. I am pleased to report that I finally made it! It was worth the wait to see the thousands of spring-flowering bulbs. Henry Dupont skillfully established an extensive naturalistic garden on this country estate. The […]

Continue reading about Winterthur Estate in Spring

We’re off to Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware, where Henry Francis du Pont was born, lived, farmed, and developed a naturalistic garden. A direct descendant of E.I. Dupont, the man that started it all with the gunpowder mills at Hagley, Henry was an avid collector of Americana. He acquired a large collection of antiques, which continues to grow to this day.

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Mary on April 24th, 2011

While I don’t usually travel to my local gardens with youngsters, I find it refreshing to explore the children’s gardens.  I’m referring to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware.  Both former du Pont estates that are now open to the public.  These amazing gardens are only about 20 minutes apart […]

Continue reading about Children’s Gardens in the Brandywine Valley

Spring has sprung and I find myself thinking about gardens more and more. My absolute favorite (of those I’ve visited thus far) is Longwood in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.  Lucky for me, it’s nearly in my backyard.  One cool thing about Longwood is you can visit at any time of the year and there will be […]

Continue reading about Duponts of the Brandywine Valley – Part III – Longwood Gardens

While I totally adore traveling far and wide, I also love to explore interesting, unique places close to home. Being that I live in the Brandywine Valley, the birthplace of DuPont, I have the opportunity to visit many of the DuPont estates that are now open to the public. Where is the Brandywine Valley, you […]

Continue reading about Duponts of the Brandywine Valley – Part I – Hagley