Thursday, May 23, 2013

Winterthur's Quarry Garden in Full Bloom

Our visit to the Quarry garden at Winterthur
It is a busy morning here as we are getting ready for our last official day of homeschool (yea!) and for our annual garden party that is scheduled for this Saturday. But I wanted to take a minute and post a few more photos from our trip to Winterthur gardens near Philadelphia, PA from early in May.

At Winterthur, H.F. Dupont designed a spring-watered wet garden that includes an enormous collection of giant primroses, Primula x bulleesiana hybrids. They are a cross between Primula bulleyana and Primula beesiana, both parents being native to Asia (more here). Enjoy!


Step right down into this beautiful garden...


A seat for taking it all in...
Dicentra by the Cornus florida tree.
There are many treasures along the stream... Heuchera, ferns and hundreds of primroses.
Primula x bulleesiana by the spring-fed stream.
Everywhere plants are tucked into the rocks.
Logan & daddy following the path to the back of the garden...
Primula x bulleesiana are also called candelabra primroses.
Our family taking it all in.
I really enjoyed the experience of *being* in this garden. It felt like its own magical little world, especially when the rest of the estate at Winterthur has more of a wandering, connected feel to it. The concave landform of this garden creates a unique moment.
Ferns and bluebells on the surrounding hills.
The elegant overlook. I loved the style of all of the garden art at Winterthur... very refined.
View back up the quarry toward the bridge, with irises and wild ginger.

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful beautiful photos! Makes me want to be there :)

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  2. Breathtaking! I love primroses but have not been brave enough to add them to my garden yet. They will probably struggle here, since I don't have any shady moist spots... but naturally I'll have to try them anyway at some point. I just love the shape of that garden bench - looks so inviting!

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  3. That is just awesome, a really fantastic garden with my favourite plants. I have been growing lots of different candelabra primulas from seed, I don't think they will all flower this year, but hopefully next year my bog garden will explode with them all!

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  4. I love your garden visits as they give me so many ideas even when I can't get to see these gardens in person.

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  5. What an impressive and peaceful looking place. Enjoy the school break.

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  6. Your pictures are ever so inviting. A bit of Primula heaven there!

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  7. What a great location for a woodland garden. I love all the primula, and your kids are adorable.

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  8. That is so amazing...I aboslutely love it...a real gem!

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  9. What a beautiful garden. I have not seen this garden, but it is on my list of gardens to visit. I can see it will be worth the trip. Your photographs are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.
    Susan

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