Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Winterthur Museum and Country Estate Gardens

Winterthur Museum and Country Estate Gardens is located in Winterthur (pronounced "winter-tour"), Delaware, is the former childhood home of Henry Francis du Pont, a renowned antique collector and horticulturist.   The museum is quite impressive.  If you like antiques, you'll probably enjoy visiting it.
The grounds surrounding the museum cover 979 acres, with 60 of them being naturalistic gardens.  Visitors can take a variety of trails that lead to gardens with names like, Azalea Woods, Magnolia Bend, Winterhazel Walk, and Quarry Garden.  There's also a lovely sundial garden and reflecting pool.

The children's garden, known as the "Enchanted Woods Garden," is especially condusive to getting a child's imagination going.  This three acre garden is supposedly inhabited by woodland fairies.  It's not hard to imagine it with the majestic oak trees, Stone Faerie cottage, and tulip tree house.

Winterthur Museum and Country Estate Gardens is open year-round, Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  Admission for adults is $18.00, and children are $5.00.


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    1. It's a perfect little fairy hide-away.

  2. My sister lives in DE. Between Winterthur and Longwood Gardens, you can get gardened out, if that's possible.

    1. Ha! Well, those are two beautiful gardens. It's nice that she can visit them (when she's not gardened out).