11:00 am, Brown Horticulture Learning Center
Go behind-the-scenes with the experts! Each week Winterthur introduces you to a specialist who will share with you his/her insights and expertise about the Winterthur Garden and estate, its history, horticulture, or the environment. Presentations may be in the form of a walk, talk, or demonstration (or a combination). About 1 hour. Members free. Included with admission.
September 5 • Late Summer Edible Plants: Identification and Tasting (talk/walk)
Learn to safely identify late summer edible plants and turn them into interesting and delicious treats! Before becoming Winterthur’s Mapping & Records Specialist, Lori Schnick designed and ran “Wild Edible” dinners through the Delaware Nature Society. Her co-speaker, Dr. William Ryan, is a botanist and Senior Ecologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University.
September 12 • The Beloved Koi (talk/walk)
The very popular koi fish in the Glade Garden certainly deserve our attention. Join Carol Long, curator of the garden, to learn some fascinating facts about these colorful friends of the Winterthur Garden and how to take care of their watery home.
September 19 • Freshwater Mussels at Winterthur (talk/walk)*
Learn how Winterthur and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary have collaborated to raise juvenile freshwater mussels, among the most imperiled organisms in North America. After the indoor presentation, take a walk to East Barn Pond to see this fascinating project up-close! *NOTE: The indoor portion of this presentation will take place in the Rotunda (Museum).
September 26 • The Head Gardener’s Wife: Ruth Wales du Pont (talk)
A talented musician, skilled hostess, and witty and insightful observer of life’s comedy, Ruth Wales du Pont partnered with Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur’s self-described “Head Gardener,” for over 50 years as host and hostess of one of America’s great country estates. Join Museum Guide and researcher Debra Shedrick for a look at the woman behind the man – the Head Gardener’s Wife.
October 3 • Nesting: An Arborist’s Perspective (talk/walk)
Disclaimer: This talk has nothing to do with actual bird’s nests! Arborist Kevin Braun will share more about his month-long task of reconstructing the famous Bird’s Nest feature in our children’s garden, Enchanted Woods. After a brief presentation, join Kevin on a walk to go see the nest construction up-close and personal!
October 10 • Digital Map of the Plants in the Garden (talk)
Come view the (nearly!) complete digital map of all accessioned woody plants within the Winterthur Garden. Learn how the map was created, how it will be used internally by staff, and how the public will be able to discover the location and other information about individual plants on the property.
October 17 • Fall Fruit on Oak Hill (walk)
Come for a walk with Garden Horticulturist Jessica Tsakiris and enjoy the splendor of fall color and fruit on Oak Hill.
October 24 • Fall-Flowering Camellias (talk/walk)
H.F. du Pont experimented with many camellias. Unfortunately, none of those survive today, but recent breeding work has made it possible to grow several fall-flowering forms in the Delaware area. Join Linda Eirhart, director of horticulture and senior curator of plants, for a presentation on this work, followed by a short walk to see our planting of white-flowering camellias.
October 31 • Celebrating with Cucurbits (demo)
See pumpkins and their allies transformed into festive carvings and elegant arrangements in time for your seasonal décor! Get familiar with members of the diverse gourd family (Cucurbitaceae) in this fun demonstration by Plant Records Manager Patti Pleva and Assistant Curator of Education/Garden Programs Erica Anderson.