We are coming upon one of my favorite times of year. The maples begin to bloom and there looks to be a pink tinge to the deciduous tree line. The snowdrops are blooming, and some early blooming daffodils are beginning to emerge for their brilliant spring show. This is the time of year I love to go and visit gardens and my favorite spot has become Winterthur House and Gardens in Delaware. It is less than an hour and a half drive from Baltimore, Maryland.
Spring has (Nearly) Sprung
Henry Francis du Pont was a collector and horticulturalist who built Winterthur House and Gardens to display his two passions. The 175-room house displays 90,000 objects made or used in America between 1640 and 1860, while the natural and formal gardens make up the 1,000-acre preserve. The grounds contain beautiful collections of Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum), Andromeda (Pieris japonica), and many more.
There is an area of the grounds that is a must see during the month of March and that is the March Walk. The March Walk begins its show in early March with the riotous color of yellow daffodils that cover the hillside. Mixed with these daffodils are joined by Giant Snowdrops, Crocus, and Winter Honeysuckle. The March Walk hits its peak in the final weeks of March when the color changes from yellow to blue with the blooming of Scilla and Glory-of-the-Snow.
The large collection of Azaleas begin to steal the show towards the end of March and into April, and they are a site to behold. The collection stretches through the understory and creates a multicolored blanket of flowers that can be truly breathtaking.
There is even a large woodland playground for the kids that covers three acres. The Enchanted Woods feature a giant bird nest with giant wooden eggs to play with, a Faerie Cottage, and a Tulip Tree House. The woodland playground will delight children of all ages.
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