Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is a garden, museum and library located just outside of Wilmington, Delaware. The estate was once owned by Henry Francis du Pont, a famed horticulturist and decorative arts expert. Winterthur houses the top-recognized collection of American decorative arts in the world, with many rooms decorated of its period.
The garden itself, designed with the help of landscape architect Marion Coffin, is considered to be one of the best in the nation. The lawn at Winterthur was once used for recreational purposes– particularly croquet and tennis. However, du Pont’s passion flowered into plants, thus the sports site was transformed into a naturalistic garden.
Lush flowers, gentle inclines, winding paths and babbling brooks define the 60-acre retreat.
A mixture of azaleas in the woods is a perfect partial-shade area to plant.
Get lost in time in the Sundial Garden.
Any of these elements from Winterthur may be incorporated into your garden. All you have to do is take a walk and find the inspiration!