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Trip Report Winterthur Museum & Country Estate

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My husband & I live in the Brandywine Valley & are mystified by the apparent preference for Longwood over Winterthur. BOTH are so lovely, & they are so different - it's important to understand the differences among them.

Longwood is a du Pont garden based in perennials & annuals, in a mostly formal setting. An exception to the formal gardens is the meadow that lies far to the (I'm guessing!) NE of the main garden which is heavily planted with annuals. The conservatory is of interest year round. The house is of minimal interest, but does give interesting history of the Pierre S du Pont side of the family & the history of the DuPont Company.

Winterthur, on the other hand, operates on two distinct levels. The perennial gardens are most interesting from early March to late May, when acres of bulbs begin white & yellow in early March & give way to a blanket of blue mid-month that extends for acres. In April Virginia Bluebells share the garden with phlox, & ultimately yield to a crescendo of azaleas that are virtually without equal. Late summer & autumn provides an entirely different view of this incredible 1000 acre landscape, & winter brings the Christmas or Yuletide tour --- when the Museum is decorated for the holiday season.

Leave the landscape to enter Henry Francis du Pont's home which he donated to become a museum in 1951- to view the world's finest collection of American decorative arts.

The ticket price includes the garden tram, admission to the museum & galleries with an introductory tour of the museum.

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