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March 2018

Bus Trip: Double du Pont Delight

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Looking for Spring and sunny wild flower-filled meadows? Come with us on the Rollin’ Garden Party Bus on May 9 to Delaware to experience a Double du Pont Delight!

STOP ONE: Winterthur in full-blown Spring attire. We’ll have a one-hour guided walking tour of the gardens followed by a half-hour tram ride to the farthest reaches of this magnificent estate of Henry Francis du Pont. Flowering trees, amazing azaleas and rhododendrons, spring ephemerals, bulbs galore, and so much more fill this magnificent garden of Mr. du Pont, who proclaimed himself to be the Head Gardener. We'll also view Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden, an exciting new exhibit, on the tram tour.

After the tours, we will have about one hour free time to do as we wish on our own: have lunch, visit the gift shop, view the exhibit: Eye on the Iconic: Honus Wagner and Sports Memorabilia.

STOP TWO: Mt. Cuba Center in Hockassin, is the former home of Lammot du Pont Copeland and his wife Pamela, passionate conservators of native landscapes. It is now a public garden that focuses on native plants with more than thirty acres of display gardens. We will have a two-hour guided walking tour of the original formal gardens surrounding the Main House, designed by Marion Coffin

Then off into the naturalistic gardens we go to continue our tour, which features sweeps of wildflowers under towering tulip trees, the West Slope Path through dense woodland and native perennials, a series of ponds with wet-site bloomers and a bog garden with carnivorous plants, Dogwood Path – a forest-edge garden with blooming trees and flowers, Woodland Path with grasses, flowers and blossoming trees, and a native Meadow, Trillium Garden, and a 15,000 square-foot Trial Garden of native plants and their cultivars – all environmentally sustainable landscapes.

The mission of Mt. Cuba Center: “To inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to support the habitats that sustain them.”

DATE: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
BUS leaves ShopRite of Greater Morristown, E. Hanover Ave., Cedar Knolls 8:00am Sharp! Returns 7:00-ish
FEE: $88
REGISTER: Click here.
QUESTIONS: mary@dig-itmag.com

**The house tour at Winterthur is not included in this visit. If you really wish to see the house, please call me. A few “seats” are available around Noon with an additional fee of $10.

Winterthur Museum, Library & Garden: http://www.winterthur.org/
Mt. Cuba Center: https://mtcubacenter.org/

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