Linda Eirhart, Director of Horticulture at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, is an avid gardener and horticulturist. We are thrilled to be visiting her private garden this spring. Linda and her husband bought their ¾ acre wooded lot in 1998 and had their home built. While the lot came with many wonderful trees they had to remove a number of invasives like Japanese honeysuckle, multiflora rose, Russian olive, and poison ivy. Tulip poplars, sassafras, white pine, oaks, black gum, American holly and dogwood are just some of the existing trees that form the bones of garden. Some of the trees and shrubs that were added over the years are Halesia, Styrax, Amelanchier, Magnolia, and Aesculus.
The garden is comprised of mostly woodland, garden beds and a grassy area to take in the warmth of the afternoon sun. Known for its drifts of spring ephemerals like Virginia bluebells, Italian windflowers, woodland poppies, phacelia, and trilliums, the garden erupts into life in early Spring. Hellebores, epimedium, daffodils, and Rhododendron schleppinbachii, are some of Linda’s spring favorites. Soft wood chip pathways meander through towering trees coaxing you along the twists and turns to the next discovery. There are plenty of hidden spots to sit and take in all the natural beauty. Be inspired by all this woodland spring garden has to offer.
Location and directions will be sent upon registration. Light refreshments will be served. This is a rain or shine event.