Gardenfair Offers Advice from Experts

Winterthur, DE August 3, 2006—The third annual GardenFair, which takes place September 15-17 at Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, offers a weekend for landscape specialists or novices planning their first gardens. Visitors can participate in candid discussions with garden experts; attend lectures, demonstrations, and how-to workshops; purchase uncommon plants from select growers; and acquire tools, garden art, garden crafts, and garden antiques from the country’s best artisans and suppliers. GardenFair is presented by Winterthur and Horticulture, America’s gardening magazine, and sponsored by DuPont™ GreenVista™ garden products.

P. Allen Smith, the award-winning garden designer and host of public television’s P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home and the syndicated P. Allen Smith’s Gardens, will share design inspirations and ideas in a lecture titled “Five Things You Should Know about Color in Your Garden” at 2 p.m. each day, followed by a book signing. In addition, Chris Strand, Winterthur’s director of the garden and estate, will speak about the Winterthur garden, considered by many to be one of America’s greatest gardens, and how its design can be adapted for the home landscape, on Saturday at 3 p.m. and on easy ferns for the garden on Sunday at 3 p.m. These lectures are included with admission.

Gardening 101 Workshops
Tips on forcing and growing bulbs; potting and repotting; propagation, splicing, and pruning are among the topics that will be discussed during educational demonstrations, which take place throughout the weekend. Geared to beginning/intermediate gardeners, these demonstrations will be presented by GardenFair exhibitors and Winterthur’s horticultural staff. All demonstrations are included with admission.

GardenFair features dozens of destination nurseries in one location, with something for everyone, from a gardener with a shady yard to an apartment dweller with a sunny deck or window box to a beginner who’s just starting. The exhibitors enjoy offering advice about their wares and educating people about their gardening passions.

Exhibitors come from across the country, and will offer everything from heirloom seeds to premium perennials, and aquatic plants, as well as garden furniture, garden tools, jewelry, and art.

Special Tours and Displays
The Winterthur Galleries will feature “Antiques in Bloom,” a special display of floral arrangements inspired by objects in the museum collection. Set on individual pedestals in the galleries, the floral arrangements will borrow from the form, color, and line of the elegant antiques to create a living homage to the craftsmanship of early America. For an additional fee of $5, visitors can enjoy a special tour of the museum, highlighting period rooms decorated for elegant entertaining in the style of Henry Francis du Pont. Don’t miss the garden-party table settings displayed in the Conservatory.

Admission fees
General admission wristbands cost $15 ($13, Winterthur Members and Horticulture subscribers). An additional fee is charged for the two weekend symposia (see attached release for details on the programs and fees). Wristbands may be purchased at, at Winterthur, or by calling 800.448.3883 or 302.888.4600. All wristbands include multi-day entry and the Plant Park, where purchased plants are transported to and held for show goers to pick up in their cars when leaving.

Winterthur, located on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware, and five miles south of U.S. Route 1, is closed Mondays (except holidays and during Yuletide), Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Winterthur is committed to accessible programming for all. For information, including special services, call 800.448.3883, 302.888.4600, or TTY 302.888.4907. Online, go to

Horticulture Magazine
Now celebrating more than 100 years in print, Horticulture magazine, a division of F+W Publications, Inc., is the premier source of ideas and inspiration on plants and design. The world’s top gardeners provide authoritative information in lively text and stunning paragraphs. Each issue contains the latest gardening news and discoveries, regional planting secrets, and designs and techniques to help make garden experiences as rewarding as possible.

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate—known worldwide for its preeminent collection of 85,000 American antiques, a naturalistic garden, and a library that is a research center for the study of American art and material culture—offers a variety of tours, exhibitions, programs, and activities throughout the year. USA Today named

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