March Bank at Winterthur

Are you ready for some color?  After the winter most of our region has had this year, I certainly am.  I even have found myself watching golf just so I can see the green grass.

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library has a lot going on with the new exhibition - Costumes of Downton Abbey, an absolute must see!  This is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series, featuring forty historically inspired costumes.  I must admit - I can't wait to see this exhibition.

But another "don't miss" is the Winterthur garden, particularly if you are able to visit in the month of March.  It is one of my cherished times in the garden.  This year, has definitely not been our typical weather year, but Winterthur does provide a bloom hotline - (302) 888 - 4856 for up-to-date information.

March Bank at WinterthurThe March Bank is an area that has several phases.  It is this area of the massive garden at Winterthur where the first signs of spring start showing with white snowdrops and the yellow adonis, as well as the native and hybrid witch-hazels (one of my favorites).

In the next phase, the ground is covered with thousands of the bright yellow blossoms from the adonis.  Then followed by the white snowdrops, yellow winter aconite and adonis to croscus (shades of purple and lavender) - no shades of grey here!

As the "yellow phase" fades blue squills and glory-of-the-snow come to the surface.  Near the end of March - the change from yellow to blue occurs.  As the March Bank reaches its peak - you will be a in a sea of millions of scilla and glory-of-the-snow.

Again, this is for a typical weather year.  But as a novice gardener, I can't wait to see what the garden and the March Bank have in store this year.

Sarah Willoughby
Executive Director
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

About Sarah: With over 20 years in the industry, I am very passionate about tourism, especially here in Delaware. Through my blogs you will meet my husband, Gary, and our dog, Farley. And, I hope, you'll get a true sense of the love we have for Greater Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding Brandywine Valley area. We love the many festivals and events in the Greater Wilmington and want to share that love with you, the reader, the tourist, the local. Hope you enjoy.