In all the years I have been going to local Historic Home and Gardens at Winterthur, I have never been there when there is snow on the ground. They are closed most of January and February, so that explains part of the reason, but I know we have had snow in March before. This time there was a lecture on Miss Ima Hogg, founder of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens in Houston.
Miss Hogg had many friends in the arts, one of whom was Henry Francis duPont, founder of Winterthur. The speaker, David Warren, had been a Winterthur Fellow, and later curator of Bayou Bend. Grateful for my years of classes and lectures at Winterthur and the University of Delaware about the early decorative arts in this country, I could understand what Warren meant when he said "Newport block front chest." I hope the rest of the audience cound understand! His slides only showed pictures of Miss Hogg through the years, but none of the furniture in the background was identified.
Anyway, a walk through the gardens gave me a new perspective on the grounds without flowers, except for one tree stump looking container filled with what looked like miniature daffodils. And the Canada Geese seemed to be having a great time on the front lawn of the mansion, munching on the grass.
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