Turtleheads And A 7 Turtle Day At Mt. Cuba Center

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On a wildflower walk yesterday at the Mt. Cuba Center Greenville, Delaware, we saw not only the luscious Turtleheads (Chelone Glabra) but what the guides later told me was something that made the day a "7 Turtle Day." Who knew you could rate a day by the number of turtles sunning on a log in the pond?  Former home of DuPont Co. president and Mrs. Lammot duPont Copeland, the 600 acre estate was transformed from a boring field into a treasure chest of native plants of the Appalachian Piedmont starting in the 1930's.

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The above variety of Mt. Cuba scenes include the Obedient Plant (because the individual flowere can be turned in the desired direction and stay there), bog garden stars called White Trumpets, and the gate at the entrance to the property which features depictions of some of the plants found on the property.

I am going to leave you with a picture of the exterior  of the house, which was designed by local architects and duPont family members Victorine and Samuel Homsey, and one of the conservatory, which has a sweeping view of the landscape created by Thomas W. Sears and duPont family favorite Marian Coffin, who worked at nearby Winterthur, among other places.  For details on visiting the property by appointment only, see http://www.mtcubacenter.org/

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JoAnn Moore
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Lovely photos and descriptions, Carolyn. I love the seven turtles lined up on the log. I hadn't heard that epression before either.

Sep 19, 2011 12:56 PM #1
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JoAnn--I think it's an inside joke at Mt. Cuba!

Sep 19, 2011 01:02 PM #2
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Hi Carolyn, This goes on my agenda to visit the next time I an back east. I was hoping for a Fall visit but not certain I can get away. I also want to go back to Longwood Gardens and between these two places, it is going to be a photographers paradise. 

Sep 19, 2011 05:28 PM #3
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William--Just watch their website for tour availability. They do have a Wildflower Day in the spring when it is open to the public and LOTS of people come.  Here is the pond in the spring.

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Sep 20, 2011 02:36 AM #4
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Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

Sep 11, 2012 06:38 AM #5
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If you are looking for real estate information in Delaware, contact me and you will also get info on the beautiful gardens in our area.

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