The Goodstay Gardens are one of Wilmington's lesser known public gardens, located on the University of Delaware Wilmington Campus. Ellen du Pont and her husband, Robert Wheelwright (who was a landscape architect) restored the mid 17th century property in the early 1920s. The garden was originally a vegetable site, and the Wheelwrights transitioned it into the stunning iris, rose and peony paradise that it is today.
I went there today hoping to see the irises in bloom, since they are blooming in my Wilmington garden. But it seems the climate gnomes have this area tagged as "tulips featured, irises and peonies not yet ready."
Fine with me--the tulips are spectacular, with some of them having blooms as large as peony blossoms. And in the center of the knot garden, the sundial was keeping perfect time. I would expect no less!
A big thanks to the Friends of Goodstay Gardens, who keep everything looking perfect!