Planting the Seed

How does Ruth Jackson’s garden grow? She’ll be glad to tell you. Plus, a guide to local public gardens and a calendar of garden-related events.

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Choose from this bouquet of public gardens.

[CHANTICLEER] The glamorous estate of Christine and Adolph Rosengarten is a pleasure garden, designed to showcase towering trees and verdant lawns. The trees and lawns are still there but the focus now is on combinations of plants, fruits and veggies in containers, contrasting textures, and colors, often relying on foliage more than flowers. Chanticleer is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and on Friday evenings until 8 p.m. from May through Labor Day, with reduced hours through Oct. 30. Admission for adults is $10, free for children under 12. 786 Church Road, Wayne, Pa. Call (610) 687-4163, or visit

[LADEW TOPIARY GARDENS] A self-taught gardener, Harvey S. Ladew created 15 thematic “garden rooms” on 22 acres of his 250-acre Maryland property, described by the Garden Club of America as “the most outstanding topiary garden in America.” The equestrian-inspired Ladew Manor House is also open for guided tours. Call (410) 557-9570 at least three days before you visit to make special accommodations. Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and students and $5 for children under 12. 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md. Call (410) 557-9466, or visit

[LONGWOOD GARDENS] Open every day, Longwood Gardens was created by Pierre S. du Pont and offers horticulture displays on 1,050 acres and such thrills as Friday night fireworks in summer. Don’t miss the magnificent conservatory and fountains. Choose from fine dining in the 1906 room or a casual, green-certified eatery. Longwood also offers classes for aspiring and experienced gardeners. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa. Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Adults $18; seniors and students $15; children $8; under 4 free. Call (610) 388-1000, or go to

[MT. CUBA] Until the 1930s, this high point in the Delaware landscape was a cornfield. Thanks to the efforts of Pamela Copeland, wife of owner Lammot du Pont Copeland, Mt. Cuba grew into a heavenly haven for native plants of the piedmont, including woodland wildflowers, as well as an important research center. Barley Mill Road, Hockessin. For more information, call 239-4244, or visit

[NEMOURS MANSION AND GARDEN] Enter through gates that once belonged to Catherine the Great. Exit through gates brought over from the Wimbledon estate in Britain. In addition to touring the 77-room gilded mansion, guests can roam 300 acres of formal gardens and admire the statue leafed in 23-karat gold that is the centerpiece of an 800,000-gallon fountain. Enter at Del. 141 and Alapocas Drive in North Wilmington. Open May through Dec. 31. Tour times are Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m., and Sunday, noon and 3 p.m. Cost is $15 and visitors must be 12 or older. Reservations advised during the summer. Call (800) 651-6912, or visit

[READ HOUSE] Built in 1801 by the son of one of Delaware’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Read House bursts with Federal grandeur and fertile gardens that were featured in the November 1901 issue of House and Garden magazine. The one-and-half acre garden is divided into a formal parterre flower bed, a specimen garden filled with exotics and native favorites, and a large fruit orchard and kitchen garden with alees of pear trees and trellised grapes set by formal boxwood hedges. 42 The Strand, New Castle. Open Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $7, seniors and students $6. For more, call 322-8411, or visit

[WINTERTHUR] Henry Francis du Pont’s collection of early American antiques is displayed in 175 rooms of his country home. A tram ride through the gardens is a must around Mother’s Day when native azaleas set the woods ablaze with color. Each Wednesday through October (except August) there will be demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. Programs start at 11:30 a.m. at the Winterthur Greenhouses. The event is included in the $18 admission price, free for members. 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur. To learn more, visit

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