T and I planned a summer adventure to visit the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park on the eastern shore of Maryland (more on that next week). On the way south, we stopped at the Winterthur Estate in Delaware. There, we took time to enjoy the lovely perennial garden that covers sixty acres of the 1,000 acre estate. Winterthur was once the estate of the du Pont family and you can rest assured that they were never short of cash. The estate has the house and a collection of the American furniture and textiles that Mr. du Pont enjoyed collecting. They are housed in his 175-room, nine story mansion.
Such opulence on our way to see the world to which Harriet Tubman was born seemed a little silly, so T and I opted to mostly enjoy the acres and acres of splendid and lovely gardens.
There is a fairy garden added to the estate to appeal to children and, I suppose, children at heart. It was a quiet destination for our Saturday morning, made more lovely by the few children who were there, laughing and enjoying the fairy paths.
Lovingly designed for children with rich imaginations, the garden path meanders from a small gate to bridges, windows in which to peak, a mini circle of rocks, a thatched cottage, a place for a fairy tea party, and small tables and benches tucked into the shaded glens.
We had a pretty good time ourselves.
I am reminded how much I like visiting gardens, something I plan to make more time for in the coming years.