Barb Rosen
Barb Rosen
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May Garden ~ Historic Goodstay Gardens


On a recent balmy spring evening, the Arden Garden Gild visited the grounds of the Goodstay Gardens on Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. At the height of its spring bloom, the collection of six enclosed gardens was a sight to behold. Breathtaking peonies planted in long flowerbeds filled the air with a lovely scent. Roses, iris, columbines, rhododendrons and many other lovely blooms filled the garden with color, accompanied by bird song as dusk approached.
Dating back to the late 1600′s, this colonial garden has undergone several restorations and improvements: in the 1920′s by Ellen Coleman duPont Meeds and Robert Wheelwright and, for the past twenty years, by the Friends of Goodstay Gardens group.
Goodstay Gardens is an oasis in the city, a trip to the country through a stone gate entry. Here is a small sampling of the beauty contained within. I hope it inspires a trip of your own to discover this garden gem.
see more pictures at http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/springtime-in-goodstay-gardens/
See a wonderful article by Moira Sheridan on Goodstay Gardens at http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130509/LIFE0402/305090014/Friends-Goodstay-Garden-Wilmington-celebrate-20th-anniversary
Face Book site for The Friends of Goodstay Gardens https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfGoodstayGardens?fref=ts (with many more pictures)
Rose at dusk
Rose at dusk
statue in the ferns
statue in the ferns
One of the many varieties of peonies at Goodstay Gardens.
One of the many varieties of peonies at Goodstay Gardens.
Columbine & painted fern by a rock wall.
Columbine & painted fern by a rock wall.
entrance in the stone wall
entrance in the stone wall
Flowerbeds filled with peonies scent the air.
Flowerbeds filled with peonies scent the air.
Rhododendrons in bloom
Rhododendrons in bloom
Peony blooms as large as dinner plates!
Peony blooms as large as dinner plates!
statue in the penstemon
statue in the penstemon
garden seating
garden seating
Just one of the huge collection of hybrid iris.
Just one of the huge collection of hybrid iris.
sun dial in the Knot Garden
sun dial in the Knot Garden
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