Restoration of the Du Du Pont Garden in Delaware to its former glory

Hagley is one of the lesser known states of Wilmington and Delaware, founded by members of the Du Pont industrial dynasty, but on the one hand, it is more important.

A.D. In 1802, gunpowder became part of the company, and the splendor of gunpowder became part of the company.

Hagle’s main ornamental garden, recently planted and renovated, is home to the patriarch of the company, known for its native, sun-dried apple and pear trees, based on a regular fruit and vegetable variety.

But on the other side of the house is the Shadi Garden, which holds the steps leading down to the river, which is even more mysterious, mysterious and fascinating. This is the Crowninshield Garden, which was built about a hundred years ago as a neoclassical catastrophe and is now a reality, largely untouched for more than six decades.

He begins to wake up. Over the past two years, director of horticulture, Paul Orpelo, and small-scale gardeners have begun removing potted berries, bitter gourds and other wonderful grapes, partly revealing the terrain and ornamental shapes.

Directly below the house on a hill below, Orpelo suggests a long, quiet spring flower, snowflakes, snowflakes, Virginia blues, trillions, and hysteries that have returned to the underground for decades. We pass a large red maple size of a large parotia tree that I have seen so far, but with a distinctive, unblemished bark.

Much is still hidden, and as such, it is difficult to identify the connection in the garden, the revealing design narrative in one visit, but on the 7 hectares of hilly streets (like mountain goats, carefully), we are still fascinated by their magical garden features.

In some places, metal pots, once used in the production of gunpowder, are placed on the walls covered with vegetation. In one of the small weed-infested areas, a large standard pond — a low-rise stone wall — is covered by farmers and a porch. The drama is overshadowed by the weeds that have changed the altitude and still give it a green shade.

Elsewhere, we encountered an elevated facade and a stone face that clearly marked an important place in the garden. In some areas, trees have loosened the masonry. In others, huge stone steps were dismantled over time. Orpelo led me to a sunny, open space marked with Roman and Athena-inspired columns of stone, concrete, with abundant mosaic on the ground.

Fragments of other decorative stonework are placed on a stone table supported by carved griffin. He calls it the “Pompeii altar,” which seems to emphasize the prosperity of the place. The self-seed Mullin grew up around the Pegasus mosaic.

This magnificent landscape was invented in the 1920s and ’30s by Louise du Pon Crowninshield and her husband, Frank Crunshield, Boston Brahmin, among other things, by Theodore Roosevelt’s stubborn riders.

Why a neoclassical garden when all the colonial revival was raging? The couple visited renaissance villas around Rome. Edith Warton wrote an influential book on Italian villas, and many industries, including Pierre S. de Ponte, were constructing gardens in the nearby Longwood gardens.

The distinctive feature of the Crowninshield Garden is that it was not built as a reflective Beaux-Art confection, but as a style of style, broken columns, and lost stucco and brickwork.

There is another spirit here in the game. The heart of the garden includes the main part of the flour mill. In 1890, the magazine exploded with 100,000 pounds of gunpowder.

The structure was destroyed, 12 people were killed, and the blast could be heard more than 30 miles away in Philadelphia. Members of the Du Pont family moved in, although the house survived relatively undamaged.

After the mills were closed in the early 1920’s, Crownsfield farms came to him but only for a month or more during the spring and fall. They brought in full staff, and once the garden was finished, it became a perfect place for recreation.

The restored salt-kettle kettles lit up with kerosene, and their light shone on ancient monuments, columns, furnaces, and the like.

Jill McKenzie, general manager of the Haglele Museum and Library, said Crowninshields was “a very popular social gathering for the evening, even though the nightclubs were not Bacchus.”

In the 1980s, McKenzie fell in the mosaic terrace, there were still some statues, and there were old roses and iris flowers. “At that moment, I thought I was being transported,” she says. It was the most magical place I had ever been.

The idea of ​​returning such a shocking garden is intoxicating. The actual process is even more worrying. I told Orpelo that it would be Hercula’s job to remove and remove all weeds.

He seemed desperate. The gardeners’ garden contains flame weeds, he replied. If I get enough heat, I can kill the roots.

Gardening reflects the idea that he is the perfect enemy. Orpelo does not see some good return to the newly built garden.

But work has begun: not only clearing vineyards and weeds, but also a five-stage development, a $ 26 million plan to renovate the Crowninshield Garden. It includes modern plants that are better for self-care and border control.

“We know there will be a big fundraising campaign, but we believe there are people who appreciate hidden gardens like Hagle,” McKenzie said.

Orpelo also looks forward to the progress of the volunteers. The Delaware Valley has a greater share of people who love vegetables and fruits. “There is no such thing in the regions. There is no such thing as a re-imagined post-hospital facility,” he said.

The first step before any work is to stabilize structures and solve sinks and other traps. According to McKenzie, the process is “to solve something and find out what’s going on.”

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