Location: Visitor Center Theater
This is the third lecture in the Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series.
Over the course of three generations the du Pont family treasured, refined, expanded, and ornamented their country estate known as Winterthur. With this overview, Chris Strand, Winterthur Director, Garden and Estate, will introduce you to the house, garden, and wider pastoral landscape that remains an important touchstone for the du Pont family and Northern Delaware.
Chris will finish his lecture with a preview of Winterthur’s new exhibition on The Costumes of Downton Abbey, the exhibit compares the life of the fictional family in Downton with the real life du Pont’s of Winterthur.
About the Speaker:
In his role as Director Garden & Estate at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Chris Strand is responsible for a century old historic garden, 100+ buildings, and 1,000 acres of natural and agricultural areas. A graduate of the Longwood Graduate Program, Chris has worked at several well-known botanical institutions including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Callaway Gardens in Georgia, and the Denver Botanic Gardens. Most recently, Chris has joined with Jeff Groff and Maggie Lidz to help curate an exhibition entitled Costumes of Downton Abbey.
About the Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series:
The winter chill of February means spring is not far behind. Gather inspiration and immerse yourself in the beauty of some of America’s most splendid homes and gardens with this four-part lecture series.
Thursday, February 6: Longwood Gardens—100+ Years of Garden Splendor, by Colvin Randall
Wednesday, February 19: Winterthur: An American House and Garden, by Christopher Strand
Thursday, February 27: Doris Duke’s Shangri La, by Thomas Mellins
Tuesday, March 4: The Golden Age of American Gardens, by Eleanor Weller Reade