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 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)