It’s hard to think of another place so rich with major gardens as the Brandywine Valley in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and an adjacent portion of Delaware. Five of those gardens have a historic connection—a family connection—as they were all by members of the du Pont family.
A new book portrays the story of those places, and its photographer and writer are here today to take us on some virtual visits to these must-see gardens. “Du Pont Gardens of the Brandywine Valley” profiles five gardens created by generations of the du Pont industrial family—Longwood, Winterthur, and Mt. Cuba—among them. It’s rich with photographs by Larry Lederman and words by Marta McDowell, both of whom I’m pleased to welcome to the podcast.