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Amy Kinsey, the Nancy R. Turner Landscape Curator at George Eastman House, has studied horticulture (Univ. of Maryland), plant genetics (Univ. of Birmingham, UK), and landscape architecture with a concentration in historic cultural landscape preservation (SUNY-ESF). She has worked for National Capitol Parks in Washington, DC, and the Agricultural Research Station in Beltsville, MD.

Eastman House celebrates 20 years of Dutch Connection

Posted by on Feb 21 2014 | Exhibitions, History, House & Gardens, Other

For the last 20 years, in February, George Eastman House has organized the Dutch Connection to show the kind of flowers George Eastman enjoyed in his home from late fall to early spring. Although there is no record of his bulb order for 1913/1914, historic records indicate that Mr. Eastman typically ordered varieties of each plant included in this exhibition—tulip, daffodil, hyacinth, and amaryllis bulbs; freesia corms; and clivia, begonia, campanula, hellebore, primrose, and azalea. Because this two-week exhibition includes the total number of plants that Mr. Eastman would order for display over a five-month period, you are enjoying approximately ten times the number of blooms that Mr. Eastman would have displayed at one time.

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In July, 2013, nearly 6,000 bulbs were ordered. The bulbs were shipped in late September and volunteers and staff potted the tulips, daffodils and hyacinth. These pots were then placed in a dark, cool root cellar in Highland Park. Tulips, daffodils and hyacinth require a 12 to 15 week 40 to 45 °F cool, dark period, much like they get when planted in the garden. The potted bulbs that were in the root cellar were moved into the greenhouse in January. In the greenhouse, the bulbs require 2 to 7 weeks, depending on variety, at 55 to 65 °F. with full sunlight to flower. The bulbs were forced into bloom at Lucas Greenhouses, Fairport, NY. The freesias and amaryllis were grown in the Palm House until they could be moved to the greenhouse in January. The azaleas, hellebores, clivia, primrose, campanula, and begonias are grown on site or purchased from a wholesaler.

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The exhibition opened on Valentine’s Day and will close on Sunday, March 2. At any one time there are over 3,000 blooms in the exhibition. The tulip, daffodil, and hyacinth blooms last only a week in the relatively warm, dry, Conservatory environment, and are replaced once during the exhibition. The azaleas, hellebores, freesias, amaryllis, clivia, begonias, campanula, and primrose bloom two weeks or longer.

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End-of-Summer in the Gardens

Posted by on Sep 14 2010 | House & Gardens

At the Museum, we maintain nearly 200 different herbaceous perennials in the gardens. A herbaceous perennial is a winter hardy plant that dies back to the ground each year and lives more than two years. In late summer, we collect seed from some and divide others to maintain a healthy collection— and tomorrow participants spend three hours in my garden class learning how it’s done.

Here’s a look at some examples from around our grounds:

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In the following two weeks, students will also be learning about pruning of woody plants and year-end garden maintenance. Yes, it’s that time of year!

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Japanese Maples in the Eastman House Garden

Posted by on Nov 05 2008 | House & Gardens

The Japanese maples are in full color and Indian summer is here. This image is of the historic cut leaf Japanese maple planted in 1904 or 1905 near the pergola east of the house.

The gardeners and volunteers began the fall leaf pickup in earnest this week. Although many of the trees and shrubs have shed their leaves, the European beeches and ginkgos should reach full color in the next several days – a perfect time to enjoy the gardens in this great weather.

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Signs of Spring in the Gardens

Posted by on Apr 10 2008 | House & Gardens

Amy KinseyAs the harbingers of spring, the winter aconites (Eranthus hyemalis) under the beech in the Front Lawn begin to loose their yellow color and the very last of the snow piles disappears from the parking lot, the gardening season is under full swing at George Eastman House.

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Winter Aconites

The Christmas rose (Helleborus niger), a bit of a misnomer in our growing zone, is in full bloom under the fothergillas and tree peonies in the West Garden.

Christmas rose
Christmas Rose

Tucked in the southwest corner near the steps into the West Garden is the earliest blooming rhododendron on site, the Korean rhododendron (Rhododendron muconulaum) whose pink flower buds are showing color.

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Korean Rhododendron

There are Siberian squills popping up everywhere, in the lawns and many of the beds and borders. The first daffodil opened in the Terrace Garden on April 8.

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Daffodils

The fern-leafed peony (Paeonia tenufolia) and oriental poppies (Papaver orientale) seem to grow inches each sunny warm day.

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Fern-leafed Peony

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Oriental Poppies

Garden Tours officially start in May and run through September, Tuesday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. If you are a Museum Member, see what’s in bloom on the members’ monthly In the Garden tours from May through September, including May 24 and June 28.

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