Winterthur is synonymous with gardening and horticulture, so it is no surprise that an original estate greenhouse has been transformed into a learning center to enhance the Museum's horticultural education program.
On Monday, Oct.1, the Museum held a dedication of the Brown Horticulture Learning Center, and to Alice Cary Brown and her husband, W.L. Lyons Brown, whose $1 million gift enabled the transformation of the 3,000 square foot greenhouse.
The Learning Center will be used for small workshops and large lectures, including events for visitors of all gardening levels.
"It is an adapted reuse of a greenhouse," David Roselle said, Winterthur Director. "We are indebted to Alice Cary Brown and her husband," Roselle said.
The Browns have long been affiliated with Winterthur. W.L. Lyons served on the Board of Trustees for Winterthur in 1993 and was the chairman from 1997 until 2001. Alice has served on Winterthur's Board since 2007and has served as chair of the Trustees Garden Committee since 2010.
Chris Strand, Director of Garden and Estate, is thrilled to have a dedicated space for gardening programs. "Our gardening programs had always been at the mercy of the weather," he said.
Although the Learning Center was adapted from the original greenhouse and was constructed largely from recycled materials, Brown joked that she wondered if the du Ponts would approve. "What would Henry Francis du Pont say about all of this?"