In the valley of the brandywine: four du Pont gardens reveal a family passion

ONE OF THE GREAT IRONIES Of American history is that the mammoth du Pont chemical and financial empire was founded by a group of du Ponts who fled Napoleonic France in 1799 with the intention of establishing a utopian agrarian community in rural Virginia. Financial circumstances forced the family to turn from agriculture to industry, but their obsession with horticulture lived on for generations.

That obsession is vividly evident today at the four major du Pont gardens: Hagley, Winterthur, Longwood, and Nemours, all open to the public and located within a few miles of each other in the Brandywine Valley of Delaware and Pennsylvania, midway between New York and Washington, D.C.

Each garden has its own strong character in terms of design, scope, and intention. Visitors can spend an enjoyable two or three days seeing the gardens (and former du Pont homes) which span a fall range of horticultural possibilities as well as much of American history. But be forewarned: One weekend visit makes most people vow to return. Continue reading “In the valley of the brandywine: four du Pont gardens reveal a family passion”


Hue city is known as one of the most peaceful cities in Vietnam. Hue city has many fascinating histories and beautiful landscapes. Moreover, when coming to Hue, the visitors can enjoy the delicious dishes such as rice pancake, Hue sweet soup, Hue beef noodle, Hen rice… That is the reason why Hue becomes the destination of many visitors. If you pick Hue tours for this summer, let’s discover Hue city in this topic with me.

Some experiences when travelling in Hue

Hue is one of the three largest tourist regions of Vietnam. The visitors can enjoy the charming and amazing scenic region with Huong river and Ngu Binh mountain…


What are top choices of music lovers while choosing guitars for beginners?

This article will share the useful information for all those guitarists who have decided to learn to play the guitar, however now the basic challenge is the selection of suitable guitar. Just imagine that you are standing in front of the wall, which is full of different guitars at a music store, and you have no knowledge an idea what to select as best guitar for beginners.

Do you as a guitarist want electric or acoustic guitar or willing to get lbanez or fender guitar.  It is important to note that these entire bass guitar look quite cool and their price range from very economical to costly one.

However, it is advisable that do not worry as worrying is not the rock & roll. In spite, read the information carefully and look at the some of the best options while keeping in mind that you will probably just use your first guitar for more than one year. After learning to play the guitar, readers might be ready to move ahead on to something, which is little classier.

Moreover, it is advisable to consider several important things while purchasing the best guitar for beginners. One of the important thing is budget, however something, which is more crucial than this, is while selecting the top beginner guitar is finding something which guitarists would be comfortable with as they learn or know how to play this incredible instrument. Continue reading “What are top choices of music lovers while choosing guitars for beginners?”

6 useful advice for sealing fish

Spending your whole day fishing in the lake and then throwing away most of the fish is one of the most annoying and irritating things for each individuals. Even if when we buy salmons from the supermarket, it would be still a really disappointing results. However, this would not be the problem if  we know how to use an equipment to seal it well. So the good news for us is that if we store fish in a proper way, it would last up to a long time (even many years). In this vacuum sealer reviews, with the suitable equipment and the following pieces of advice in your mind, the process of sealing fish would become really easy for everyone.

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Elements of design: alternatives to sculpture

What role, if any, has sculpture to play in modern gardens? Historically, of course, it has been a part of gardens – even the main part – from classical times through the Renaissance. Roman gardens were essentially stage sets where architecture effects were contrived and sculpture set everywhere to manifest the taste or wealth of the owner. Living things played architectural roles, clipped to form walls and arches or shaped into topiary obelisks, peacocks, pinecones, stags, and such. Plants thus became either vegetable masonry or statues in themselves. Renaissance gardeners borrowed these effects and set about either unearthing the buried statues or copying them to grace their parterres, terraces, allees, and fountains. In both cases, though urns and obelisks existed in abundance, it was the human form, idealized as gods and goddesses, that was most popular for garden ornamentation. Against such ornamentation plants played, perforce, a secondary role.

The great landscape gardens made in England by William Kent, Lancelot Brown, and Henry Hoare in the heart of the 18th century, though they generally eschewed the terraces, stairs, and long reflecting pools of the Italian style, retained statuary and architectural ornament. The sweeping lawns punctuated by natural groupings of trees, the picturesque cows held at an attractive distance by ha-has, the verdant woodland paths that invited the eye to distant mountaintops – all were contrived to refer the landscape back to nature, albeit a “nature methodized” (as Alexander Pope might put it) by a controlling human hand. Nevertheless, pictures of tranquil verdure were seen as just that, pictures, requiring a “point,” such as a temple, a ruined grotto, or an imposing statute. Continue reading “Elements of design: alternatives to sculpture”