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Pop-Up Series: A Year at Brandywine Cottage – Tour 6 of 6: Winter in David Culp’s Garden, Downingtown, PA
Tuesday, December 17, 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Category: Pop-Up Events

A Year at Brandywine Cottage:
Tours of David Culp’s Garden through the Six Seasons

Season – Winter (December/January)

Winter is all about bringing light to darkness. Christmas lights are strung, and oil lanterns adorn the porch and picnic table, fires in the hearth and candles everywhere, both indoors and out. Bonfires are a winter bonus. The mahonias have budded up and the Leucothoe axillaris is in its winter color, a beautiful deep burgundy beside the golden yellow Cephalotaxus harringtonia. There are winter crocus and Galanthus also blooming, with bright berries of the Ilex verticillata. And January is a time for dreaming and inspecting, and a few light chores. [Photo by Rob Cardillo]

Season – Winter (December/January):

Tuesday, December 17 (Rain Date December 18); 10 AM – 12 Noon

For this tour only ($20). Members only. Registration is now open, Click Here to register for this event. Click here if you would like to become a member of HPS/MAG before registering for this event.


A Year at Brandywine Cottage:
Tours of David Culp’s Garden through the Six Seasons

A Series of Six Seasonal Tours

Details for the entire series of 6 tours below. 

(For individual tour descriptions, click on the other tour dates in the Event Calendar.)

The Entire Series of 6 Tours ($80) is full. Members only.


We are delighted to offer a series of visits to David Culp’s famous Brandywine Cottage in 2024. The timing of the visits will reflect the six seasons as described in his award-winning book, A Year at Brandywine Cottage: Six Seasons of Beauty, Bounty, and Blooms. Dates for all six tours are shown below. [Photo by Rob Cardillo]



Your Tour Guide – David Culp:

David Culp, a founding member of the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group, has spent more than 30 years creating a sensational year-round garden that provides an abundance of joy. If you have read his book, you know that his garden is more than, well, a garden. It is about making our place in the natural world and enjoying the changing of the seasons. As he points out, we do not live in a static world, and gardens are not a static art form. Through this series, David will guide us to see more clearly the subtle seasonal transitions. By looking closer, we can learn how to create beauty and build a habitat for ourselves in the garden.

For additional information on David, and his books, go to https://www.davidlculp.com/.

Tour Dates (all at 10 AM – 12 Noon):

Season – Early Spring (February March): Monday, March 11 (Rain Date March 12)

Season – Late Spring (April/May/June): Monday, April 29 (Rain Date April 30)

Season – Summer (July/August): Tuesday, July 2 (Rain Date July 3)

Season – Early Fall (September/October): Wednesday, September 25 (Rain Date Sept. 26)

Season – Late Fall (November): Thursday, November 14 (Rain Date Nov.15)

Season – Winter (December/January): Tuesday, December 17 (Rain/Snow Date Dec. 18)


This series of in-person tours is open to Members Only. Registration is required. Click here if you would like to become a member of HPS/MAG before registering for this event.

For the entire 6-tour series, the fee is $80 per person; limit of 20 registrants. A limited number of spots (10) will be available for each individual date; cost is $20 per person.

Important Info regarding registration: Please make sure you hit the "finish" button after registering on-line. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, then the registration process was not completed.

Address and parking directions will be sent to all registrants in their confirmation email.

Contact: Nora Sirbaugh, [email protected]