2020 55¢ American Gardens: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: May 13, 2020
First Day City: Winterthur, DE
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 50,000,000
Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library is the former estate of Henry Francis du Pont, an antiques collector and famous horticulturalist. The museum is located in Winterthur, Delaware, and includes 979 acres (60 of those being gardens).
It is said Henry Francis du Pont had a love of nature since he was a young boy. This passion continued through adulthood, especially during the time he spent tending to Winterthur’s gardens. Du Pont carefully chose each plant he put in his garden, arranging different combinations of color to come out based on the time of year each plant bloomed. Du Pont’s garden was right at home in the local Brandywine landscape.
In 1956, the Garden Club of America awarded him their Medal of Honor, calling him “One of the best, even the best, gardener this country has ever produced.” Of the garden at Winterthur, the Club said, “The woodland trees… profusion of native wildflowers… acre upon acre of dogwood, great banks of azaleas, lilies and peonies, iris, and other rare specimens from many lands, each planted with taste and discrimination, each known, loved, and watched, looking as though placed there by nature, forms one of the great gardens.”
Today, Winterthur’s gardens are open for all. Visitors are encouraged to take a walk and enjoy the wonders of nature, just as du Pont would have wanted.