A blue garden fountain surrounded by pink and white tulips

Du Pont Gardens of
the Brandywine Valley:
Photographs by Larry Lederman

September 19–December 3, 2023

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

One of America’s most prominent industrial families, generations of du Ponts created and stewarded some of the nation’s most beautiful gardens for nearly 200 years. These former family estates dot the Brandywine valley of northern Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania. Now public spaces, such as the Hagley Museum & Library, the sites represent an unrivaled horticultural legacy. 

Larry Lederman’s photographs give witness to the creative design and natural wonder the gardens manifest today. Over the course of 15 months, Lederman captured transient yet revelatory moments of light and bloom as winter melted to spring, and summer faded to autumn. Collectively, the images document the enduring contributions made by generations of one family to the horticultural heritage of the United States.

Images © Larry Lederman

Panel Discussion with Larry Lederman

Thursday, October 19; 4–5:30 p.m., Ross Hall

Join botanical photographer Larry Lederman; garden historian and writer Marta McDowell; and Executive Director of Mt. Cuba Center Jeff Downing for a lively discussion about this impressive publication and the landscape legacy of the du Pont family.

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A book cover that reads "Du Pont Gardens of the Brandywine Valley" with an image of a shady forest full of pink flowers