Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Nemours' vista

This is the signature view at Nemours. Actually, the view back to the mansion from the Temple of Love, which features a gorgeous statue of Diana the huntress. She's been restored to a sheen and the ceiling of her temple painted a lovely light yellow, its original color, replacing a jarring blue.

Nemours' vista

This is the signature view at Nemours. Actually, the view back to the mansion from the Temple of Love, which features a gorgeous statue of Diana the huntress. She's been restored to a sheen and the ceiling of her temple painted a lovely light yellow, its original color, replacing a jarring blue.

In this video, Nemours executive director Grace Gary describes the quarter-mile vista from temple to Beaux-Arts house. It's a series of grass terraces, leading to the reflecting pool that was used by the duPonts for swimming and boating (replica of Alfred's rowboat right in front), the Colonnade and sunken gardens.

You can't see the Temple of Love in this video. I have a photo I'll download. Even in photo form, it's not to be missed. 

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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