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Toujours Nemours

Spent a lovely afternoon at Nemours yesterday with Grace Gary, executive director, who's a whiz in a golf cart and an entertaining guide. We were there to get an update on restoration efforts which, to tell the truth, are never-ending. The first phase was completed in 2008, requiring the place to be closed for three years and costing $39 million from the Nemours Foundation.

Toujours Nemours

Spent a lovely afternoon at Nemours yesterday with Grace Gary, executive director, who's a whiz in a golf cart and an entertaining guide. We were there to get an update on restoration efforts which, to tell the truth, are never-ending. The first phase was completed in 2008, requiring the place to be closed for three years and costing $39 million from the Nemours Foundation.

This is the former estate of Alfred I. duPont, a modern-day Versailles with 77 rooms, a reflecting pool that contains 800,000 gallons of water and covers 1/3 acre, two-acre Sunken Gardens, a Temple of Love, a maze garden, formal parterre, grassy terraces and fountains, fountains, fountains.

Going forward, Grace says Nemours will be spending about $2.5 million a year on other projects, which I'll outline in a story to come on June 3.

This is the view from the Temple of Love, looking back toward the house.

 

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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