The number of home gardeners jumped by almost 40 percent last season, but nearly half of them won't be back this year. Most probably found vegetable gardening too much work. Or, because it was a pretty poor gardening season, they didn't have much success.

Nemours lionizes its founder, Alfred I. du Pont, in its presentations (the facelift includes a new 5,000-square-foot visitors center) and emphasizes both his solidarity with the gunpowder workers at du Pont's powder mill on the Brandywine River and his enduring philanthropy. He left most of …

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