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2017 Garden Programs


To register for any Winterthur Garden programs, please call 800.448.3883 or 302.888.4600. 


Director's Garden Walks

Learn fascinating, little-known details about the estate with our horticulture staff. Dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walk lasts about 90 minutes. Members free. Included with admission. In case of inclement weather, an update message will be left at 302.888.4915 after 10:00 am on the day of the walk. Visit our Director's Garden Walks page for dates and topics.



Garden Insider

Wednesdays from April–October (except August), 11:30 am

Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. Programs take place on Wednesdays starting at the Brown Horticulture Learning Center. Visit Garden Insider web page for dates, titles, and detailed descriptions of each program. Members free. Included with admission.



Special Garden Experiences

In 1952 Winterthur and Mr. du Pont began offering a Spring Tour as an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the garden and the house during the beauty of spring at Winterthur. In that spirit, we are hosting a number of special days in the garden this spring with seasonal tours, lectures, and other opportunities to learn about and enjoy the garden and estate. Join us for Bank to Bend, Daffodil Day, Azaleas & Bluebells, and Peonies & Primroses and learn more about the Winterthur garden. Continue to check our website for updates on next spring's programs. All guided and self-guided tours will begin at the Visitor Center patio.

Bank to Bend: Celebrating the Year's First Flowers

Celebrate the first flowers of the year and be part of a longstanding Winterthur tradition! Every year Henry Francis du Pont took an early spring walk from the March Bank to Magnolia Bend (Bank to Bend) in search of the year's first blooms—snowdrops, crocuses, and myriad other awakening bulbs. This year's featured speaker, Charles Cresson, a well-known horticulturist and plantsman from Swarthmore, will explore the wonder of the winter garden, drawing upon his rich gardening experience and long association with Winterthur. Come be inspired with new ideas for your own garden, enjoy a guided or self-guided garden tour, and shop our speciality sale of rare and unusual plants from Carolyn's Shade Garden. Lecture: $10 per Member, $20 per nonmember, free for Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate members. Garden tours and plant sale are free for Members and included with admission.



New! Family Nature Walks

On select Saturdays, April–November (except August), 9:00 am, bring the kids to explore the Winterthur Garden with our horticulture staff and discover the wonders of nature. Our path begins at the Brown Horticulture Learning Center and ends in Enchanted Woods, where kids can experience unstructured imaginative play at your leisure. Dress for the weather and wear walking shoes as we will be walking off path in certain areas. In case of inclement weather, an updated message will be left at 302.888.4864 after 8:00 am on the day of the walk. One hour. Free for Members. Included with admission.



New! Story Time in Enchanted Woods

On the first and third Thursdays of the month, April–October, 10:30 am, you can share the joy of reading while cultivating an interest and appreciation for nature. Children can enjoy nature-based stories surrounded by the beauty of the Winterthur Garden. Story time takes place among the Story Stones in Enchanted Woods. It is intended for children, ages 3–6. In case of inclement weather, an updated message will be left at 302.888.4864 after 8:00 am on the day of story time. 30 minutes. Members free. Included with admission. Children under 2 free.


Historic Autos

Every Saturday in May, historic automobiles will be on display at Winterthur. Continue to check the website for updates on autos and lectures. Members free. Included with general admission.


Farm Stand

The Farm Stand is located in front of the Museum Store at the Cottage on Thursdays, July–September, 1:30–5:30 pm. Visit us to select fresh, local produce. Parking is available behind the Cottage near the Winterthur Post Office. Note: Guests who would like to tour Winterthur’s exhibitions or grounds will require a ticket. 


Estate Tour

Wednesdays, June through September, 4:30 pm

Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour. Hear accounts of estate history as you see how we have repurposed historic work areas. Glimpse behind the scenes on this tour led by a specially trained guide. The 45-minute tour will leave from the east circle near the Dorrance Gallery. Reservations recommended by 4:00 pm. $5 per person upgrade. Members free. Capacity of 40. Weather permitting; handicapped-accessible.


 Scenic Route Tour

A new addition to our tour offerings, this peaceful tram ride will take you through a living landscape past waterways, rolling hills, and stone bridges, so you can soak up the natural beauty of the Brandywine Valley. Picnicking is encouraged! Daily, 12:00 pm, through October. This 45-minute tram tour departs from the Visitor Center Circle. Reservations recommended. Members free. $5 per person upgrade.Capacity of 20. Weather permitting; handicapped-accessible; family friendly.


Garden Tram (seasonal and weather permitting)

This 20-minute narrated tour features highlights of the garden and introduces the history of Winterthur. The tour begins at the Visitor Center and ends at the museum building. Stops include Azalea Woods, Magnolia Bend, and Enchanted Woods. During Point-to-Point each year, we do not offer garden trams. Please note: On October 23, garden trams will not begin running until 12:00 noon due to the Run Inspired 10k race at Winterthur. For more information on the race, which benefits Operation Warm, visit the race web page.


KIDS GROW Children’s Vegetable Garden

June 4–July 30

Exclusively for Members! Children of Member families are introduced to vegetable gardening in this 8-week course that runs from June to July. Kids plan, cultivate, care for, and harvest their own plots as well as form a community garden with staff horticulturists. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All garden tools and seeds will be provided. Members only; free. Call 302.888.4779 by May 1 to register. Space is limited.


*Reflecting Pool photo by Jeannette Lindvig

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