Wednesdays at Winterthur - Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

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Formerly known as Wednesdays at Winterthur, this behind-the-scenes series of walks, talks, and demonstrations on Wednesdays will introduce you to a garden specialist who will share his or her insights and expertise about the Winterthur Garden and estate, its history, horticulture, or the environment. These events begin at 11:30 am on Wednesdays from April to October (except August) in the Brown Horticulture Learning Center. Members free. Included with admission.

Walks last 45-60 minutes.No reservations necessary. Dress for the weather and wear walking shoes.


April 5

Color in the Early Spring Garden

Take an early spring walk through the Winterhazel Garden with horticulturist Michelle Stapleford.  Discover the beauty of cool, yellow-green winterhazels mixed with the warm lavender of early rhododendrons – a striking color combination that was among Mr. du Pont’s favorites! Garden walk.


April 12

The March Bank: A Horticultural Treasure

The March Bank in all its glory is a stunning display of flowering bulbs and wild nature in harmony. Join horticulturist Amy Bloom-Mountz for a walk to the March Bank and learn about the significance of its abundant, eye-catching flora. Garden walk.


April 19

Winterthur and Delaware’s Pollinator Protection Plan

Pollinators are a key component of U.S. agriculture, but sadly they are facing multiple stresses including parasites, pesticide exposure, and habitat loss. Thalia Pappas, of the Delaware Department of Agriculture, will describe Delaware’s “Managed Pollinator Protection Plan,” part of a wider federal effort to protect the health and habitat of honeybees and native pollinators.  Learn how Winterthur’s meadows are playing an important role in protecting pollinators. Garden talk.


April 26

Garden Design Duo: H. F. du Pont and Marian Cruger Coffin

Henry Francis du Pont’s earliest collaboration in building his Museum was with Bertha King Benkard, and in his Garden his chosen design partner was Marian Cruger Coffin, one of America’s first female landscape architects. Indeed, Mr. du Pont was gender-blind when seeking advice from the experts! Join us for an exploration of this productive partnership. Following the 30-minute presentation, take a guided walk through the Sundial Garden and East Terrace—two lasting examples featuring the design work of this dynamic duo. Garden walk and talk.


May 3

Putting the Historic Garden on the Map

Thanks to a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Winterthur Garden staff are busy at work inventorying and mapping the woody plants in the Winterthur Garden, updating plant records, and geo-referencing key historic maps. The ultimate goals include making Winterthur’s “living collection” available online. Mapping Specialist Lori Schnick and Plant Records Intern Cole Larson-Whittaker will discuss all aspects of their exciting work. Come hear about this giant undertaking from the professionals on the front lines! Garden walk and talk.

 May 10

Amazing Azaleas: Getting to Know the Kurume Hybrids

Join horticulturist Susan Sibley for an easy stroll through Azalea Woods to examine the many beautiful examples of Kurume hybrid azaleas. Learn all about their history and see up-close the special color combinations that make Azalea Woods such an amazing destination in spring. Garden walk.


 May 17

Destination: Quarry Garden

H.F. du Pont found a creative way to re-purpose a once active rock quarry on the Estate into one of Winterthur’s most unique garden areas. Join horticulturist Jim Pirhalla for a walk to the Quarry Garden, where you will discover a rich history and gain new appreciation for a garden conceived in the 1960s during Mr. du Pont’s twilight years. Garden walk.


May 24

Plants from China: A Living Museum

From Winterthur’s famous dove tree, among the first of its kind to bloom in this country, to the often-overlooked beauty, the seven-son-flower, Chinese plants abound in the Winterthur Garden. On this walk with Winterthur Garden guide Fair Bauernschmidt, see examples of plants that—akin to the porcelain and other Chinese objet d’art on display in the museum— represent a priceless collection! Garden walk.

 May 31

Discover Winterthur's Past in Enchanted Woods

Remnants of Winterthur’s past, including architectural fragments, columns, and gates, are found throughout Enchanted Woods. Join horticulturist Suzanne French to discover how these elements were masterfully used in the creation of one of this country’s most magical and unique children’s gardens. Garden walk.



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