2014 Garden Programs



Second Saturday Garden Walks


The second Saturday of each month
1pm (unless otherwise noted)
Walks begin at the Visitor Center

Join Winterthur's horticulture staff for monthly garden walks highlighting interesting and seldom seen parts of the Winterthur landscape.    


February 8   Winter Color and First Flowers (Members only)

March 8        Snowdrops and Other Minor Bulbs

April 12         Winterhazels and Early Azaleas

May 10          Azaleas and Spring Wildflowers

June 14         (8:00 pm) Meadows, Streams, and Ponds (bring your flashlight)

July 12           (8:00 pm) Chimney Swifts on Farm Hill (bring your flashlight)

August 9        (7:00 pm) Sunset from the Train Station (bring your flashlight and prepare for a long walk)

September 13  Garden Architecture and Water Features

October 11        Autumn Color, Flowers, and Fruits

November 8     Late Fall Color in the Garden

December 13  Conifers and the Winter Garden

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.



Wednesdays at Winterthur

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 Wednesdays at Winterthur for dates, titles, and detailed descriptions of each program. Members free. Included with admission.



APGA Historic Landscapes Symposium
Telling the Garden's Story

October 15–18, 2014

Hosted by Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library


Garden Workshops & Talks

Vegetable Gardening Month by Month with H. G. Haskell
“Root Crops, Early Greens, and Peas”
Friday, March 7
2:00– 3:30 pm, Brown Learning Center
Join us each month for a workshop with local farmer H.G. Haskell and learn from the best on how to raise your own vegetables. This month we’ll feature root crops and early greens and peas and will offer a takeaway plant to get you started.  $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember.

“Starting on Warm Season Veggies”
Friday, April 4
2:00–3:30 pm, Brown Learning Center
This month we’ll continue with root crops and early greens and peas and make suggestions on starting your warm season veggies. Class includes a takeaway plant to get your garden started. $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember.

“Corn, Tomatoes, and Squash”
Friday, May 2
2:00–3:30 pm, Brown Learning Center
It is about time to put those warm-season vegetables outside. Learn how to make the most from your corn, tomatoes, and squash this season. Class includes a starter plant to get you going. $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember.

“Tips for Getting Your Vegetable Garden in Full Swing”
Friday, June 6
2:00–3:30 pm, Brown Learning Center
Your vegetable garden should be in full swing by now, but if it’s not, don’t worry, we’ll give you some tips to get it going. Class includes a takeaway plant to add to your vegetable patch. $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember.



Volunteering in the Winterthur Garden
Friday, March 28 & Saturday, April 12
9:30–10:30 am, Brown Learning Center
Are you interested in learning more about gardening and about Winterthur? Join us for this introduction to volunteering in the Winterthur Garden led by staff members and current volunteers. Free. Call 302.888.4600, ext. 7029 to register.

Walking and Running at Winterthur
Friday, April 18, 1:30–3:30 pm
Saturday, May 10, 10:00 am–12:00 noon
Brown Learning Center
Winterthur is a fantastic place to walk and run, with 10 miles of roads, nearly 1,000 acres of scenery, and readily accessible staff and amenities. Learn how to make the most of walking and running on this famous country estate. Our introduction will include a review of paths and roads, maps, and a list of resources and tips for making the most of your time on the property.  Free. Membership card or registration required.

Heirloom Bulbs: Unique, Endangered, Amazing with Scott Kunst of Old House Gardens
Saturday, April 26
10:30– 11:30 am, Rotunda
Unique, endangered, tough, and gorgeous, heirloom bulbs can enrich every garden. After a whirlwind history of bulbs from prehistory through the 1950s, this lively slide lecture will focus on a season-by-season encyclopedia of antique varieties that are still available to gardeners today, including wild lilies and hyacinths, Aztec tuberoses, colonial daffodils, Victorian tulips and cannas, Jazz Age dahlias, and more. Members free.  $20 per nonmember. Registration encouraged, space limited.

Ferns to Know and Grow
Friday, June 20
1:30–3:30 pm, Brown Learning Center
Ferns are such versatile plants. They can be used as groundcover plants in difficult situations, and they can also be featured as exquisite specimens in a shade or woodland garden. Class will include the basics of fern botany and cultivation, an introduction to the best ferns for our area, and a fern for every participant. Class takes place indoors and in the field.  $25 per member. $35 per nonmember.

Seed Saving with Happy Cat Farm
Friday, June 27
1:00–2:30 pm, Brown Learning Center
Once upon a time, all gardeners and farmers were seed savers. In this class you will learn the how to save vegetable seeds and why. After this workshop, you will be equipped to start some seed saving of your own. $20 per Member. $30 per nonmember.

Hands-on with Hydrangeas
Friday, July 11, 1:30–3:30 pm, at the Brown Learning Center
The cool blue of a hydrangea in flower is the perfect antidote to the heat of summer. Versatile, elegant, and durable, hydrangeas are available in a wide range of colors and sizes. This class will introduce you to the several different kinds of hydrangeas and will give you insight into their selection and care. The wide range of hydrangeas available provide a solution for nearly every situation. Class will take place indoors and in the field. $25 per Member. $35 per nonmember.

Hands-on Bulb Planting
Friday, November 7, 1:30–3:30 pm, Brown Horticulture Learning Center
Learn the basics of fall bulb planting through classroom and hands-on demonstrations. Winterthur has literally millions of bulbs and over the years our garden staff has developed techniques of planning and planting bulbs to maximize efficiency and create the best display. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at planting bulbs and will leave with a bulb selection to try in their garden. Class will take place indoors and in the field. $25 per Member. $35 per nonmember.


*Call 800.448.3883 to register for workshops.

*For information on floral arranging workshops in the Brown Center, visit the adult programming page.



Farm Stand

Tthe Farm Stand will be located in front of the Museum Store at the Cottage. Visit us on Thursdays, July– September, 1:30–5:30 pm 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. No ticket is required for the Farm Stand or Gift Shop.


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, recommended for adults.


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 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.


Historic Autos


Every Saturday in May, enjoy a series of displays of magnificent historic automobiles. Visit the Historic Autos Web page for more information.

KIDS GROW Children’s Vegetable Garden

June 7–August 2

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.


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