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.
A special course taught by beekeepers Chris Biondi & Charles Karat
Saturdays, February 2, 9, and 16
9:30–11:30 am, Brown Horticulture Learning Center
Package installation demonstration will take place on April 7 or 14 in the field
This introduction to beekeeping will teach you the basics of starting, maintaining, and caring for your honeybees. Winterthur beekeepers Chris Biondi and Charles Karat will present the history of beekeeping, provide information on where to purchase honeybees and equipment, discuss hive placement and site selection, describe basic honeybee biology, including life cycle and diseases, and introduce integrated pest management schemes. The class will culminate with a demonstration of how to install a “package” of honeybees at the Winterthur Apiary (proper beekeeping attire required–not provided). $85 per Members. $100 per nonmember.
To register, please call Winterthur’s Information and Tours office at 302.888.4600 or toll free at 1.800.448.3883.
Wednesdays, April–October – 11:00 am – Brown Horticulture Learning Center
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 Events
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, and Azaleas & Bluebells and learn more about the Winterthur Garden. All guided and self-guided tours will begin at the Visitor Center patio. Visit the Garden Events web page for more information.
Story Time in Enchanted Woods
First and third Thursdays of the month, April-October – 11:00 am – Enchanted Woods
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 update message will be left at 302.888.4864 by 10:00 am on the day of Story Time. 30 minutes. Members free. Included with admission. Free for children under 2.
June 1–July 27
Exclusively for Members! Children of Member families are introduced to gardening in this 9-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. Weekly craft activities also teach garden skills and principles. 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.
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.
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.
Scenic Route Tour
Daily, April through October, 3:00 pm
Take a peaceful tram ride through a living landscape. Soak up the natural beauty of the Brandywine Valley as you pass waterways, rolling hills, and stone bridges. Picnicking is encouraged! This 45-minute tram tour departs from the Visitor Center Circle. Reservations recommended. Members free. $5 per person upgrade. Weather permitting; handicapped-accessible; family friendly.
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.