Garden Programs

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

Birds of Winterthur and the Great Backyard Bird Count

Friday, February 14, 9:00–11:00 am

Join us in Winterthur’s backyard to be part of the Great Backyard Bird Count, an international, four-day "count" of where the birds are , and enjoy inspiring views of waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, and other birds that have settled into Winterthur for the season. Joe Sebastiani, Ashland Nature Center manager, and Ian Stewart, Delaware Nature Society ornithologist, will lead this morning quest to see the winged creatures of Winterthur. The Great Backyard Bird Count helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing and how to protect them and the environment we share. All levels of birdwatching expertise are welcome! Enjoy some crisp air, exercise, and stunning landscapes as we stroll the gardens and habitats of the estate. Coffee and tea will be provided. Bring your own binoculars or borrow ours. Event is free. No registration is necessary, just show up. Meet at the Winterthur Visitor Parking near the Picnic House. This event is in conjunction with Delaware Nature Society.

Tailgate Tour

Explore the Winterthur Estate on a leisurely stroll through the garden and estate guided by one of our staff members and hear about Winterthur's history, design, and plants. Then stop at our tailgate for some refreshments in picturesque locations to enjoy hors d'oeuvres along with a selection of hard and soft beverages. $35 per person, $30 per member. Registration required. Call 800.448.3883 to reserve a spot. Proceeds from Garden & Estate Programs benefit Enchanted Woods. 

Each month features a different garden area:

April 30, 5:30–7:00 pm: Azalea Woods with Horticulturist Susan Sibley

June 24,  5:30–7:00 pm: Armor Farm Meadow with Naturalist Madeline Banks

July 15, 5:30–7:00 pm: Train Station with Estate Historian Jeff Groff

August 12, 5:30–7:00 pm: Farm Hill with Director of Garden & Estate Chris Strand

September 10, 5:30–7:00 pm: The Pinetum with Horticulturist Joe Lazorchak

October 22, 4:30–6:00 pm: Winterthur’s Great Trees with Senior Arborist Kevin Braun

For the Birds: Birding Walks at Winterthur

Last Wednesday of each month; January–December, 8:00–10:00 am

Join naturalist and birder Jessica Shahan and explore the the hot spots for birds at Winterthur. For beginning or experienced bird watchers. Bring binoculars. $20; $10 per Member. Free for Winterthur Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate Members. 


Garden Director's 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 Garden Director's Walks page for dates and topics.

Garden Insider

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 Special 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.

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.

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.

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