Garden Events

house viewed over blue flowersThis spring, we invite you to join us in the garden for select special garden days to celebrate some of our most eye-catching blooms, while also enjoying our first-ever outdoor exhibition—Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden. Take a stroll through the vibrant colors of the garden, marvel at the architectural wonders of garden follies, or join us for special garden events. There is so much to see and do in the garden this spring. We hope you'll join us!

Lecture: "Intrinsic Beauty: Snowdrops, Choice Bulbs, and How They Enrich Gardens" 

Saturday, 11:00 am, Copeland Lecture Hall

Snowdrops and other choice, early bulbs bring much more to the garden than beauty. They are the objects of passion and desire that have led plant explorers to remote regions of the world. They are controversial as their provocative taxonomy and obsessive horticultural interest sometimes bring out the best or worst of the people intimately associated with them. Many are rare in the wild and serve as flagship species for conservation efforts. Lastly, they are exotic, providing a sense of place in the garden at a time of the year that few other plants can rival. In this presentation, Dr. Peter Zale, curator and plant breeder, Longwood Gardens, will touch on these topics while highlighting some of the more interesting stories related to these plants. In closing, he will discuss their role in garden amplification efforts at Longwood Gardens and the development of his personal garden. $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember. Free to Winterthur Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate members.

Daffodil Day & Follies

Saturday, April 14, 10:00 am–3:30 pm

Celebrate the beauty of the daffodil, enjoy Winterthur's amazing daffodil display, and see the new Follies garden exhibition! Henry Francis du Pont used his collector's eye in assembling his collection of hundreds of heiloom daffodil bulbs arranged in cloud-like drifts on Sycamore Hill. The day's events will include tours, kids' crafts, tea, and a daffodil show. Members free. Included with admission.

  • Children's Daffodil Show: 10:00 am, Visitor Center (entries accepted through 11:00 am)
  • Daffodil Day Craft: 10:00 am–2:00 pm, Visitor Center
  • Guided Walking Tours: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, Begins at Visitor Center Patio
  • Self-Guided Tours: All day, Begins at the Visitor Center Patio
  • Daffodil Tea: 2:00 pm, Visitor Center Restaurant

Follies Lecture

Saturday, April 21

2:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall 

Join us for a lecture by John Dixon Hunt, emeritus professor of The History and Theory of Landscape at the University of Pennsylvania, then enjoy a walk or tram ride through the Winterthur Garden and experience Winterthur’s first landscape exhibition, Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden$10 per Member. $20 per nonmember. Free for Winterthur Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate Members.

 Azaleas, Bluebells & Follies

Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am–3:30 pm

Enjoy the spectacle of thousands of azalea blossoms and acres of spring wildflowers! The day's events will include tours of the azaleas and Follies garden exhibition as well as a specialty sale of azalea plants propagated from specimens at Winterthur. Members free. Included with admission.

  • Azalea Sale: 10:30 am until sold out, Museum Store
  • Guided Walking Tours of Azaleas and Follies: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, Begins at the Visitor Center Patio
  • Self-Guided Tours of Azaleas and Follies: All day, Begins at the Visitor Center Patio
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