Summer Color in the Garden

Listing of the plants that give Winterthur beautiful summer colors.

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quarry garden in bloom

Major Plant Groupings

In 1962 an interviewer asked Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) to discuss the defining aesthetic principles of his great naturalistic garden at Winterthur. Du Pont replied, "For me, color is the thing that counts more than any other." The following is a list of the major plant groupings at Winterthur,

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March Bank in bloom

Yearly Bloom Calendar

This information is based on a typical year in the Winterthur Garden. Current bloom times may vary due to weather conditions. For up-to-date information, please visit our garden blog or call the bloom hotline at 302.888.4856.

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Peonies in bloom

What’s in Bloom

When H. F. du Pont was developing the Winterthur Garden he kept a weekly listing of what was in bloom--a tradition the Garden Division staff continue today. The Yearly Bloom Calendar summarizes the seasonal reports for one year at Winterthur. Since each year will vary somewhat based on seasonal temperatures,

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Winterthur's 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life's work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting,

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Books, CDs, photographs, pamphlets, stereo viewer


The Winterthur Library was established in 1952 to furnish staff, students, and the general public with research materials about American decorative arts. Since then it has become a recognized research center for advanced study and is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of America's artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history

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Port Royal Parlor


Tour the house to see exquisite spaces in which Henry Francis du Pont entertained family and friends in grand style. The 175 rooms, many of them with historical architecture, are furnished with his outstanding collection of antiques and objects added since his death. These masterfully designed spaces promise to inspire,

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Admission Packages

Information regarding admission, hours, and tour packages.

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side of the house

Hours & Directions

Hours & Directions Hours *Prior to visiting, please check our website page regarding COVID-19 for up-to-date information on availability and access.    Spring, Summer, and Fall: Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm Last house tour tickets sold at 3:15 pm. Shop the Winterthur Museum Store & Bookstore, for hours click here. During

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house through trees


Come spend the day at Winterthur. Nestled in the heart of Delaware’s beautiful Brandywine Valley, this extraordinary museum, garden, and library offers a variety of tours, exhibitions, and programs for all ages. Delight in the museum’s magnificent collection of American decorative arts as you tour the house and exhibition galleries.

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