Classes, Workshops & Demonstrations
Experience a variety of entertaining and educational programs, from classes and hands-on workshops to demonstrations and tastings. See program details below. Some events require advance registration. Interested in spending time in our garden? Learn about garden programs here.
To register for any of the adult classes, workshops, and demonstrations listed below, please call 800.448.3883.
History through Fiction Book Club
First Tuesday of every month starting in September, 10:00 am–12:00 pm OR 1:30–3:30 pm
Join us during this three-month series, where we will discuss classic and new works that illuminate American life or the inner workings of museums. We'll also examine relevant objects from the Winterthur collection or meet staff members who do important work behind-the-scenes. Registration is required by February 28. $30 per Member/ $40 per nonmember for the entire three-month series.Call 800.448.3883 to register.
Designing Women: Garden to Vase Bulb Design
Holiday Design Workshop (Virtual Program)
December 16, 5:30–7:30 pm
Create a holiday centerpiece using long-lasting flowers and decorations. Enjoy a special pre-workshop virtual tour of the 2020 Yuletide display hosted by Winterthur floral designers and gain insiders’ tips from the creators of many of the indoor and outdoor displays this season. $70; $60 per Member. Reservations required.
Winter Wonder (Virtual Program)
Wednesday, January 20, 5:30–7:30 pm
Winterthur sparkles when ice and snow cover its beautiful grounds. Lean into the wonders of the season as we design a floral piece that will show off its winter whites and evergreen foliage. All supplies will be provided for pick up at Winterthur. Registration required by January 17. $70; $60 per Member.
Wake up Spring!
Wednesday, February 17, 5:30–7:30 pm
Under the snow, leaves are starting to unfurl and buds are beginning to swell. Celebrate the awakening of spring with an arrangement of all the shades of green. Green was the favorite color of Winterthur founder H. F. du Pont, and inspiration for this design will come from a presentation about how he used this color throughout his magnificent home. All supplies will be provided for pickup at Winterthur. Registration required by February 14. $70; $60 per Member.
Fondant Finesse! (Virtual Program)
Friday, January 8, 1:00–2:15 pm
Master the art of marshmallow fondant with your microwave and a few tips and tricks. Create edible sculptures to adorn sweets and treats. Materials list will be provided. Registration required. $8; $5 per Member.
Valentines and Volvelles (Virtual Program)
Friday, February 12, 1:00–2:15 pm
Find inspiration in antique ephemera from the library, then create your own valentine token of love and affection. Materials list will be provided. Registration required. $8; $5 per Member.Materials list provided. Registration required. $8; $5 per Member.
Workshop: Needle Felted Winter Snowman (Virtual Program)
Saturday, January 23, 1:00–3:00 pm
Join Marsha Minutella to learn how to make a needle felted winter snowman. You will learn beginner needle felting techniques and how to create a hollow base to allow your snowmen to stand upright easier, so they can decorate your home. The Class Materials Kit will include two single needles, needle felting surface, bamboo skewer, cardboard tube, enough wool roving to make two snowmen, Border Leicester sheep curls, and written instructions. Registration required by December 15 to receive materials in time for Christmas; otherwise, registration required by January 14. $65; $60 per Member.
Needlework Workshop: English Paper Piece Pouch (Virtual Program)
Saturdays, January 30, and February 6, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Sharon Verbos of The Purple Thread guides you in making a paper–pieced pouch featuring needlework that is inspired by designs in the Winterthur collection. Kit includes all fabrics, linen, floss, charts, ribbons, buttons, and the charm needed to complete both the pouch and assorted accessories, including a pin keep, scissor fob, and floss holder. Finished size approximately 7” x 9”. $65 for kit; $80 for kit and class. 10% discount for Members. Kit and course available for purchase online at Winterthur Store.
Upcoming Garden Workshops
Join us for one of our garden workshops. See the Garden Insider page for dates and topics. All workshops take place in the Brown Horticulture Learning Center in the Greenhouse Area.