Garden Programs

Register and purchase tickets for any Winterthur Garden program online or by calling 800.448.3883 or 302.888.4600.

Tailgate Tour

Saturdays, January 16 and February 20 (moved to March 6 due to weather), 2:30–4:00 pm

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.

Reserve the January tour!

Reserve the February tour!

 

Garden Walk: Trees, The Treasure of Winterthur

Saturdays, January and February, 2:00–3:00 pm
Learn about our champion trees while exploring winter interest in the garden. One-hour walk; Begins at the Brown Horticulture Center, near the Greenhouse complex. Reservation required, limited to 15 people.  Masks required for guide and participants. Included with admission. Members free. Cancellations due to weather or low attendance may occur.

 

Sledding Sundays

Sundays, January and February, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Hope for snow and bring your sled to a designated safe place on the Winterthur grounds, the Sledding hill near Visitor Center Parking Lot. Check snow conditions at winterthur.org each Sunday by 10:00 am. Included with admission. Members free.

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.

For the Birds: Winter Birding Walk 

March 10 (sold out), April 14, May 12, 9:00–11:00 am

Join a birder and explore some of the hotspots for birds at Winterthur. Visit natural areas including wetlands, meadows, and the woodlands along Clenny Run. These areas provide great habitat for a wide variety of birds year-round. Observe resident birds as well as migrating raptors, warblers, and sparrows. If time permits, we will also have a chance to look for birds in outlying areas, such as Chandler Woods and Brown’s Woods. These sessions are for beginning or experienced bird watchers. Bring your binoculars. A limited number of binoculars will be available to share. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. $20; $10 per Member. Free for Winterthur Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate Members.

 

Best and Beautiful Garden Walk

Saturdays, March–May, 2:00–3:00 pm

Discover areas of peak bloom and interest. One-hour walk; Begins at the Brown Horticulture Center, near the Greenhouse complex. Reservation required, limited to 15 people.  Masks required for guide and participants. Included with admission. Members free. Cancellations due to weather or low attendance may occur.

 

Take a Hike

Sundays, March–May, 2:00–3:00 pm
Enjoy the health benefits of hiking, while exploring Winterthur’s trails with confidence. With over 10 miles of roads and 1,000 acres of scenery, Winterthur’s guides will help you discover the perfect trail. Hike begins at the Visitor Center Patio. Reservation required, limited to 15 people.  Masks required for guide and participants. Included with admission. Members free. Cancellations due to weather or low attendance may occur.

 

Discover the Winterthur Garden Tram Tours (seasonal and weather permitting)

Tuesdays through Sundays, March–May, 10:00 am–4:00 pm

Experience the beauty of our 60-acre naturalist garden aboard an open-air tram. This 30-minute narrated tour begins at the Visitor Center with stops at Enchanted Woods and the Museum.

To ensure a safe experience and comply with reopening regulations mandated by the state of Delaware, tram tour capacity will be limited and advance registration is required. Visitors and staff must wear face masks and maintain a social distance of six feet apart.  To provide a touchless admission process, reservations must be made by calling 800.448.3883. Included with admission. Members free. Weather permitting.

 

Garden Insider

Every Wednesday, enjoy a walk or talk highlighting a special part of the garden with a garden staff member. Visit the Garden Insider web page for topics.

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