Garden Programs

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

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:

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

Select Wednesdays of each month, September–November, 8:00-10:00 am

September 30, October 28, November 18.

Join naturalist and birder Jessica Shahan and explore some of the hotspots for birds at Winterthur. Visit Winterthur’s 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. Park in the Visitor Parking Lot and meet at the Picnic House, the small building in the southeast corner of the lot. You may sign up for one or multiple sessions. In case of inclement weather, an update message will be left at 302.888.4915 approximately 2 hours before cancellation. To purchase tickets online, click on the date above or click here. Purchase tickets via phone by calling 800.448.3883. 

 

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.

Guided Garden Walks: “Exploring History and Horticulture in the Garden”

Wednesdays and Saturdays, July and August, 11:00 am

These outdoor walking tours are led by staff members who share their insight and expertise about the history and horticulture of the Winterthur Garden and estate. Wednesday walks will explore the history of the Winterthur estate and leave from the Brown Horticultural Learning Center. Saturday walks will focus on the beauty and design of the garden and depart from the Visitor Center Patio. Walk will last about one hour. Members free. Included with admission. 

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

July 1: The Evolution of Winterthur with Estate Historian Jeff Groff

July 4: Celebrate American History with Assistant Curator of Education Eileen Scheck

July 8: Exploring H. F. du Pont's Former Cutting Garden with Assistant Curator of Education Eileen Scheck

July 11: Garden Director's Choice with Director of Garden and Estate Chris Strand

July 15: Explore H. F. du Pont's Former Golf Course with Assistant Curator of Education Eileen Scheck

July 18: Guide's Choice with Audience Engagement Manager Jennie Brown

July 22: Entertaining at Winterthur with Estate Historian Jeff Groff

July 25: Guide's Choice with Guide Jeni Jackson

July 29: Friends in the Garden: H. F. du Pont and Marian Coffin with Senior Curator of Education Debbie Harper

August 1: Guide's Choice with Guide Jeni Jackson

August 5: The Evolution of Winterthur with Estate Historian Jeff Groff

August 8: Garden Director's Choice with Director of Garden and Estate Chris Strand

August 12: Explore the Greenhouse Complex with Assistant Curator of Education Eileen Scheck

August 15: Guide's Choice with Guide Jeni Jackson

August 19: Friends in the Garden: H. F. du Pont and Marian Coffin with Senior Curator of Education Debbie Harper

August 22: Guide's Choice with Audience Engagement Manager Jennie Brown

August 26: Entertaining at Winterthur with Estate Historian Jeff Groff

August 29: Explore the Meadow with Assistant Curator of Education Eileen Scheck

 

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

Fridays and Sundays, July and August, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm

This 25-minute narrated open-air tram tour explores the beauty and history of the 60-acre naturalistic garden. Members free. Included with admission. Accessible accommodations. Departs from the Visitor Center.

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 coverings and maintain a social distance of six feet apart. To provide a touchless admission process, reservations must be made by calling 800.448.3883.  

Each tour time is limited to eight people at one time. All participants will wear appropriate masks and maintain a social distance of 6 feet from all other participants and the tour guide.

 

Story Time in Enchanted Woods

First and third Thursdays of the month, September-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.

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