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:

June 24,  5:30–7:00 pm: Armor Farm Meadow with Naturalist Madeline Banks

July 15, 5:30–7:00 pm: Train Station with Estate Historian Jeff Groff

August 12, 5:30–7:00 pm: Farm Hill with Director of Garden & Estate Chris Strand

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, May–November, 8:00-10:00 am

May 20, June 24, July 29, August 26, 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. 

 

Garden Director's Walks

Learn fascinating, little-known details about the estate with our horticulture staff. Dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Walk lasts about 90 minutes. Members free. Included with admission. In case of inclement weather, an update message will be left at 302.888.4915 after 10:00 am on the day of the walk. Visit our Garden Director's Walks page for dates and topics.

Garden Insider

Wednesdays, May–October  – 11:00 am – Brown Horticulture Learning Center

Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. Programs take place on Wednesdays starting at the Brown Horticulture Learning Center. Visit Garden Insider web page for dates, titles, and detailed descriptions of each program. Members free. Included with admission.

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.

Story Time in Enchanted Woods

First and third Thursdays of the month, June and 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.

Garden Tram (seasonal and weather permitting)

Daily, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
This 30-minute narrated tour features highlights of the garden and introduces the history of Winterthur. The tour begins at the Visitor Center and ends at the museum building with a stop at Enchanted Woods. Included with admission. Members free.  Accessible accommodations. During Point-to-Point each year, we do not offer garden trams.  

Scenic Route Tour

 Daily in April, 3:00 pm; weekdays only, June through October, 3:00 pm; departs from Visitor Center

Explore expansive views and breathtaking vistas on this family-friendly interactive tram tour experience. 45 minutes. Included with admission. Members free. Weather permitting. Capacity limited. Reservations recommended.

Estate Tour

Saturdays & Sundays, 2:00 pm, June–October, Departs near the Dorrance Gallery

Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape. Hear accounts of estate history as you see how we have repurposed historic work areas. 45 minutes. Included with admission. Members free. Weather permitting. Capacity limited. Reservations recommended.

Women at Winterthur Garden Walk

Saturdays, 11:00 am & 3:30 pm, June through October

This 60-minute walking tour explores the role of women in the development of the Winterthur Garden. Visit garden areas designed by landscaping pioneer Marian Coffin.  Discover how Henry Francis du Pont’s artistic use of color was influenced by the writings of British author Gertrude Jekyll. Included with admission. Members free. 11:00 am tour begins at the Visitor Center; 3:30 pm tour begins at the Galleries

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