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Celebrate every season in Winterthur’s naturalistic garden, a masterpiece of color and design. Lyrical color combinations delight visitors of all ages with a year-round succession of bloom.

The garden is a result of the artistic vision of its creator, Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) and is surrounded by nearly 1,000 acres of meadows, farmland, and waterways.

The views in every direction are important to the whole. The paths are an integral part of the overall design, curving rather than straight, following the contours of the land, passing around trees, and drawing walkers into the garden

Explore the garden on foot, or on a narrated tram ride (March-December).

Winterthur Garden Intership Program

The mission of the program is to help educate the next generation of horticulturists and environmental stewards while preserving and maintaining Mr. du Pont’s spectacular treasure that is the Winterthur Garden and Estate. Read more.

Did you know?

Gardening was H. F. du Pont’s first love. He experimented with thousands of plants, refining the color combinations that are the essence of the Winterthur Garden. 

Read about the history of the garden about Did you know?

Garden Events

Event: History through Fiction Book Club
Event start date
Oct.
05
Event time 10:00 am-
12:00 pm

Audience: Adult, Member

Family legacies and personal secrets come to light in this series connecting…

Event: Bringing the Outside In Lecture Series
Event start date
Oct.
05
Event time 6:00 pm-
7:00 pm

Audience: Adult, Member

Inspired by the exhibition Outside In: Nature-inspired Design at Winterthur, these lectures focus on…

Event: Garden Director’s Walks
Event start date
Oct.
09
Event time 1:00 pm-
2:30 pm

Audience: Adult, Member

Take a special walk highlighting interesting and seldom seen parts of the…

Garden Tours

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Discover the Winterthur Estate Tram Tour
Take a closer look at the former dairy, farmland, and original buildings…

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Garden Tram
See highlights of the garden and learn the history of Winterthur on…

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Garden Collection

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History of the Garden
Henry Francis du Pont had three lifelong passions: gardening, breeding cattle, and…

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Major Plant Groupings
In 1962 an interviewer asked Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) to discuss the defining…

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Summer Color in the Garden
Follow us on Instagram @winterthurgarden or call the Winterthur Garden Report at…

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Digital Garden Collection

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Plant Images
See photos of plants found at Winterthur.

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Plant Finder
Find Plant Information and location on the Winterthur Estate

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Enchanted Woods

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Still Enchanting
For 20 years, Winterthur’s Enchanted Woods have provided a magical place for…

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Tale of Enchanted Woods
Once upon a time, long, long ago, a family of adventurers set…

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Letter from the Enchanted Woods Faeries
Dear Children, Come into the garden. My fairy friends and I made…

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Contact Us

For inquires regarding our Museum Collections you may find us at:

Curatorial Intern
Museum Collection Division
Witherthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735

Telephone:
(302) 888-4775

Fax:
(302) 888-4700