Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Photo by Jeannette Lindvig
Just over Pennsylvania's border sits Winterthur and its 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life's work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature's beauty.

Director’s Garden Walks

Azalea Gardens in May

Formerly known as second Saturday Garden Walks, Winterthur’s Director’s Garden Walks are on the second Saturday of each month, year-round at 1:00 pm (unless otherwise noted). All walks begin and end at the Visitor Center and are free for Members and included with admission.

Join Winterthur’s Director of Garden & Estate Chris Strand on a special walk highlighting interesting and seldom seen parts of the Winterthur landscape! Walks last about 90 minutes. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. In case of inclement weather, an update message will be left at 302.888.4915 approximately 3 hours before the walk.

Celebrating Spring!

This spring, we invite you to join us in the garden for select special garden days to celebrate some of our most eye-catching blooms, while also enjoying our first-ever outdoor exhibition—Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden. Take a stroll through the vibrant colors of the garden, marvel at the architectural wonders of garden follies, or join us for special garden events. There is so much to see and do in the garden this spring. We hope you'll join us!


Bank to Bend
Saturday, March 10, 10:00 am–3:30 pm



Celebrate the early bulb display of the March Bank with a lecture, garden tour, and special sale of rare and unusual plants. This year's featured speaker is Peter Zale, curator and plant breeder at Longwood Gardens. Dr. Zale will share his personal and professional interest in snowdrops and other choice early bulbs, while highlighting Longwood's expanding use of these exotic plants. Lecture is at 11:00 am and is $10 per Member; $20 per nonmember; and free for Winterthur Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate Members. Registration required. Garden tour and sale are free to Members and included with general admission.

    Lecture: 11:00 am, Copeland Lecture Hall
    Garden Tour: 1:00 pm, Begins at Visitor Center Patio
    Plant Sale: 10:00 am–3:00 pm, Visitor Center
    Self-Guided Tour: All day, begins at the Visitor Center Patio


Lecture: “Intrinsic Beauty: Snowdrops, Choice Bulbs, and How They Enrich Gardens”
Saturday, 11:00 am, Copeland Lecture Hall

Snowdrops and other choice, early bulbs bring much more to the garden than beauty. They are the objects of passion and desire that have led plant explorers to remote regions of the world. They are controversial as their provocative taxonomy and obsessive horticultural interest sometimes bring out the best or worst of the people intimately associated with them. Many are rare in the wild and serve as flagship species for conservation efforts. Lastly, they are exotic, providing a sense of place in the garden at a time of the year that few other plants can rival. In this presentation, Dr. Peter Zale, curator and plant breeder, Longwood Gardens, will touch on these topics while highlighting some of the more interesting stories related to these plants. In closing, he will discuss their role in garden amplification efforts at Longwood Gardens and the development of his personal garden. $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember. Free to Winterthur Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate members.

Daffodil Day & Follies
Saturday, April 14, 10:00 am–3:30 pm

Celebrate the beauty of the daffodil, enjoy Winterthur's amazing daffodil display, and see the new Follies garden exhibition! Henry Francis du Pont used his collector's eye in assembling his collection of hundreds of heiloom daffodil bulbs arranged in cloud-like drifts on Sycamore Hill. The day's events will include tours, kids' crafts, tea, and a daffodil show. Members free. Included with admission.
   
    Children’s Daffodil Show: 10:00 am, Visitor Center (entries accepted through 11:00 am)
    Daffodil Day Craft: 10:00 am–2:00 pm, Visitor Center
    Guided Walking Tours: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, Begins at Visitor Center Patio
    Self-Guided Tours: All day, Begins at the Visitor Center Patio
    Daffodil Tea: 2:00 pm, Visitor Center Restaurant

Follies Lecture
Saturday, April 21
2:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall

Join us for a lecture by John Dixon Hunt, emeritus professor of The History and Theory of Landscape at the University of Pennsylvania, then enjoy a walk or tram ride through the Winterthur Garden and experience Winterthur’s first landscape exhibition, Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden. $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember. Free for Winterthur Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate Members.

Azaleas, Bluebells & Follies

Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am–3:30 pm

Enjoy the spectacle of thousands of azalea blossoms and acres of spring wildflowers! The day's events will include tours of the azaleas and Follies garden exhibition as well as a specialty sale of azalea plants propagated from specimens at Winterthur. Members free. Included with admission.

    Azalea Sale: 10:30 am until sold out, Museum Store
    Guided Walking Tours of Azaleas and Follies: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, Begins at the
    Visitor Center Patio
    Self-Guided Tours of Azaleas and Follies: All day, Begins at the Visitor Center Patio

For more information
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19735
800.448.3883
302.888.4600
winterthur.org