Closed Christmas Day. Yuletide tours sold out December 26, 27, and 29. Limited tickets are still available for Costumes of Downton Abbey.

2014 Garden Programs



Second Saturday Garden Walks


The second Saturday of each month
1pm (unless otherwise noted)
Walks begin at the Visitor Center

Join Winterthur's horticulture staff for monthly garden walks highlighting interesting and seldom seen parts of the Winterthur landscape.    


February 8   Winter Color and First Flowers (Members only)

March 8        Snowdrops and Other Minor Bulbs

April 12         Winterhazels and Early Azaleas

May 10          Azaleas and Spring Wildflowers

June 14         (8:00 pm) Meadows, Streams, and Ponds (bring your flashlight)

July 12           (8:00 pm) Chimney Swifts on Farm Hill (bring your flashlight)

August 9        (7:00 pm) Sunset from the Train Station (bring your flashlight and prepare for a long walk)

September 13  Garden Architecture and Water Features

October 11        Autumn Color, Flowers, and Fruits

November 8     Late Fall Color in the Garden

December 13  Conifers and the Winter Garden

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.



Wednesdays at Winterthur

Wednesdays from April–October (except August), 11:30 am

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 Wednesdays at Winterthur for dates, titles, and detailed descriptions of each program. Members free. Included with admission.



APGA Historic Landscapes Symposium
Telling the Garden's Story

October 15–18, 2014

Hosted by Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library





Garden Workshops & Talks

Hands-on Bulb Planting
Friday, November 7, 1:30–3:30 pm, Brown Horticulture Learning Center
Learn the basics of fall bulb planting through classroom and hands-on demonstrations. Winterthur has literally millions of bulbs and over the years our garden staff has developed techniques of planning and planting bulbs to maximize efficiency and create the best display. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at planting bulbs and will leave with a bulb selection to try in their garden. Class will take place indoors and in the field. $25 per Member. $35 per nonmember.


*Call 800.448.3883 to register for workshops.

*For information on floral arranging workshops in the Brown Center, visit the adult programming page.


Making a Bottle Gourd Birdhouse
November 30, 3:30–4:30 pm

Make a birdhouse that will attract a house wren to your garden. A dried gourd will be drilled, seeds will be removed, and the house will be painted with non-toxic paints. Please wear work clohtes. 10-family limit. $15 per child. Registration required.  Call 800.448.3883 to register.



Farm Stand

The Farm Stand will be located in front of the Museum Store at the Cottage. Visit us on Thursdays, July– September, 1:30–5:30 pm, to select fresh, local produce. Parking is available behind the cottage near the Winterthur Post Office. Note: Guests who would like to tour Winterthur’s exhibitions or grounds will require a ticket. No ticket is required for the Farm Stand or the Museum Store.


Estate Tour

Wednesdays, June through September, 4:30 pm

Visit the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour. Hear accounts of estate history as you see how we have repurposed historic work areas. Glimpse behind the scenes on this tour led by a specially-trained guide. The 45-minute tour will leave from the east circle near the Dorrance Gallery. Reservations recommended by 4:00 pm, $5 per person upgrade, Members free, capacity of 40, weather permitting, handicapped-accessible, recommended for adults.


Garden Tram (seasonal and weather permitting)

This 20-minute narrated tour features highlights of the garden and introduces the history of Winterthur. The tour begins at the Visitor Center ends at the museum building. Stops include Azalea Woods, Magnolia Bend, and Enchanted Woods. During Point-to-Point each year, we do not offer garden trams.


KIDS GROW Children’s Vegetable Garden

June 7–August 2

Exclusively for Members! Children of Member families are introduced to vegetable gardening in this 8-week course that runs from June to July. Kids plan, cultivate, care for, and harvest their own plots as well as form a community garden with staff horticulturists. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All garden tools and seeds will be provided. Members only; free. Call 302.888.4779 by May 1 to register. Space is limited.


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