Winterthur's Spring Tour has been a Brandywine tradition for more than 60 years. It was this opportunity to enjoy beautiful flower arrangements in the house, the Conservatory display, and the garden in all its glory, that brought thousands to our first Spring Tour in 1952. We continue the tradition today and encourage you to join us for a tour and walk through the garden. On select days, the garden staff will be on hand to take guests through the marquee displays of H. F. du Pont's garden. Make a day of it and join us for tea in the Visitor Center Cafe, shop in the Museum Store, and enjoy the floral display throughout the house and in the Conservatory.
To purchase tickets to our Spring 2017 garden events, please call 800.448.3883 or purchase online.
Bank to Bend: Celebrating the Year's First Flowers
Saturday, March 11, 10:00 am–3:30 pm
Celebrate the first flowers of the year and be part of a longstanding Winterthur tradition! Every year Henry Francis du Pont took an early spring walk from the March Bank to Magnolia Bend (Bank to Bend) in search of the year's first blooms—snowdrops, crocuses, and myriad other awakening bulbs. This year's featured speaker, Charles Cresson, a well-known horticulturist and plantsman from Swarthmore, will explore the wonder of the winter garden, drawing upon his rich gardening experience and long association with Winterthur. Come be inspired with new ideas for your own garden, enjoy a guided or self-guided garden tour, and shop our speciality sale of rare and unusual plants from Carolyn's Shade Garden. Lecture: $10 per Member, $20 per nonmember, free for Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate members. Pre-registration required. Garden tours and plant sale are free for Members and included with admission. To purchase tickets to our Spring 2017 garden events, please call 800.448.3883 or purchase online.
- Lecture by Charles Cresson, "Winter Flowers: Inspiration for Your Garden," – 11:00 am, Copeland
- Guided walking tour of the garden led by Director of Garden & Estate Chris Strand – 1:00 pm, begins at the Visitor Center Patio
- Self-guided tour – all day, begins at the Visitor Center Patio
- Snowdrop Tutorial class with Senior Curator of Plants Linda Eirhart in the Brown Center – 2:00-3:00 pm
- Plant sale by Carolyn's Shade Garden – 10:00 am–3:30 pm, Visitor Center
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am–3:30 pm
Come celebrate the beauty of the daffodil and enjoy Winterthur's amazing daffodil display! Henry Francis du Pont used his collector’s eye in assembling hundreds of cultivars of heirloom daffodils, which he arranged in cloud-like drifts on Winterthur’s Sycamore Hill. The day’s events will include tours of the daffodils, a children's daffodil show and crafts, and an afternoon tea. 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 to 2:00 pm, Visitor Center
- Guided walking tour of daffodils – 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, begins at the Visitor Center Patio (tour will end in garden)
- Self-guided tour of the daffodils – all day, begins at the Visitor Center Patio
- Daffodil Tea – 2:00 pm, Visitor Center Café (Tea not included with admission. Call 302.888.4826 for reservations)
Azaleas & Bluebells
Saturday, May 13, 10:00 am–3:30 pm
Enjoy the spectacle of thousands of azalea blossoms and acres of wildflowers! The day’s events will include tours of the azaleas 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, Greenhouse Area
- Guided walking tour of Azalea Woods – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, begins at the Visitor Center Patio
- Self-guided tour of Azalea Woods – all day, begins at the Visitor Center Patio
Peonies & Primroses
Sunday, May 21, 10:00 am–3:30 pm
Winterthur’s peonies and primroses will be in full flower as we celebrate the late spring display in the Winterthur Garden. The day will start with a lecture given by two longtime Winterthur staff, Director of Interpretation & Estate Historian Jeff Groff and Director of Horticulture & Curator of Plants Linda Eirhart. Afterward, there will be a special walking tour of both the peony and quarry gardens. Members free. Included with admission.
- Lecture: “History of Winterthur’s Peony Garden” – 10:30 am, Copeland Lecture Hall
- Guided walking tour of peonies and primroses – 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, begins at the Visitor Center Patio
- Self-guided tour of peonies and primroses – all day, begins at the Visitor Center Patio