2017 Garden Events
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. Please call 800.448.3883 or 302.888.4600 to pre-registration required. Garden tours and plant sale are free for Members and included with admission.
- Lecture by Charles Cresson, “Winter Flowers: Inspiration for Your Garden,” – 11:00 am, Copeland Lecture Hall
- 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
- Plant sale by Carolyn’s Shade Garden – 10:00 am–3:30 pm, Visitor Center
Daffodil Day and More!
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am–3:30 pm
Come celebrate the beauty of the daffodil, enjoy Winterthur’s amazing daffodil display, and enjoy crafts and activities that celebrate the beauty of the Winterthur garden in spring! Henry Francis du Pont’s collection of daffodils is a spectacle this time of year as is the rest of the garden. Join Winterthur staff and volunteers for the day’s events, which will include tours of the garden and the daffodils, a children’s daffodil show and Earth Day crafts, and an afternoon tea. Members free. Included with admission.
- Children’s daffodil show –10:00 am, Brown Center (entries accepted through 11:00 am)
- Daffodil Day and Earth Day crafts –10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Brown Center
- Guided walking tour of the garden and 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