Play in Nature with our New Fall Programs
We have just released our 2019-2020 Fall and Winter program guide, opening registration to 100+ new and popular tours, events and classes about gardening, conservation, art and wellness set to take place here at Mt. Cuba Center.
Browse the programs here:
The fall months are an ideal time to plant trees and perennials as the cooling temperatures keep young plants safe from heat stress. On September 28th, the Tree Festival inspires an appreciation for the giants of our ecosystem – trees! The festival also features live music, gardening demonstrations, tours and an opportunity to purchase native plants in a festival-like atmosphere. All Fall Gardening Festival activities are included with the price of admission ($10 for adults, $5 children ages 6-17, and free for children 5 and under).
New this season is Nature Play Day on November 2nd, a day of kite-flying, hay rides, and natural obstacle courses makes for good, old-fashioned outdoors fun for the whole family in our Natural Lands. A variety of food and beverage selections will be available for purchase, and all activities are included in with the price of admission.
Mt. Cuba Center’s gardening classes offer hands-on instruction. The Mixed Perennial Garden ($29, September 13th) and Outstanding Native Plants for Autumn Impact ($35, October 31st) will improve any home landscape, while Weeds 101 ($39, September 18th) and Trees in Autumn ($29, November 13th) will hone plant identification skills. Bring new plants to the garden with Propagating Native Ferns Workshop ($49, September 21) and Workshop: Seed Collecting and Saving ($49, October 4).
Guests can ride through the scenic landscape that inspired the Brandywine Valley’s renown painter Andrew Wyeth in a hay wagon to get a unique perspective on land conservation and restoration. At Sunset and S’mores (September 21 + 28; October 5 + 12) a scenic hayride ends at a family-friendly bonfire featuring s’mores and other snacks and Hay Bales and Brews (September 21 + 28; October 5 + 12) is ideal for date night.
Mt. Cuba Center’s Ecological Gardening Certificate program features robust course offerings on all aspects of ecological gardening, from plant identification (Native Plants of Fall, $189), to invasive plant management (Managing Invasive Plants, $135), to beginner’s botany (Botany for Gardeners, $135). Upon completion of the program, students will be able to identify and cultivate native plants in the landscape, apply organic gardening practices to create resilient environments, design ecologically sound gardens, and manage plant health issues using sustainable techniques.
Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens are open for general admission until Sunday, November 24th. Classes are held year-round.