Conserve at Home

Use our helpful resources to create a thriving garden at home that looks great, and also creates vital habitats. Our experts have compiled these online guides with links to useful sites, references to must-have books, and informational videos.

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Gardening with native plants is what Mt. Cuba Center is all about! Native plants exist in harmony with each other and their environments. They are specially adapted to local growing conditions are generally less resource intensive than non-native plants. Native trees, grasses, and wildflowers also support healthy ecosystems by providing homes and food for wildlife.

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A truly dynamic garden makes room for more than plants. A garden can scurry, fly, rustle, and buzz, both below and above ground. It can attract birds with lush plantings and nutritious seeds, and bring butterflies and other pollinators to the garden with colorful native flowers. This guide will help you create a garden space full of life and wonder.


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You can help preserve vital water resources by growing a native-plant garden. Consider “slowing the flow” in your yard to reduce stormwater runoff and erosion. Native plants, with their deep roots, do an excellent job of retaining water, holding soil in place, and filtering pollutants. Planting a rain garden, installing a rain barrel, or re-directing flow from hardscapes to planted areas may reduce erosion on your property and lessen the stormflow entering nearby waterways. Additionally, limit watering time and save water by selecting native plants that thrive in hot, dry locations. Use these techniques in appropriate locations on your property, and you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your water-wise garden!


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Meadow habitats provide beauty for humans and essential food and shelter for birds, butterflies, beetles, and more! From deep and complex root systems to all-season forage, adding a meadow has many benefits. In The Meadow Plants of Mt. Cuba Center (2012), horticulturist David Korbonits describes the essential functions of a meadow and profiles eight grasses and 20 perennial plants in Mt. Cuba Center’s meadow.

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