Mt Cuba Center
Morning sunrise illuminates the round garden at Mt. Cuba Center.
Explore the Gardens Virtual Tour Virtual Tour

Thanks for a great year! Mt. Cuba Center is closed for general admission for the season and will reopen on April 3, 2024.

An ecological gardening certificate student completes a Native Plants of Fall exam in Mt. Cuba Center's naturalistic gardens.
Ecological Gardening Certificate Learn More Learn More
Program Guide

Classes offered year-round. Learn to garden in harmony with nature, take an art or wellness class, and more!

Carex barrattii
Latest Trial: Carex for the Mid-Atlantic Region Learn More Learn More
Trial Garden

Mt. Cuba Center evaluates native plants and related cultivars for horticultural and ecological value.

Mt. Cuba Center's natural lands pictured at sunset.
Protecting Natural Lands Learn More Learn More
Ecological Land Management

Mt. Cuba conserves and stewards more than 1,000 acres including meadows, forests, streams and riparian corridors.

Two guests walk down the West Slope path in spring at Mt. Cuba Center.
Gift a Membership Gift Guide Gift Guide

Enjoy unlimited general admission, member discounts, guest passes, and more!

Mt Cuba Center
Back to News Updates – August 15, 2019


Botanical Tattoos

Show off your ink at Mt. Cuba Center! On Friday, August 23rd (5:30-7:30 PM), come to the gardens for an evening celebrating Botanical Body Art. There will be a tattoo design demonstration from Tina Marabito of Poppycock Tattooing, and face painting, botanical temporary tattoos, leaf rubbings and more round out the evening. Food from The Box Lunch and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Got a botanical tattoo of your own? Show it at registration for free garden admission (tattoo must be in a visible location such as arms or legs).

Looking for your own inspiration for a botanical tattoo? Try a native plant that corresponds with your birth month on for size!

  • January – Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
  • February – American holly (Ilex opaca)
  • March – Sharp-lobed liveleaf (Anemone acutiloba)
  • April – Large-flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
  • May – Wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
  • June – Sunfire large flower tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Sunfire’)
  • July – Purple-flowering raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
  • August – Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
  • September – Blue-stemmed goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
  • October – October Skies aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘October Skies’)
  • November – Common witch-hazel (Hammamelis virginiana)
  • December – Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)