Mt Cuba Center
Explore the Gardens Virtual Tour Virtual Tour

Mt. Cuba is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

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!

Wide shot of flowering Amsonia.
Latest Trial: Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region
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 Events
September 17, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Botanical Sun Printing: Section B

Two small, dark blue, floral shapes are created with UV-rays from the sun.
  • This event has passed.

The first book printed featuring photographic images was made in 1843 by Anna Atkins, an English botanist, and photographer. Atkins pioneered the use of the cyanotype process to capture images of algae, ferns, flowers, and other plants. Cyanotype, also known as sun prints, is a camera-less photographic printing process that allows the artist to explore shape, light, and an appreciation of nature. In this class, students will learn the history of this process, use the sun as a UV light source, and create cyanotypes with plant materials harvested from Mt. Cuba Center. No prior experience is necessary; all supplies are provided. This class includes walking in and out of the classroom to expose prints to sunlight. Wear dark clothes as materials may stain.

Due to rain in the forecast, this program will take place in person at Mt. Cuba Center on the rain date Sunday, September 17, 2023 (original date, September 10, 2023).

About the Instructor:
Shelly Silva holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Corcoran College of Art + Design, an MS in Management from Wilmington University, and a Level II Award in Wines from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). When Shelly is not teaching others about botanical cyanotypes or wine, she works as a digital communications specialist at the University of Delaware. She enjoys teaching people about the connections between nature, art, and the process of art making.

Register Now

Member Registration