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

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January 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Botany for Gardeners

Students learn about botany for gardeners in a classroom at Mt. Cuba Center.
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Have fun with botany! Understanding how plants grow and develop, how water and nutrients are taken up and distributed, and how leaves, flowers, stems, and roots function are key to becoming a successful gardener. Discover intriguing relationships between plants and pollinators, how seeds and fruits form, and why plants grow toward the sun. Develop basic plant identification skills and learn the reasons for using scientific names. You will be amazed at what goes on in the plants that live all around us. Dress for the weather.

This program takes place in person at Mt. Cuba Center on Wednesday January 17 and Thursday January 18 (Rain Date: Wednesday, January 24).

About the Instructor:
Eileen Hazard, community outreach coordinator at Mt. Cuba Center, enjoys sharing her passion for ecosystems, plants, and the natural sciences with students of all ages and with local communities. Eileen earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, with a focus on environmental engineering, from Lafayette College and a master’s degree in Water Resources from the University of Vermont. She has supplemented her degrees with plant-focused biology classes at West Chester University and a PA Master Naturalist certification. Prior to joining the Mt. Cuba Center team in 2014, Eileen worked in environmental consulting and education.

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