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June 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening

Mt. Cuba Center staff working in flower bed.
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This program takes place in-person on two Thursdays, June 10 & 17 (Rain Date: Thursday, June 24).

Become a better gardener – sustainably. Discover the garden as an ecosystem and look to nature for best management strategies. Learn how to prepare a site, make wise plant selections, and install, establish, and nurture native plants in your garden. Mt. Cuba Center horticulturists demonstrate basic sustainable gardening techniques, the proper use of tools, and organic approaches to plant health care. Leave with a guide to seasonal gardening tasks and make your landscape an ecologically sound one.

About the Instructors:
Susan Boss is the Mt. Cuba Center Entrance Landscape Horticulturist responsible for the gardens along the entrance drive. Previously, she was a gardener at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library for 11 years.

Eileen Boyle is the Director of Conservation and Research at Mt. Cuba Center. She loves teaching, especially about plants and their relationships with birds and butterflies. Previously, she was a professor of horticulture at Mercer College in New Jersey and the Director of Horticulture at both the Philadelphia Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.

Scott Freedman is Mt. Cuba Center’s Grounds and Plant Health Care Specialist. Prior to this, he managed a commercial maintenance company where he supervised operations, equipment maintenance, scheduling, and purchasing.

Erin McCormick is a Horticulturist in the Lower Naturalistic Gardens of Mt. Cuba Center and a member of the Plant Health Team. She is a graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Program and has over 15 years of experience.

Vic Piatt is the Gardens Manager at Mt. Cuba Center and a graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Program. He has held many positions at Mt. Cuba, including Plant Evaluation Gardener and Rock Outcrop/ Scree Gardens Horticulturist.

Emily Tinalli is the Mt. Cuba Center Horticulturist responsible for the Middle Naturalistic Gardens. She has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Farmingdale State College and enjoys gardening with native plants and working in public horticulture.

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