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September 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Native Plants of Fall

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Native plants of the mid-Atlantic region are beautiful, inspiring, and critically important for healthy landscapes. From the subdued colors and fragrances of spring wildflowers to the exuberance of summer perennials and the captivating hues of fall foliage, discover a wealth of plants that satisfy your gardening needs throughout the seasons. Using Mt. Cuba Center’s stunning gardens, learn to identify 60 trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials in each Native Plants course. Examine their key identifying characteristics, preferred growing conditions, overall size, and ecological significance. Students seeking a Certificate in Ecological Gardening must take the onsite exam.

This program takes place in person at Mt. Cuba Center on six Thursdays: September 7 through October 12, Optional exam: Thursday October 19.

About the Instructors:

Kevin Allen, MEd, has more than a decade of experience in science education and currently serves as an educator at Mt. Cuba Center. He earned a certificate in horticulture from Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, NY, and is also pursuing a graduate degree in plant science with a focus on orchid ecology.

Liz Allen is an Educator at Mt. Cuba Center and a Delaware Master Naturalist with the University of Delaware. She provides gardening consultations to local homeowners and schools who are looking to diversify and improve their landscape value with native plants. Liz is also the grounds manager for a school, and has converted the entire property to native plants for children to study and enjoy. She also leads groups in invasive removal efforts, as well as creating public plantings. Liz is passionate about restoring nature’s balance by actively influencing plant communities.

This program is sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please go to: or call 302.239.4244.

The hybrid version of this class is still available. For more information, click here. The 2024 dates for this class will also be available soon.

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