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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) Six Fridays: June 3 through July 8 (Optional exam: July 15)
About the Instructor:
Leirion Sorensen is the Gardens Manager at Mt. Cuba Center, a role that is ideally suited to her passion for preserving the natural environment and creating awe inspiring outdoor space. She has worked in the horticulture industry for over 25 years and obtained her degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley University.
Julia Eppes is an Assistant Horticulturist working in the Formal Gardens at Mt. Cuba Center. She has a BS in Anthropology with a minor in Landscape Horticulture from the University of Delaware. She formerly interned at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and worked at Gateway Garden Center.
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