This program takes place online Six Wednesdays: June 2 to July 7, On-Site Tour Six Thursdays: June 3 to July 8, Optional Exam: July 14
Native plants of the Piedmont 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, you will discover a wealth of plants that satisfy your landscaping 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.This class will be offered as a hybrid model: lectures will be online from 10 to 11 am on the dates above, and weekly plant walks will be offered for groups of 10 students on site at Mt. Cuba Center from 10 to 11 am on Thursdays, June 3 to July 8.
About the Instructors:
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.
Julia Eppes is an Assistant Horticulturist working in the Formal Gardens at Mt. Cuba Center. She has a bachelor’s degree 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.