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May 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Sip and Stroll: Greenhouse Tour

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With a signature cocktail in hand, tour our newly constructed conservation research greenhouse with James Rockwell. This facility is designed to be net-zero energy, utilizing solar and geothermal applications. This evening tour will showcase technology and design features as well as highlight current conservation propagation projects. Sample signature cocktails prepared by mixologist Diane Keesee, who uses ingredients foraged from common local plants for a new twist in mixology. (Ages 21 and over)

This program takes place in person at Mt. Cuba Center on Friday, May 3, 2024.

About the Instructors:
James Rockwell is the Greenhouse & Nursery Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. He earned a BS in Environmental Horticulture and Agribusiness Management from Virginia Tech. James oversees our conservation research greenhouse where he facilitates propagation work for our gardens, external collaborators, and industry partners. Prior to joining Mt. Cuba Center in 2017, James gained experience at Longwood Gardens. His favorite aspect of working in the greenhouse is observing plants in all life stages, from seed to mature plants.

Diane Keesee has a passion for creating interesting signature cocktails, spirit infusions, shrubs, and bitters, using unique seasonal ingredients. She has been involved in hospitality management and the beverage industry for more than 20 years, including having worked for Greenville Country Club and Vicmead Hunt Club.

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