Mt. Cuba Rounds Out 2018 Season with Garden Tours, Vibrant Fall Colors
Even as Mt. Cuba Center’s season near its end, its schedule is brimming with tours of the gardens and lands, children’s story time and the blazing fall colors that nature uses to mark the end of the season.
Though classes are offered year-round, the last day to visit the gardens is Nov. 18. There are plenty of opportunities to explore Mt. Cuba before then — including guided tours this Saturday and Sunday morning. Check out the full schedule at our event calendar or consider some highlights below:
- Garden Enthusiast Tour, Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. until noon. This in-depth tour will be led by an expert docent who can point out native plants and suggest sustainable gardening techniques visitors can try themselves. Tour guests will take home a native plant of their own. Tickets, which include admission to Mt. Cuba Center, are $15 (or $5 for season passholders) and are available for purchase online or by calling 302-239-4244. Walk-ins are accepted as space allows.
- Natural Lands Tour, Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This is your last chance to catch these hourlong hayrides, which debuted at Mt. Cuba Center this fall. Guests will enjoy a wagon’s-eye view of the fall colors along with the center’s restoration and conservation efforts. Tickets are $3 in addition to general admission (children under 2 ride free) and can be purchased onsite the day of the event. A sunny day is in the forecast, with temperatures in the low 40s, so remember to layer up.
- Mornings in the Garden, Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. On the second Saturday of the month, Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens open two hours early. A docent will lead a tour for birders, photographers and early risers to highlight how the change of seasons is playing out in the gardens. Tickets are $2 in addition to general admission and are available on-site. Similarly, the forecast calls for clear skies and cool temperatures.
- Story Time in the Gardens. Thursday, Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Children can gather round and listen to a reading of a nature-themed children’s book. No reservations are required, and families should meet in the Main House.
- Garden Highlights Walks, Nov. 11, 14-18, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Enjoy the highlights of fall during a 45-minute docent-led tour of the gardens. The walks leave from the Main Terrace at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $2 in addition to general admission and are available onsite.
The writer Albert Camus called autumn “a second spring when every leaf is a flower,” and there’s still time to catch this “second spring” in Mt. Cuba Center’s colorful gardens. You can take a tour, attend a class, or simply explore the shades of autumn at your own pace.
Mt. Cuba is now witnessing some of its best-ever fall color on plants like pink-shell azalea (Rhododendron vaseyi), bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) and sour gum (Nyssa sylvatica).
Classes are offered year-round. Upcoming classes for which openings are still available include:
- Thanksgiving Table Arrangement, Friday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to create a beautiful harvest-themed Thanksgiving centerpiece using fall flowers, berries and locally sourced botanicals. Bring hand pruners and a medium to large box to carry your finished arrangement. The cost is $55, which includes all materials. Register online.
- Elegant Winter Container Workshop, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to noon. Students will learn how to enliven their entryway with a classic outdoor urn arrangement. Bring hand pruners and a large box to carry your finished arrangement. The cost is $65, which includes all materials. Register online.