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Press Release

Garden Wild

Go Garden Wild This Summer

Summer is officially here. Engaging children with the outdoors can help foster a connection to nature and science while school is out of session. Botanic gardens like Mt. Cuba Center offer enriching and affordable family friendly events and activities this summer, like a two-day Garden Wild event that celebrates the wonder of wildlife.


On Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, Mt. Cuba Center invites visitors to take a walk on the wild side of gardening and celebrate the wonder of wildlife in Mt. Cuba’s gardens with hands-on learning activities that show how gardens are hubs of activity. Children and adults alike will have opportunities to get to know the insects, birds, and animals that call the gardens home while discovering the joy of sharing a garden with natural neighbors. Garden Wild activities will run from 10 am to 2 pm on each day and include a look into the underwater world of our ponds, gardening tutorials, carnivorous plant demonstrations, pollinator watching, wildflower crown-making, live music and more. Each family will receive a free native plant to take home, while supplies last. A variety of food selections will also be available for purchase from local food trucks.


All activities are included with the cost of admission. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 17; children age 5 and under are free.


Scheduled Activities
Story Time in the Gardens – 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM
Live Music – 11:30-1:30 PM
Garden Highlights Tours – 11 AM and 2 PM

Food Trucks

Ka-Pow! (Hawaiian, Thai and Korean fusion cusisine)
Woodside Creamery (Farm fresh ice cream)

The Flying Deutschman (German cuisine)
Woodside Creamery (Farm fresh ice cream)

Programming from 10AM-2PM

How to Garden Wild
Want to add natives to your home landscape without sacrificing that clean-cut look? Learn how Mt. Cuba Center Horticulturists maintain our pristine formal gardens using native plants and other ecological gardening techniques.

Pollinator Watch
Become a citizen scientist by tracking the number of pollinators visiting the native plants in our newly renovated South Garden.

Insects Under Glass
Peer into the world of Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) under glass and learn the many roles they play in supporting a healthy ecosystem.

Fixer Upper: Cavity-dweller Edition
You know what they say in real estate: location, location, location! No one knows this better than cavity-dwelling creatures who make their homes in the most unlikely of places — including dead trees!

Where the Wild Kids Are
Craft your own nature cuff and turn your wild side loose with nature play activities.

Under the Pond
Hold your breath and plunge into the world of aquatic plants. Get a fisheye view of the underwater world made possible by oxygen-producing plants.

Fatal Attraction
Carnivorous plants are masters of deception, intrigue, and adaptation! Discover how bog plants survive without nitrogen, an otherwise essential element to plants.

Our Partners

Ashland Nature Center
We’re all a flutter about the chance to get some face time with caterpillars and butterflies. Learn about the butterfly life cycle and the native plants they rely on for habitat, food, and shelter.

Wild Birds Unlimited
A fixture in the Hockessin community for nearly 25 years, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to answer your most pressing backyard birding questions.


All activities are included with general admission: Free for Season Pass holders, $10 Adults, $5 children ages 6-17, and free for children 5 and under.