Our annual Wildflower Celebration returns on Sunday, April 28th. This annual free celebration at the botanic garden highlights Delaware’s native wildflowers and invites people of all ages to go wild with hands-on activities, nature play, and live music.
See the full schedule of programming here: https://mtcubacenter.org/visit/wildflower-celebration/
This year’s celebration features music from Flatland Drive Bluegrass Band and guitarist Jenn Minor, gardening demonstrations from Mt. Cuba Center’s experts, an Ikebana flower arrangement demonstration, lawn games, face painting, story time, and arts and crafts, among other activities.
RSVP to this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/317744245518030/
Free parking for this event is at the Red Clay Reservation, 1003 Old Wilmington Road, just east of Brackenville Road. Shuttle buses and a walking path provide access to the garden from the parking area. Due to the rolling terrain and mulched paths at Mt. Cuba Center, the use of wheelchairs is limited. Pets are not permitted.
Local food trucks in attendance include KaPOW, Mamma Mia Continental Fusion, The Polish Connection, I Don’t Give a Fork, Scission Espresso, and Woodside Creamery.
The early spring wildflowers featured in Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens are special not just for their beauty and iconic nature, but because their life cycles are so brief. They emerge, bloom, and die back in the few weeks after the ground thaws, and before the leaves of the tree canopy close over the forest floor. Short-lived wildflowers, like trilliums, are called “ephemerals. This early floral display is a feast for our eyes, and a literal feast for our pollinators, which need early season nectar and pollen.
New for 2019: In response to requests from Mt. Cuba Center’s visitors, a selection of native plants will be available for purchase, while supplies last. Attendees will be able to choose from northern barren strawberry (Geum fragarioides), Little Joe Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium dubium ‘Little Joe’) and Brandywine foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia ‘Brandywine’). This replaces a previous program giving away plants to a limited number of guests.