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Back to News Press Release – January 28, 2021

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Introducing Live, Online Group Lectures

Garden clubs and groups looking to meet virtually now have the option to have a Mt. Cuba Center expert present at their virtual meeting. These new Online Group Lectures can accommodate up to 90 participants and be scheduled in advance during a time that’s convenient for attendees.

“Interest in online courses has been booming for Mt. Cuba Center, a leader in gardening with native plants and conserving natural areas,” said Duncan Himmelman, education manager. “It’s the next step to allow organized groups to have their own, socially distant and virtual experience.”

Virtual programming creates a realistic class experience, immersing students in a remote learning environment where gardeners are presented with practical and conceptual skills. Featuring several of Mt. Cuba Center’s most popular courses, each class lasts about 60 minutes.

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Online Group Lecture topics:


  • Shade-Loving Spring Perennials
    Discover easy-to-grow native perennials that turn a shaded garden into a lovely sanctuary that will only increase in beauty year after year. From heucheras to hydrangeas and ferns, the unique colors and textures of shade-loving plants create exciting new effects and beautifully accent existing specimens.
  • Show-Stopping Autumn Perennials
    Explore the broad palette of native perennials that bring color, texture, and visual interest to the autumn garden. From goldenrods to asters, ironweed, and more, you will be inspired to create your own beautiful and ecologically vibrant fall garden.
  • Beautiful Native Plants Year-Round
    Native plants fit beautifully into the landscape because they are already adapted to our local growing conditions. Learn a variety of wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and vines that are ideal for home gardens and provide color, texture, ecological services, and seasonal interest all year long.
  • Native Groundcovers
    Although mulch is a commonly used groundcover, a beautiful tapestry of foliage and flowers is more visually dynamic and ecologically valuable. Discover a selection of tough, versatile native plants to use as groundcovers in a variety of growing conditions.

The cost of group lectures is affordable, ranging from $99 per lecture for up to 45 participants, or $169 per lecture for 46-90 participants.

Group lectures are the latest addition to Mt. Cuba’s virtual offerings. For more information, visit

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made distance education more accessible than ever before at Mt. Cuba,” Himmelman said. “Our group lectures feature timely topics we’ve had great feedback on from the live versions.”

Interested gardeners can also partake in online live programs or take a course whenever Classes on Demand. Mt. Cuba’s classes won editor’s pick for Best Creative Workshops in Delaware Today’s annual “Best of Delaware” awards. Find these programs and more at

About Mt. Cuba Center

With paths taking guests from the formal gardens of a du Pont mansion through lush woodlands and picturesque meadows with stunning vistas, Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden that puts the beauty of native landscapes on display to inspire conservation. What began in the 1930s as the private estate of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland is now a public garden that highlights the beauty and value of native plants. In addition to cultivating the public garden’s formal and naturalistic landscapes, Mt. Cuba Center staff conduct research, connect guests to the natural world, and teach students about native plant gardening. Learn more at