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Back to News Press Release – February 18, 2021

Press Release

Mt. Cuba Center to Host 2021 Classes In-person and Online

Hockessin, Dela. (Feb. 2021) –Mt. Cuba Center’s Spring-Summer 2021 Program Guide introduces more than 100 expert-led classes in gardening, conservation, art, and wellness. The latest program guide brings botanical education via online and in-person classes to those interested in learning.

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“Though the COVID-19 pandemic has kept many at home, Mt. Cuba’s online, in-person, and virtual on-demand classes have helped gardeners of all levels improve their gardening knowledge,” said Duncan Himmelman, Mt. Cuba’s Education Manager. “Our talented instructors transitioned to online courses in 2020 to provide safe and convenient education options. We’re helping to grow a better plant community across the country with these new offerings.”

This spring and summer, students can:

  • Learn about Nature’s Best Hope with Doug Tallamy
  • Take the Shade Gardening Saturday lecture series online
  • Enjoy a Spring Botanical Art class with Margaret Saylor
  • Chose an in-person class, such as Medicinal Plants
  • Take a field trip to Walk the Wilds of Delmarva Peninsula
  • and much more!

“We strive to provide a relaxed and supportive learning environment in all our classes, where we explore a variety of new ideas, techniques, and timeless favorites,” Himmelman said. “All levels of experience are welcome.”

Both online and in-person courses offer hands-on learning experiences where instructors can answer questions in real time. Group discussion is encouraged, and many courses have handouts and additional materials.

In 2020, Mt. Cuba’s classes were awarded editor’s pick for Best Upstate Creative Workshops in Delaware Today’s annual Best of Delaware competition.

“Fancy learning how to create with natural dyes or discovering the best way to attain shade gardening success? Mt. Cuba Center has single-session workshops and certificate programs sure to make you the envy of your garden or crafting club,” wrote Delaware Today editors.

In addition to its spring and summer offerings, Mt. Cuba offers Classes On Demand and Online Group Lectures. Learn more at