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Press Release

Mt. Cuba Center will Reopen to the General Public on June 17, 2020

Hockessin, De. (June 10, 2020) – Those wishing to connect with nature can soon visit Mt. Cuba Center (MCC) for a local getaway. Guests are invited to explore a shaded woodland, an open meadow, picturesque ponds, and vibrant formal gardens beginning June 17. Additionally, the gardens will open from June 10-14 for member-only preview days.

Summer blooms in the round garden at Mt. Cuba Center.

Once open, guests are welcome to visit Wednesdays through Sundays with extended hours from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In previous years, the gardens closed at 4:00 p.m.

“Safety is our top priority as we welcome members and guests back to the gardens,” Jeff Downing, executive director, said. “With that in mind, we ask all guests to please review our reopening guidelines before visiting to help keep everyone safe. These protocols are in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and Delaware Division of Public Health. We will update them as conditions and best practices evolve.”

Please watch our video on our new safety protocols.

The newly implemented safety and operational protocols will ensure everyone’s well-being. Check-in has been modified to be contactless. Guests should purchase tickets or memberships online in advance and then visit a self-scanning station upon arrival to check-in.

In addition to the ticketing change, the number of guests in the garden will be limited to ensure proper physical distancing. Signs and arrows directing one-way circulation are posted throughout the garden paths.

Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and refreshments. Drinks, snacks, and other MCC merchandise are not available for purchase at this time.

Guests are encouraged to remain outdoors, although restrooms are available and regularly cleaned and sanitized. Hand sanitizer stations are located in convenient locations.

Guests should bring their own face mask or face covering for the safety of guests and staff. Anyone over the age of 12 is required to wear a mask in situations where maintaining social distancing of six feet between individuals of different households is impractical. When feasible, face coverings for children between ages two and eleven are also recommended, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health.

No on-site classes are offered at this time, however, a full calendar of virtual gardening and conservation webinars are available for online registration at

Guests can direct any questions about opening to or call 302.239.4244.

About Mt. Cuba Center

With paths taking guests from the formal gardens of a du Pont mansion through intimate woodlands and lush 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