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Back to News Press Release – August 21, 2020

Press Release

Mt. Cuba Center’s Award-Winning Classes Go Virtual

Hockessin, Dela. (August 2020) — Mt. Cuba Center releases its Fall 2020-Winter 2021 Program Guide, opening registration to a variety of new classes focused on gardening, conservation, art, and wellness. The latest program guide brings botanical education via online and in-person classes to those interested in learning from talented instructors.

Browse the program guide here:

Online courses are a new addition to Mt. Cuba’s usual programming this year. The education team quickly adapted to provide virtual programs, and found that interest in Mt. Cuba’s expertise extends well beyond the Brandywine Valley.

“We’ve had students join from the West Coast and everywhere in between,” says Duncan Himmelman, Mt. Cuba’s education manager.  “Our online education courses are the next best thing to being in a classroom. Instructors can answer questions in real time, and you get the benefit of hearing the answers to classmates’ questions.”

Interest in gardening is blooming as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps people homebound, inspiring a greater desire to improve their outdoor spaces. Mt. Cuba’s education team stepped up its programming, allowing students to gain more gardening expertise from the comfort of home. As a result, gardens in 2021 will be unmatched.

Students will learn about clean composting, the secret language of birds, how to paint like a Wyeth, and more. Mt. Cuba also offers several series for casual gardeners and those interested in certificate level courses. There are plenty of options for those interested in botanical art and wellness, too. Programs include virtual botanical art studio time and in-person flower arranging.

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

Additionally, students who previously registered for classes online will notice a change to the registration process. Shopping at Mt. Cuba for tickets, events, or classes is easier now that all purchases can be accomplished under one login. This change means some users may need to update their username and password.

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