Gardening with our Community

Native Plants in the Community

Increasing the number of native plants and trees in our community and making nature accessible to all is vital to our mission.  We support like-minded community partners who are interested in adding native plants to their spaces by providing advice on design, plant recommendations and sourcing, and tips for garden installation and maintenance.   

The Foodbank of Delaware is committed to feeding our community, protecting our environment, and providing beautiful spaces for their staff and guests.  Mt. Cuba Center has been collaborating with the Foodbank since 2020 – coordinating yearly native plant garden projects and supporting the Foodbank’s annual plant sale.  With Mt. Cuba’s support, the Foodbank has installed hundreds of native perennials and shrubs including an entrance garden and a bioswale – effectively reducing water runoff, attracting beneficial insects, and providing enjoyment to visitors.  

We’re grateful for the outreach we have received from Mt. Cuba Center!  Our staff and interns appreciate the educational tours and learning opportunities they extended to our team.  Their plant donations and assistance with implementing native plant gardens at our site have been incredibly impactful.  Our continued partnership with MCC at our annual Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser has helped it become a popular event for our community. 

  • Kyle Brolis, Agricultural Programs Director 

Collaboration yields results.  In partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the DE Master Gardeners, Mt. Cuba Center designed and supported the installation of over 600 plants to create a stunning native plant garden around the Stubb’s Early Learning Center in Wilmington.  Mt. Cuba partners with local schools and community gardens by providing plant lists and gardening advice to create more beautiful and healthy spaces for all to enjoy.  

We’re delighted to have partnered with Mt. Cuba to support the Stubbs Early Education Center garden project. The generous contribution from Mt. Cuba was invaluable in making the pollinator garden at Stubbs a reality. It’s truly heartwarming to hear about the profound impact it has had on the center and the community at large. This project exemplifies the positive outcomes that can be achieved when we come together to build healthier communities. 

  • Roshida V Austin, Neighborhood Revitalization Manager, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County