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New Classes for Spring

Redbud (Cercis canadensis) and flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) provide a colorful canopy across our Woods Path.

Getting in sync with the rhythms of spring is just a garden tour, retreat or class away at Mt. Cuba Center. Whether you want to kickstart your gardening season with new know-how or enjoy a serene evening on the lawn, there’s an activity for you. Mt. Cuba Center’s 2019 Program Catalog is filled with opportunities to make the most of this season of renewal.

Explore programs on our website, here: or view the 2019 Spring and Summer Program Guide on your e-reader here: 

It’s easy to take spring for granted, so we’ve combed through our program and picked 10 events that will help you experience the season anew:

1. Spring Gardening Saturday

What: Put an eco-friendly touch on your start to spring gardening with this series of three hourlong classes, all held the same day.

When: All three classes are held on Saturday, March 30. The first class begins at 9:30 a.m., the second at 10:45 a.m. and the third at 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 per session or $35 for all three

Register here: 

Guests gather along the banks of Mt. Cuba Center’s ponds.

2. Native Plants of Spring

What: A series of six Thursday morning classes to study and identify wildflowers and other native plants of spring.

When: Six Thursdays from April 11 to May 16, 10 a.m. – noon. Optional exam on May 23.

Cost: $190

Register here: 

3. Learning to Draw Spring Wildflowers

What: A beginner-level course spread across four Thursdays in April and May, this relaxed class offers learners a chance to develop their skills by observing and sketching flowers, leaves and branches in Mt Cuba Center’s gardens.

When: Four Thursdays from April 11 to May 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cost: $150 (or $400 for all three courses in the botanical art series)

Register here: 

Virgintia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) are a welcome sign of spring in the gardens.

4. Fool-Proof Plants for Beginning Gardeners

What: A one-day morning course aimed at new gardeners who want to try growing native plants, this lesson will show how these plants have adapted to their environment. Knowing which soil type, sun and shade pattern and moisture levels each type of plant prefers will help them thrive in your garden, too.

When: Section A: Wednesday, April 17, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Section B: Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Cost: $25

Register here:

5. Trilliums and Wine: Complementary Pairings

What: Just as wine can be paired with the scent and taste of food, it can also complement the floral notes of native plants. We’ve assembled a “flight” of trilliums, noteworthy for smells that evoke wine, fruit and spices, and several wines to accompany them. This class is for adults 21 and over.

When: Friday, April 26, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Cost: $29

Register here: 

Yellow trillium (Trillium luteum) and northern maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum) mingle along the Dogwood Path.

6. Meditation Retreat

What: This morning wellness retreat will help attendees cultivate a keener awareness of the natural world through an immersion in Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens and landscapes.

When: Sunday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, May 19)

Cost: $39

Register here: 

7. National Public Gardens Week

What: Mt. Cuba Center joins this weeklong celebration of America’s public gardens with Twilight on the Terrace (see next item for details) on Friday, May 17. Admission is free the following day, which also features ticketed garden highlight walks and native plants for purchase.

When: Wednesday, May 15 to Sunday, May 19

Cost: Twilight on the Terrace is free with admission. Admission is free Saturday, May 18.

8. Twilight on the Terrace

What: Back for its third season, this popular program is a way to unwind on a Friday evening with a bit of food, casual lawn games and live music. When: Friday, May 17 from 5 – 8 p.m. (continues once monthly through September)

Cost: Free with admission. To learn about musical performers, food and drink vendors and other details, visit

Learn more: 

Lawn games
Gather on the Main Lawn at Twilight on the Terrace for lawn games, local food trucks, drinks, and hands-on activities.

9. Spring Art-In

What: This free daylong artistic event is a great opportunity to draw, paint or photograph Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens in the company of fellow artists.

When: Friday, May 31 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Rain date is Friday, June 7)

Cost: Free, but registration is required. Call 302-239-4244 or register online. Be sure to review our Artist Guidelines before you come.

Learn more and register: 

The Spring Art-In is an opportunity for artists to work en plein air.

10. Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for Your Garden

What: If you’re looking for the perfect native tree or shrub to complement your garden or landscape, this evening class will give you tips on some of the loveliest — and hardiest — options. Participants can also enjoy a glass of wine as they listen to the instructor’s beautifully illustrated talk. This class is for adults 21 and over.

When: Friday, June 14, 5:30–7 p.m.

Cost: $19

Register here: 

The Moss Bank along the Dogwood Path is blanketed in Quaker ladies (Houstonia caerula) in early spring.

Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens open for general admission on Wednesday, April 3rd. Classes are offered year-round. Save the date for our Wildflower Celebration on Sunday, April 28th.