Classes On Demand

Now you can gain gardening expertise whenever and wherever you want with Classes On Demand! Featuring several of Mt. Cuba Center’s most popular courses, each class lasts about 90 minutes. Once purchased, students are able to watch the pre-recorded videos more than once, or stop at any point and re-start it again later.

On-demand classes are intended for one student and should not be shared. These courses do not offer teacher interaction and are available for a limited time only. Students will be notified via email one week before a class becomes unavailable.

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Soil is alive with immense populations of microorganisms that help provide our garden plants with the all-important nutrients and water they need. Learn how to take a more holistic view of soil, improve soil quality using compost instead of fertilizers, interpret a soil test report, and create a living soil that you’ll reap the benefits of for years to come. Dirt vs soil: you decide!

About the Instructor

Duncan Himmelman, PhD, is the Education Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. He earned his doctorate in Ornamental Horticulture at Cornell University, taught college for 24 years, and has contributed to a number of horticultural publications. Duncan managed a 20 acre estate in Greenwich, CT and has designed landscapes for both private and public clients in New York City, Toronto, and Chicago.

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Attracting butterflies to your yard is a great way to increase the ecological value of your property and connect with the natural world. Sam Hoadley, Manager of Horticultural Research at Mt. Cuba Center, discusses plants that provide food for adult butterflies and their caterpillars, how to site the garden, and the basic steps for creating suitable habitats for these ephemeral beauties.

About the Instructor

Sam Hoadley is the Manager of Horticultural Research at Mt. Cuba Center where he evaluates native plant species, old and new cultivars, and hybrids in the Trial Garden. Prior to working at Mt. Cuba, he was the lead horticulturalist for Longwood Gardens’ Hillside Garden. He earned his degree in Sustainable Landscape Horticulture from the University of Vermont.

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Without native milkweed plants, monarch butterflies cannot survive and reproduce. Mt. Cuba Center Horticulturist, Renée Kemmerer, opens your window into the world of milkweeds, presenting many of our native species and related plants that help create a beneficial butterfly environment. Renée will highlight milkweeds you can add to your landscape this year.

About the Instructor

Renée Kemmerer is Mt. Cuba Center’s Upper Naturalistic Gardens Horticulturist who continues her lifelong dream of working with native plants and exploring their natural communities. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware.

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Although mulch is a commonly used groundcover, a beautiful tapestry of foliage and flowers is more visually dynamic and ecologically valuable. Discover a selection of tough, versatile native plants to use as groundcovers in a variety of growing conditions. Gardeners of all levels will benefit from this addition to their gardening expertise.

About the Instructor

Duncan Himmelman, PhD, is the Education Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. He earned his doctorate in Ornamental Horticulture at Cornell University, taught college for 24 years, and has contributed to a number of horticultural publications. Duncan managed a 20 acre estate in Greenwich, CT and has designed landscapes for both private and public clients in New York City, Toronto, and Chicago.

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Weeds got the best of you this summer?? Don’t let it happen! Horticulturist Duncan Himmelman, PhD, and Scott Freedman, Mt. Cuba Center’s Grounds and Plant Health Care Specialist, present 13 common summer weeds and how to wrestle them into submission using ecologically friendly methods.

About the Instructors

Duncan Himmelman, PhD, is the Education Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. He earned his doctorate in Ornamental Horticulture at Cornell University, taught college for 24 years, and has contributed to a number of horticultural publications. Duncan managed a 20 acre estate in Greenwich, CT and has designed landscapes for both private and public clients in New York City, Toronto, and Chicago.

Scott Freedman is Mt. Cuba Center’s Grounds and Plant Health Care Specialist. Prior to this he managed a commercial maintenance company, where he oversaw operations, equipment maintenance, scheduling, and purchasing.

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The beauty of using native plants in containers is that they are adapted to our local growing conditions. From short to tall, sun to shade, spring through fall, there are plenty of plants for creating a small, wildlife-friendly oasis on a balcony, patio, or porch. Leave with a list of our favorite container-loving natives.

About the Instructor

Julia Eppes is an Assistant Horticulturist working in the Formal Gardens at Mt. Cuba Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Landscape Horticulture from the University of Delaware. She formerly interned at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and worked at Gateway Garden Center.

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