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Press Release

This Spring, Become Fluent in Wildflowers

Mt. Cuba Center’s 2018 Program Guide Features Classes in Gardening, Arts, Wellness and Conservation

Spring Summer 2018 Program Guide

Mt. Cuba Center’s diverse event and course offerings — including educational options for gardening, conservation, the arts and wellness — are now on display in its newly released Spring and Summer 2018 Program Guide. Explore the program guide here.

With more than 80 sessions to choose from, there’s something to fascinate every backyard cultivator or amateur horticulturalist.

In addition to being a repository for information about classes, the 51-page guide also includes details about all things Mt. Cuba Center, including options to tour its native plant gardens as well as recurring daily, weekly and monthly events.

One event highlight: The Annual Wildflower Celebration, a free event held on April 29 that includes live music, gardening activities, family programming and, of course, the chance to see Mt. Cuba’s Center’s spring flowers at their peak.

The guide also includes a pair of new events:

Garden Wild, July 28-29, a celebration of the wildlife that contributes to the vibrancy of gardens.

Grandparent’s Day, Sept. 9, a chance to spend quality time in Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens with grandparents, who have free admission when visiting with a grandchild.

Gardening and horticulture are at the center of Mt. Cuba Center’s class and program offerings. And there are options along the continuum of gardening experience, from beginners to experts, along with sessions that explore gardening’s hidden niches.

For example, plant pathologist Todd Brethauer will lead an Aug. 8 session on the fascinating world of carnivorous plants. He’ll talk about their evolution, history and ecology and share why one was used by surgeons in George Washington’s Continental Army.

Other sessions take attendees outside of the garden to explore the wider world of conservation. Topics include saving orchids, eating invasive plants, foraging for wild mushrooms and observing moths in an evening session.

Visitors can take in three hourlong gardening sessions in one day on Spring Gardening Saturday on March 24. Topics include an introduction to natural gardening, shade-loving spring perennials and self-seeding plants that add an informal look to any garden.

The guide also includes detailed information on Mt. Cuba Center’s Ecological Gardening Certificate program, which is comprised of classes that develop a comprehensive knowledge of gardening by walking students through the elements of sustainable cultivation. There are a wide variety of classes, and students can take them all to receive a certificate or take only those they are interested in.

Still more sessions offer the chance to capture Mt. Cuba Center’s beauty on canvass, paper and camera, not to mention unconventional media such as silk scarves and tiles. There are 18 art offerings to choose from, including a new botanical art series, an entry-level program that teaches students how to draw realistic flowers, foliage and stems.

Artists at work en plein air

Finally, the program guide includes information on a series of seven wellness classes on topics such as yoga, meditation, T’ai Chi Chih and nature as therapy.