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Back to News Updates – August 7, 2017


Student Spotlight: Joe Protano

Joe Protano

It only took one class at Mt. Cuba Center for Joe Protano to get hooked on the Ecological Gardening Certificate program. Recently retired from a career in accounting, Joe wanted to follow his passion for the natural world, so he signed up for Native Plants of Spring to learn 60 notable plants of the season—including trees, shrubs, and perennials.

“It was so much more in-depth than I expected,” he said. “It was exactly what I was hoping for. You learn a lot about each plant from Mt. Cuba Center staff and then see it in the gardens.”

In order to meet the requirements of the Certificate program, students may opt-in to take an exam at the end of each course. “The tests aren’t high pressure—the instructors really want you to succeed,” he said. “They motivate me to study and learn.” Joe plans to enroll in the upcoming Native Plants of Fall course, starting in September.

Native Plants of Fall will take place over six Wednesdays starting on September 13. Find more native plant gardening courses on our classes page, here.