Become Fluent in Wildflowers
Enjoy a magnificent display of spring ephemerals at our annual celebration of the season. Stroll through our native plant gardens at the peak of their glory; enjoy live music, gardening activities, family programming, and more. A variety of food selections are available for purchase and the first 1,000 families receive a free native plant.
Free parking for this event is at 1003 Old Wilmington Road, just east of Brackenville Road. From the parking area, shuttle buses and a walking path provide access to the garden. Due to the rolling terrain and mulched paths at Mt. Cuba Center, the use of wheelchairs is limited. Pets are not permitted.Location
Delaware Nature Society’s annual Native Plant Sale returns the first weekend of May with over 300 rare, unusual, and popular native species of woody, herbaceous and aquatic plants for all growing conditions. Mt. Cuba Center’s plant introductions will be available for purchase at the sale.More Info
The second weekend of each month is a special time to visit Mt. Cuba Center. We open our gardens at 8 am and offer a variety of tours, including hay wagon tours through our natural areas. Second Saturday programming includes:
Mornings in the Garden – Second Saturday, 8 am
We open our gardens early so visitors can enjoy the quiet hum of wildlife in the cool of the morning. A docent-led tour featuring seasonal highlights sets off at 8:30 am. Tour tickets are $2 in addition to garden admission.
Garden Enthusiast Tour – Second Saturday, 10 am
$15 per person; $5 for Season Passholders
Take an in-depth look at our gardens with an expert Docent. Featuring notable native plants, sustainable gardening practices, and a free native plant for each tour guest. Tours are two hours and include walking over rolling terrain and mulched paths. Tickets include admission.
Natural Lands Tour – Second Sunday, 11:30 am and 1 pm
$3 per person; Free for children under 2
Ride on a wagon through our hundreds of acres of natural areas to see conservation in action. A guide will answer questions about our restoration projects, natural habitats and land management.
Each Thursday, Mt. Cuba Center stays open till 8 pm. Explore the gardens at twilight, listen for evening wildlife activity, photograph the golden hour light, or simply relax on our lawn.
The following Thursdays feature food trucks, live music, and lawn games: April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16. Food, beer, wine, and other drinks are available for purchase.
Discover the natural world through a wildflower class. Mt. Cuba Center has over 80 classes to choose from, all dedicated to immersing yourself in the world of native plants.
Native Plants of Spring
Wednesday, April 11-Wednesday, May 16, 1:30-3:30 pm, 6 sessions
Get to know 60 native spring wildflowers, perennials, shrubs and trees through their spring awakening and progression through the season. This class is a good entry point for our Ecological Gardening Certificate program.
Learn to Draw Spring Wildflowers
Thursday April 12-Thursday, May 30, 10 am-1 pm, 4 Sessions
Turn down the volume on the outside world and sharpen your artistic eye as you learn to draw the intricate beauty of spring wildflowers in this relaxed, beginner-level class. Supportive instruction will give you confidence in drawing the first flowers of spring. No previous art experience needed.
Gardening with Woodland Wildflowers
Saturday, April 21, 1-3 pm
Woodland spring color comes from early blooming wildflowers that carpet the forest floor. These ephemerals are so-named because they emerge, bloom, and senesce in just a few weeks to take the best advantage of the sunlight that can reach the forest floor before the tree canopy closes. Students will leave with five native perennials.
All About Orchids
Thursday, April 26, 10 am-12 pm
Did you know that Delaware is home to over 30 species of native orchids? Discover which ones grow in your area, and how Mt. Cuba Center is working to preserve them and their fragile habitats. Learn how you can help save Delaware’s vanishing orchids and take home a ladies’ tresses orchid (Spiranthes sp.) for your garden.
Mary Vaux Walcott: The Audubon of Botany
Saturday, May 5, 11 am-12:15 pm
This lecture presents a fascinating look at Mary Walcott, a remarkable illustrator whose nearly 1,000 watercolors of North American wildflowers earned her the title of the “Audubon of Botany”. The talk will be supplemented with selected prints of Walcott’s original paintings from Mrs. Copeland’s collections. Light refreshments will be served.Explore More Classes