Spring Programs


Docent-led Garden Highlights Walks are offered at 11 am and 2 pm. Each walk lasts about 45 minutes. Tickets are $2 per person in addition to garden admission.


Story Time in the Gardens is offered Thursdays, 10:30 am; free with admission. Get lost in a book during Mt. Cuba Center’s Story Time in the Gardens. Children are invited to visit the gardens on Thursday mornings for a story from a nature-themed children’s book. Intended for children age 5 and under. Meet in the Main House before walking outside to read. No reservations required.

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.

Plan Your Visit

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: May 24, 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.

Don’t miss this special class: Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening

Become a better gardener–sustainably. Discover the garden as an ecosystem and look to nature for best management strategies. Learn how to prepare a site, make wise plant selections, and install, establish, and nurture native plants in your garden. Observe demonstrations by Mt. Cuba Center horticulturists on basic sustainable gardening techniques, the proper use of tools, and organic approaches to plant health care. Leave with a guide to seasonal gardening tasks and make every garden an ecologically sound one.


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