Group Experiences

Can’t come to Mt. Cuba? Let us come to you!
Learn about native plants from our gardening experts, and get great suggestions for your home landscape. Each lecture includes time for audience questions and answers and lasts about 60 minutes. For more information or scheduling, call 302.239.8807 or email groupsales@mtcubacenter.org.

Up to 45 participants, $99 per lecture
46-90 participants, $169 per lecture

Choose from one of the following lecture topics:

  • Shade-Loving Spring Perennials
    Discover easy-to-grow native perennials that turn a shaded garden into a lovely sanctuary that will only increase in beauty year after year.
  • Show-Stopping Autumn Perennials
    Explore the broad palette of native perennials that bring color, texture, and visual interest to the autumn garden.
  • Beautiful Native Plants Year-Round
    Learn a variety of wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and vines that are ideal for home gardens and provide color, texture, ecological services, and seasonal interest all year long.
  • Native Groundcovers
    Discover a selection of tough, versatile native plants to use as groundcovers in a variety of growing conditions.

Spend the day on a self-guided walk through our gardens, or schedule a guided tour or group experience. Gardens are open for group visits during our regular visitation season.

  • Admission
    $14 per person for groups of 10 or more.
  • Reservations
    Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Peak times fill quickly.
    Call: 302.239.8807
    Email: groupsales@mtcubacenter.org
  • Accessibility
    Due to our rolling terrain and mulched paths, wheelchair access is limited. Golf cart transportation to the Ponds and back is available upon request. Find out more on our Accessibility  page.
  • Bus Parking
    Prior notice is required to ensure space is reserved in our parking lot.
  • Group Photography
    Planning to take group photos? Please see our Photography Guidelines.

Welcome to Mt. Cuba Center Tour
Just want the highlights? Join us for this hour-long introduction to the gardens that were once part of the private home and estate of the Copeland family. See spectacular displays of native plants in bloom, get design ideas for your own landscape, and learn how Mt. Cuba applies ecological gardening practices to work with nature, not against it. One Hour, $3 per person in addition to garden admission

Lectures
Learn about what Mt. Cuba Center does best—native plants! Get some great suggestions for your home landscape from our gardening experts. Lectures last one hour and can be added to group visits for $99. Inquire about topics upon scheduling to select from a variety of seasonal options. One hour, $99 in addition to group garden admission

Green Thumb Tour
Immerse yourself in the beauty and benefits of native plants on this two-hour, in-depth tour of Mt. Cuba’s formal and naturalistic gardens. Learn about the research being conducted in our trial garden to help bring the best-performing natives to local nurseries. Talk with a guide about our extensive native plant collections while receiving useful tips on sustainable gardening practices. Two Hours, $4 per person in addition to garden admission

Hayride Highlights Tour
Sit back and relax on this one-hour guided hayride through our Natural Lands. Our hay wagon travels through rolling hills and grassland fields, where you’ll experience stunning vistas while learning about Mt. Cuba’s approach to natural land management and conservation. Perfect for groups who like to take in the seasonal scenery in a beautiful outdoor setting. One Hour, $3 per person in addition to garden admission

Hayride and Hike Experience
Hitch a hayride deep into our Natural Lands before adventuring on foot for a behind-the-scenes experience of Mt. Cuba’s wilder side. Hike with a friendly and knowledgeable guide to the far corners of the property and discover how Mt. Cuba applies “gardening on a higher level” in natural areas. Learn about our ever-evolving land management strategies, conservation efforts, and the state of our restoration projects. Be prepared to hike gently sloping paths and navigate some uneven terrain. Two Hours, $4 per person in addition to garden admission

Mt. Cuba Center has an exclusive selection of native plants available for sale onsite. Ask about the option for each member of your group to take home a native plant! A discount is available for groups that purchase their plants in advance of their visit. To see which plants we stock, check out our Plants For Sale page.