Group Experiences

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.
    $140 minimum for groups of less than 10 people. This covers your group’s admission and allows you to add on any of the private tour options listed below.
  • Reservations
    Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Peak times fill quickly.
    Call: 302.239.5083
  • 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 Walks
Each walk lasts about one hour and brings Mt. Cuba Center’s mission of inspiring an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants to life. This introductory tour is perfect for those who wish to learn more about the history of our gardens, native plants, and conservation tips that can be applied at home. One hour, $5 per person in addition to garden admission. 

Garden Enthusiast Tour
Take an in-depth look at the gardens and discover how to apply sustainable gardening practices. Learn about environmental topics such as climate change, systems-thinking, and consciously sourcing native plants for your region. This tour expands on concepts covered in the introductory Welcome Walk. Tours are two hours in length and include walking over rolling terrain and mulched paths. Two hours, $7 per person in addition to garden admission.

Guided Trails Hike
Join us for a 2-hour hike of the natural lands. Learn about Mt. Cuba Center’s approach to land management and the events that shape our past, current, and future landscapes. Be empowered to take ecologically beneficial actions to support native wildlife and habitats with the effects of climate change in mind. Bring water and be prepared to hike steep paths and uneven terrain. Two hours, $7 per person in addition to garden admission.

Hayride Highlights Tour 
Sit back and relax on this one-hour guided hayride through our natural lands. Perfect for groups who like to take in the seasonal scenery in a beautiful outdoor setting. One hour, $125 in addition to group garden admission.

Hayride & Hike
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 to the far corners of the property and discover how Mt. Cuba applies “gardening on a higher level” in natural areas. Learn about ever-evolving land management strategies, conservation efforts and research, and the state of our restoration projects. Bring water and be prepared to hike steep paths and uneven terrain. Two hours, $175 in addition to group garden admission. 

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 $149. Inquire about topics upon scheduling to select from a variety of seasonal options. One hour, $149 in addition to group garden admission.

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 302.239.5083 or email

$149 per lecture

Choose from one of the following lecture topics:

  • Shade-Loving 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.

Mt. Cuba Center has an exclusive selection of native plants available for sale on-site, while supplies last. 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.

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