Though our gardens are currently closed due to COVID-19, we are committed to providing our community with opportunities to connect with nature – whether it’s virtually, or in your own backyard!
Enjoy Mt. Cuba Center’s peak spring wildflower display through virtual tours and by following us on Facebook and Instagram. We also encourage you to spend time outside if you can, enhance your garden, relax with a craft, or learn something new. Browse the list below for craft ideas, a backyard scavenger hunt, spring gardening resources, opportunities to support local organizations, and more.
In lieu of visiting the gardens in person, we welcome you to visit us virtually through our series of online garden tours featuring spring, summer, and fall experiences. Find these tours on our website or on YouTube.
Check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for regular updates and beautiful garden photos and videos. Follow the #NaturalNourishment hashtag to see video tours, close-ups of plants, stories from our collections, quotes from the staff who tend these gardens, and more.
Growing a Greener World:
In 2018, Mt. Cuba was featured in an episode of the nationally syndicated PBS show, Growing a Greener World. The episode includes interviews with staff regarding our use of ecological gardening techniques, conservation work, and du Pont family legacy.
We now offer online classes! Click here to browse our courses and register to attend from the comfort of your own home.
Home Craft Ideas:
Download this page for a list of simple, nature-themed crafts you can do at home using limited supplies.
Printable Springtime Scavenger Hunt:
Print this scavenger hunt at home and use it to guide you on an outdoor adventure! See if you can find everything on the list in your own yard, or take your search to the next level by exploring your local state or public park (please adhere to social distancing recommendations and park rules).
Printable Coloring Pages:
Choose from a variety of coloring pages, featuring different native plants, to print and color at home.
We have simple ones:
- yellow trout lily (Erythronium americanum)
- trillium (Trillium sp.)
- southern magnolia flower (Magnolia grandiflora)
- Quaker ladies (Houstonia caerulea)
…and some that are more advanced:
- eastern prickly-pear (Opuntia humifusa)
- wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
- mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
- Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
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Join an iNaturalist project:
iNaturalist is a worldwide, online, social network of people sharing information and supporting global biodiversity initiatives. Two projects (Quarantine Blitz & Nat Geo Explorers Stay-At-Home) have been set up specifically to capture data during the Covid-19 stay-at-home period. iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.
Give Nature a Helping Hand (Feb. 2019) – Make spring a great time for the birds, the bees, and you!
Spring’s Edible Buffet (Apr. 2017) – Native pollinators need early spring wildflowers.
Native Plant Finder – Search Mt. Cuba Center’s extensive database to learn more about native plants and find the best options for your garden.
Penn State Extension – Home Gardening – Extensive gardening resources including articles, video, webinars, and more.
PSU Extension – Penn State is offering FREE online classes for the month of April
Local nurseries that carry native plants and are currently offering delivery or curbside pickup:
- Gateway Gardening Center (Hockessin, DE)
- Richardson’s Floral Center (Hockessin, DE) – will gather your order and load into your car for you
- Redbud Native Plant Nursery (Media, PA) – in the process of setting up curbside pickup, email them with wish list)
- Good Host Plants Nursery (Philadelphia, PA)
- Groff’s Plant Farm (Kirkwood, PA)
Nurseries that ship retail native plants:
Mt. Cuba Center recognizes the needs of our community have quickly shifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help meet the emergency food needs of Delawareans, we will donate 10 percent of all membership proceeds between May 12 and June 12, 2020, to the Food Bank of Delaware. Learn more about our membership benefits and how to purchase here.