Summer Events

Our gardens are open until 8 pm every Thursday through August. Picnicking is encouraged in our gardens wherever there is lawn, so bring a picnic and your favorite bottle of wine or purchase a snack on site. Enjoy a casual date night or spend the evening with the family!

Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29
10 am-2 pm (Gardens open ’til 4 pm)

Take a walk on the wild side of gardening with family-friendly activities, educational programming, and live entertainment. Celebrate the wonder of wildlife in our gardens. Get to know the insects, birds and animals that call our gardens home. Discover the joy of sharing your garden with your natural neighbors through family-friendly activities. A variety of food selections will be available for purchase. Each family receives a free native plant, while supplies last.

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Storytime at 10:30 every Thursday, join us for a read-aloud from a different nature-inspired story every week. No reservation required, intended for children under age 5. Meet in the Main House before we find a reading spot in the gardens.

Twilight on the Terrace,  Thursdays June 21, July 19, and August 16, 5-8 pm Grab a bite to eat and enjoy casual lawn games while listening to live music on our terrace. Mt. Cuba Center stays open late on Thursday evenings, and each third Thursday is Twilight on the Terrace, which features additional entertainment, lawn games, live music, and opportunities to explore Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens at dusk. Food, wine and beer are available for purchase.

Summer Sips, Thursday evenings, June 7, July 12 and August 23 from 6 – 8 pm ($25)  Drink in the sights, sounds and sips of summer with a relaxing evening at Mt. Cuba Center. Enjoy good company and a libation of your choice during a relaxed, one hour tour of our gardens. Return to the Conservatory for beer, wine, and cheese following the tour. Participants must be 21 years old. Out of work early? Drop in before the program starts for a sneak peek–tickets include admission to the garden for the day.

Join us for a behind the scenes look at our conservation work.  Hop on the hay wagon and roll through our bucolic natural lands.  Tickets are $3 per person in addition to garden admission, children under 2 are free. Tickets are available on-site, on the day of the event. Space is limited.

Starting at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.

August 12th and September 8th

Taught by Marty Gross
Wednesday and Thursday, July 11-12, 10 am-12:30 pm

Capture the beauty of flowers up close using soft pastels, a fascinating and versatile medium. Pastels create a range of color effects, from soft and subdued to rich and vibrant, all with interesting textures, perfect for channeling inspiration from Georgia O’Keefe’s larger-than-life plant portraits. Experiment with different techniques for bloom magnification and explore color mixing, composition, and tips for framing and preserving your work. This class is open to beginners as well as experienced pastel artists.

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Taught by Nancy Bell
Friday, July 20 10 am-12 pm

Finding plants that will grow in wet conditions around ponds, along stream banks, or in rain gardens can be a challenge. Learn which native plants thrive in moisture-laden soil, tolerate sun or shade, provide seasonal interest, and attract water-loving birds and amphibians. See the plants that thrive in and around Mt. Cuba Center’s ponds and learn how to transform a soggy spot in the yard into a thriving garden area.

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Taught by Sarah Bouboulis
Thursday, July 26, 7:30-9 pm

Discover why bats are a gardener’s best friend. These little flying mammals are great hunters of insects, eating more than 600 mosquitoes per hour! Learn about the eight species of bats native to Delaware, where they live, and how to include suitable shelters and landscape elements for bats in your yard. Then walk Mt. Cuba’s property to scout locations where bats are likely to roost and use a small acoustic monitor to “hear” bats as well as see them.

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