Mt Cuba Center
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Mt. Cuba is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

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Classes offered year-round. Learn to garden in harmony with nature, take an art or wellness class, and more!

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Ecological Land Management

Mt. Cuba conserves and stewards more than 1,000 acres including meadows, forests, streams and riparian corridors.

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Tickets & Tours

Tickets & Tours

Our gardens are open for general admission Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm from April 3 until November 24.

Adults: $15
Children 6-17: $8
Children 5 & Under: Free
Members: Free. Become a member today!

To see a list of discounted admission and library pass programs, click here.

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Welcome Walks
Guided walks are offered at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm, Wednesday through Sunday when the gardens are open. Each walk 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 our garden’s history, native plants, and conservation tips you can apply at home.

One hour, $5 per person in addition to garden admission. Free for members. Advance reservation encouraged.

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Garden Enthusiast Tours

Take an in-depth look at our gardens with a friendly Educator. Discover how to contribute to ecological transformation in your community through 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 and is a good choice for well-established gardeners.

Tours are two hours in length and include walking over rolling terrain and mulched paths. Tickets include admission, so pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the gardens after your tour has ended.

Garden Enthusiast Tours are offered from 10 am to 12 pm on the following Saturdays: April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, and November 9.

This tour can be added on to your general admission ticket for $7. Free for members. Advance reservation strongly encouraged.

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Demystifying Toxic Plants Tour

Join this walking discussion of toxic plant adaptations and how they influence plant defense, edibility, propagation, and ecological value for wildlife. Learn why many of these plants are maligned in horticulture and public perception, as well as some practical ways they can enhance a home garden. One hour, $7 in addition to admission, free for members.

Demystifying Toxic Plants Tours are offered from 11 am to 12 pm on the following Saturdays: April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, and November 2.

This tour can be added on to your general admission ticket for $7 and is free for members. Advance reservation strongly encouraged.

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Health & Well-Being Tour: The Benefits of Experiences in Nature

This tour introduces concepts surrounding the value of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Explore the gardens and discuss the evolutionary and environmental phenomena behind concepts like forest bathing, mindfulness, stress recovery, and the biophilia hypothesis. Learn how elements of landscape design shape our emotional and behavioral experiences in nature. One hour, $7 in addition to admission, free for members.

Health & Well-Being Tours are offered from 11 am to 12 pm on the following Saturdays: April 27, May 25, June 29, July 27, August 31, September 21, October 26, and November 16.

This tour can be added on to your general admission ticket for $7 and is free for members. Advance reservation strongly encouraged.

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Guided Trails Hikes

Learn about Mt. Cuba’s approach to land management and the events that shape our past, current, and future landscapes. Become 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 throughout our natural lands. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Our weekly Guided Trails Hikes are offered Saturdays & Sundays from 10:30 am-12:30 pm in May, June, September, October, and November.

This tour can be added on to your general admission ticket for $7. Free for members. Advance reservation strongly encouraged.

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“I plan to plant and integrate native plants, before I hesitated due to it seeming overwhelming.”

“Our guide was delightful, full of knowledge, open to all questions, and went exactly at our pace​.”

“I will think twice before I plant – think about how it will affect our ecosystem​.”

Mt. Cuba has a selection of native plants available for purchase on-site, while supplies last. Selections vary by season. Be sure to stop by our plant sale tables near ticketing and find the right plant for your garden!

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Private Garden Tour

Eco-Gardening Consultation

Whether you have an established native plant garden or are just getting started, this unique, two-hour private consultation and garden tour will inspire and guide your home landscaping choices. By appointment only, please schedule at least two weeks in advance. $234 plus garden admission.

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