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Thanks for a great year! Mt. Cuba Center is closed for general admission for the season and will reopen on April 3, 2024.

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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 closed for the season. Join us for the 2024 season starting April 3. Tickets purchased now can be used through November 17, 2024.

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

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

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

This tour can be added on to your general admission ticket for $5. Free for members. Advance reservation strongly 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 19.

This tour can be added on to your general admission ticket for $7. 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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Feedback from our tours:

  • “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 an exclusive selection of native plants available for purchase on-site, while supplies last. Selections vary by season. Be sure to stop by our plant sale table near ticketing and see which plant is right for your garden!

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Private Garden Tour

Eco-Gardening Consultation

Take your garden to the next level–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 own home landscaping choices. By appointment only, please schedule at least two weeks in advance. $99 per household, 2 person limit.

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