Wicked Plants

Two Delaware institutions will team up to present the wild, wicked and weird world of plants this summer. The Delaware Museum of Natural History’s Wicked Plants: The Exhibit, on view Saturday, June 22 through Monday, September 2, 2019, will include plants and bouquets from Mt. Cuba Center, a native plant botanic garden located nearby. The botanic garden will include walks and classes on the topic of Wicked Plants: The Exhibit, and select Member Days, where members of the Delaware Museum of Natural History are invited to stroll the gardens free of charge.

Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book, Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities, Wicked Plants offers a fun, safe and educational way to explore some of nature’s most toxic flora. Two- and three-dimensional interactives fill a Victorian-era home at Delaware Museum of Natural History, where visitors can travel from room to room and learn about various poisonous plants that may be lurking in their homes and backyards.

On Saturday, July 13, visit Mt. Cuba Center for Wicked Plants of the Northeast to learn the basics of identification, natural history, and toxicity of some of the most common poisonous plants in our area and how to safely interact with them. (Rain date: Saturday, July 20. Cost: $29, includes general admission for the day. Register here.

From the familiar poison ivy, to the stench of skunk cabbage, to the spines of prickly pear, plants native to the Brandywine Valley will be on display at Mt. Cuba Center’s Wicked Plants Walks on Fridays: July 26, August 2, and August 9 from 6:30-7:15 PM, with a featured cocktail—Poison Ivy—available for purchase. (Cost for the walks: $15, includes general admission for the day.) This is part of Mt. Cuba Center’s extended hours on Fridays during the summer, when the gardens are open until 8 PM between Memorial Day and Labor Day and welcome picnickers to the gardens to enjoy wine, beer and food from The Box Lunch.

Members of the Delaware Museum of Natural History are invited to Member Days at Mt. Cuba Center on June 30, July 21 and August 25. Members get free admission on these dates.

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