Enjoy a magnificent display of spring ephemerals at our annual celebration of the season. Stroll through our native plant gardens at the peak of their glory; enjoy live music, gardening demonstrations, family programming, and more. A variety of food selections are available and, in response to requests from Mt. Cuba Center’s visitors, a selection of native plants will be available for purchase, while supplies last.
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Free parking for this event is at the Red Clay Reservation at 1003 Old Wilmington Road, just east of Brackenville Road. From the parking area, shuttle buses and a walking path provide access to the garden.
Due to the rolling terrain and mulched paths at Mt. Cuba Center, the use of wheelchairs is limited. Strollers are permitted.
Pets are not permitted.
Upon entering the premises visitors grant Mt. Cuba Center permission to photograph them for promotional purposes.Location
10 am-4 pm: Live Music from Flatland Drive Bluegrass Band (Main Lawn)
11:30 am-1:30 pm: Live music from guitarist Jenn Minor (Upper Lawn)
11 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm: Children’s Story Time (South Garden)
11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm: Ikebana Demonstration (Upper Lawn)
11:30 am, 1:30 pm: Flight of the Pollinators (Main Lawn)
2 pm: Native Container Demonstration (Upper Lawn)
- Choose Your Own Adventure Explore the gardens with one of three scavenger hunts. From kids to adults, there’s something for everyone. Available at the Information Tent in the parking lot.
- Plant Sales A variety of native plants will be available for purchase. Choose from northern barren strawberry (Geum fragarioides), Little Joe Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium dubium ‘Little Joe’) and Brandywine foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia ‘Brandywine’). Note: this replaces a previous program giving away plants to a limited number of guests.
- Native Container Raffle Win a beautiful container garden of native plants. Drawing will take place at 4 pm – you need not be present to win
- Lawn Games From ladder ball to cornhole, enjoy lawn games with the whole family!
- Flying Plow CSA Meet the farmers of Flying Plow to talk all things local farming and sign up to receive fresh produce from this community-supported agriculture program. This year, you can pick up your share at Mt. Cuba Center.
- Under the Pond Meet the tadpoles growing up at Mt. Cuba Center! Get a fish-eye view of the underwater world that is home to our fish, turtles and tadpoles.
- Plant Research Find out which varieties of native plants have performed best in our trials.
- Discovery Grove Adventure into the woods and get your hands dirty with nature play activities.
- Face Painting Be transformed into a magical being!
- Flower Power Pods Craft a wildflower seed pod to help kick-start your own native plant garden.
- Earth Loom Join the fabric of our community by weaving natural materials into the Earth Loom
- Tree Detective Learn how to speak tree and complete a set of tree challenges to earn your badge!
- Natural Lands Station Hear about Mt. Cuba Center’s land management and conservation projects from our Natural Lands experts.
- Dress comfortably to sit on the ground and at the picnic tables
- Strollers and baby carriers are welcome
- Bring a refillable water bottle (Mt. Cuba Center water bottles are available for purchase)
- Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase from a variety of food trucks, or you may pack your own to picnic in our gardens
- Share your Wildflower Celebration photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #GardenWild
- Gardens close at 4 pm and the last shuttle bus pick-up is at 4 pm.
- Smoking is not permitted at Wildflower Celebration.
Scission Espresso – Espresso and Desserts
I Don’t Give a Fork – Sandwiches and hand-held foods
The Polish Connection – Traditional, handmade Polish cuisine
Mama Mia – Continental fusion
Zaikka On Wheels – Indian
Woodside Farm Creamery – Homemade, hand-dipped, farm fresh ice cream
Drinking water is available in the Main House and near the Trial Garden
New for 2019! In response to requests from Mt. Cuba Center’s visitors, a selection of native plants will be available for purchase, while supplies last. Attendees will be able to choose from northern barren strawberry (Geum fragarioides), Little Joe Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium dubium ‘Little Joe’) and Brandywine foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia ‘Brandywine’).
This replaces a previous program giving away plants to a limited number of guests.