Mt. Cuba Center in Winter

Get a rare look at the Gardens in the wintertime with a Winter Garden Highlights Tour. Explore how native plants support overwintering wildlife and see the elegant winter forms of woody plants up close. On this exclusive Docent-led tour through our winter gardens you’ll explore the sights and sounds of the season before returning to a steaming cup of hot chocolate in the Main House. Bring your camera and warmest boots to experience the gardens to their fullest. Space is limited and registration required. These walks occur on the same day as the Winter Lecture Series.

Note: Walks may be canceled due to inclement weather or icy conditions. We will assess and communicate conditions as needed.


Saturday, January 20 – 1 PM 

Saturday, February 17 – 1 PM

Saturday, March 17 – 1 PM

Our 2018 Lecture Series encourages you to develop landscapes that work for you and the environment. Overcome the challenges of shade with native plants that brighten even the darkest garden spots, learn how to create natural and biodiverse landscapes from scratch, and discover exciting new species and cultivars available in 2018 for your garden.

$20 each, or purchase the series for $55

Saturday, January 20 – 11 AM – The Quintessential Shade Garden

Saturday, February 17 – 11 AM – Building Nature from Scratch

Saturday, March 17 – 11 AM – New and Noteworthy Natives for 2018

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When the air is clear and crisp, and the sunlight glints off the snow, it’s time to get outside! Enjoy the outdoors while getting your heart rate up with Mt. Cuba’s Winter Wonderland Walks, a fitness-focused power walk through our gardens and natural areas. Walks occur over six Fridays, but may be cancelled due to inclement weather or icy conditions.

Walks occur over six Fridays: January 12 and 23, February 9 and 16, and March 2 and 16. Registration includes every walk.

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Owl Howl – Winter is the best time to hear and see owls, and many roost at Mt. Cuba Center. After the sun goes down, join us for a hike with Delaware Nature Society’s Jim White to listen to owl calls and hopefully spot one. Due to popularity, this walk repeats on three dates (1/25, 1/31, and 2/7)

Native Plantscapes for Year-Round Interest – 1/25 and 2/1 Our gardens are a symphony of colors, shapes, and activity. With some planning and the right plants, there can always be something to look at, no matter what time of year it is. In this class, Mt. Cuba Center’s staff will show you how to add year-round interest to your garden.

Field Trip: Cumberland County Winter Eagle Festival – 2/3 –  Meet at Mt. Cuba Center to take a trip to experience bald eagles, falcons, harriers, hawks and owls at the Winter Eagle Festival in Mauricetown, NJ. There will be speakers throughout the day and refreshments. Bring your binoculars!

Ready, Set, Bluebirds! – 2/10 – The eastern native bluebird population is making a comeback thanks to the diligent effort of birders and conservationists. In this lecture, you’ll find out which habitats these stunning birds prefer, and how to place a bluebird box on your property. Materials for a bluebird box are included with the lecture.

Winter Tree Identification – Starts 2/16 – After leaves have fallen, it’s easy to spot the unique and elegant forms of our native trees. In this class, we take advantage of the winter landscape to learn the identifying features of native trees, from bark to branches, and everything in between.

Pruning for Homeowners Workshop – 2/21 – This hands-on workshop will sharpen your skills and help you reduce deadwood and rubbing branches in your yard while promoting the overall health and longevity of your woody plants.


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