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Back to News In The News – May 3, 2021

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Mt. Cuba Center, a public garden dedicated to native plants and ecological gardening, is once again in the running for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for “Best Botanical Garden” in North America. In 2020, Mt. Cuba won the #1 botanical garden in North America by voting, and the botanic garden is asking for your vote again this year.

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Mt. Cuba center is competing against 20 other gardens, including Longwood Gardens and New York Botanical Garden. Located in America’s Garden Capital, Mt. Cuba is one of 37 public gardens within 30 miles of Philadelphia.

One thing that sets Mt. Cuba apart from other gardens in North America is our commitment to native plants. Gardening with natives is becoming more mainstream and the horticultural team at Mt. Cuba has extensive experience and expertise working with plants indigenous to the eastern United States. The staff cultivates landscapes that are every bit as lush, beautiful, and bountiful as any garden around, while also supporting birds, butterflies, and a wide array of wildlife.

Additionally, Mt. Cuba supports research, conservation, education, and numerous programs throughout Delaware and the surrounding region. The gardens are home to more than 2,300 different native plants, some threatened by extinction. Surrounding the gardens are more than 1,000 acres of natural lands featuring Appalachian Piedmont landscapes, flora, and fauna.


About Mt. Cuba Center

Mt. Cuba Center is a botanic garden that highlights the beauty and value of native plants to inspire conservation. Once the private estate of Pamela and Lammot du Pont Copeland, the public garden opened for general admission in 2013 and now spans more than 1,000 acres. It features captivating blooms along garden pathways in formal and woodland settings, picturesque meadows and ponds with stunning vistas, and more than two miles of scenic trails throughout its natural lands. Mt. Cuba is recognized as a leader in native plant research and open space preservation, having protected more than 13,000 acres in the mid-Atlantic region. In 2020, it was voted best botanical garden in North America by USA Today readers, and also received awards including The News Journal’s Best Workplaces and Delaware Today’s Best of Delaware for its gardening, conservation, art, and wellness classes.

About USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

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Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The nomination panel for each award category is displayed on its associated contest page. All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the website.

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