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Vote Mt. Cuba Center The Best Garden in America

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Hockessin, De. (June 17, 2020) – Mt. Cuba Center, a public garden featuring native plants, is a nominee for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for “Best Botanical Garden” in North America. It’s up against 18 others, including several well-established institutions like Chicago Botanic Garden and New York Botanic Garden, for a chance to be named as one of the greatest in North America as part of USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards.

Two guests enjoy the gardens at Mt. Cuba Center.

“We’re honored to be included among this exceptional field of North American botanical gardens,” said Jeff Downing, executive director at Mt. Cuba. “The USA Today 10Best contest is a great way to highlight these amazing cultural and community resources at a time when getting outside and reconnecting with nature can be so valuable.”

Mt. Cuba is known for its formal and naturalistic gardens and beautiful walking paths, as well as its conservation initiatives. Mt. Cuba strives to conserve biodiversity in its gardens, natural lands, and beyond its borders. Over the past 13 years, Mt. Cuba Center has protected more than 12,000 acres of land in the mid-Atlantic region.

Mt. Cuba supports research, education, partnerships, and numerous programs throughout Delaware and the surrounding region. The gardens are home to more than 1,000 species of 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.

Located in the heart of America’s Garden Capital, Mt.  Cuba Center is one of more than 30 public gardens located within 30 miles of Philadelphia and the only one nominated for this year’s Best Botanical Garden.

Vote for your favorite botanical garden once per day until polls close on Monday, July 6 at noon ET. The winners will be announced on Friday, July 17.

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About Mt. Cuba Center

With paths taking guests from the formal gardens of a du Pont mansion through lush woodlands and picturesque meadows with stunning vistas, Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden that puts the beauty of native landscapes on display to inspire conservation. What began in the 1930s as the private estate of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland is now a public garden that highlights the beauty and value of native plants. In addition to cultivating the public garden’s formal and naturalistic landscapes, Mt. Cuba Center staff conduct research, connect guests to the natural world, and teach students about native plant gardening. Learn more at