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Back to News Updates – March 26, 2024

Updates

What’s in Store for 2024!

We are delighted to welcome members and guests back to Mt. Cuba Center for visitation on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Whether you want to relax by the serene ponds, marvel at native wildflowers, hike the hills on our trails, or chill out with a drink at an event, there is so much in store for 2024!

Visitors at the ponds at Mt. Cuba Center.

Discover What’s New
There are lots of exciting changes in the garden this year, including improved access to even more of the gardens. We now have a fully ADA accessible path from the guest parking lot through the beautiful naturalistic Woodland Glade, where guests can go on to explore the formal gardens, Trial Garden, and the tree-filled naturalistic Woods Path.

Our beautiful formal South Garden is also now ADA accessible after a complete redesign and steps are no longer required to enjoy the space! Explore this area to see how native plants can be used in stunning formal settings, and be sure to revisit to see how this new perennial garden matures over time. Stay tuned for more background and details on this exciting project, including how we made the big transformation while preserving Marian Coffin’s historic design.

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Experience the garden in a whole new light on one of our new guided tours this year. Discover the fascinating adaptations toxic plants have developed and how they influence plant defense, edibility, propagation, and ecological value for wildlife during our Demystifying Toxic Plants Tour. Or explore how connections with nature can impact well-being during the Health & Well-Being Tour: The Benefits of Experiences in Nature. Daily Welcome Walks and monthly Garden Enthusiast tours offer additional opportunities to learn about native plants and Mt. Cuba.

Explore Our Trial Garden
Mt. Cuba just released our latest research report, Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region, and soon you can check out the beautiful blooming bluestars for yourself. Visit the Trial Garden and observe the best of the best, our top performers from past trials, including Carex, Echinacea, wild Hydrangea, and Phlox side by side. And don’t miss our newly plated trials, where you can track the progress of these plants throughout the seasons, including oak leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), milkweed (Asclepias spp.), and mountain mint (Pycnanthemum spp.) in the sun, or step down into the shaded section, where we have new evaluations of ferns and Tiarella planted. See our research in action!

Wide shot of flowering Amsonia.

Learn, Engage, and Unwind
Whether you are looking to grow your gardening skills or explore wellness or art, Mt. Cuba offers a diverse selection of expert-led classes, with something for everyone. We also have an exciting lineup of events this year, starting with our popular Wildflower Weekend April 19-21. Be stunned by beautiful spring blooms, take a garden tour, listen to live music, and participate in activities for children and adults! Twilight on the Terrace returns on May 17, and is a great chance to unwind with live music, drinks, and food at the end of the week. View our full list of upcoming programs here.

Two guests walk down the West Slope path in spring at Mt. Cuba Center.

Discounted Admission Programs
Mt. Cuba partners with several organizations to offer discounted and free admission to those who are eligible, including local programs like ACCESS Delaware and national programs like Blue Star Museums and MUSEUMS for All.  Visit our website for more information.

Plan your visit today!
Explore the gardens and trails from April through November, Wednesday-Sunday from 10 am-6 pm. Purchase tickets in advance or upon arrival, or become a Mt. Cuba member today!