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Gardening on a higher level

PROGRAMS

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“I want this to be a place where people will learn to appreciate our native plants and to see how these plants can enrich their lives so that they, in turn, will become conservators of our natural habitats.� Pamela Copeland


contents Visit Our Gardens.....................................................4 Membership...............................................................6 Plan Your Visit............................................................7 Events......................................................................... 10 Featured Programs................................................12 Ecological Gardening Certificate..................... 20 Certificate Classes................................................. 22 Gardening Classes................................................. 26 Conservation Classes........................................... 34 Art Classes................................................................ 38 Wellness Classes.................................................... 46 Instructor Profiles.................................................. 50 Student Information............................................. 53 Program Calendar................................................. 54


visit our gardens


Hours

Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–6pm* April 1–November 22 *Gardens close at 4 pm in November

Admission

Members............................................................................................... Free Adults............................................................................................................$15 Children ages 6 – 17....................................................................$8 Children 5 and under ......................................................... Free Classes, programs, events, and other offerings are subject to change. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information.

Online course offerings

Many programs are now being offered online for your convenience. Look for an asterisk (* ) to find programs you can participate in from the comfort of your own home.

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MEMBERSHIP

MT. CUBA CENTER MEMBERSHIP Grow with us! There’s always something amazing blooming at Mt. Cuba Center. Experience our native plant gardens, natural lands, special events, and educational programs. Membership packages offer plenty of ways to Escape, Explore, and Engage. Be part of Mt. Cuba’s mission to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and make a commitment to support the habitats that sustain them. MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS Escape Package

Explore Package

Engage Package

•U  nlimited general admission for one year •G  uest Passes (two or four one-time passes) •D  iscounts on Lyft for select programs at Mt. Cuba •D  iscounts on regularly priced plants at nearby Gateway Garden Center •A  free drink and snack on every visit † • Monthly membership e-newsletter

• Escape Package benefits • 10% off on Ecological Gardening Certificate courses (year-round)

• Escape and Explore Package benefits • Invitations to behind-thescenes programs† • Members-only ticketed events† • A free native plant • Member pricing on select programs

†To ensure the safety of our members during these unprecedented times, certain benefits are temporarily unavailable.

Dig in at mtcubacenter.org/membership Membership Pricing Individual Plus

One cardholder plus one guest per visit.

Escape................. $84 ($54 tax deductible) Explore........... $122 ($92 tax deductible) Engage............ $132 ($96 tax deductible)

Dual Plus

Two cardholders plus two guests, or one cardholder plus three guests per visit.

Escape.............. $134 ($74 tax deductible) Explore........... $172 ($112 tax deductible) Engage............ $182 ($116 tax deductible)

Mt. Cuba Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A portion of a membership is tax deductible.

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PLAN YOUR EVENTS VISIT

Location 3120 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 Safety is our top priority. We ask all guests to please visit mtcubacenter. org/visitsafely to review our updated guidelines before arriving to help keep everyone safe. Picnicking Take advantage of our picnic area, shaded by mature native trees, or find a seat in the gardens. Visitors are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to help minimize waste and support Mt. Cuba Center’s commitment to conservation. Food and beverage sales are temporarily suspended for the safety of guests. Outside food and beverage is permitted.

Accessibility Due to our rolling terrain and mulched paths, access to level, even terrain is limited. Golf cart transportation to select locations throughout the garden is available upon request. For your convenience, a wheelchair, rolling walker, and walking sticks are also available at the front desk. Reservations are not required. Please call 302-239-4244 or visit mtcubacenter.org/accessibility for more information. Visiting with Children We welcome gardeners of all ages! Baby carriers and backpacks may be helpful while exploring our hillside gardens. If using a stroller, all-terrain models are recommended.

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RECURRING PROGRAMS GROUP VISITS & TOURS

With paths that take visitors from formal gardens through lush woodlands and picturesque meadows, Mt. Cuba Center puts the beauty of native landscapes on display to inspire conservation. We offer seasonal lectures and unique tour options to enhance your group’s experience of the garden. For information or to make a reservation, call 302.239.8807 or email groupsales@mtcubacenter.org. Group Admission A group admission rate of $14 per person is available for groups of 10 or more when scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Due to limited parking, all groups traveling by bus must make arrangements in advance. Welcome to Mt. Cuba Tour Just want the highlights? Join us for an hourlong introduction to our gardens that were once part of the private home and estate of the Copeland family. See spectacular displays of native plants in bloom; get design ideas for your own landscape; and learn how Mt. Cuba Center applies ecological gardening practices to work with nature, not against it. One Hour, $3 per person in addition to garden admission. Green Thumb Tour Immerse yourself in the beauty and benefits of native plants on this two-hour, in-depth tour of Mt. Cuba Center’s formal and naturalistic gardens. Learn about our Trial Garden research projects that help bring the best-performing natives to local nurseries. Topics covered will include information on our extensive native plant collections and useful tips on sustainable gardening practices. Two Hours, $4 per person in addition to garden admission.

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Hayride Highlights Tour Sit back and relax on this one-hour guided hayride through our Natural Lands. As the hay wagon travels through rolling hills and grassland fields, you’ll experience stunning vistas while learning about Mt. Cuba’s approach to natural land management and conservation. Perfect for groups who like to take in the seasonal scenery in a beautiful outdoor setting. One Hour, $3 per person in addition to garden admission. Hayride and Hike Hitch a hayride deep into our Natural Lands before adventuring on foot for a behindthe-scenes experience of Mt. Cuba’s wilder side. Hike with a friendly and knowledgeable guide to the far corners of the property and discover how Mt. Cuba applies “gardening on a higher level” in our natural areas. Learn about our ever-evolving land management strategies, conservation efforts, and the state of our restoration projects. Be prepared to hike gently sloping paths and navigate some uneven terrain. Two Hours, $4 per person in addition to garden admission.


GROUP VISITS &EVENTS TOURS

NEW!

Lectures available to groups virtually. Can’t come to Mt. Cuba this year? Let Mt. Cuba Center come to you!

Lectures Learn about what Mt. Cuba Center does best — native plants! Our gardening experts offer great suggestions for your home landscape. Lectures last one hour and can be added to group visits for $99. Inquire about topics upon scheduling to select from a variety of seasonal options. One Hour, $99.

Group Dining and Facility Rentals Complete your Mt. Cuba Center experience with a delicious meal, including breakfast, lunch, tea, or a wine and cheese reception. Room rentals are available for meetings or luncheons, subject to availability. Email groupsales@mtcubacenter.org or call 302.239.8807 for pricing. Got Plants? Mt. Cuba Center has an exclusive selection of native plants available for sale on-site. Ask about the option for each member of your group to take home a native plant. Order in advance to receive a group discount! Plants are subject to availability. Call 302.239.8807 or email groupsales@mtcubacenter.org for pricing.

WEEKLY PROGRAM Story Time Sprouts Thursdays, Memorial Day to Labor Day 10:30 am Free with Admission Get lost in a book in Mt. Cuba’s gardens! Families are invited on Thursday mornings to listen to stories from nature-themed children’s books. Intended for children ages five and under. Story Time Sprouts is weather permitting as it takes place outside to provide ample room for social distancing. We recommend you bring a blanket to sit on.

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events


Tree Spree

Saturday, September 26 (Rain Date: Sunday, September 27) 10 am – 6 pm Free with Admission See trees in their autumn glory and learn how they add beauty and value to our landscapes. During this special event, enjoy unique familyfriendly programs, live music, and more. Native plants will be available for purchase, while supplies last. Visit mtcubacenter.org/treespree for more information.

Nature Play Day

Saturday, November 7 (Rain Date: Sunday, November 8) 10 am – 4 pm Free with Admission Discover the wild side of Mt. Cuba Center with a day of good, old-fashioned outdoor fun in our Natural Lands! Take to the open skies with kite-flying; get up close and personal with tractors and trucks; navigate a nature obstacle course; and more! Embrace your inner explorer on a guided hike through rolling terrain. Visit mtcubacenter.org/natureplayday for more information. Free parking for this event is at 1003 Old Wilmington Road, just east of Brackenville Road.

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featured programs


FALL GARDENING SATURDAY Whether putting your garden to bed for winter, selecting colorful native asters for the fall, or adding evergreen shrubs and trees, autumn is a busy time of year! Join us on this fun, information-filled day and take away a wealth of ideas for successful gardening this season. Enjoy the whole day or register for individual sessions. Saturday, October 10 9:30 am – 2 pm $19 per session or $49 for all three.

Putting Your Garden to Bed * With Kathy Salisbury 9:30 – 10:30 am

Give yourself a head start on next year’s garden by taking care of it now! Kathy presents tips on how to protect perennials over winter, encourage sites for beneficial insects, and manage all those fallen leaves.

Autumn is for Asters * With Nancy Bell 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Ideal for garden beds, containers, or natural meadows, asters are versatile and easy-to-grow perennials. This group of low-maintenance plants includes native New York and New England asters, white wood aster, and varieties that do best in sun, shade, moist, or dry conditions.

Native Evergreens for Year-Round Interest * With Duncan Himmelman, PhD 1 – 2 pm

Evergreens form the “bones” of the garden and are an indispensable part of all home landscapes. Learn the overall size, cultural requirements, and ecological benefits of both broadleaf and needle-leaf evergreens that you should consider adding to your yard for year-round interest.

* Online-only class


FEATURED PROGRAMS

The Language of Flowers: Pollination Ecology for Gardeners *

NEW!

With Rebecca McMackin

Did you know that getting pollen from flower to flower relies on duplicity, bribery, thievery, and, of course, salacious plant sex? Rebecca presents the basics of pollination ecology and the fascinating— and complex—communication strategies at play in the seemingly simple matter of plant reproduction. From intoxicating scents to well-marked landing strips, learn how to “read” flowers and come to know the true desires of the beautiful organisms you cultivate in your garden. Rebecca McMackin is the Director of Horticulture at Brooklyn Bridge Park where she oversees 85 acres of diverse parkland, including meadows, wetlands, forest, and ornamental beds, with the aim of encouraging biodiversity. She is an ecologically obsessed horticulturist, writes about landscape management and pollination ecology, and designs the occasional garden.

Saturday, December 12 10 – 11:30 am $29

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FEATURED PROGRAMS

Mt. Cuba Center: From Farm Fields to Public Garden *

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With Nedda Moqtederi

Explore the fascinating 80-year history of Mt. Cuba Center as it transitioned from Lammot and Pamela Copeland’s Mt. Cuba estate to a public garden devoted to native plants. Historic photographs of their home and gardens, architectural blueprints of landscape designs, and family correspondence tell the story of creating the lush landscape we see today and shed light on their vision of preserving the northern Delaware Piedmont. Sunday, February 7 1 – 2:30 pm $29

IPM & IPAs NEW! With Mike Leventry

Winter is a great time to prepare for the upcoming gardening season, fortifying yourself with the best information on pests and diseases that may attack your plants. IPM (Integrated Pest Management) was born out of the need to keep plants healthier without relying on pesticides. So, chemicals were replaced with safer management practices. IPAs (India Pale Ales) were born out of the brewer’s need to keep beer fresher on its long haul from England to India. So, hops were added to preserve the beer. Mike Leventry, a plant health care specialist, presents the safest ways for you to manage pests in your yard as you sample some of the area’s freshest IPAs. (Ages 21 and over) Sunday, March 21 1 – 3 pm $45

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FEATURED PROGRAMS

MT. CUBA CENTER LECTURE SERIES Our 2021 Lecture Series presents novel approaches to gardening. Discover interesting insights into the complex life cycles of insects who depend on the native trees of our forests, how to incorporate a broader, more humane view of sharing our landscapes with wildlife that are often considered pests, and learn how to appreciate the inherent beauty and ecological value of summer-blooming perennials. $25 per lecture or $68 for the series. Continuing Education Units are available for all lectures.

Forests and Flowers *

With Joan Maloof Saturday, January 16 (Snow Date: Saturday, January 23) 11 am – 12:15 pm Forests are the natural habitat for many of our native wildflowers. In this talk Joan Maloof will discuss how the age of a forest influences wildflower diversity and abundance, using specific examples. She will tell stories about forests that have been saved and forests that have been lost and share information about how to save forests under threat. Maloof will discuss the Old-Growth Forest Network and how it helped Delaware become the first state to identify and preserve oldgrowth forests in all its counties. If you are interested in native plants, habitat conservation, and getting involved in the preservation of oldgrowth forests, then you will enjoy this beautifully illustrated talk. Joan Maloof is a native Delawarean who founded the Old-Growth Forest Network, an organization to preserve the remaining ancient forests of the United States, and to connect all generations with those forests. Maloof is the author of four books about forests: Teaching the Trees; Among the Ancients; Nature’s Temples; and The Living Forest. She is professor emerita at Salisbury University in Maryland.

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FEATURED PROGRAMS The Humane Gardener: Nurturing Habitats for Wildlife * With Nancy Lawson Saturday, February 13 (Snow Date: Saturday, February 20) 11 am – 12:15 pm

Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why do we welcome some larger animals to our garden while calling others “nuisances”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In this myth-busting talk, learn how common gardening methods perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us. Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting nesting sites, eliminating unintended hazards, identifying and nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures. Nancy Lawson is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife and a columnist for All Animals magazine. A frequent speaker on garden ecology, she founded Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to animal-friendly landscaping methods. Lawson’s book and wildlife habitat have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Oprah Magazine.

The Wildflowers of Summer *

With Carol Gracie Saturday, March 13 (Snow Date: Saturday, March 20) 11 am – 12:15 pm Unlike spring, when most people are eager to get out in the woods and find the first wildflowers of the year, summer is a time of vacations, family gatherings, and other pleasant diversions. As such, our many native summerblooming perennials are often neglected. Yet they have interesting qualities that make them worthy of our appreciation, including their life histories, inherent beauty, and contributions to the overall ecology of our natural world. This talk presents the plants, their habitats, and the critically important relationships they have with other organisms in their environment.

* Online-only class

Carol Gracie is retired from The New York Botanical Garden, where she spent many years leading natural history tours and exploring South American rainforests for plants. She has since returned to her earlier interest in local flora, publishing three books on this topic: Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States (co-authored with Steven Clemants), Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History, and Summer Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History, published by Princeton University Press in 2020. Carol has recently completed another book for Princeton to be titled Florapedia, which will appear in spring of 2021.

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FEATURED PROGRAMS

SPRING GARDENING SATURDAY Get ready for spring gardening with practical advice and eco-friendly ideas. Discover how to garden in harmony with nature and select the best native plants for your yard, from spring ephemerals to those adapted to soggy soils. Enjoy the whole day or register for individual sessions. Saturday, March 27 9:30 am – 2 pm $19 per session or $49 for all three.

Eco-Gardening: Plain and Simple *

Great Plants for Soggy Soils *

Woodland Wildflowers for Home Gardens *

Eco-friendly gardening works with nature not against it. Learn how native plant gardens support pollinators and wildlife, benefit local water resources, and provide beautiful, healthy spaces for people to enjoy. Get motivated, with practical examples and plenty of native plant suggestions, to begin a manageable project that can provide a positive eco-impact!

Do you have low-lying areas in your garden where water collects after heavy rainfalls? Connie presents a palette of plants that are adapted to these extra-moist soil conditions, and even tolerate a few inches of standing water for a few days. Learn how to use them in the landscape based on sun and shade conditions, bloom season, and foliage colors and textures.

When selecting plants for the shadier parts of your garden, don’t overlook native woodland wildflowers. Many of these early-blooming species, from bloodroot and wild ginger to Virginia bluebells, make attractive additions to home landscapes and provide much needed food for insects emerging from winter’s dormancy.

With Eileen Hazard 9:30 – 10:30 am

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With Connie Schmotzer 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

With Nancy Bell 1 – 2 pm


FEATURED PROGRAMS

HOME LANDSCAPING BASICS Do you want a beautiful yard, but don’t know where to begin? Through lectures, discussions, and site visits, this series offers professional guidance on how to develop landscapes that balance aesthetics with practicality. Start now on creating a home landscape that works best for you and the environment. Take one course or all three! Enroll in all three and be entered to win a free consultation with Mt. Cuba Center staff! $30 per course or $80 for the series.

Getting Started With Nancy Bell Sunday, March 28 1 – 3 pm

Explore ways to create beautiful, ecologically diverse, and practical landscapes using basic principles of naturalistic garden design. Learn how to work with your site to solve problems and maximize its use. Assess the conditions of an existing landscape at Mt. Cuba Center, including views, microclimates, and sun, shade, and wind patterns. Leave with a checklist to get started on your own yard. Wear sturdy walking shoes.

Developing Curb Appeal

With Madeline Dobbs and Duncan Himmelman, PhD Sunday, April 11 1 – 3 pm A welcoming entry to your home can be more than merely a lawn, a tree, and a regimented row of traditional foundation plants. Learn how to design a well-organized front yard that provides ecological benefits, has yearround interest and variety, and even increases your property value. Wear sturdy walking shoes.

Right Plant, Right Place With Nancy Bell Sunday, April 18 1 – 3 pm

Avoid costly errors by choosing the right plant for the right place based on the environmental conditions, available space, and desired look for your yard. Learn how to select site-appropriate native trees, shrubs, and perennials and creative ways to organize them into combinations that reduce maintenance, look great year-round, and mimic natural landscapes.

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ecological gardening certificate


Whether you’re a backyard gardener, landscape professional, or just interested in native plants and their wildlife interactions, Mt. Cuba Center’s Ecological Gardening Certificate program offers a comprehensive approach to gardening in harmony with nature using ecologically sound practices. Topics include the importance of life in the soil, identifying and growing native plants, and the fundamentals of eco-friendly horticultural techniques. Learn how to attract and nurture beneficial wildlife such as birds, bees, and butterflies by creating inviting, biologically diverse landscapes. Use these skills to transform your garden or neighborhood greenspace into habitats that enhance and preserve the ecological integrity of our plant communities. Certificate classes are open to everyone. Complete all classes to earn a certificate, or take only the ones that interest you. Students seeking certification must pass an evaluation (project, quiz, exam, etc.) for each course. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to: • Identify and use native plants in the landscape • Apply organic gardening practices to create resilient environments • Design and create ecologically sound gardens by imitating nature’s patterns and systems • Manage plant health issues using sustainable techniques • Become conservators of our natural habitats Visit mtcubacenter.org/certificate for more information.

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CERTIFICATE CLASSES

ECOLOGICAL GARDENING CERTIFICATE CLASSES Course Name

Hours

Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening††

8

Sustainable Landscape Techniques 8 Botany for Gardeners†† Enhancing Life in the Soil††

8 16

Ecosystems and Plant Communities 16 Plant Propagation

Inviting Wildlife into the Garden *

With Faith B. Kuehn, Ian Stewart, PhD, and Derek Stoner Transform your landscape into a garden that attracts a wealth of beneficial wildlife, including birds, mammals, amphibians, and a wide variety of insects. Unlock the important connections between the roles of pollinators and the plants and habitats they require. Learn about the best native plants for migrating and resident birds, and the importance of having water in the garden to support turtles, damselflies, and bats. Discover the value of creating environments that sustain wildlife year-round. Three Fridays: September 11 to 25 10 am – 1 pm $199

8

Inviting Wildlife into the Garden

12

Native Plants of Spring††

12

Native Plants of Summer††

12

Native Plants of Fall††

12

Integrated Pest Management

12

Plant Disease Management

8

Managing Invasive Plants

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Environmental Landscape Design 18 Total Hours for Certificate Completion †† These courses are ideal starting points for the Certificate program.

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CERTIFICATE CLASSES

Managing Invasive Plants * With Matthew Sarver and Nate Shampine, CERP

Is your landscape being invaded by overly aggressive plants? Examine the problems caused by non-native invasive plants and discover management strategies for controlling them. Learn how to identify common alien invaders and how to distinguish them from similar looking native species. Help stem the tide and give native plants more room to grow. Saturday and Sunday: October 24 & 25 10 am – 1 pm $139

Botany for Gardeners With Michele Christiano

Have fun with botany! Understanding how plants grow and develop, how water and nutrients are taken up and distributed, and how leaves, flowers, stems, and roots function are key to becoming a successful gardener. Discover intriguing relationships between plants and pollinators, how seeds and fruits form, and why plants grow toward the sun. Develop basic plant identification skills and learn the reasons for using scientific names. You will be amazed at what goes on in the plants that live all around us. Four Thursdays: January 14 to February 4 (Snow Date: Thursday, February 11) 10 am – 12 pm $139

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CERTIFICATE CLASSES

Ecological Landscape Design With Jenna Webster

Ecologically sound landscapes are adapted to local environmental conditions and require fewer inputs to achieve success. Learn how to measure, inventory, and analyze a site; then make a conceptual design and planting plan using the “right plant, right place” approach. Broaden your design perspective, increase biodiversity in the landscape with native plants, decrease space dedicated to lawn, and create habitats that benefit insects, birds, and other fauna. A detailed materials list is available on our website mtcubacenter.org/education. It is recommended that students complete the Native Plants of Spring, Summer, and Fall, and Sustainable Landscape Techniques before enrolling in this course. Six Thursdays: February 11 to March 18 Optional project evaluation: March 25 (Snow Date: Thursday, April 1) 1 – 4 pm $279

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Enhancing Life in the Soil

With Eileen Boyle, Mark Highland, and Duncan Himmelman, PhD Native plant communities are supported by healthy, balanced soils that contain a vast array of living organisms including microbes, insects, and other fauna. Learn the basics of soil science, the value of organic matter and its role in soil structure and nutrition, and the importance of soil organisms. Learn how to make and use compost and compost tea, and how sustainable gardening practices contribute to creating high quality garden soil. Go home with a greater understanding of the life in your soil and knowing why you won’t need to buy fertilizer ever again. Please bring your lunch and dress for the weather. Four Wednesdays: March 10 to 31 (Snow Date: Wednesday, April 7) 10 am – 2:30 pm $255 (Lunch included)


CERTIFICATE CLASSES

Native Plants of Spring

With George Coombs and Mt. Cuba Center Staff As Earth awakens from its winter slumber, experience the colors, fragrances, and rapid progression of spring-flowering native plants. Through lectures and outdoor labs, learn to identify 60 beautiful and ecologically valuable trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. Examine the identifying characteristics of each plant and its preferred growing conditions, overall size, and environmental significance. With this knowledge, make informed plant selections for your spring garden. Six Thursdays: April 8 to May 13 Optional exam: May 20 10 am – 12 pm $205

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Weeds 101: Fall Section * With Scott Freedman and Duncan Himmelman, PhD

Think of what gardening would be like without the world of weeds. Learn how to identify the most common annual and perennial lawn and garden weeds using leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds. The fall section covers species that should be removed before winter, making next year’s garden more maintenance free. Ecologically friendly methods of managing weed infestations are discussed. Thursday, September 10 10 am – 12 pm $40

Creating Containers with Fall Flair *

NEW!

With Clay Stradley

Celebrate fall and give your outdoor living space some seasonal pizzazz with a fresh, new container! Clay Stradley, Custom Potting Manager at Gateway Garden Center, discusses design principles and plant selection for an autumn-themed container. He then demonstrates proper planting methods while presenting practical advice on siting and maintaining container gardens at home. Thursday, September 10 1 – 2:30 pm $29

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GARDENING CLASSES

Native Plants for Every Garden *

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With Nancy Bell

From full sun to dense shade, dry soils to wet sites, and front to back yards, there are many native plants that can be successfully grown in our area. Using the “right plant, right place” approach, Nancy Bell presents a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, and groundcovers for your garden, emphasizing wildlife value and aesthetics. Saturday, September 12 12:30 – 2 pm $25

Behind-the-Scenes: Managing Trees Successfully

With Scott Kelley and William Trescott The trees on your property represent significant ecological and economic value and should be considered assets, not liabilities. Scott Kelley and Bill Trescott, Mt. Cuba Center’s ISA Certified Arborists®, lead you on a behind-the-scenes tour of trees that make up the backbone of our gardens and discuss how they assess tree risk and develop management plans to defend against potential hazards. Discover how you, your homeowner’s association, or a civic organization can manage and preserve trees for future generations to enjoy. (Class size is limited.) Sunday, September 20 (Rain Date: Sunday, September 27) 10 – 11:30 am $29

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Best Native Plants for Containers * With Julia Eppes

Dive into fall with fresh containers filled with beautiful native plants that are adapted to our local growing conditions. From short to tall, sun to shade, there are plenty of plants for creating a small, wildlife-friendly oasis on a balcony, patio, or porch. Leave with a list of our favorite container-loving natives. Sunday, September 20 1 – 2:30 pm $29

Autumn Groundcovers * With Duncan Himmelman, PhD

Kick mulch to the curb and plant a tapestry of native plants for a more visually appealing and ecologically valuable landscape. Learn a variety of attractive, tough, and versatile species that look great in the fall and help knit your landscape together. Gardeners of all levels will benefit from this addition to their gardening expertise. Wednesday, September 23 1 – 2:30 pm $29


GARDENING CLASSES

Show-Stopping Autumn Perennials * With Nancy Bell

The garden season is winding down, but there are many native perennials giving one final burst of color at this time of year. Join Nancy Bell as she highlights her favorites, from goldenrods and asters to ironweed and more. Leave with a detailed list of attractive, ecologically friendly, and trouble-free plants to create your own autumn-themed garden at home. Section A: Wednesday, September 30 5:30 – 7 pm $29 Section B: Thursday, October 1 1 – 2:30 pm $29

Beyond the Green Carpet: NEW! Native Grasses * With Bill Cullina

A garden without grasses is like a face without eyebrows. They provide the texture, movement, and drama that gives a place its personality and expressiveness. Bill Cullina, prolific author and the F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum, profiles many wondrous native grasses, sedges, and rushes to enliven and enrich both sunny and shady sites.

Grow Your Own Mushrooms *

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With William Needham

Fungi are fundamental to the ecology of forested habitats, and the spore-bearing mushrooms that sprout have long elicited interest. Many, such as shiitake and hen-of-thewoods, offer proteins, vitamins, and minerals that compare well with other foods, even meats. William Needham, President of the Mycological Association of Washington, explains the fascinating life cycle of mushrooms and shows you how to grow your own edible species using his “log-seeding” technique. Saturday, October 3 10 am – 12 pm $39

Fall-Fruiting Trees and Shrubs * With Nancy Bell

Many resident and migratory birds rely on native trees and shrubs that produce abundant fruit in the fall to sustain them through winter. Nancy Bell showcases the best species that provide beautiful, late-season fruit with high nutritional value that entices birds to your garden. Saturday, October 3 1 – 2:30 pm $29

Friday, October 2 10 – 11:30 am $29

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GARDENING CLASSES

Organic Landscape Management *

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With Scott Schuette, PhD

With Matt Partain

Glenstone, a contemporary art museum in Montgomery County, Maryland, manages its nearly 300-acre campus without using synthetic herbicides in order to maintain a healthy environment for its visitors and native wildlife. Matt Partain, Grounds Superintendent, presents a behind-the-scenes look at this acclaimed property and discusses what it takes to create and organically manage a large-scale native plant site.

Though diminutive in stature, mosses are integral to the ecology of our forests, providing breeding grounds for the fourtoed salamander and shelter and food for small mammals, spiders, and insects. Dr. Scott Schuette presents an overview of the structure, biology, and habitat requirements for both common and unique species of mosses. Discover the beauty, ecological benefits, and fascinating life cycle of these amazing plants.

Thursday, October15 10 – 11:30 am $29

Friday, October 23 10 – 11:30 am $29

More Wild & Wicked Poisonous Plants *

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With Mark Manning

What plant poison did a king use to defeat an entire army? Mark Manning answers this and other poisonous plant questions in this fascinating class about some of the most toxic plants in our area. Learn the basics of identification, natural history, and specific lethal compounds of species you may encounter while hiking or foraging. Leave with a solid understanding of which plants to avoid touching and consuming and which ones to keep away from pets and children! Saturday, October17 10 – 11:30 am $29

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Moss Mania *

Must-Have Native Shrubs for Autumn Color * With Vic Piatt

Vic Piatt, Mt. Cuba Center’s Gardens Manager, presents his favorite native shrubs that display colorful fall foliage, fruit, and bark. Learn how to care for these autumn beauties, where best to plant them, and the ecological services they provide. This class is a must for new homeowners and anyone interested in adding irresistible fall colors to their yard. Wednesday, October 28 1 – 3 pm $29


GARDENING CLASSES

Hummingbirds in Your Garden *

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With Eileen Boyle

Make your yard a haven for hummingbirds with a great selection of native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. Learn their fascinating life cycle and how to create a garden with the ideal habitats, nesting requirements, and food sources that attract these stunning creatures from summer through fall. Section A: Wednesday, January 13 10 – 11:30 am $29 Section B: Wednesday, January 20 5:30 – 7 pm $29

Garden Design Weekend Workshop

Workshop: Tool-Sharpening Techniques With Charlie Reidinger

Sharp, well-maintained gardening tools help you get more work done in less time and with less effort. Charlie Reidinger, a Mt. Cuba Center Grounds Maintenance Technician, discusses and demonstrates professionalgrade techniques for cleaning and safely sharpening pruning shears, loppers, shovels, spades, and trowels. Get a jump-start on spring now! Bring a pair of hand pruners in need of sharpening and a pair of work gloves. (Class size is limited.) Saturday, February 6 (Snow Date: Saturday, February 13) 10 am – 12 pm $20

With Lee Armillei, APLD

Good garden design isn’t easy; but success awaits for anyone with a passion for plants, a little imagination, and proper guidance. Lee Armillei, a professional landscape designer, shows how to analyze a site, draw a basic plan, and use design principles for laying out paths, planting beds, and other garden features. Through lectures and drawing exercises, students explore design options, assess landscape materials, and employ a process that results in a practical planning document for their individual landscape project. Please bring your lunch. (Class size is limited.) A detailed list of required materials is available with the online class description. Section A: Two Saturdays: January 23 & 30 (Snow Date: Saturday, February 6) 10 am – 3:30 pm $165 Section B: Two Sundays: January 24 & 31 (Snow Date: Sunday, February 7) 10 am – 3:30 pm $165

Fool-Proof Native Plants for Beginning Gardeners * With Nancy Bell

If you’re new to gardening and want to try your hand at growing native plants, here are some bullet-proof species to get you started. Garden coach Nancy Bell discusses the merits of these plants and how they have adapted to their local habitats, including soil type, sun and shade patterns, moisture levels, and more. By planting the right plant in the right place, it should thrive with little extra care. Section A: Wednesday, February 17 10 – 11:30 am $29 Section B: Wednesday, February 24 5:30 – 7 pm $29

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GARDENING CLASSES

Workshop: Pruning for Homeowners

Successful Small Space Gardening *

Keep your trees and shrubs healthy, attractive, and long-lived using expert pruning techniques. In this hands-on workshop, learn basic pruning principles including how to make the correct cuts, the best times of year to prune various plants, and how to select and use the right tools. Gain the confidence to prune your plants in a more naturalistic, appealing, and professional way. Bring work gloves and hand pruners. (Class size is limited.)

Even a small yard can include native plants that fit neatly into your garden style and provide ecological benefits. Nancy provides practical examples of easy-to-care-for colorful perennials, compact shrubs, vines, and small flowering trees that can transform your tiny bit of paradise into a beautiful and functional garden. A list of hardy plants for sunny, shady, wet, or dry sites is included with the class.

With Raymond Carter and Megan Schiff

Section A: Wednesday, February 17 (Snow Date: Wednesday, February 24) 10 am – 1 pm $49 Section B: Saturday, February 27 (Snow Date: Saturday, March 6) 10 am – 1 pm $49

Unraveling Botanical Names * With Amy Highland

Scientific names offer precision and accuracy when identifying plants, but they can also intimidate even the most seasoned gardener. Amy Highland, Director of Collections and Conservation Lead at Mt. Cuba Center, explains how to pronounce botanical names and reveals how they provide an extra layer of understanding about plants: where they come from; who discovered them; what groups they belong to; and even how they were used in native cultures. Learn ways to conquer the secret language of plants and add another skill to your gardening talents. Thursday, February 18 10:30 am – 12 pm $29

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With Nancy Bell

Section A: Friday, February 19 10 – 11:30 am $29 Section B: Saturday, February 20 10 – 11:30 am $29

The Beginner’s Native Perennial Garden With Nancy Bell

Well-planned perennial gardens provide a variety of textures and colors from spring through fall. Learn how to create a garden plan, select hardy native plants for shade, sun, wet, or dry areas, and properly prepare, install, and maintain the garden to ensure a healthy, beautiful composition of plants. Leave with a basic layout of a perennial garden that suits your site and helps benefit the local ecosystem. Bring a snack and scale drawing of your yard. (Class size is limited.) Section A: Friday, February 26 (Snow Date: Friday, March 5) 10 am – 1 pm $59 (Materials included) Section B: Sunday, March 7 (Snow Date: Sunday, March 14) 10 am – 1 pm $59 (Materials included)


GARDENING CLASSES

Great Native Plants for Difficult Sites * With Nancy Bell

NEW! Clean Composting *

With Daryl Beyers

Yes, there are native plants that thrive in difficult sites! From deep shade or blazing sun to “try as you might” clay soil, discover a host of plants that do well in challenging spots and provide important ecological services. Even your garden can become a habitat for pollinators looking for a healthy meal.

A gardener’s first goal is to make healthy soil, and adding compost is key to achieving it. Daryl presents the science behind composting and his techniques for keeping it clean, efficient, and manageable, even for apartment dwellers. Discover the best method for your garden and leave with practical first steps on starting your own pile this spring.

Section A: Wednesday, March 3 10 – 11:30 am $29

Section A: Thursday, March 25 10 – 11:30 am $29

Section B: Saturday, March 6 10 – 11:30 am $29

Section B: Thursday, April 1 5:30 – 7 pm $29

Shade-Loving Spring Perennials * With Nancy Bell

Become a successful shade gardener using versatile, easy-to-grow, spring flowering perennials. From foamflower and heucheras to hydrangeas and ferns, the unique colors and textures of shade loving plants create exciting new effects and beautifully accent existing specimens. Discover native perennials that turn a shaded garden into a lovely sanctuary that will only increase in beauty year after year. Section A: Friday, March 12 10 – 11:30 am $29 Section B: Wednesday, March 17 5:30 – 7 pm $29 Section C: Saturday, March 20 10 – 11:30 am $29

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conservation classes

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The Marvels & Mystery of Migration *

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With Joe Sebastiani

Large-scale, long-distance bird migration has fascinated people for centuries. Joe Sebastiani, an expert birder, presents research findings on the origins of and the triggers for migration, how birds navigate, hazards along the way, and the importance of “migrant traps”. Learn what you can do to support birds as they migrate northwards this spring. Thursday, September 17 10 – 11:30 am $29

The Secret Life of Native Bees * With Matthew Sarver

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Did you know that there are about 250 species of native bees known to occur in Delaware? Unlike the non-native European honeybee, most native bees are solitary ground-nesters and are critically important pollinators of our native wildflowers. Wildlife biologist Matt Sarver discusses the life cycles and specific plant associations of bees documented in research he conducted at Mt. Cuba Center. Learn how you can create habitats to ensure ground-nesting bees continue to flourish in the Piedmont. Thursday, October 1 10 – 11:30 am $29

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CONSERVATION CLASSES

Rescuing the American Chestnut * With John Wenderoth

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The loss of the American chestnut as a functional component of eastern deciduous forests was one of the greatest ecological disasters in recent history. However, this iconic tree is not extinct, and John Wenderoth, past president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, presents the results of extensive breeding programs to develop disease resistant strains and the efforts of Mt. Cuba Center and Tyler Arboretum to save this species from extinction. Thursday, October 8 10 am – 12 pm $29

Bring Bluebirds to Your Garden * With Ian Stewart, PhD

Connecting your yard with surrounding landscapes creates vital flight corridors for native and migratory birds, including bluebirds. Ornithologist Ian Stewart, using ArcGIS technology, demonstrates how your garden contributes to a larger ecosystem and supports bluebird populations. Learn the role of nest boxes in bluebird reproduction, identify where to place one in your yard, and leave with instructions on how to properly install and look after it. You’ll soon see that your yard becomes a new home for gorgeous bluebirds! Sunday, November 1 1 – 2:30 pm $29

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Owl Howl

With Jim White Many people have heard an owl, but few have ever seen one. Mt. Cuba Center’s varied landscapes and topography provide the ideal habitats for four of Delaware’s native owl species – the barred, barn, great horned, and Eastern screech – and winter is the best time to spot them roosting in our trees. Owls are nocturnal so join us as we search for them just after dusk. Following a brief introductory lecture, we’ll head out into the garden and listen for their unique calls. Dress for the weather. (Class size is limited.) Section A: Thursday, January 14 (Snow Date: Thursday, January 21) 5 – 7:30 pm $19 Section B: Thursday, January 28 (Snow Date: Thursday, February 4) 5 – 7:30 pm $19

Understanding Trilliums * With Bill Cullina

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It is difficult to explain the allure of trilliums; but they are one of our most beloved and cherished groups of woodland wildflowers that trace their lineage to 60 million years ago. Currently, there are 48 species in the world; and of these a full 75% occur only in the forests of eastern North America. Bill takes you on a visually stunning tour of the genus, focusing first on the evolution, distribution, and ecology of the plants and then delving into the Piedmont species with all their individual needs and eccentricities. Friday, March 19 10 – 11:30 am $29


CONSERVATION CLASSES

The Language of Birds

Trillium Treasureland: Field Trip to Shenks Ferry

With Holly Merker

Calling all birders! When a bird sings, it’s telling you what it is and where it is. Increase your chances of successfully sighting and identifying songbirds “by ear” this spring using Holly’s intriguing strategies. Learn how, why, and when birds sing, and come away with foundational skills for understanding and using bird language on your next birdwatching expedition. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and wear practical shoes for walking over uneven paths. (Class size is limited.) Note: While this program focuses on techniques of birding, we cannot be certain of any sightings. That is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Section A: Wednesday, April 7 10 am – 12 pm $29 Section B: Saturday, April 10 10 am – 12 pm $29

Counting Every Bird: Citizen Science and Conservation

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With Chris Hoess

Experience the beauty of thousands of trilliums surrounded by Virginia bluebells, Dutchman’s-breeches, columbines, and other spring ephemerals at Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve. Learn the ecology and geology of the area and how this unique wildflower treasure came to be. Bring your lunch and be prepared for hiking uneven terrain. (Class size is limited.) A copy of Trilliums of Mt. Cuba Center is included in the registration fee. Saturday, April 17 (Rain Date: Saturday, April 24) 8 am – 4:30 pm $75 Although van transportation is available from Mt. Cuba Center on a first-come, firstserved basis, carpooling is encouraged. For more information on travel arrangements, email education@mtcubacenter.org or call 302.239.8807. For those preferring to meet at the site, driving instructions are provided upon registration.

With Holly Merker

Millions of observations made by citizen scientists in the past few years have greatly expanded our understanding of bird migration. This data provides a more detailed picture than ever before about where and when birds migrate and the geographic and atmospheric conditions that influence their flights. Join the citizen science brigade and learn how you can contribute to this research and support nationwide conservation efforts for birds that live in and travel along the eastern seaboard. Saturday, April 10 1 – 3 pm $29

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art classes


Getting Started with Vellum *

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With Margaret Saylor

Unlike the stark white of paper, vellum has a warm color ranging from pale off-white to a rich honey. Additionally, the surface variation present in vellum results in a uniquely textured finished product. Learn basic tips and techniques for painting on vellum, starting with simple exercises on small scraps. Margaret discusses how paint and vellum work together and demonstrates how to build color and form. Finish by painting a simple drawing on vellum. This is ideal for the beginner or someone wanting a refresher course in painting on this unique medium. Choose Section A or Section B. A detailed list of required materials is available with the online class description. Thursday, September 24 Section A: 10 am – 12 pm $49 Section B: 1 – 3 pm $49

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ART CLASSES

Ciders & Centerpieces: Making Magical Memories

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With Ken Norman, AIFD

Celebrate your amazing family by creating a magical and memorable centerpiece using a variety of fresh seasonal greens and beautiful blooms. Ken Norman, of Floral Inspirations, presents the basics of floral design and guides you along the way, pairing a palette of natural colors with textural elements. No experience necessary. Bring hand pruners and a medium to large box to transport your finished arrangement home. (Ages 21 and over) Thursday, October 22 5:30 – 7:30 pm $59 (Materials included)

Paint Like a Wyeth *

With Mary Cronin, Carrie Di Costanzo, and Margaret Saylor

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Andrew Wyeth was a consummate nature artist, creating extra-fine, highly realistic textures using egg tempera as well as drybrush watercolor techniques. Mary Cronin, Dean of Education and Public Programs at Brandywine River Museum of Art, will discuss Wyeth’s family background and the artist’s use of nature as an inspiration for his work, using examples such as Blackberry Branch and Buttonwood Leaf. Botanical artists Carrie Di Costanzo and Margaret Saylor then present contemporary examples of botanical art using egg tempera and demonstrate how it is applied to a gessoed panel. Learn what it’s like to paint like a Wyeth! Thursday, October 29 10 am – 12 pm $55

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ART CLASSES

Botanical Art: Guided Studio Time *

Craft a Colorful Tote Bag

Enjoy drawing and painting in the virtual company of others in a relaxed, supportive environment. Begin a new work of art, continue working on pieces already started, or simply refresh your drawing skills in this dedicated studio time. Explore a variety of techniques and mediums used in creating botanical art while the instructor provides individualized direction. All levels of experience are welcome!

Create a one-of-a-kind, no-knit, durable tote bag, ideal for carrying art supplies, books, tablets, and more! Using merino wool and other fun fiber accents, Sara walks you through the ancient craft of wet felting, from selecting and arranging your wool fibers to the finished product. Expand your knowledge of fiber arts and go home with a truly unique hand-crafted tote.

With Margaret Saylor

Select art materials you are familiar with and comfortable using: watercolor, graphite, or colored pencil. Five Thursdays: November 12 to December 17 (No class November 26) 10 am – 12 pm $129

With Sara Setzer

Saturday, February 27 (Snow Date: Sunday, February 28) 10 am – 2:30 pm $59 (Materials included)

Wool Flower Art With Sara Setzer

Capture the essence of nature while learning the beginning steps of 3-dimensional needle felting. Local textile artist Sara Setzer shows Handmade Bayberry Candles * you how to create beautiful floral designs using wool and other natural fibers in this With Nichole Gerding relaxed session of crafting. Leave with your Candle making is a craft as old as civilization own hoop-framed piece of original art, ready itself. Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage to hang and admire. No experience needed! Farm School discusses the history, tools, and Bring your lunch. common early methods of candle making Sunday, March 14 and demonstrates how to make small batch (Snow Date: Sunday, March 21) beeswax candles scented with our native 10 am – 2:30 pm bayberry. Carry on the early American $49 (Materials included) custom of burning bayberry candles for the holiday season.

Saturday, December 12 10 – 11 am $29

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ART CLASSES

NATURAL INSPIRATIONS Dress up the holidays with easy-to-make, long-lasting decorations for your entryway, front door, or dining table. Using native plants and locally sourced botanicals, including aromatic evergreens, colorful stems, cones, and flowers, craft individually inspired, beautiful pieces in these fun, relaxing courses. (Class size is limited.)

Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

Elegant Winter Container Workshop

Create a nature-inspired floral arrangement to serve as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving table this year. Give it your own personal style using an array of attractive fall flowers, greenery, cones, and seed pods. Bring hand pruners and a medium to large box to transport your finished arrangement home.

Give your entryway a festive, elegant look from now until the new year with a classic outdoor urn arrangement. This hands-on class includes an introduction to design principles and all the elements needed to create a longlasting display of native winterberry, magnolia, and evergreen branches. Bring hand pruners and a large box to transport your finished container home.

With Donna Wiley

Saturday, November 21 Section A: 10 am – 12 pm $59 (Materials included) Section B: 1 – 3 pm $59 (Materials included)

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With Donna Wiley

Wednesday, December 2 Section A: 10 am – 12 pm $69 (Materials included) Section B: 1 – 3 pm $69 (Materials included)


ART CLASSES

Wassail & Wreath Making Workshop

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With Ken Norman, AIFD

Enhance your home’s holiday spirit with a festive, long-lasting magnolia wreath, perfect for indoor or outdoor display. Enjoy a glass of wassail (spiced cider punch) as you combine magnolia leaves with native evergreen boughs. Adorn it with foraged cones and berries and add a bow for eye-catching seasonal flair. Bring hand pruners and a large box to transport your finished wreath home.

Natural Holiday Arrangement With Donna Wiley

Plants collected for their winter interest provide an abundant palette for creating uniquely beautiful holiday arrangements. Combine fragrant evergreens, pinecones, berries, decorative branches, and other natural delights into an elegant seasonal display for your home or to give as a gift. Bring hand pruners and a medium to large box to transport your finished arrangement home.

Thursday, December 3 Section A: 9:30 am – 12 pm $79 (Materials included)

Friday, December 18 (Snow Date: Saturday, December 19) Section A: 10 am – 12 pm $59 (Materials included)

Section B: 1 – 3:30 pm $79 (Materials included)

Section B: 1 – 3 pm $59 (Materials included)

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ART CLASSES

SPRING BOTANICAL ART SERIES Mt. Cuba Center’s unique collections of native plants are a natural fit for the art of botanical drawing. Using specimens from our gardens, learn how to draw flowers, foliage, and stems realistically in this entry level program. Start with the elements of line, shape, and form, and progress to developing your own personal drawing style. Begin with Learning to Draw Spring Wildflowers or dive into the upper level courses if you already have the basics! $155 per course or $419 for the series. A detailed list of required materials is available with the online class descriptions.

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CONSERVATION ART CLASSES

Learning to Draw Spring Wildflowers

With Margaret Saylor Four Thursdays, April 8 – 29 10 am – 1 pm Discover the fascinating details of spring wildflowers from Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens in this relaxed, beginner-level class. Develop basic drawing skills through observing and sketching a variety of flowers, leaves, and branches. Explore line, shape, and form, and follow up with instructor demonstrations. Plenty of exercises will build your confidence in drawing native spring flowers. No previous art experience needed.

Wildflowers in Color

Putting It All Together

Bring yourself to the next level with drawing native wildflowers from Mt. Cuba Center’s unique collections. Continue to learn basic botanical drawing skills, such as composition, scale, and perspective, while introducing simple color techniques that add another dimension to your work. A series of stepby-step exercises, instructor demonstrations, and oneon-one feedback sessions provide a strong foundation in botanical drawing. Students may work in watercolor or colored pencil.

Continue to refine your botanical drawing and composition skills using color theory and exercises that reinforce botanical accuracy. Explore painterly techniques such as dry brush or watercolor washes that enhance your individual style while remaining true to the tenets of botanical drawing. Sketch, compose, and execute a finished piece applying the skills learned in all three sections.

With Margaret Saylor Four Thursdays, May 6 – 27 10 am – 1 pm

With Margaret Saylor Four Thursdays, June 3 – 24 10 am – 1 pm

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wellness classes


Immerse yourself in the tranquility of our pastoral setting, reconnect with nature, and commit to being well this season. Enjoy the beauty of autumn with a series of meditative walks throughout the property; explore the healing aspects of our gardens; or take a t’ai chi or yoga class and leave feeling renewed and restored. Participants in any exercise program are encouraged to make sure exercise is approved by their physician. Wellness classes are presented for informational purposes only and are not intended for self-medication.

Yoga

With Michael Fahey Increase your range of motion, core body strength, and flexibility through the practice of yoga in a lovely garden setting. Focus on stretching techniques that safely promote proper spinal position, balance, and joint health. No experience is necessary. Bring a yoga mat, towel, and wear comfortable clothing. (Ages 18 and over) Section C: Six Wednesdays, September 2 to October 7 (Rain Dates: Wednesdays, October 14 & 21) 5:15 – 6:15 pm $65

Moving Meditation With Julia Byrem

Focus your mind and fine-tune your sensory awareness as you engage in the sights and sounds of nature. Experience the impression of the land beneath your feet, absorb the warmth of the sun, and enjoy the ambient noises around you during these contemplative walks. Take the first steps towards reduced stress and a more mindful life. Section D: Four Sundays, September 13 to October 4 (Rain Dates: Sundays, October 11 & 18) 8:30 – 9:30 am $10 per class or $36 for the series.

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WELLNESS CLASSES

Introduction to T’ai Chi Chih®

Elderberry Remedies *

This introductory level, easy-to-learn set of 20 movements helps dissolve tension, reduce chronic pain, and improve balance. Based on the ancient Chinese principles of activation and circulation of energy (chi), T’ai Chi Chih is an easily adaptive and enjoyable program that can be done by anyone, regardless of age or physical ability. Comfortable clothing is recommended.

Be prepared for the cold and flu season this year! Learn how elder flowers and berries are used in traditional remedies and how to prepare an antioxidant-rich syrup from them. Sue presents a detailed study of the plant, including its habitat, which parts to use, and safety precautions to consider when making the syrup. Get your questions answered and leave with a great recipe for trying this at home.

Section B: Eight Thursdays, September 17 to November 5 (Rain Dates: Thursdays, November 12 & 19) 7:30 – 8:30 am $89

Sunday, October 11 1 – 2:30 pm $29

With Jessica Lewis

Achieving Pain-Free Gardening * With Aron McConnell

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Shinrin-yoku: Forest Healing NEW! With Anisa George

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Gardening, like any outdoor activity, involves a wide variety of movements that are hard on your joints, from lifting, pushing, and pulling to getting up and down from the ground repeatedly—all in just one day! When done incorrectly, you increase your risk of gardening-related injuries, no matter what age you are. Dr. McConnell shows you how to properly lift, dig, rake, prune, carry materials, shovel snow, and get up and down from the ground so you can garden pain-free for years to come. Saturday, September 19 10 – 11:30 am $29

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With Sue Bara

Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is rooted in the traditional Japanese reverence for the natural world and dedicated to promoting health, happiness, and a sense of awe. Anisa George, a certified forest therapy guide, facilitates a series of interactions with nature that cultivate presence, calm, and profound joy. Discover how to unlock the door to new connections and intimacy with the environment through this guided meditation. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and a snack, a light backpack to carry your belongings, and something comfortable to sit on in case of wet ground. Saturday, October 17 (Rain Date: Sunday, October 18) 9 am – 12 pm $39


CONSERVATION WELLNESS CLASSES

HERBAL REMEDIES SERIES

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If you are drawn to natural remedies and have a desire to know more about them, this set of courses is for you! Herbal preparations use the seeds, fruit, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers of a plant to assist in treating a variety of ailments. Discover native plants that have been used for managing intestinal issues, psychological well-being, and seasonal allergies. $29 per course or $79 for the series.

Gut Health *

Winter Mood Lift

Seasonal Allergies

Trust your gut! Good digestion is key to good health. Learn appropriate uses of native plants and herbs that support the liver and food digestion and how to integrate them into your wellness practices. Discover a range of helpful herbal bitters, take home recipes, and make sure you feel your best throughout the holidays.

Add some sunshine to your winter days! Discover herbal remedies to soothe nerves, lift moods, and bring you warmth and comfort. Learn techniques to support emotional wellbeing; sample and make a herbal tea blend to take home. Leave with recipes and ideas to help brighten your days this season.

Spring is coming, and so is the pollen! Give your body a seasonal “tune-up” with a variety of herbal remedies that help prevent and manage spring allergies. Discover local native and naturalized plants that can help you breathe better and support your health in the coming months.

Sunday, January 17 (Snow Date: Sunday, January 24) 1 – 3 pm $29

Sunday, February 21 (Snow Date: Sunday, February 28) 1 – 3 pm $29

With Sue Bara

Sunday, November 15 1 – 2:30 pm $29

With Sue Bara

With Sue Bara

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILES

Lee Armillei, APLD, is the principal landscape designer with Athyrium Design and has 10+ years of design-buildmaintenance experience. She holds a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design from Delaware Valley University and designs carefully curated residential landscapes steeped in environmentally friendly practices. Sue Bara is an experienced herbalist with a special interest in native plant use and ethnobotany. She is also a teacher-naturalist and habitat steward with the Delaware Nature Society. Nancy Bell is the Education and Garden Coach Coordinator at Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin. She has Certificates of Merit in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from Longwood Gardens. Daryl Beyers has more than 25 years of professional horticultural experience and is the Coordinator of the Certificate Program in Gardening at the New York Botanical Garden. He has been a staff writer, photographer, and editor for Fine Gardening magazine and has published articles on gardening in Horticulture and HGTV Magazine. Eileen Boyle is the Director of Conservation and Research at Mt. Cuba Center. She loves teaching, especially about plants and their relationships with birds and butterflies. Previously, she was the Director of Horticulture at the Philadelphia Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. Julia Byrem received her formal training in yoga and Ayurveda at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and she completed a Meditation Teacher Training with David Nictern in 2013. Julia has found her passion and purpose in teaching yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, and she believes that a peaceful life is deserved by everyone. Raymond Carter is a 2019 graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Horticulture program. Currently he is an Assistant Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center, working in the Ponds and along the Main Drive. Michele Christiano is currently a gardener at a private estate. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from West Chester University and a Certificate of Merit in Ornamental Plants at Longwood Gardens. She has worked in public gardens for most of her career, including Winterthur and Longwood Gardens. George Coombs is the Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center. Previously he was Manager of Research at the Center in which he trialed cultivars and species of native plants to determine their horticultural and ecological value.

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Mary Cronin is Dean of Education and Public Programs at Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA. She holds a BA in Art History from Swarthmore College and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education from George Washington University. Bill Cullina is the F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum. He is a well-known author, lecturer, and authority on North American native plants. His books include Wildflowers; Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines; Native Ferns, Mosses, and Grasses; and Understanding Perennials. Carrie Di Costanzo worked as a fashion illustrator before shifting her focus to botanical art. Her work has won several awards in juried shows in the United States and is held in The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and private collections. Madeline Dobbs is the founder of the More BV Homes Team at Century 21 Emerald. She is the author of How to Sell Your House in 30 Days, a course that educates sellers on how to prepare their homes to appeal to today’s buyers. Julia Eppes is an Assistant Horticulturist working in the Formal Gardens at Mt. Cuba Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Landscape Horticulture from the University of Delaware. She formerly interned at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and worked at Gateway Garden Center. Michael Fahey, a co-founder of the Awareness Center in Newark, is in his 45th year as a yoga practitioner. He instructs at FIT in Wilmington, and his classes emphasize the essentials of Iyengar yoga—focused attention on breathing and precise postural alignment—in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Scott Freedman is Mt. Cuba Center’s Grounds and Plant Health Care Specialist/Chemical Coordinator. Prior to this he managed a commercial landscape maintenance company, where he oversaw operations, equipment maintenance, scheduling, and purchasing. Anisa George is a permaculture designer and certified guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides. Her approach to forest therapy grows organically out of her experience with collaborative theater: marrying playful elements of ensemble-created performance with the mindful presence and gentle pace of the forest therapy tradition.


INSTRUCTOR PROFILES

Nichole Gerding owns Thankful Sage Farm School, which specializes in carefully crafted small batch organic soaps and candles using historic methods and, when possible, local ingredients. Nichole developed her heritage skills at Colonial Williamsburg, and she was a finalist in Martha Stewart Living’s “American Made” contest in 2014 and 2015.

Jessica Lewis, CPT, CNC, is an accredited T’ai Chi Chih instructor, personal trainer, and nutritional counselor. Sculpt Your Life, her private practice, provides a unique blend of customized exercise routines, solid nutritional advice, and movement-based relaxation principles for a diverse population of clients.

Eileen Hazard is the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at Mt. Cuba Center, promoting our mission of ecological gardening and habitat conservation to surrounding communities while overseeing a robust volunteer program.

Mark Manning has a BS in Environmental Science and Chemistry from Rider University. He teaches chemistry and toxicology at Hopewell Valley Central High School in New Jersey and instructs students about poisonous plants and their edible look-alikes.

Amy Highland obtained her degree in Public Horticulture from Purdue University and is currently the Director of Collections and Conservation Lead at Mt. Cuba Center. She manages both living and non-living collections, focusing on expanding the genetic diversity of the gardens and coordinating the Center’s conservation efforts. Mark Highland received an MS from the Longwood Graduate Program, focusing on compost and potting soil. He is the founder and president of The Organic Mechanic Soil Company, LLC, a local supplier of organic, peat-free soils. Mark is the author of the recently published Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally.

Aron McConnell is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Christiana Care Health Systems where he treats a variety of orthopedic conditions in clients of all ages. His personal ideology of physical therapy is that each client should be treated with a custom-designed program based on an individualized assessment and the client’s personal goals. Holly Merker is an avid birder, a birding instructor and guide for National Audubon and the American Birding Association, and the lead eBird data reviewer for Pennsylvania. When not out birding or leading birding tours, Holly teaches watershed ecology to thousands of students in Downingtown, PA, schools.

Duncan Himmelman, PhD, is the Education Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. He earned his doctorate in Ornamental Horticulture at Cornell University, taught college for 24 years, and has contributed to a number of horticultural publications. Duncan managed a 20-acre estate in Greenwich, CT and has designed landscapes for both private and public clients in New York City, Toronto, and Chicago.

Nedda Moqtaderi has spent more than a decade researching the history of the Mt. Cuba Center property. She received her M.A. from the University of Delaware/ Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and has experience in historic preservation, oral history, archaeology, museum education, and archival collections management.

Chris Hoess teaches biology and biochemistry at Delaware Technical Community College and is Chair of the Friends of the State Line Serpentine Barrens. His interests include ferns, trilliums, plant phylogenetics, and the management and restoration of serpentine ecosystems.

William Needham is a mushroom expert and the current President of the Mycological Association of Washington, D.C. Trained as an engineer, he is a Master Naturalist, has led fungi forays in Maryland for the past ten years, and frequently lectures on the ecology and importance of mushrooms.

Scott Kelley is the Head Arborist at Mt. Cuba Center. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist® and qualified tree risk assessor. Faith B. Kuehn has spent most of her career working on pollinator conservation, invasive species control, and pest management. Her current project is Green Cabinet, focusing on pollinator conservation and therapeutic gardening at Planting Hope Gardens. Mike Leventry owns Verdant Plant Health Care, which provides environmentally responsible solutions for landscape and turf health issues. He is an ISA Certified Arborist® and has a degree in plant protection from the University of Delaware.

Ken Norman, AIFD, PFCI, is a third-generation florist and has been a featured designer at the Philadelphia Flower Show. He conducts hands-on workshops, lectures, and presentations for professional and public audiences. Matt Partain is the Grounds Superintendent at Glenstone, a contemporary art museum in Potomac, MD. He has a BS in Landscape Management from the University of Georgia, previously served as the Grounds Manager at Berea College in Berea, KY, and was a Grounds Team Leader at both The Biltmore Company and Walt Disney World.

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILES

Vic Piatt is the Gardens Manager at Mt. Cuba Center and a graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Program. He has held many positions at Mt. Cuba, including Plant Evaluation Gardener and Rock Outcrop/ Scree Gardens Horticulturist. Charlie Reidinger is a Grounds Maintenance Technician at Mt. Cuba Center. A native of Newark, DE, he worked in Arizona and California constructing and maintaining trails for the American Conservation Experience for ten years. Kathy Salisbury is the director of the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University and owns her own horticulture education and communication consulting business Katsura Horticultural. A self-described plant nerd, it is Kathy’s goal to connect everyone to the plant world around them. Matthew Sarver received a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and is an Ecological Society of America Certified Senior Ecologist. He has more than 15 years of field experience in wildlife biology, entomology, and land management. Margaret Saylor is the editor/designer of ASBA’s The Botanical Artist journal. She earned a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration, with distinction, from the NYBG. Megan Schiff is an Education Assistant at Mt. Cuba Center where she oversees the internship program. She has a master’s degree in Entomology and enjoys learning about the natural world. Connie Schmotzer is the Consumer Horticulture Educator for Penn State Extension in York County. She coordinates the county Master Gardener Program and the statewide Pollinator Friendly Garden Certification Program. Scott Schuette, PhD, earned his doctorate in plant biology from Southern Illinois University. He is a bryologist, botanist, ecologist, and evolutionary biologist with a passion for conservation of native plant diversity. Scott is the Inventory Manager with the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Joe Sebastiani is the Ashland Nature Center Manager for the Delaware Nature Society. He is passionate about birds and wildlife, founded the Ashland Hawk Watch, and edits Delaware eBird, an online checklist program, for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Sara Setzer is a fiber artist who specializes in the art of felt work. Inspired by nature, she creates eco-dyed and printed scarves, wraps, and collars using natural materials and leaves.

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Nate Shampine, CERP, is Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands Manager responsible for implementing land conservation practices and developing healthy and functional ecosystems. He is a graduate of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and he is also a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner through the Society for Ecological Restoration. Ian Stewart, PhD, was raised in Newcastle, England and received a doctorate in ornithology from the University of Leicester. He has conducted research on tree swallows and bluebirds and how local land management activities are affecting bird numbers and diversity throughout the year. Ian is currently an Ornithologist at the Delaware Nature Society. Derek Stoner is a past president of the Delmarva Ornithological Society, enjoys being out in nature, and is involved in improving land for floral and faunal biodiversity. His photographs and articles have been published in books, regional newspapers, nature magazines, and blogs. Clay Stradley is the Custom Potting Manager at Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin, DE. He has an MSc in the Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants from the University of Edinburgh and has a strong interest in native plants and their conservation. William Trescott is the Arboriculture Manager at Mt. Cuba Center where he has worked for 25 years. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist® and qualified tree risk assessor. Jenna Webster is a designer with Larry Weaner Landscape Associates where she works on meadow and habitat plans for public parks and preserves as well as landscape master plans for residential properties. She holds a Master of Science in Ecological Design from the Conway School. John Wenderoth earned a master’s degree in regional planning and economics at the University of Pennsylvania, after which he worked for several USDA agencies. He is a past board president of the Pennsylvania-New Jersey Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation and has volunteered at Tyler Arboretum to maintain an American chestnut orchard. Jim White currently serves as the Senior Fellow for Land and Biodiversity Management at the Delaware Nature Society, where he has worked for 35 years. In addition to insects, amphibians and reptiles, Jim is also keenly interested in owls. He has led many field trips in pursuit of amphibians and presents programs on them throughout our area using his own photography. Donna Wiley is the Formal Gardens Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center. She has a keen eye for color and design with expertise in container gardening and floral arranging.


STUDENT INFORMATION

Registration All classes are available for registration online at mtcubacenter.org/programs or by calling 302.239.4244. Many classes fill quickly, so please register early to avoid disappointment. Note: Beginning August 12, our class registration system will change. When registering online for the first time after August 11, follow the prompts to reset your username and password. Payment & Refunds Payment is required upon registration. Refunds are issued if registration is withdrawn at least seven days in advance of the scheduled start date or if the class is cancelled. When snow and rain dates are published, no refunds will be issued to those who cannot attend rescheduled classes. Class Cancellations & Garden Closures Occasionally we may cancel classes due to inclement weather, insufficient registration, or unforeseen circumstances. For updated information regarding closures and cancellations, call 302.239.4244 (option 3) or visit mtcubacenter.org.

Student Information • Many classes are held outdoors. Please dress for the weather conditions and wear sturdy shoes as walking paths may be uneven. • Sunscreen, hats, and insect repellant are recommended. • Due to our rolling terrain and mulched paths, the use of wheelchairs is limited. • Programs are held rain or shine unless specified otherwise. • Be advised that certain classes may be recorded and videotaped for educational or promotional purposes. • Please email education@mtcubacenter.org or call 302.239.4244 with questions or concerns. Continuing Education Units Most Mt. Cuba Center classes are approved for continuing education credits through organizations that serve arborists, certified nursery professionals, landscape architects and designers, organic growers, and other green industry professionals. Class descriptions with the CEU icon qualify for professional development hours with accrediting agencies. For full details visit mtcubacenter.org/programs/certificate.

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PROGRAM CALENDAR DATE COURSE

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SEPTEMBER 9/2 – 10/7 9/10 9/10 9/11 – 9/25 9/12 9/13 – 10/4 9/17 – 11/5 9/17 9/19 9/20 9/20 9/23 9/24 9/24 9/26 9/30

Yoga: Section C........................................................................................................... 5:15 – 6:15 pm.................................47 Weeds 101: Fall Section*......................................................................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................27 Creating Containers with Fall Flair*................................................................... 1 – 2:30 pm.......................................27 Inviting Wildlife into the Garden*...................................................................... 10 am – 1 pm...................................22 Native Plants for Every Garden*.......................................................................... 12:30 – 2 pm....................................28 Moving Meditation: Section D............................................................................. 8:30 – 9:30 am.................................47 Introduction to T’ai Chi Chih: Section B........................................................... 7:30 – 8:30 am.................................48 The Marvels & Mystery of Migration*.............................................................. 10 – 11:30 am...................................35 Achieving Pain-Free Gardening*......................................................................... 10 – 11:30 am...................................48 Behind-the-Scenes: Managing Trees Successfully...................................... 10 – 11:30 am...................................28 Best Native Plants for Containers*..................................................................... 1 – 2:30 pm.......................................28 Autumn Groundcovers*.......................................................................................... 1 – 2:30 pm.......................................28 Getting Started with Vellum: Section A*......................................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................39 Getting Started with Vellum: Section B*......................................................... 1 – 3 pm.............................................39 Tree Spree..................................................................................................................... 10 am – 6 pm...................................11 Show-Stopping Autumn Perennials: Section A*.......................................... 5:30 – 7 pm.......................................29

OCTOBER 10/1 10/1 10/2 10/3 10/3 10/8 10/10 10/11 10/15 10/17 10/17 10/22 10/23 10/24 & 10/25 10/28 10/29

The Secret Life of Native Bees*............................................................................ 10 – 11:30 am...................................35 Show-Stopping Autumn Perennials: Section B*........................................... 1 – 2:30 pm.......................................29 Beyond the Green Carpet: Native Grasses*................................................... 10 – 11:30 am...................................29 Grow Your Own Mushrooms*.............................................................................. 10 am – 12 pm................................29 Fall-Fruiting Trees and Shrubs*........................................................................... 1 – 2:30 pm.......................................29 Rescuing the American Chestnut*..................................................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................36 Fall Gardening Saturday* ...................................................................................... 9:30 am – 2 pm ..............................13 Elderberry Remedies*.............................................................................................. 1 – 2:30 pm.......................................48 Organic Landscape Management*.................................................................... 10 – 11:30 am...................................30 Shinrin-yoku: Forest Healing................................................................................ 9 am – 12 pm...................................48 More Wild & Wicked Poisonous Plants*......................................................... 10 – 11:30 am...................................30 Ciders & Centerpieces: Making Magical Memories................................... 5:30 – 7:30 pm.................................40 Moss Mania*................................................................................................................ 10 – 11:30 am...................................30 Managing Invasive Plants*..................................................................................... 10 am – 1 pm .................................23 Must-Have Native Shrubs for Autumn Color*.............................................. 1 – 3 pm.............................................30 Paint Like a Wyeth*................................................................................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................40

NOVEMBER 11/1 11/7 11/12 – 12/17 11/15 11/21 11/21

Bring Bluebirds to Your Garden*......................................................................... 1 – 2:30 pm.......................................36 Nature Play Day.......................................................................................................... 10 am – 4 pm...................................11 Botanical Art: Guided Studio Time*................................................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................41 Herbal Remedies Series: Gut Health*............................................................... 1 – 2:30 pm.......................................49 Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece: Section A................................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................42 Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece: Section B................................................... 1 – 3 pm.............................................42

DECEMBER 12/2 12/2 12/3 12/3 12/12 12/12 12/18 12/18

Workshop: Elegant Winter Container: Section A......................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................42 Workshop: Elegant Winter Container: Section B......................................... 1 – 3 pm.............................................42 Wassail & Wreath Making: Section A............................................................... 9:30 am – 12 pm.............................43 Wassail & Wreath Making: Section B................................................................ 1 – 3:30 pm.......................................43 Handmade Bayberry Candles*............................................................................. 10 – 11 am.........................................41 The Language of Flowers: Pollination Ecology for Gardeners*..................... 10 – 11:30 am...................................14 Natural Holiday Arrangement: Section A....................................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................43 Natural Holiday Arrangement: Section B........................................................ 1 – 3 pm.............................................43 *Online-only class

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JANUARY 1/13 1/14 – 2/4 1/14 1/16 1/17 1/20 1/23 & 1/30 1/24 & 1/31 1/28

Hummingbirds in Your Garden: Section A*.................................................... 10 – 11:30 am...................................31 Botany for Gardeners............................................................................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................23 Owl Howl: Section A................................................................................................. 5 – 7:30 pm.......................................36 Forests and Flowers*................................................................................................ 11 am – 12:15 pm...........................16 Herbal Remedies Series: Winter Mood Lift.................................................... 1 – 3 pm.............................................49 Hummingbirds in Your Garden: Section B*.................................................... 5:30 – 7 pm.......................................31 Garden Design Weekend Workshop: Section A........................................... 10 am – 3:30 pm.............................31 Garden Design Weekend Workshop: Section B........................................... 10 am – 3:30 pm.............................31 Owl Howl: Section B................................................................................................. 5 – 7:30 pm.......................................36

FEBRUARY 2/6 2/7 2/11 – 3/18 2/13 2/17 2/17 2/18 2/19 2/20 2/21 2/24 2/26 2/27 2/27

Workshop: Tool Sharpening Techniques......................................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................31 Mt. Cuba Center: From Farm Fields to Public Gardens*........................... 1 – 2:30 pm.......................................15 Ecological Landscape Design............................................................................... 1 – 4 pm.............................................24 The Humane Gardener: Nurturing Habitats for Wildlife*........................ 11 am – 12:15 pm...........................17 Fool-Proof Native Plants for Beginning Gardeners: Section A*............ 10 – 11:30 am...................................31 Workshop: Pruning for Homeowners: Section A......................................... 10 am – 1 pm...................................32 Unravelling Botanical Names*............................................................................. 10:30 am – 12 pm..........................32 Successful Small Space Gardening: Section A*............................................ 10 – 11:30 am...................................32 Successful Small Space Gardening: Section B*............................................. 10 – 11:30 am...................................32 Herbal Remedies Series: Seasonal Allergies.................................................. 1 – 3 pm.............................................49 Fool-Proof Native Plants for Beginning Gardeners: Section B*............ 5:30 – 7 pm.......................................31 The Beginner’s Native Perennial Garden: Section A.................................. 10 am – 1 pm...................................32 Workshop: Pruning for Homeowners: Section B......................................... 10 am – 1 pm...................................32 Craft a Colorful Tote Bag........................................................................................ 10 am – 2:30 pm.............................41

MARCH 3/3 3/6 3/7 3/10 – 3/31 3/12 3/13 3/14 3/17 3/19 3/20 3/21 3/25 3/27 3/28

Great Native Plants for Difficult Sites: Section A*........................................ 10 – 11:30 am...................................33 Great Native Plants for Difficult Sites: Section B*........................................ 10 – 11:30 am...................................33 The Beginner’s Native Perennial Garden: Section B................................... 10 am – 1 pm...................................32 Enhancing Life in the Soil....................................................................................... 10 am – 2:30 pm.............................24 Shade-Loving Spring Perennials: Section A*................................................. 10 – 11:30 am...................................33 The Wildflowers of Summer*................................................................................ 11 am – 12:15 pm...........................17 Wool Flower Art.......................................................................................................... 10 am – 2:30 pm.............................41 Shade-Loving Spring Perennials: Section B*................................................. 5:30 – 7 pm.......................................33 Understanding Trilliums*....................................................................................... 10 – 11:30 am...................................36 Shade-Loving Spring Perennials: Section C*................................................. 10 – 11:30 am...................................33 IPM & IPAs.................................................................................................................... 1 – 3 pm.............................................15 Clean Composting: Section A*............................................................................. 10 – 11:30 am...................................33 Spring Gardening Saturday*................................................................................. 9:30 am – 2 pm...............................18 Home Landscaping Basics: Getting Started.................................................. 1 – 3 pm.............................................19

APRIL 4/1 4/7 4/8 – 5/13 4/8 – 4/29 4/10 4/10 4/11 4/17 4/18 *Online-only class

Clean Composting: Section B*............................................................................. 5:30 – 7 pm.......................................33 The Language of Birds: Section A....................................................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................37 Native Plants of Spring .......................................................................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................25 Learning to Draw Spring Wildflowers............................................................... 10 am – 1 pm...................................45 The Language of Birds: Section B....................................................................... 10 am – 12 pm................................37 Counting Every Bird: Citizen Science and Conservation.......................... 1 – 3 pm.............................................37 Home Landscaping Basics: Developing Curb Appeal................................ 1 – 3 pm.............................................19 Trillium Treasureland: Field Trip to Shenks Ferry......................................... 8 am – 4:30 pm...............................37 Home Landscaping Basics: Right Plant, Right Place.................................. 1 – 3 pm.............................................19

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