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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.” PA M E L A C O PE L A N D

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contents Visit Our Gardens...............................................4 Membership..........................................................6 Plan Your Visit.....................................................7 Events..................................................................10 Featured Programs......................................... 14 Ecological Gardening Certificate................ 22 Certificate Classes.......................................... 24 Gardening Classes........................................... 28 Conservation Classes..................................... 38 Art Classes........................................................44 Wellness Classes.............................................. 50 Instructor Profiles.......................................... 56 Student Information.......................................60 Program Calendar............................................61

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HOURS Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm* April 1 – November 21 * Gardens close at 4 pm in November SCE NIC HIKING TR AIL S NEW! Mt. Cuba Center is opening more than two miles of scenic hiking trails in Spring 2021. Trails are accessed via the gardens and are free with admission. ADM ISSION Members.....................................................................................Free Adults................................................................................................. $15 Children ages 6 – 17............................................................ $8 Children 5 and under ..................................................Free Classes and events are subject to change. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information. ECO - GARDE NING CONSULTATIONS 2-hour private consultation at Mt. Cuba Center $99, 2-person limit Take your garden to the next level with our Eco-Gardening Consultation service. Whether you have an established native plant garden, or you are just getting started, this unique two-hour private garden tour will inspire and guide your home landscaping choices. From novel plant combinations and seasonal maintenance tips, to attracting your favorite wildlife visitors, a Mt. Cuba Center consultant will provide a customized experience to meet your gardening needs. Walk away with a folder of curated resources and a new perspective on how to approach your landscape. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance.

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MEMBERSHIP

MT. CUBA CE NTE R M E M BE RSHIP Grow with us! Enjoy Mt. Cuba’s native plant gardens, new hiking trails, special events, and educational programs all while supporting regional conservation projects and helping us fulfill our mission. We offer various membership packages to fit your interests and feed your passion for nature. All packages include: • Free general admission for one year • Complimentary guest passes • Free admission for Garden Highlight Walks • Plant discounts at Gateway Garden Center • Monthly membership e-newsletter Select packages offer additional benefits, including 10% off Ecological Gardening Certificate courses, behind-the-scenes tours, a free native plant, and invitations to member-only events. Want to learn more? Dig in at mtcubacenter.org/membership.

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P L A N Y O U R 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 new Upper Allee seating, our picnic area, or find a spot in the garden. Visitors are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to help minimize waste and support Mt. Cuba Center’s commitment to conservation.

ACCE SSIBILIT Y Due to our rolling terrain and mulched paths, access to level, even terrain is limited in our naturalistic gardens. 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 visit mtcubacenter.org/accessibility or call 302.239.4244 for more information. VISITING WITH CHILDRE N 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 G ROUP VIS ITS & TOURS With paths that guide 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 garden experience. Please visit mtcubacenter.org/groupexperiences for more information. Call 302.239.8807 or email groupsales@mtcubacenter.org to make a reservation.

ONLIN E GROUP LECTU RE S NEW! Can’t come to Mt. Cuba? Let us come to you! Learn about what Mt. Cuba Center does best—native plants— from our gardening experts, and get great suggestions for your home landscape. Each lecture includes time for audience questions and answers. For more information or to view seasonal topics, visit mtcubacenter.org/grouplectures. One Hour, $99 for up to 45 participants, $169 for 46–90 participants.

GROUP ADM ISSION 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. WE LCOM E 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. One Hour, $3 per person in addition to garden admission. GRE E N THUMB TOU R Immerse yourself in the beauty and benefits of native plants on this two-hour, in-depth tour of Mt. Cuba’s formal and naturalistic gardens. Two Hours, $4 per person in addition to garden admission. HAYRIDE HIGHLIGHTS TOUR Sit back and relax on this one-hour guided hayride through our natural lands. 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.

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HAYRIDE AND HIKE Hitch a hayride deep into our natural lands before adventuring on foot for a behind-thescenes experience of Mt. Cuba’s wilder side. Be prepared to hike gently sloping paths and navigate some uneven terrain. Two Hours, $4 per person in addition to garden admission. GROUP DINING Complete your Mt. Cuba experience with a catered meal or light refreshments. Email groupsales@mtcubacenter.org or call 203.239.8897 for pricing. GOT PL ANTS? Mt. Cuba 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.


R E C U R R I N G P R O GEVENTS RAMS W E E K LY P R O G R A M S Story Time Sprouts Get lost in a book in Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens! Families are invited on Thursday mornings to listen to stories from naturethemed 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. Meet on the Upper Lawn. We recommend bringing a blanket to sit on. No reservations required. Thursdays, Memorial Day to Labor Day 10:30 – 11 am Free with Admission

M O N T H LY P R O G R A M S Garden Enthusiast Tour

Twilight on the Terrace

Take an in-depth tour of our gardens with an expert guide; learn about notable native plants; and receive tips on sustainable gardening practices. Tour content will vary as the gardens are dynamic and ever-changing. Come back for a new experience each time.

This popular program is back for 2021! Unwind from the week with a bite to eat while enjoying live music on the terrace and evening access to the gardens. Local food trucks will be on-site, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. For more details, visit mtcubacenter.org/twilight.

Tours are two hours in length and include walking over rolling terrain and mulched paths. Tickets include admission for the day, so plan to stay for a picnic or enjoy the gardens at your leisure after your tour has ended. Purchase tickets online at mtcubacenter.org or by phone at 302.239.4244. Walk-ins are accepted as space allows.

Fridays: May 14, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 3 5 – 8 pm

Saturdays: April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13 10 am – 12 pm $19 per person $4 Members

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WILDFLOWER WEEKEND

NEW!

Join us for this three-day-long celebration of spring! Enjoy live music, gardening activities, and outdoor family programming while you experience a magnificent display of beautiful native wildflowers at the peak of their glory. Take a guided garden walk with Mt. Cuba Center experts, make a spring container garden to take home, or hike through our newly opened natural lands. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. A selection of native plants will be available for purchase, while supplies last. April 23 – 25 (Rain or Shine) 10 am – 6 pm Registration is required Adults................................................................................................. $15 Children ages 6 – 17............................................................ $8 Children 5 and under ..................................................Free Members.....................................................................................Free (Members must register and show their free tickets upon entry in order to attend.) This event may sell out, so all attendees, including Members, should register early to avoid disappointment. To register and view a full schedule of activities, visit mtcubacenter.org/wildflower.

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EVENTS

Delaware Nature Society: Native Plant Sale

Spring Art-In

Many people rediscovered the joys of nature during the past year. Hope Blooms this Spring at the Delaware Nature Society Annual Native Plant Sale. Enjoy a wide variety of beautiful native species for all growing conditions. Learn more at DelNature.org.

Let your creativity blossom while you draw, paint, or photograph Mt. Cuba Center’s natural, beautiful, and ever-changing gardens. Meet other artists and enjoy a lovely day of art and inspiration.

Online Sale Days: Sunday, May 2 & Monday, May 3 Plant Pick Up Days: Thursday, May 13 & Friday, May 15

Go Public Gardens Days Celebrate America’s public gardens all week long at Mt. Cuba Center! Don’t miss our first Twilight on the Terrace event on Friday, May 14, with live music and local food from 5–8 pm. Join us on Saturday, May 15, and enjoy hourly ticketed Garden Highlight Walks. Native plants will be available for purchase, while supplies last. Saturday, May 8 to Sunday, May 16 10 am – 6 pm

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All artists welcomed

FREE

Although this is a free event for participating artists, registration is required. Call Mt. Cuba Center at 302.239.4244 or visit our website mtcubacenter.org/artin to register and review the Artist Guidelines. Friday, June 4 (Rain Date: Saturday, June 5) 10 am – 6 pm Free for participating artists!


EVENTS

Ladybug Garden Crawl

Kids Create

The Ladybug Garden Crawl brings performers from The Ladybug Festival to Mt. Cuba Center for a music-filled evening in our gardens! Enjoy food, drinks, and a variety of live performances as you “crawl” through the gardens.

Join us for an afternoon of nature, artmaking and fun! Mt. Cuba Center partners with award-winning folk artist, Eunice LaFate, to lead a unique children’s art program in our gardens. Kids will create a collage using natural materials and go home with their very own painting! This program is intended for ages 6 to 14. Pre-registration is required. Art supplies will be provided.

Friday, June 11 (Rain Date: Thursday, June 17) 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Family Yoga Join local family-friendly yoga practice Petite Yogi for an outdoor yoga session in our South Garden! From beginners to experienced yogis, children ages 4 and up with an adult are invited to take this exciting yoga class designed to strengthen family bonds. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats or a towel.

Saturday, July 10 (Rain Date: July 17) 12:30 – 2 pm Saturday, August 7 (Rain Date: August 14) 12:30 – 2 pm Free with Admission

Saturdays, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21 (Weather Permitting) 10:30 – 11:15 am Free with Admission

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SPRING GARDENING S AT U R D AY * Get ready for the spring gardening season with practical advice and eco-friendly ideas. Discover how to garden in harmony with nature and select the best native plants for your yard. 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 * With Eileen Hazard

Eco-friendly gardening works with nature not against it. Learn how native plant gardens support pollinators and wildlife and provide beautiful, healthy spaces for people to enjoy. Get motivated with practical examples and plenty of native plant suggestions that can provide a positive eco-impact! 9:30 – 10:30 am

Great Plants for Soggy Soils * With Connie Schmotzer

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 tells you how to use them in the landscape based on sun and shade conditions, foliage colors, and bloom season. 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Woodland Wildflowers for Home Gardens * With Nancy Bell

When selecting plants for the shadier parts of your garden, don’t overlook native woodland wildflowers. Many of these early-blooming species make attractive additions to home landscapes and provide much needed food for insects emerging from winter’s dormancy. 1 – 2 pm

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F E AT U R E D P R O G R A M S

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 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. Sunday, March 28 1 – 3 pm

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Developing Curb Appeal

Right Plant, Right Place

With Madeline Dobbs and Duncan Himmelman, PhD

With Nancy Bell

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 year-round interest and variety, and even increases your property value. Wear sturdy walking shoes.

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 siteappropriate native trees, shrubs, and perennials and creative ways to organize them into combinations that reduce maintenance, look great year-round, and mimic natural landscapes.

Sunday, April 11 1 – 3 pm

Sunday, April 18 1 – 3 pm


F E AT U R E D P R O G R A M S

Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Pawpaws and Other Incredible Edibles *

NEW!

With Devon Mihesuah, PhD

Indigenous food sovereignty is the right of Native peoples to protect their wild foods, water, soil, and air on tribal lands, as well as to produce and control the quality standards and distribution of farmed and ranched food. This presentation explores the importance of nuts, vegetables, grains, and fruits tribes gather and cultivate, and the importance of these resources to cultural continuity and good health. Tuesday, May 4 6 – 7:30 pm $35

Trillium and Wine: Complementary Pairings With Robert Raguso, PhD Great wine and food pairings either emphasize the similarities or highlight the differences between the wine and food. Dr. Raguso studies the floral scents of native plant species, including trilliums, a core collection at Mt. Cuba Center. Trilliums are noteworthy for NOT smelling like conventional flowers, with fragrances that evoke wine, cheese, fruit, and spices. He has assembled a “flight” of Mt. Cuba trilliums and several wines that would complement their woodsy aromas. Explore the chemistry and ecological value of various trillium scents and take note of the pairings you like. (Ages 21 and over).

Devon Mihesuah is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and is the Cora Lee Beers Price Professor in the Humanities Program at the University of Kansas. She is the author of numerous award-winning books, including Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health, co-edited with Elizabeth Hoover, which won the Austin Award of the Society for Economic Botany and Gourmand’s Best in the World Indigenous Book. She is former Editor of the American Indian Quarterly and the University Nebraska Press book series, “Contemporary Indigenous Issues.” She oversees the American Indian Health and Diet Project at KU and the Facebook page, Indigenous Eating.

Sunday, April 25 1 – 3 pm $39

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TWILIGHT GARDENING SERIES G E T T I N G S TA R T E D W I T H N AT I V E P L A N T S *

NEW!

With Nancy Bell

Not sure where to start with native plants? Nancy Bell, garden consultant and professional horticulturist, recommends beginning with a few tried-and-true species that can blend in with your existing plantings. Learn how simple it is to garden with the best locally available native trees, shrubs, and perennials in this three-part program. Ideal for both novice and experienced gardeners. $19 per course or $49 for all three.

Trees: The Garden’s Backbone *

Shrubs: The Garden’s Workhorses *

Perennials: The Garden’s Color Palette *

Trees form the all-important long-lasting structure of a home landscape, buffering wind, providing shade, and framing views of your property. From short to tall, sun to shade, wet to dry, there is sure to be a tree that fits your needs.

Shrubs help knit the landscape into a cohesive whole by providing texture, color, and seasonal interest. Leave with a list of attractive and fool-proof shrubs that bring birds and pollinators to your garden.

There are a wealth of easyto-grow native perennials to choose from. Discover pollinator-friendly species that will compliment your property and tackle shady, sunny, wet, or dry garden sites.

Wednesday, May 19 6 – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 26 6 – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 12 6 – 7:30 pm

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S H A D E G A R D E N I N G S AT U R D AY *

NEW!

Nearly every gardener has experienced the problem of too much shade, leaving them wondering: what can I grow here? These classes address those challenges: from identifying the degree of shade you have to selecting the best plants for those conditions. Discover how to turn a shaded garden into a lovely sanctuary that will only increase in beauty year after year. Saturday, May 15 9:30 am – 2 pm $19 per course or $49 for all three.

Shade Gardening Success *

Top 10 Shade-Loving Perennials *

Container Gardens Made for the Shade *

A few basic steps are all it will take to create an attractive, colorful, low maintenance shade garden that will take your breath away. Start with a plan: identify the sunny sites, wet spots, shady nooks, and soil conditions in your yard before you select plants for those areas. You CAN make the best of a sunchallenged situation!

Become a successful shade gardener using versatile, easy-to-grow, native perennials. From foamflower and heucheras to bleeding hearts and ferns, the unique colors and textures of shade loving plants create exciting new effects and beautifully accent existing specimens.

Liven up the shady spots in your garden with containers overflowing with plant combinations that thrive in low light. Julia presents a series of thrillers, spillers, and fillers that blend texture, color, and visual interest into beautiful arrangements that will enhance your patio, balcony, or entryway.

With Nancy Bell

With Leah Brooks

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

With Julia Eppes

1 – 2 pm

9:30 – 10:30 am

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Photos courtesy of Doug Tallamy

Nature’s Best Hope *

NEW!

With Doug Tallamy

With three billion fewer birds in North America than in 1970 and the impending extinction of one million species of insects worldwide, we need to acknowledge that our current landscape designs do not sustain the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses in biodiversity cannot continue if we wish to maintain our current standard of living on Planet Earth. Tallamy presents simple steps that each of us can—and must —take to reverse this untenable situation and explains why we, each of us, are nature’s best hope. Thursday, May 13 6 – 7:30 pm $29

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Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has conducted research to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. Author of Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens (2007) and co-author of The Living Landscape (2014), his new book, Nature’s Best Hope, is a 2020 New York Times Best Seller. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.


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Natural Landscape Design: Meadows, Shrublands, and Woods *

NEW!

With Larry Weaner, FAPLD

Ecologically-based gardens can reduce maintenance, improve the environment, and enhance the beauty of any residential property. Through a series of case studies, Larry presents techniques for designing large- and small-scale landscapes that are modeled on both the broad overall patterns of native plant communities and the intricate vegetative compositions within them. Projects are presented from inception to maturity, providing a behindthe-scenes look at the practical and aesthetic considerations involved in creating and maintaining home landscapes. Tuesday, June 8 6 – 8 pm $29 Larry Weaner founded Larry Weaner Landscape Associates in 1982 and has gained a national reputation for combining ecological restoration with garden design traditions. In 2008 he received the top three design awards from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and his work has been profiled in regional and national publications, including The New York Times. An active guest lecturer and instructor for horticultural and environmental organizations throughout the US, he developed New Directions in the American Landscape, a conference series dedicated to advancing the art and science of natural landscape design.

Go Native with Infused Vodkas

NEW!

With Diane Keesee Mixologist and purveyor of fine spirits, Diane Keesee, demonstrates how easy it is to create uniquely flavored vodkas using native plants. Learn how to select the best vodka for the project, the amount of flavoring to use, the critical steps in the process, and tricks of the trade that elevate the quality of the infusion. Sample a variety of infused vodkas and leave inspired to customize your own signature cocktail. (Ages 21 and over) Sunday, June 13 1 – 3 pm $45

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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 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, from beginners to advanced gardeners. 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 Find more information at mtcubacenter.org/certificate.

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C E R T I F I C AT E C L A S S E S

Enhancing Life in the Soil*

ECOLOGICAL GARDENING CERTIFICATE CL ASSES Course Name

With Eileen Boyle, Mark Highland, and Duncan Himmelman, PhD

Hours

Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening††

8

Sustainable Landscape Techniques†† 8 Botany for Gardeners

8

Enhancing Life in the Soil

16

Ecosystems and Plant Communities 16 Plant Propagation

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Inviting Wildlife into the Garden

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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

8

Environmental Landscape Design 18 Total Hours for Certificate Completion

158

†† These courses are ideal starting points for the Certificate program.

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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. Four Wednesdays: March 10 to 31 10 am – 1 pm $215


C E R T I F I C AT E C L A S S E S

N AT I V E P L A N T S S E R I E S Native plants of the Piedmont are beautiful, inspiring, and critically important for healthy landscapes. From the subdued colors and fragrances of spring wildflowers to the exuberance of summer perennials and the captivating hues of fall foliage, you will discover a wealth of plants that satisfy your landscaping needs throughout the seasons. Using Mt. Cuba Center’s stunning gardens, learn to identify 60 trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials in each Native Plants course. Examine their key identifying characteristics, preferred growing conditions, overall size, and ecological significance. Students seeking a Certificate in Ecological Gardening must take the onsite exam.

Native Plants of Spring

With George Coombs and Eileen Boyle

Native Plants of Summer With Vic Piatt and Julia Eppes

This class will be offered as a hybrid model: lectures will be online from 10 to 11 am on the dates below, and weekly plant walks will be offered for groups of 10 students on site at Mt. Cuba Center from 10 to 11 am on Fridays, April 9 to May 14.

This class will be offered as a hybrid model: lectures will be online from 10 to 11 am on the dates below, and weekly plant walks will be offered for groups of 10 students on site at Mt. Cuba Center from 10 to 11 am on Thursdays, June 3 to July 8.

Online Lecture Six Thursdays: April 8 to May 13 Plant Walks (in person) Six Fridays: April 9 to May 14 Optional (in person) exam: May 20 10 – 11 am $205

Online Lecture Six Wednesdays: June 2 to July 7 Plant Walks (in person) Six Thursdays: June 3 to July 8 Optional (in person) exam: July 14 10 – 11 am $205

Native Plants of Fall With Renée Kemmerer and Emily Tinalli This class will be offered as a hybrid model: lectures will be online from 10 to 11 am on the dates below, and weekly plant walks will be offered for groups of 10 students on site at Mt. Cuba Center from 10 to 11 am on Fridays, September 10 to October 15. Online Lecture Six Thursdays: September 9 to October 14 Plant Walks (in person) Six Fridays: September 10 to October 15 Optional (in person) exam: October 21 10 – 11 am $205

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C E R T I F I C AT E C L A S S E S

Sustainable Landscape Techniques

Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening

With Susan Barton, PhD, and Carrie Murphy

With Susan Boss, Eileen Boyle, Scott Freedman, Erin McCormick, Vic Piatt, and Emily Tinalli

Make your landscape more ecologically sound by implementing a variety of sustainable gardening and landscaping techniques. Learn how to manage and conserve water using rain gardens, bio-swales, and rain barrels; reduce the demands of lawn care by adding meadow areas; and increase your energy savings with strategically placed layered plantings. Develop your garden to support a diverse population of beneficial wildlife and create healthy, natural habitats. Bring your lunch. Two Saturdays: May 1 & 8 10 am – 2:30 pm $139

Plant Propagation With Shelby French and James Rockwell Save money and increase your garden plants through simple propagation techniques using seeds and cuttings. Review the ethics of wild collected seed and learn the basics of seed biology, germination, and storage. Study the principles of asexual plant reproduction; learn when and how to take cuttings; and practice proper techniques for preparing and rooting them. Dress for this hands-on workshop, wear closed-toe shoes, and take samples home. Please bring your lunch and hand pruners. Two Wednesdays: May 19 & 26 10 am – 2:30 pm $169 It is recommended that students complete Botany for Gardeners before enrolling in this course.

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Become a better gardener – sustainably. Discover the garden as an ecosystem and look to nature for best management strategies. Learn how to prepare a site, make wise plant selections, and install, establish, and nurture native plants in your garden. Mt. Cuba Center horticulturists demonstrate basic sustainable gardening techniques, the proper use of tools, and organic approaches to plant health care. Leave with a guide to seasonal gardening tasks and make your landscape an ecologically sound one. Bring your lunch. Two Thursdays: June 10 & 17 (Rain Date: Thursday, June 24) 10 am – 2:30 pm $139

Integrated Pest Management With Mike Leventry Every garden is home to a host of life. Unfortunately, some of the six- and eightlegged inhabitants are detrimental to the health and survival of plants. Learn how to manage insect pests in your garden using a sustainable “toolbox” approach. Focus on integrated pest management techniques as well as the identification of both harmful and beneficial organisms. Go home knowing how to control pests in your garden using safe, wildlife-friendly practices. Bring your lunch. Three Thursdays: July 15 to 29 10 am – 2:30 pm $199


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Plant Disease Management

Inviting Wildlife into the Garden

With Nancy Gregory

With Faith B. Kuehn, PhD, Ian Stewart, PhD, and Derek Stoner

Gardening with nature requires knowledge of the various pathogenic fungi, bacteria, and viruses that affect native plants and the environmental conditions that lead to infection. Become your own plant health detective and learn the signs and symptoms of the most common plant diseases in our landscapes. Study disease life cycles and discuss management strategies for prevention and control, then implement them in your garden. Bring your lunch. Two Saturdays: July 31 & August 7 10 am – 2:30 pm $139

Ecosystems and Plant Communities With Lynn Mahaffy, PhD, and William McAvoy

Transform your landscape into a garden that attracts a wealth of beneficial wildlife, including birds, butterflies, a wide variety of insects, and amphibians. Unlock the important connections between the roles of pollinators and the plants and habitats they require. Explore Mt. Cuba Center’s naturalistic gardens to observe native bees in action and discover the best native plants for migrating and resident birds. Learn the importance of having water in the garden to support amphibians, damselflies, and bats and the value of creating environments that sustain wildlife year-round. Bring your lunch. Three Saturdays: September 11 to 25 (Rain Date: Saturday, October 2) 10 am – 2:30 pm $199

Explore the dynamic and diverse plant communities present in our area. Learn how ecology, geology, hydrology, plants, and animals, all interact to create healthy ecosystems through classroom study and field trips. Understand the complexities of these communities and how this information influences your home landscaping decisions. Enrich your learning with resources including the Flora of Delaware Online Database and A Guide to Delaware Vegetation Communities. Bring your lunch. Note: the third class consists of a field trip from 8 am to 6 pm. Three Wednesdays: August 4 to 18 (Rain Date: Friday, August 20) 10 am – 4 pm $269

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Clean Composting *

NEW!

With Daryl Beyers

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: Thursday, March 25 10 – 11:30 am $29 Section B: Thursday, April 1 5:30 – 7 pm $29

Chainsaws: Use, Safety, and Maintenance

NEW!

With Eric Kelley Whether you are a budding arborist or weekend woodcutter, this is an ideal opportunity to learn how to tune up your chainsaw under the guidance of Eric Kelley, an ISA Certified Arborist®. Eric demonstrates professional-level use of a saw as well as proper safety protocols and maintenance procedures, including protective clothing, chain sharpening, bar tensioning, and cleaning and replacing filters. Bring your own saw and get it ready for the season! Note: no chainsaws will be operated in class. Saturday, April 10 (Rain Date: Saturday, April 17) 10 am – 12 pm $24

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Weeds 101 *

Dig In!

With Scott Freedman

With Eileen Hazard

Don’t let weeds get the upper hand this season! Learn how to identify the most common annual and perennial lawn and garden weeds using leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds. The spring section focuses on early season weeds; 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 in both sections.

Discover simple ways to transform your yard into a thriving and sustainable garden using native plants! Eileen shares the “why’s” of native plant gardening, including the connections to pollinator health, birds, clean air, and local watersheds. Beginning and experienced gardeners alike will leave with new ideas and skills to make a difference in their yards and surrounding communities.

Spring Section: Wednesday, April 14 10 – 11:45 am $29 Fall Section: Wednesday, September 8 10 – 11:45 am $29 Enroll in both sections for $54.

Terrific Trilliums With Amy Highland Mt. Cuba Center’s premier collection of native trilliums provides a spectacular floral display each spring. Amy Highland, Director of Collections, presents an informative overview of our efforts to protect and conserve this iconic genus and discusses their culture and care as garden plants. A tour of our woodland gardens to see these jewels of the forest floor completes the day. Friday, April 23 (Rain Date: Friday, April 30) 1 – 3 pm $34

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Saturday, April 24 10 – 11:30 am $24

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Spring Ephemerals: A Naturalist’s Perspective

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Window Boxes for the Sophisticated Gardener

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With Mike Weilbacher

With Clay Stradley

Our native wildflowers are more than just a delight for the eye: they play important roles in the ecology and natural history of the region. Join naturalist Mike Weilbacher on a spring wildflower walk and learn the fascinating stories of our woodland ephemerals. Topics include adaptations for early blooming, reproductive strategies, defense mechanisms, coevolution, and some historical uses of these beautiful plants. Class size is limited.

From stately homes to city courtyards, windows are the eyes of our homes. Why not dress them up with a charming wooden window box that adds a punch of nature with a modern twist? Learn how to plant and maintain a colorful selection of native plants in this makeand-take class and leave with a window box handcrafted from lumber on Mt. Cuba Center’s property. Bring gardening gloves.

Wednesday, April 28 (Rain Date: Wednesday, May 5) 10 – 11:30 am $24

Friday, May 7 10 – 11:30 am $74 (Plants and container included)

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Discovering Garden Ecology With Sylvan Kaufman, PhD Your garden is a critical piece of a larger ecosystem that supports wildlife, provides important food webs, and contributes to clean water and healthy soil. Through lectures, on-site walks, and outdoor activities, learn how to link your yard with surrounding plant and animal communities using basic ecological principles. Leave with a suite of ecofriendly tools to be a more sustainable gardener and work in harmony with nature to improve vitally important habitats. Please bring your lunch. Friday, May 14 (Rain Date: Thursday, May 21) 10 am – 2:30 pm $59

Small Space Gardening * With Nancy Bell

Even a small yard can include native plants that fit neatly into your neighborhood style and provide ecological benefits. Nancy provides practical examples of easy-to-carefor 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 native plants for sunny, shady, wet, or dry sites is included with the class. Wednesday, May 20 6 – 7:30 pm $24

Introduction to Moss Gardening With Barbara Rinehart and Emily Tinalli This outdoor class showcases Mt. Cuba Center’s unique moss bank – a luxurious carpet of soft green miniature plants. Barb, a “moss master”, presents the life cycle of mosses and introduces you to a few common species you may find in your home landscape. Emily, Mt. Cuba Center’s Meadow Horticulturist, demonstrates how she manages the moss bank within our naturalistic gardens. Learn how to plant and maintain a moss garden and leave with a sample to start your own emerald carpet at home. Friday, May 21 (Rain Date: Friday, June 4) 10 am – 12 pm $44

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The Art of Combining Native Plants *

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With Scott Woodbury

Success with native perennials in the garden comes with choosing the right plant for the right location. It also depends on how you creatively combine them to best emphasize color, texture, form, and size. Scott discusses how to blend those elements into a visually appealing landscape and presents some tricks of the trade that will inspire you to add native plants to your gardens. Saturday, May 22 10 – 11:30 am $24

Dividing Perennials With Serah Pesce Dividing perennials is easy and fun! Benefits include getting new and free plants for the garden, reducing the size of overgrown plants, and rejuvenating ones that have started to slow down. This hands-on class presents the why, when, and how of dividing perennials and the essentials of caring for the new plantlets. This is a great class for the beginner gardener. Wednesday, June 2 (Rain Date: Wednesday, June 9) 1 – 2:30 pm $24

Top 10 Sun-Loving Summer Perennials * With Leah Brooks

New to native plants and unsure of where to begin? Already a pro gardener and want to broaden your plant palette? Join Leah as she presents ten of the most easy-to-grow summer-blooming plants that can liven up your garden, from wild blue indigo to Culver root and Stoke’s aster. Thursday, June 3 6 – 7:30 pm $24

Instant Pollinator Garden * With Sam Hoadley

Transform your garden into an ecologically diverse paradise for beetles, butterflies, and other pollinators. Sam Hoadley, Manager of Horticultural Research at Mt. Cuba Center, discusses plants that provide pollen and nectar to our native insects, how to site the garden, and the basic steps for creating suitable habitats for these all-important community workers. Choose if you’d like to purchase a kit of 5 native plants and easy-to-use instructions to make and maintain your own pollinator garden. Plant pick-ups will be Sunday, June 6, between 10 am and 6 pm. Saturday, June 5 10:30 am – 12 pm $24 (Add plants for an additional $35)

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Pondscaping with Native Plants *

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With Scott Woodbury Permanent water features such as ponds and water gardens attract a wide range of wildlife including wetland birds, dragonflies, frogs, salamanders, turtles, and the predators that eat them, such as snakes and hawks. Learn which plants grow in water and just beyond the water’s edge in ponds with permanent standing water. Scott presents the best approaches to caring for the plants and how to manage problems associated with duckweed, algae, invasive species, pond leaks and erosion.

With Scott Kelley and William Trescott Trees growing naturally assume the shape that makes the best use of light in a given location and climate. Pruning should mimic that process and improve the vigor, appearance, and value of trees. Scott Kelley and Bill Trescott, Mt. Cuba Center’s ISA Certified Arborists®, demonstrate proper, professional pruning techniques followed by a tour explaining how to make wise pruning and tree care decisions. Leave with a pruning plan for keeping your trees healthy and looking great. (Class size is limited.)

Thursday, June 10 6 – 7:30 pm $24

Saturday, June 12 (Rain Date: Saturday, June 19) 10:30 am – 12 pm $29

Sensational Summer Container Garden

Underappreciated Native Plants *

With Clay Stradley You need colorful containers in the summer that can take the heat and still look great. Clay Stradley, Custom Potting Manager at Gateway Garden Center, begins with design considerations, plant selection, soil basics, and weekly maintenance tips. He then shows you how to combine several sun-loving plants that complement each other and give some extra warmth to your garden this season. Bring gardening gloves. Friday, June 11 10 – 11:30 am $59 (Plants and container included)

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Pruning Trees Correctly

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With Kathy Salisbury

Gardeners are always seeking new plants to add form, color, and texture to their landscape. They are also looking for species that bring ecological value to their yards. Commonly available native plants such as echinacea, phlox, and winterberry satisfy those needs, but there are several underused and underappreciated varieties that merit attention. Kathy presents some more unusual options for you to consider in this beautifully illustrated presentation. Tuesday, June 15 6:30 – 8 pm $24


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Invasive Plant ID and Control

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With Barbara Rinehart Having trouble getting rid of invasive plants? You are not alone! Start with learning to correctly identify the most common ones, including burning bush, bittersweet, and Japanese stiltgrass, then learn how to get rid of them. See a variety of invasive plants on site and leave with a list of recommended native plants to replace them with. Help stop the invasion now! Saturday, June 19 (Rain Date: Saturday, June 26) 10 am – 12 pm $29

Fabulous Phlox With George Coombs Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), a staple of gardens since colonial times, is one of the most recognizable and popular perennials today. Large clusters of colorful flowers bloom for as long as six weeks and provide nectar for dozens of butterfly species. George Coombs, Mt. Cuba Center’s Director of Horticulture, highlights the breadth of diversity within this group of native plants and discusses the top performing selections from a three-year evaluation program. Learn which cultivars are mildew resistant and attract the most pollinators in this beautifully illustrated talk.

Great Native Plants for Difficult Sites * With Nancy Bell

What plants can tolerate constantly wet areas, or clay soil, or blazing sun, or deep shade? Nancy presents a select group of native plants that can take on those challenges, look great, and provide ecological services – all at the same time. Leave with a list of plants to help solve the difficult site dilemmas that you may have! Wednesday, June 30 6 – 7:30 pm $24

Wednesday, June 16 6 – 7:30 pm $29

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Hydrangeas for Every Garden

Workshop: Building Drystack Walls

With Sam Hoadley

With Charlie Reidinger

Wild hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) is a hardy and adaptable native shrub with tremendous horticultural and ecological value. Their abundant white to pink blooms, produced from June to July, are both eyecatching and attract a wide range of vitally important pollinators. Sam Hoadley, Manager of Horticultural Research, delves into the top performing species and cultivars in Mt. Cuba Center’s Trial Garden and discusses how to successfully incorporate and care for these versatile shrubs in your home landscape. A tour of the hydrangeas completes the class.

Are you interested in building stone walls in your garden? This one-day workshop introduces you to basic mortar-free masonry techniques. Start with a classroom introduction to the fundamental steps involved in stacked-stone wall construction, then get some hands-on instruction in setting stones on site. Bring work gloves, safety glasses, a water bottle, and lunch. Class size is limited.

Thursday, July 8 (Rain Date: Thursday, July 15) 10 am – 12 pm $29

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Saturday, July 10 (Rain Date: Saturday, July 17) 10 am – 2:30 pm $59


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Native Annuals: An Underutilized Resource *

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Create a Captivating Fall Container

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With Ethan Dropkin

With Clay Stradley

Annuals, biennials, and short-lived perennials are an integral part of ecosystem health and plant community function; but this group of useful and beautiful plants is largely ignored by gardeners. Ethan presents the life cycle and environmental functions of these plants as well as how to best incorporate them into your home landscape. Though native annuals and biennials may be short-lived, they can have a large and lasting effect on the landscape.

Usher in the cool days of autumn with a colorful assortment of plants that provide late-season interest to your garden and much-needed food for resident and migrating pollinators. Clay Stradley, Custom Potting Manager at Gateway Garden Center, discusses design principles, plant and container selection, and proper planting and maintenance tips, after which he leads you through the steps of making your own captivating autumn-themed container garden. Bring gardening gloves.

Wednesday, July 14 7 – 8:30 pm $24

Instant Rain Garden * With Sam Hoadley

Prevent excess rainwater runoff by installing a hard-working yet beautiful rain garden on your property. Sam presents the basic elements of rain garden installation and maintenance, a list of perennials for wet and dry conditions, and designs that are aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. Choose if you’d like to purchase a kit of 5 native plants and easy-to-use instructions to make and maintain your own rain garden. Plant pick-ups will be Sunday, August 8, between 10 am and 6 pm. Saturday, August 7 10:30 am – 12 pm $24 (Add plants for an additional $35)

Wednesday, September 8 10 – 11:30 am $59 (Plants and container included)

Workshop: Propagating Native Ferns With Steve Pyne Discover how simple it is to grow ferns from spores. Steve Pyne, Greenhouse Assistant at Mt. Cuba Center and skilled fern propagator, reviews the life cycle of these ancient plants, how to properly collect and dry fertile fronds, and the basic steps for successfully propagating ferns. Prepare a spore-starting medium, sow spores, and set up a simple growing system to take home in this handson workshop. Sunday, September 19 1 – 3 pm $49 (Materials included)

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The Language of Birds * 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. Sunday, March 14 1 – 3 pm $29

Understanding Trilliums *

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With Bill Cullina

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 back 60 million years. 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

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Trillium Treasureland: Field Trip to Shenks Ferry 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. Driving instructions to the site are provided upon registration. 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 $74

Shorebirds and Spartina: Avian Life on the Delmarva Coast *

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With Mike Hudson

Birds are among the most visible members of our local fauna; no matter what habitats are nearby, there are myriad bird species within easy reach. Among the most exciting habitats we have access to are those along the Delaware Bayshore and the Atlantic Ocean, characterized by plant and animal life rarely experienced further inland. Join Mike Hudson as he delves into the shorebird and waterfowl species that utilize the Atlantic Flyway and the fascinating interrelationships between the native plants that support them. Section A: Tuesday, April 27 6 – 7:30 pm $24 Section B: Saturday, July 24 1 – 2:30 pm $24

Songful Spring: Mt. Cuba’s Bluebirds

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With Ashley Kennedy, PhD Eastern Bluebirds are among the most charismatic and beloved of Delaware’s songbirds. Ashley shares her research on the role native plants play in supporting the insects that bluebirds need in their diets, illustrated with fascinating photos and videos of them bringing food to their young. She also demonstrates how she installed cameras on Mt. Cuba Center’s bluebird boxes to collect data. Learn what you can do to help conserve these beautiful birds.

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Wednesday, May 5 (Rain Date: Wednesday, May 12) 1 – 3 pm $29


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Hike the Mt. Cuba Center to Ashland Loop

Field Trip: Walk the Wilds of Delmarva Peninsula

With Joe Sebastiani and Natural Lands Staff

With Clark DeLong

Reconnect with nature in this exceptional behind-the-scenes trek through Mt. Cuba Center’s natural areas with Joe Sebastiani, Manager at Ashland Nature Center, and Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands staff. Along the way, enjoy scouting for birds, discovering native spring ephemerals, exploring old-field meadows, and learning about several natural lands projects and experiments. Be prepared for a four-mile hike through hilly terrain. Dress for the weather; bring binoculars, a water bottle, and lunch. Wednesday, May 12 (Rain Date: Wednesday, May19) 9 am – 1:30 pm $19

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Spend a day exploring Delmarva’s Nassawango Creek Preserve, one of the last pieces of true wilderness left on the East Coast. Clark DeLong leads you through several rare habitat types and discusses the unique flora of the region and ongoing restoration work to protect these communities. Observe how regular burning has changed the outlook for the imperiled plant species associated with inland dune habitats. Then, walk through one of the northernmost examples of a bald cypress swamp to experience an ecologically diverse array of fresh-water loving plants and a centuries old stand of Taxodium distichum. Bring your lunch, a water bottle, and insect repellent, and wear long pants and waterresistant footwear. Class size is limited. Driving instructions to the site are provided upon registration. Sunday, June 6 (Rain Date: Sunday, June 13) 8 am – 6 pm $74

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Making Meadows: From Start to Finish *

Hummingbirds: Dynamic Aviators NEW!

With Pennington Marchael

Join Pennington Marchael, a landscape contractor with a deep understanding of horticulture and ecology, for an overview of meadow creation and design. Discover how making the right choices from the beginning – from concept to installation -- can result in ecologically sound meadows rich in biodiversity and natural beauty. The focus will be on plant communities that dominate regional ecosystems.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are amazing creatures, traveling more than 3000 miles from their spring breeding grounds in eastern North America to wintering sites in Central America. Learn about their life cycle, migration patterns, and the plants that attract and sustain them. Then stroll through the garden to see potential food sources, nest materials, and former nesting spots for these dynamic aviators.

Wednesday, June 23 6:30 – 8 pm $24

Wednesday, August 4 (Rain Date: Wednesday, August 11) 5:30 – 7:30 pm $39

Field Trip: Coastal Plain Ecology

Wild Mushroom Foraging

With Bill McAvoy

With Jim Barg

Take botany to the beach! Experience firsthand the unique oceanside ecosystem of Cape Henlopen State Park on Delaware’s Atlantic coast. Bill McAvoy, Delaware’s State Botanist, guides you through the various plant communities and habitats of the park, where you’ll see a diverse assemblage of native flora and learn about their strategies for survival in the coastal plain’s environments. Bring your lunch, water, and be prepared for hiking in warm weather. Class size is limited. Driving instructions to the site are provided upon registration.

You never know what species of magnificent mushrooms might be growing in your own back yard. Join Jim Barg, former president of the New Jersey Mycological Association, in search of seasonally available wild mushrooms in Mt. Cuba Center’s natural areas. Learn the identifying characteristics of native fungi and the important roles they play in an ecosystem. Dress for the outdoors, bring a water bottle and snack, and wear sturdy shoes for hiking on moderate slopes. Class size is limited.

Wednesday, July 21 (Rain Date: Wednesday, July 28) 8 am – 6 pm $74

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With Eileen Boyle

Section A: Sunday, August 8 (Rain Date: Sunday, August 15) 10 am – 1 pm $49 Section B: Saturday, October 2 (Rain Date: Saturday, October 9) 10 am – 1 pm $49


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From Wolf Spiders to Orb Weavers: An Overview of the Mid-Atlantic Spiders *

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With Cathy Stragar

Spiders are ubiquitous creatures in our basements, meadows, and woodlots. While they inspire feelings of fear among many, they are a source of wonderment and mystery to the nature enthusiast. Join entomologist Cathy Stragar for this interactive discussion on the natural history, identification, feeding strategies, and adaptations of the common spiders in the mid-Atlantic region. Tuesday, September 14 6 – 7:30 pm $24

Seeds: Wild versus Commercial *

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With Jessamine Finch, PhD

Field Trip: Serpentine Barrens in the Fall With Chris Hoess Explore the unique ecosystem of the Unionville Serpentine Barrens and see how this plant community is responding to recent ecological restoration efforts. Chris Hoess, Chair of the Friends of the State Line Serpentine Barrens, discusses the natural history of the site as you search for the rare and unusual plants that inhabit the barrens. Learn how you can help preserve this ecological and cultural treasure. Please bring your lunch and be prepared for hiking through undeveloped areas. Class size is limited. Driving instructions to the site are provided upon registration. Sunday, September 19 (Rain Date: Sunday, September 26) 10 am – 2 pm $59

We all know the importance of planting and promoting native plants, but what are the differences between wild seeds and those you can purchase from a commercial vendor? While seed farming is needed to meet the demand from restoration practitioners and homeowners, the end product can differ considerably from local, wild material. Join Native Plant Trust’s Research Botanist, Jessa Finch, for this interactive online session to explore the impact of seed sourcing on commercially sold seed and to equip yourself with the information you need to be an informed purchaser of native plant seeds. Thursday, September 16 6 – 7:30 pm $24

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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 you how to create beautiful floral designs using wool and other natural fibers in this relaxed session of crafting. Leave with your own hoop-framed piece of original art, ready to hang and admire. No experience needed! Bring your lunch. Sunday, March 14 (Snow Date: Sunday, March 21) 10 am – 2:30 pm $49 (Materials included)

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S P R I N G B O TA N I C A L A R T S E R I E S * With Margaret Saylor

Mt. Cuba Center’s unique collections of native plants are a natural fit for the art of botanical drawing. Using a list of plants supplied by Mt. Cuba, students are encouraged to acquire live plants (or plant parts) to draw or use a selection of photographs representing the plant. Focus on drawing flowers, foliage, and stems in this program designed for all levels. 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! $109 per course or $299 for the series. A detailed list of required materials is available with the online class descriptions.

Learning to Draw Spring Wildflowers*

Wildflowers in Color*

Putting It All Together*

Four Thursdays: April 8 – 29 10 am – 12 pm

Four Thursdays: May 6 – 27 10 am – 12 pm

Four Thursdays: June 3 – 24 10 am – 12 pm

Discover the fascinating details of spring wildflowers in this relaxed, beginnerlevel 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.

Bring yourself to the next level of drawing native wildflowers by applying color to your selected specimen. 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 step-bystep 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.

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ART CLASSES

Spring Watercolor Workshop With Heidi Benson Observe nature’s emerging beauty along our garden paths this spring and select subjects to paint that inspire you. Using simple yet effective strategies developed by Heidi over her 40 years of art instruction, gain an understanding of form, color mixing, and shading as you create a still life composition in the studio. Ideal for the beginner or intermediate painter, these techniques are sure to enrich and refine your artistic skills. Please bring your lunch. A detailed list of required materials is available with the online class description. Saturday, May 15 10 am – 2:30 pm $69

Graphite: Form & Texture in Botanical Art*

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With Mindy Lighthipe Starting with the basics, learn the foundational skills of using graphite to accurately depict simple botanical subjects. Topics covered include how light source affects different forms, how to develop a wide range of tonal values including highlights, midtones, and shadow areas, and how to create 3-dimensional armature drawings to illustrate concave and convex shapes. Students complete several 3-part series of drawings each week: line, armature, and full tonal studies in graphite. Great for beginners as well as more experienced artists looking to refine their drawing and observation skills. A detailed list of required materials is available with the online class description. 4 Tuesdays: May 18 to June 8 9:30 – 11:30 am $134

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ART CLASSES

Garden Photography: The Rule of Thirds

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With Danny Schweers Join Danny Schweers for this garden photography workshop in the beautiful surroundings of Mt. Cuba Center. Danny begins with a brief slide show and discussion that focuses on subject matter, composition, and the “rule of thirds”, then go outdoors to practice making your own images. Return to the lab to share photos and discuss their merits and leave with improved skills at taking exceptional photographs. The class is open to photographers of all experience levels using any kind of camera, including smart phones. Class size is limited. Section A: Wednesday, May 26 (Rain Date: Wednesday, June 2) 5 – 8 pm $49 Section B: Saturday, June 5 (Rain Date: Saturday, June 12) 8 – 11 am $49

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A Summer Sketchbook With Margaret Saylor

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Observe the diverse summer flora in the gardens of Mt. Cuba Center and begin a sketchbook to record what you see. Using graphite, watercolor, and Micron pen, draw leaves, flowers, fruit, and more as you bring together the worlds of art and science. After a short tour of the gardens to view plants growing in situ, you will draw and paint from cut plant material. Sow the seeds of drawing and documenting the natural world beginning today. A detailed list of required materials is available with the online class description. Thursday, June 17 (Rain Date: Thursday, June 24) 5:30 – 8 pm $39


ART CLASSES

Fun with Botanical Watercolor With Judy Simon Charge up your creativity in this innovative and fun class! Use fresh specimens from the garden as a source of inspiration to develop fundamental watercolor painting skills. Learn paintbrush usage, color mixing, subject matter selection, and color application while finding your unique painting style. Judy guides you with personalized instruction and practical painting exercises designed to nurture your creativity. Open to all levels of experience.

Botanical Watercolor: Next Steps

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With Judy Simon Take a deeper dive into the tools and techniques of botanical watercolor painting. Through individual instruction, step-by-step demonstrations, and plenty of practice, Judy focuses on color theory and traditional dry brush methods that create form and depth, bringing your watercolors to life! Take your painting skills to the next level in this fun, relaxing class. Previous experience with watercolor is recommended.

A detailed list of required materials is available with the online class description.

A detailed list of required materials is available with the online class description.

Wednesday to Friday, July 7 to 9 10 am – 1 pm $109

Wednesday to Friday, July 21 to 23 10 am – 1 pm $109

Leaf Casting Workshop With Louise Clarke Encapsulate the splendor of nature in a resilient and functional piece of garden art using cement and real foliage as the mold. The cupped leaf sculpture creates a miniature water feature, attracting birds and butterflies to your garden. It’s sure to add a new dimension to your backyard retreat. Wear old clothes and bring a pair of sturdy rubber gloves. Sunday, July 11 Section A: 10:30 am – 12 pm Section B: 1 – 2:30 pm $39 (Materials included)

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Immerse yourself in the tranquility of our pastoral setting, reconnect with nature, and commit to being well this year. Welcome spring with a soothing yoga class; achieve harmony and balance through t’ai chi; or experience our naturalistic gardens on meditative walks and leave feeling renewed and restored. All precautionary measures related to Covid-19 will be observed. 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 A: Six Wednesdays: April 14 to May 19 (Rain Date: Wednesday, May 26) 5:15 – 6:15 pm $65 Section B: Seven Wednesdays: June 2 to July 14 (Rain Date: Wednesday, July 21) 5:15 – 6:15 pm $75 Section C: Six Wednesdays: September 8 to October 13 (Rain Date: Wednesday, October 20) 5:15 – 6:15 pm $65

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WELLNESS CLASSES

Shinrin-yoku: Forest Bathing

Introduction to T’ai Chi Chih®

With Anisa George

With Jessica Lewis

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.

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.

Section A: Saturday, May 1 (Rain Date: Sunday, May 2) 9 am – 12 pm $39 Section B: Saturday, June 26 (Rain Date: Sunday, June 27) 9 am – 12 pm $39 Section C: Saturday, July 17 (Rain Date: Sunday, July 18) 9 am – 12 pm $39

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Section A: Eight Thursdays: May 6 to June 24 (Rain Date: Thursday, July 1) Section B: Eight Thursdays: September 16 to November 4 (Rain Date: Thursday, November 11) 7:30 – 8:30 am $89 for each eight-week session


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T’ai Chi Chih: Guided Practice With Jessica Lewis For those who have completed the introductory level class, guided practice is an ideal way to gain even greater physical and mental health benefits through closer examination and refinement of T’ai Chi Chih’s 20 simple movements. Instruction is very flexible, addressing the needs of individual students while sharing the experience of fellow practitioners. Comfortable clothing is recommended. Eight Thursdays: July 15 to September 2 (Rain Date: September 9) 7:30 – 8:30 am $89

Walking to Awaken: Connecting with Self & Nature With Julia Byrem It is easy to become overwhelmed in challenging times, making stress reduction and self-care of even greater importance. Julia Byrem, a registered meditation teacher and practitioner, has created the Walking to Awaken program for people of all ages to connect with the beauty and wisdom of nature and develop a sustainable self-care practice. Slow down, focus, and nurture the body, mind, and spirit in this holistic wellness program. Section A: Four Sundays: May 16 to June 13 (No class May 30) (Rain Date: Sunday, June 20) Section B: Four Sundays: June 27 to July 25 (No class July 4) (Rain Date: Sunday, August 1) 8:30 – 9:30 am $14 per class or $39 for the four-week series.

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WELLNESS CLASSES

Medicinal Plants: Past and Present With Sue Bara The plants of our forests have amazing healing powers and have been used medicinally throughout human history. Find out how plants have been used to treat a cold, ease a stomachache, or aid in childbirth. Discover multiple uses for the flowers, trees, and shrubs found in the woods behind your home, and develop a deeper understanding of the roles plants have played in enhancing your health and well-being. This class is for educational purposes only and does not provide medical advice. Sunday, May 23 1 – 3 pm $34

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Yoga Retreat: Connecting with Nature

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With Dawna Ruello Join us for a relaxing day of yoga and meditation on Mt. Cuba Center’s picturesque natural lands. Local yoga instructor Dawna Ruello leads you through slow flow and restorative yoga poses balanced by a relaxing meditative experience. Enjoy some wholesome treats, learn to connect with nature, and refocus on what really matters. Suitable for all levels of yoga practitioners. Sunday, June 6 (Rain Date: Sunday, June 13) 9:30 am – 12:30 pm $49


C O N SW EE RLVLAN TEI O SN S CLASSES

A Garden of Sensory Delights With Faith B. Kuehn and Carrie Murphy

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The power of a sensory garden is its ability to stimulate all five senses as well as provide a safe space to relax, reflect, and connect with nature. Carrie and Faith discuss how to develop a garden of native plants that appeal to a wide range of sensory experiences and encourage you to slow down and enjoy the world around you. A garden tour highlights their presentation. Saturday, June 12 (Rain Date: Saturday, June 19) 1 – 3 pm $29

Nature as Therapy With Phyllis D’Amico, HTM Explore the foundations of how and why nature is an effective therapeutic medium in today’s world of increasing challenges and stress. Learn about the healing aspects of plants, gardens, and the natural world and immerse yourself in a restorative experience on a guided walk through Mt Cuba’s woodland landscapes. Then, bring nature into your home or workspace by creating a tabletop planting that illustrates the benefits of sensory experiences and biophilic elements in the indoor environment. Saturday, June 26 (Rain Date: Sunday, June 27) 12:30 – 3:30 pm $49

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILES

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.

Julia Byrem completed a Meditation Teacher Training with David Nichtern in 2013. She has found passion and purpose in teaching meditation and mindfulness and believes that all beings deserve peace.

Jim Barg is a wild food and mushroom forager for several restaurants in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area. He is a past President of the New Jersey Mycological Association and is a consultant to the New Jersey Poison Control Center, acting as one of several mushroom identifiers who are contacted for cases of suspected mushroom poisonings.

Louise Clarke obtained a BS in Environmental Design and Horticulture from Temple University and is the steward of The Morris Arboretum’s Bloomfield Farm. She lectures on numerous plant-centric topics, leads creative workshops, and tends to a home garden of native perennials, bulbs, and unusual vines.

Susan Barton, PhD, is an extension specialist and associate professor in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Delaware. She helped develop the Plants for a Livable Delaware program and, in 2015, received the Land Ethics Award in the residential category from Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve for her work on a sustainable demonstration project in New Castle County.

George Coombs is the Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center. Previously he was Mt. Cuba’s Manager of Research in which he trialed cultivars and species of native plants to determine their horticultural and ecological value.

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 and is a Delaware Certified Nursery Professional.

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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.

Heidi Benson is an avid painter with a 37-year career as a public-school master teacher of Visual and Studio Arts. She directed a Summer Art Academy from 2014 to 2017 and believes painting provides opportunities to create rich, meaningful experiences that connect us to nature.

Phyllis D’Amico, HTM, is a registered horticultural therapist with the American Horticultural Therapy Association and has more than 30 years of professional experience. She is the Program Coordinator for the Certificate in Horticultural Therapy at the New York Botanical Garden, and she created an award-winning horticultural therapy program for special needs students at the New Jersey Regional Day School in Newark.

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.

Clark DeLong has an MS in Plant Science from the University of Maryland and is a co-owner of Delmarva Native Plants, a nursery specializing in producing plants for habitat restoration projects throughout the MidAtlantic region. He is deeply passionate about including native species in the ornamental horticulture and landscaping markets.

Susan Boss is the Mt. Cuba Center Entrance Landscape Horticulturist responsible for the gardens along the entrance drive. Previously, she was a gardener at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library for 11 years.

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.

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 a professor of horticulture at Mercer College in New Jersey and the Director of Horticulture at both the Philadelphia Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.

Ethan Dropkin has a Master’s in Landscape Architecture and a Masters of Professional Studies in Horticulture, both from Cornell University. He worked for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates before joining Larry Weaner Landscape Associates in 2016, where he has created seed and plant lists for several projects, including the Riverwalk Park in Tarrytown, NY.

Leah Brooks is Mt. Cuba Center’s Public Programs Assistant. She is a University of Delaware graduate with dual bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Wildlife Ecology. Her passion is sharing the joy of nature and native gardening with others.

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.


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Michael Fahey is co-founder of the Awareness Center in Newark and has practiced yoga for more than 40 years. 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. Jessamine Finch, PhD, is a Research Botanist at Native Plant Trust and manages the Seed Bank of the New England Plant Conservation Program (NEPCoP) at Garden in the Woods. Her research interests focus on the intersection of seed ecology, land management, and climate change. Jessamine holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Smith College and a PhD in Plant Biology and Conservation from Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden. Scott Freedman is Mt. Cuba Center’s Grounds and Plant Health Care Specialist. Prior to this, he managed a commercial maintenance company where he supervised operations, equipment maintenance, scheduling, and purchasing. Shelby French oversees plant propagation, wild collections, and various research projects as the Propagation Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. She earned a degree in Entrepreneurship from Delaware Technical Community College and is a 2002 graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Program. 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. Nancy Gregory earned an MS in Plant Pathology from Penn State University and spent several years at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Florida, followed by 26 years at University of Delaware in the Plant Diagnostic Clinic. She has taught courses on plant diseases, presented seminars, and, in retirement, continues to teach. Eileen Hazard is the Outreach Coordinator at Mt. Cuba Center, promoting our mission of ecological gardening and habitat conservation to surrounding communities. Amy Highland obtained her degree in Public Horticulture from Purdue University and is currently the Director of Collections 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, peatfree soils. Mark is the author of the recently published Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally. 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 several 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. Sam Hoadley is the Manager of Horticultural Research at Mt. Cuba Center, where he evaluates native plants to determine their horticultural and ecological values. Sam received his degree in Sustainable Landscape Horticulture from The University of Vermont. 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, plant phylogenetics, and the management and restoration of serpentine ecosystems. Mike Hudson has been birding in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania since he was ten years old and has a love of shorebirds and shore-birding. He has worked as a field biologist and science educator, is a former editor of North American Birds, and is an eBird reviewer in Delaware. Mike is the current Vice President of the Delaware Ornithological Society. Sylvan Kaufman, PhD, is an adjunct professor at George Washington University, a Science Adviser to Adkins Arboretum, and participates on the Maryland Invasive Species Council. She consults, writes, and teaches ecology, botany, and landscape restoration classes. Diane Keesee has a passion for creating interesting signature cocktails, spirit infusions, shrubs, and bitters using unique seasonal ingredients. She has been involved in hospitality management and the beverage industry for more than 20 years, including having worked for Greenville Country Club and Vicmead Hunt Club. Eric Kelley, an Assistant Arborist at Mt. Cuba Center and enjoys maintaining and troubleshooting motorized equipment. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist® and has an AAS degree in environmental engineering technology from Delaware Technical Community College.

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Scott Kelley is the Head Arborist at Mt. Cuba Center. He has more than 20 years of experience working with trees and is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist® and qualified tree risk assessor. Renée Kemmerer is Mt. Cuba Center’s Upper Naturalistic Gardens Horticulturist who continues her lifelong dream of working with native plants and exploring their natural communities. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware. Ashley Kennedy, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the U.S. Army Public Health Center in Aberdeen, Maryland. As a doctoral student in Doug Tallamy’s lab at the University of Delaware, she studied bird-insect food webs, using Eastern Bluebirds as a focal species. 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. Jessica Lewis, CPT, CNC, is an accredited T’ai Chi Chih instructor, a Master Personal Trainer, a nutritional counselor, and Delaware’s only VA CCN/ TaijiFit Network Provider. 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. She is also the Lifestyle Coach at Hockessin Chiropractic Centre. Mindy Lighthipe received her Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden where she also developed a Natural Science Illustration Certificate. She is passionate about the natural world and discovering the beauty in every rock, stream, and forest. Mindy received a Silver Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in London in 2009. She currently teaches Scientific Illustration at the University of Florida. Lynn Mahaffy, PhD, earned her doctorate in Natural Resources (Wildlife Conservation) at Cornell University. She currently teaches courses for the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware, including Environmental Biology, General Ecology, and, her favorite, Field Ecology, which exposes students to all the fascinating organisms and habitats surrounding us.

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Pennington Marchael is the owner of Pennington Grey, a landscape contracting firm that aspires to train a new generation of land managers in more sustainable and dynamic landscape practices. With ten years of experience in fine gardening and ecological restoration, he has become a leader in natural areas and meadow management. William McAvoy is Delaware’s State Botanist. He extensively studied and published on the flora and habitats of the state. He is the lead author on a comprehensive native plant resource, Flora of Delaware Online Database. Erin McCormick is a Horticulturist in the Lower Naturalistic Gardens of Mt. Cuba Center and a member of the Plant Health Team. She is a graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Program and has over 15 years of experience. Holly Merker is an avid birder, a birding instructor and guide for National Audubon and the American Birding Association, as well as lead eBird data reviewer for Pennsylvania. When not out birding or leading birding tours, Holly teaches watershed ecology to thousands of school students in Downingtown, PA. Carrie Murphy is an extension agent and program leader for the Lawn and Garden Program at the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. She is also the Master Gardener coordinator for New Castle County, Delaware. Carrie has a master’s degree in plant and soil sciences from the University of Delaware and graduated from the Professional Gardener Program at Longwood Gardens. Serah Pesce is a Seasonal Horticulturist in the Formal Gardens at Mt Cuba Center. She holds a BS in Landscape Contracting, Design/Build from Pennsylvania State University and is a Delaware Nature Society Certified Habitat Steward. Serah’s own certified backyard wildlife habitat was featured in the Spring 2020 issue of Outdoor Delaware. 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. Steve Pyne is a Greenhouse Assistant at Mt. Cuba Center and works in the Victorian Fernery at Morris Arboretum. His current projects include propagating ferns, lycopods, and terrestrial orchids. Robert Raguso, PhD, is a professor of Chemical Ecology at Cornell University. His research interests run the spectrum of insect-plant interactions mediated by chemistry, especially the role of fragrance in pollination ecology and animal behavior. He has promoted his research by organizing symposia, short courses, and workshops world-wide.


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Charlie Reidinger is a Grounds Maintenance Technician at Mt. Cuba Center. A native of Newark, DE, he worked in Arizona and California for ten years constructing and maintaining trails for the American Conservation Experience.

Judy Simon is a botanical artist and freelance illustrator who has combined her love of gardening with her drawing and painting career. She is a member of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her work is in many private collections.

Barbara Rinehart has a bachelor’s degree in biology from James Madison University and an MSc from Johns Hopkins University. At Mt Cuba Center she is a Docent and “Moss Master.” Barb has also designed awardwinning public pollinator gardens and served on the Tyler Arboretum Butterfly Management team.

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.

James Rockwell is the Greenhouse and Nursery Production Manager at Mt. Cuba Center, where he oversees plant production in our conservation research greenhouse. Prior to his tenure here, James earned two bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Tech and was a TRIAD Fellow at Longwood Gardens. Dawna Ruello stepped onto the yoga mat nearly ten years ago, allowing her to embrace all that her body, mind, and breath have to offer. She teaches with focused encouragement, compassion, and a hint of playfulness for one’s individual journey. 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. Margaret Saylor is the editor/designer of the American Society of Botanical Artists’ The Botanical Artist journal. She earned a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration, with distinction, from the New York Botanical Garden. Connie Schmotzer recently retired as the Consumer Horticulture Educator for Penn State Extension in York County. She coordinated the county Master Gardener Program and the statewide Pollinator Friendly Garden Certification Program. Danny Schweers was introduced to photography in 1969 and, since then, has used his camera to see the world and to show the world what he sees. He is chair of the Brandywine Photo Collective, teaches photography at the Delaware Art Museum, and is on the board of the Chris White Gallery in Wilmington. Joe Sebastiani is the Ashland Nature Center Manager for the Delaware Nature Society. He is passionate about birds and wildlife, founded 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.

Derek Stoner is a biodiversity consultant, bird expert, nature photographer, and past president of the Delmarva Ornithological Society. He 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. Cathy Stragar currently manages the Plant Protection and Weed Management’s bio control program for the Maryland Department of Agriculture. She has a Masters in Entomology from the University of Delaware and is a lifelong naturalist and educator, regularly leading programs with the Audubon Naturalist Society. Emily Tinalli is the Mt. Cuba Center Horticulturist responsible for the Middle Naturalistic Gardens. She has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Farmingdale State College and enjoys gardening with native plants and working in public horticulture. William Trescott is the Arboriculture Manager at Mt. Cuba Center where he has worked for 26 years. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist® and qualified tree risk assessor. Mike Weilbacher directs the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia’s first nature center. He appears monthly on WXPN’s “Kid’s Corner,” writes a weekly column on nature and the environment, and lectures widely on environmental issues. Scott Woodbury is the Manager of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve. He teaches native landscape practices classes for MoBot’s Native Plant School, Grow Native!, and St. Louis Community College and is a regular speaker, writer, and consultant on native landscaping throughout the region.

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S T U D E N T I N F O R M AT I O N

REGISTR ATION 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. If your confirmation states “Wait List,” you will be called or emailed if an opening becomes available. PAYM E NT & RE FUN DS 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. CL A SS CANCE LL ATIONS & GARDE N CLOSURE S 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.

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STUDE NT 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 call 302.239.4244 or email education@mtcubacenter.org with questions or concerns. CONTINU ING E DUCATION 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.


CONP SR ER OV GA RTAIM O NC A C LL EAN SD SA ER S

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MARCH 3/10 – 3/31 3/14 3/14 3/19 3/25 3/27 3/28

Enhancing Life in the Soil*............................................................................. 10 am – 1 pm................................ 24 Wool Flower Art................................................................................................ 10 am – 2:30 pm......................... 45 The Language of Birds*.................................................................................. 1 – 3 pm......................................... 39 Understanding Trilliums*............................................................................... 10 – 11:30 am............................... 39 Clean Composting: Section A*..................................................................... 10 – 11:30 am............................... 29 Spring Gardening Saturday*........................................................................ 9:30 am – 2 pm........................... 15 Home Landscaping Basics: Getting Started........................................... 1 – 3 pm.......................................... 16

APRIL 4/1 4/8 – 5/13 4/8 – 4/29 4/10 4/10 4/11 4/14 4/14 – 5/19 4/17 4/18 4/23 – 4/25 4/23 4/24 4/25 4/27 4/28

Clean Composting: Section B*..................................................................... 5:30 – 7 pm.................................. 29 Native Plants of Spring*................................................................................. 10 – 11 am..................................... 25 Learning to Draw Spring Wildflowers*...................................................... 10 am – 12 pm............................. 46 Chainsaws: Use, Safety, and Maintenance............................................... 10 am – 12 pm............................. 29 Garden Enthusiast Tour................................................................................ 10 am – 12 pm................................9 Home Landscaping Basics: Developing Curb Appeal............................ 1 – 3 pm.......................................... 16 Weeds 101: Spring Section*........................................................................... 10 – 11:45 am............................... 30 Yoga: Section A................................................................................................. 5:15 – 6:15 pm.............................. 51 Trillium Treasureland: Field Trip to Shenks Ferry................................ 8 am – 4:30 pm..........................40 Home Landscaping Basics: Right Plant, Right Place............................ 1 – 3 pm.......................................... 16 Wildflower Weekend........................................................................................ 10 am – 6 pm.................................11 Terrific Trilliums............................................................................................... 1 – 3 pm......................................... 30 Dig In!................................................................................................................... 10– 11:30 am................................ 30 Trillium and Wine: Complementary Pairings........................................... 1 – 3 pm.......................................... 17 Shorebirds and Spartina: Section A*......................................................... 6 – 7:30 pm..................................40 Spring Ephemerals: A Naturalist’s Perspective.................................... 10 – 11:30 am................................ 31

MAY 5/1 5/1 & 5/8 5/4 5/5 5/6 – 6/24 5/6 – 5/27 5/7 5/8 – 5/16 5/8 5/12 5/12 5/13 5/14 5/14 5/15 5/15 5/16 – 6/13

Shinrin-yoku: Forest Bathing: Section A.................................................. 9 am – 12 pm................................52 Sustainable Landscape Techniques........................................................... 10 am – 2:30 pm......................... 26 Indigenous Food Sovereignty*..................................................................... 6 – 7:30 pm................................... 17 Songful Spring: Mt. Cuba’s Bluebirds........................................................ 1 – 3 pm.........................................40 Introduction to T’ai Chi Chih: Section A................................................... 7:30 – 8:30 am.............................52 Wildflowers in Color*...................................................................................... 10 am – 12 pm............................. 46 Windowboxes for the Sophisticated Gardener...................................... 10 – 11:30 am................................ 31 Go Public Gardens Days................................................................................. 10 am – 6 pm................................ 12 Garden Enthusiast Tour................................................................................ 10 am – 12 pm................................9 Hike the Mt. Cuba Center to Ashland Loop............................................. 9 am – 1:30 pm............................ 41 Trees: The Garden’s Backbone*.................................................................. 6 – 7:30 pm................................... 18 Nature’s Best Hope*....................................................................................... 6 – 7:30 pm.................................. 20 Discovering Garden Ecology........................................................................ 10 am – 2:30 pm......................... 32 Twilight on the Terrace.................................................................................. 5 – 8 pm...........................................9 Shade Gardening Saturday*......................................................................... 9:30 am – 2 pm........................... 19 Spring Watercolor Workshop...................................................................... 10 am – 2:30 pm..........................47 Walking to Awaken: Section A...................................................................... 8:30 – 9:30 am........................... 53

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PROGRAM CALENDAR

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MAY 5/18 – 6/8 5/19 & 5/26 5/19 5/20 5/21 5/22 5/23 5/26 5/26

Graphite: Form & Texture in Botanical Art*........................................... 9:30 – 11:30 am...........................47 Plant Propagation............................................................................................ 10 am – 2:30 pm......................... 26 Shrubs: The Garden’s Workhorses*.......................................................... 6 – 7:30 pm................................... 18 Small Space Gardening*................................................................................ 6 – 7:30 pm.................................. 32 Introduction to Moss Gardening................................................................. 10 am – 12 pm............................. 32 The Art of Combining Native Plants*........................................................ 10 – 11:30 am............................... 33 Medicinal Plants: Past and Present........................................................... 1 – 3 pm......................................... 54 Garden Photography: The Rule of Thirds: Section A........................... 5 – 8 pm........................................ 48 Perennials: The Garden’s Color Palette*................................................. 6 – 7:30 pm................................... 18

JUNE 6/2 – 7/7 6/2 6/2 – 7/14 6/3 – 6/24 6/3 6/4 6/5 6/5 6/6 6/6 6/8 6/10 & 6/17 6/10 6/11 6/11 6/12 6/12 6/12 6/12 6/13 6/15 6/16 6/17 6/18 6/19 6/23 6/26 6/26 6/26 6/27 – 7/25 6/30

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Native Plants of Summer*............................................................................. 10 – 11 am..................................... 25 Dividing Perennials.......................................................................................... 1 – 2:30 pm.................................. 33 Yoga: Section B................................................................................................. 5:15 – 6:15 pm.............................. 51 Putting It All Together*.................................................................................. 10 am – 12 pm............................. 46 Top 10 Sun-Loving Summer Perennials*................................................... 6 – 7:30 pm.................................. 33 Spring Art-In..................................................................................................... 10 am – 6 pm................................ 12 Garden Photography: The Rule of Thirds: Section B........................... 8 – 11 am....................................... 48 Instant Pollinator Garden*........................................................................... 10:30 am – 12 pm....................... 33 Field Trip: Walk the Wilds of Delmarva Peninsula.................................. 8 am – 6 pm.................................. 41 Yoga Retreat: Connecting with Nature..................................................... 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.................. 54 Natural Landscape Design: Meadows, Shrublands, and Woods*........... 6 – 8 pm......................................... 21 Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening..................................................... 10 am – 2:30 pm......................... 26 Pondscaping with Native Plants*................................................................ 6 – 7:30 pm.................................. 34 Sensational Summer Container Garden ................................................. 10 – 11:30 am............................... 34 Ladybug Garden Crawl................................................................................... 5:30 – 8:30 pm............................ 13 Garden Enthusiast Tour................................................................................ 10 am – 12 pm................................9 Pruning Trees Correctly................................................................................ 10:30 am – 12 pm....................... 34 Family Yoga........................................................................................................ 10:30 – 11:15 am........................... 13 A Garden of Sensory Delights...................................................................... 1 – 3 pm......................................... 55 Go Native with Infused Vodkas.................................................................... 1 – 3 pm.......................................... 21 Underappreciated Native Plants*............................................................... 6:30 – 8 pm................................. 34 Fabulous Phlox*................................................................................................ 6 – 7:30 pm.................................. 35 A Summer Sketchbook................................................................................... 5:30 – 8 pm................................. 48 Twilight on the Terrace.................................................................................. 5 – 8 pm...........................................9 Invasive Plant ID and Control....................................................................... 10 am – 12 pm............................. 35 Making Meadows: From Start to Finish*.................................................. 6:30 – 8 pm................................. 42 Shinrin-yoku: Forest Bathing: Section B.................................................. 9 am – 12 pm................................52 Family Yoga........................................................................................................ 10:30 – 11:15 am........................... 13 Nature as Therapy.......................................................................................... 12:30 – 3:30 pm.......................... 55 Walking to Awaken: Section B...................................................................... 8:30 – 9:30 am........................... 53 Great Native Plants for Difficult Sites*.................................................... 6 – 7:30 pm.................................. 35


PROGRAM CALENDAR

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JULY 7/7 – 7/9 7/8 7/10 7/10 7/10 7/10 7/11 7/11 7/14 7/15 – 9/2 7/15 – 7/29 7/16 7/17 7/21 7/21 – 7/23 7/24 7/24 7/31 & 8/7

Fun with Botanical Watercolor.................................................................... 10 am – 1 pm................................ 49 Hydrangeas for Every Garden..................................................................... 10 am – 12 pm............................. 36 Workshop: Building Drystack Walls .......................................................... 10 am – 2:30 pm......................... 36 Garden Enthusiast Tour................................................................................ 10 am – 12 pm................................9 Family Yoga........................................................................................................ 10:30 – 11:15 am........................... 13 Kids Create........................................................................................................ 12:30 – 2 pm................................. 13 Leaf Casting Workshop: Section A............................................................. 10:30 am – 12 pm....................... 49 Leaf Casting Workshop: Section B............................................................. 1 – 2:30 pm.................................. 49 Native Annuals: An Underutilized Resource*.......................................... 7 – 8:30 pm...................................37 T’ai Chi Chih: Guided Practice..................................................................... 7:30 – 8:30 am............................ 53 Integrated Pest Management...................................................................... 10 am – 2:30 pm......................... 26 Twilight on the Terrace.................................................................................. 5 – 8 pm...........................................9 Shinrin-yoku: Forest Bathing: Section C.................................................. 9 am – 12 pm................................52 Field Trip: Coastal Plain Ecology................................................................. 8 am – 6 pm................................. 42 Botanical Watercolor: Next Steps.............................................................. 10 am – 1 pm................................ 49 Family Yoga........................................................................................................ 10:30 – 11:15 am........................... 13 Shorebirds and Spartina: Section B*........................................................ 1 – 2:30 pm..................................40 Plant Disease Management.......................................................................... 10 am – 2:30 pm..........................27

AUGUST 8/4 – 8/18 8/4 8/7 8/7 8/7 8/8 8/14 8/20 8/21

Ecosystems and Plant Communities......................................................... 10 am – 4 pm................................27 Hummingbirds: Dynamic Aviators.............................................................. 5:30 – 7:30 pm............................ 42 Instant Rain Garden*...................................................................................... 10:30 am – 12 pm........................37 Family Yoga........................................................................................................ 10:30 – 11:15 am........................... 13 Kids Create........................................................................................................ 12:30 – 2 pm................................. 13 Wild Mushroom Foraging: Section A.......................................................... 10 am – 1 pm................................ 42 Garden Enthusiast Tour................................................................................ 10 am – 12 pm................................9 Twilight on the Terrace.................................................................................. 5 – 8 pm...........................................9 Family Yoga........................................................................................................ 11 – 11:45 am................................. 13

SEPTEMBER 9/3 9/8 9/8 9/8 – 10/3 9/9 – 10/14 9/11 – 9/25 9/11 9/14 9/16 – 11/4 9/16 9/19 9/19

Twilight on the Terrace.................................................................................. 5 – 8pm............................................9 Create a Captivating Fall Container.......................................................... 10 – 11:30 am................................37 Weeds 101: Fall Section*................................................................................. 10 – 11:45 am............................... 30 Yoga: Section C................................................................................................. 5:15 – 6:15 pm.............................. 51 Native Plants of Fall*....................................................................................... 10 – 11 am..................................... 25 Inviting Wildlife into the Garden.................................................................. 10 am – 2:30 pm..........................27 Garden Enthusiast Tour................................................................................ 10 am – 12 pm................................9 From Wolf Spiders to Orb Weavers*.......................................................... 6 – 7:30 pm.................................. 43 Introduction to T’ai Chi Chih: Section B................................................... 7:30 – 8:30 am.............................52 Seeds: Wild versus Commercial*................................................................ 6 – 7:30 pm.................................. 43 Field Trip: Serpentine Barrens in the Fall ............................................... 10 am – 2 pm............................... 43 Workshop: Propagating Native Ferns....................................................... 1 – 3 pm..........................................37

*Online-only class

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