Visiting Mt. Cuba Center
Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden focusing on native plants and ecosystems. It consists of more than 50 acres of display gardens and over 550 acres of natural lands. Originally owned by former DuPont Company President and Chairman Lammot du Pont Copeland, several noted landscape architects helped create the gardens over the years.
In the 1930s, Thomas W. Sears planned the formal gardens and terraces around the manor house. In the 1950s, Marian C. Coffin designed the Round Garden, and in the 1960s, Seth Kelsey helped develop the woodland wildflower gardens with native plants and garden paths.
Mt. Cuba opened to the public in 2001 and hosted its first annual Wildflower Celebration in 2005. Today, the center provides a range of onsite and distance learning programs and recently opened a 5,000 square-foot Trial Garden for research studies on specific plant groups.
Special Garden Features at Mt. Cuba Center
- Several different paths meandering through woodlands with stunning displays of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.
- Lilac Allee, with twenty-five cultivars of French hybrid lilacs.
- Trillium Garden, with thousands of rare and common spring flowering native trilliums.
- Round Garden, seasonal displays from spring through fall surrounding a Maltese cross-shaped swimming pool.
- South Terrace, with beds of native deciduous flame azalea arranged by color.
Tips for Visiting Mt. Cuba Center
- Plan ahead. Mt. Cuba Center is open to the public from April through early November, with different day and time restrictions throughout the week. Call in advance for schedules and purchase tickets online.
- Mt. Cuba offers an array of educational programs, all posted on an easy-to-use calendar on the Center’s website.
- In addition to the option of strolling through the gardens at your own leisure, Mt. Cuba Center offers guided walks and garden tours. Check the website for schedules and fees.
3120 Barley Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707