Mt. Cuba Center
Fostering an appreciation for the plants of the Appalachian Piedmont
The gardens at Mt. Cuba, a 630-acre non-profit center in the rolling hills of northern Delaware, are a delight of color and scent. The grounds are the former estate of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland.
Birds and other wildlife are drawn to the beauty of these naturalistic gardens, which celebrate native plant species as well as an amazing collection of orchids, so birdwatchers and nature photographers won’t be disappointed.
The Copelands first established Mt. Cuba on the gently rolling hills of the Delaware Piedmont to preserve the historic rural pastures, fields and forests as well as their wildflower gardens and formal landscapes. Today, Mt. Cuba Center is committed to promoting an appreciation for plants native to the Piedmont, encouraging their uses in gardens and supporting their conservation in nature.
The center is only recently open to the public and is not accessible without a reservation. You must call ahead to reserve a two hour guided walking tour — held in the spring and fall. Dogs are not allowed and sensible shoes are suggested.
The center is free and open to the public for the annual Wildflower Celebration, which is held at the peak of the season in the first week of May and includes music, food and educational programs.
The wildflower gardens, which include a magnificent collection of trillium, are at their best in April and May.
Call to Action
Mt. Cuba Center is dedicated to the plants of the Appalachian piedmont, through education, display and research. Contact the center for more information.