June 29, 2016
Turning Up The Heat: Mt. Cuba Center’s New Garden Design
The South Garden needed an update. Replacement of nearby trees turned the garden into a full-sun area, withering the rhododendron and dogwoods. Mt. Cuba Center's horticultural professionals decided to try something new: a formal garden planted with native perennials. The result? A beautiful garden that supports the ecosystem.
April 23, 2016
Now is the time to see trilliums
Discover this beautiful and rare wildflower at Mt. Cuba Center. The star of the season, trilliums form drifts of spring wildflowers that disappear as the spring heats up. They also produce a range of peculiar smells, from sweet to stinky, that attract many different pollinators. Scientists are using Mt. Cuba's extensive trillium collection to find out just how these plants make so many different scents.
March 25, 2016
Beautiful - and native! - flower arrangements
Bring native beauty indoors with flower arrangements that reflect the bounty of the garden throughout the season. Native plants are often overlooked for flower arranging even though many species produce beautiful, long lasting flowers and interesting foliage that look great in the home as well as the yard. With just a pair of snips and a walk in the garden, you could have plenty of material to create stunning, unique arrangements.
March 2, 2016
A Room For All Seasons
Explore the treasures of the greenhouse, where horticulturists propagate plants for Mt. Cuba Center's gardens and conservation efforts.
February 8, 2016
To give wildlife a boost, plant natives
Local wildlife depend on native plants for food and shelter during the winter. In order to support these creatures, plant natives that hold their fruit and provide thermal cover. Mt. Cuba Center has tips on what to plant and which animals it will attract in this month's News Journal article.
January 26, 2016
“Nativars” combine beauty and ecological benefits for the home gardener
Native plant cultivars let home gardeners balance beauty and ecological benefits. Researchers at Mt. Cuba Center are studying just which cultivars offer the best of both worlds.
December 18, 2015
Coreopsis - loved by gardeners and pollinators alike
Thanks to a three-year study performed in the Trial Garden at Mt. Cuba Center, it's never been easier to select the best-performing coreopsis (or tickseed, as it's sometimes called) to plant in the garden. View the free report on our Trial Garden Research page.
November 26, 2015
There’s beauty in a garden. Late autumn is no exception.
Conventional wisdom says autumn is the time to cut every perennial back and rake every leaf to put the gardens to bed, but ecological gardeners know that local wildlife depends on the plants in our landscapes and that leaves make nutrient-rich mulch.
November 18, 2015
Conservation Partnership Creates more than 10,000 Acres of Contiguous Wildlife Habitat in Delaware
“Conserving open space is critical to maintaining biodiversity and a healthy environment, which is the essence of Mt. Cuba Center’s mission,” said Ann C. Rose, President of the Board of Mt. Cuba Center. “Together with the adjacent tracts of protected land, the Roberts Farm property preserves a contiguous, protected corridor along Delaware’s ecologically important coastal zone.”
October 22, 2015
Planting in a Post-Wild World
The secret to planting resilient and beautiful landscapes is in understanding how plants work together in a habitat, and in treating plants as a community rather than as individual pieces in the garden bed, according to Thomas Rainer and Claudia West in their new book, Planting in a Post-Wild World.
September 25, 2015
Mt. Cuba Center begins ambitious reforestation research project
Mt. Cuba Center begins research that will evaluate different reforestation techniques. A team of researchers will keep a close eye on nearly 15 acres of newly forested land for at least the next 20 years - a study unparalleled in its scope.
August 27, 2015
As summer wanes, give gardens a fresh eye
Goldenrod, ironweed, lobelia and coneflowers - late summer blooms stand out. Embrace the season's heat and plant some new additions in your landscape, and plan for spring.
August 20, 2015
The 10 best perennials you have never heard of
Perennials are making a comeback. Here's 10 you may not have thought about before.
August 7, 2015
Fall and Winter Programs at Mt. Cuba Center Now Available
Gain new skills and a new appreciation for native beauty through these courses at Mt. Cuba Center. Truly bring your gardening to a higher lever this fall and winter.
August 5, 2015
Adding Life to the Soil
“Compost is more than just broken down organic material,” explains Peter Schmidt of Compostwerks, an ecological land care company in upstate New York. “It is filled with a concentration of beneficial microorganisms that slowly release nutrients to keep soil and plants healthy year-round."