Finding plants that will grow in wet conditions around ponds, along streamsides, or in rain gardens, can be a challenge. Learn which native plants thrive in moisture-laden soil, tolerate sun or shade, provide seasonal interest, and attract water-loving birds and amphibians. See the plants associated with Mt. Cuba Center's ponds, and learn how to transform a water-filled spot in your yard into a functional new garden. Rain date for this class is Friday, July 27, 2018.
For centuries, plant parts such as fruit, leaves, and bark were used in making inks for writing, painting, and dying yarn and fabrics. Using simple recipes and a few specialty items, craft some colorful inks from a variety of native plants. Leave with a sample of ink to use at home for drawing or composing letters to friends. All materials are included in the registration fee.
Discover why bats are a gardener's best friend. These little flying mammals are great hunters of insects, eating more than 600 mosquitoes per hour! Learn about the eight species of bats native to Delaware, where they live, and how to include suitable shelters and landscape elements for bats in your yard. Then walk Mt. Cuba's property to scout locations where bats are likely to roost and use a small acoustic monitor to "hear" bats as well as see them. Rain date is Thursday, August 2, 2018.
Join us for a morning of sketching and observation in the gardens of Mt Cuba Center. Spend the afternoon in the studio refining and constructing a botanical drawing or painting based on your sketches and notes. Learn to quickly capture the details of a plant in its natural setting, then use those visual notes to inform a larger, more detailed piece of art. Bring your lunch. Please review the materials list before coming to class.
Celebrate the wonder of wildlife in our gardens. Get to know the insects, birds and animals that call our gardens and yards home and discover the joy of sharing your garden with your natural neighbors through family-friendly activities. A variety of food selections will be available for purchase. Each family receives a free native plant, while supplies last. For more information, visit our website: https://mtcubacenter.org