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Experience the beauty of spring at Mt. Cuba Center

Mar 31, 2016 10:57AM ● By J. Chambless

Visitors can stroll across a carpet of spring wildflowers or under a canopy of dogwood and silky camellia trees this season at Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, which is now open for general admission.

The naturalistic gardens, which feature native plants in their natural settings including forests, meadows and ponds, will be open to visitors from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through October. Visitors can explore the gardens at their own pace or join a Garden Highlights walk, offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Beginning on April 9, the second Saturday of each month features special family programming, native plant giveaways, and the Mama Mia food truck. At April’s Second Saturday event, visitors of all ages can learn about trilliums, a type of rare spring wildflower that grows in abundance at Mt. Cuba Center.

Spring at Mt.Cuba Center is the time to spot trilliums and other spring wildflowers which can be seen only for a short time early in the season, typically going dormant by the time the forest canopy’s leaves shade the forest floor. Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens feature 25 different types of trilliums.

General admission to the gardens is $10. Discounted rates are available for children and pre-arranged groups. An in-depth garden tour from an experienced docent is available daily for $15, and includes admission.

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