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Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin

#17 of 58 in Outdoors in Delaware
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“I want this to be a place where people will learn to appreciate our native plants and to see how these plants can enrich their lives so that they, in turn, will become conservators of our natural habitats."

-Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland

Our mission is to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them.

Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden with a focus on native plants and ecosystems. We have over 50 acres of display gardens and over 500 acres of natural lands.
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  • An absolutely stunning botanical garden. A visit to Mt. Cuba is a perfect respite from the chaos of 2020. (Note if you're reading this in the future, it was a difficult year, to say the least.) I am....  more »
  • The gardens are incredible, despite the fact that we saw them in the Fall, when gardens are not often at their most exciting. What made the visit especially interesting was a walk with Docent Alan...  more »
  • A sweet little spot, nestled in the Delaware Piedmont. Thank God someone had the sense to focus on native plants in the 1960s so we can have nice things now. You may not at first glance think you see much but the same woods as the rest of the region, but this is because your job is not to remove invasive species from forested areas. Much work has been done here. Very informative and friendly staff.
  • This is another estate built by DuPont heirs. The house is gorgeous even though it was built relatively recently in 1931 it is designed to look older. The star of this though is not the house but the grounds. The owners became passionately involved with preserving native species so the whole grounds are planted with gardens of native species in different habitats. Even more importantly, they have a research center focused on breeding and preserving native species.

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