Mt. Cuba Trip - May 25

Thursday, May 25, 2023
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
$145 members/$180 non-members


Fee includes transportation, driver tip, admission, guided tour, and gourmet boxed lunch. See lunch options below, and make your selection when you register.


With origins stretching back more than 80 years, Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del., has been a home for conservation and preservation since the 1930s. Transformed from farmland to a lush botanical garden featuring more than 1,000 species of native plants, Mt. Cuba inspires an appreciation for the value of these plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them. Join us for a trip to explore the gardens and grounds and to learn about the history of preserving the site’s natural lands.

Pamela and Lammot du Pont Copeland completed their Colonial Revival-style home and began establishing formal gardens on the site in 1937. In addition to these gardens, which surround the house and are laid out with the symmetry and geometry that characterize formal garden design, Mt. Cuba Center includes a 15,000-square-foot trial garden used for native plant research, wooded paths and slopes, ponds, a bog garden, a dogwood path where woodland meadow plants intermingle at the forest edge, a meadow, a trillium garden and other points of interest.

The day will include a guided in-depth tour of the gardens and opportunities to learn about notable natives, sustainable gardening practices, climate change, systems-thinking and consciously sourcing native plants. Following lunch in the Colonial Revival house, there will be ample time to explore the grounds. Participants can expect to see plants such as phacelia, coreopsis, Canada anemone, Ozark phlox, spiderwort, Bowman’s root, penstemon, baptisia, blue flag, sarracenia and lady slipper orchid.

Advance registration is required. The bus departs from Aurora Park Drive in Easton at 8 a.m., from the Route 50 westbound/Route 404 Park and Ride at 8:20 a.m, and from the 301/291 Park and Ride in Millington at 8:45 a.m. Feel free to pack a snack to eat on the bus.


Each lunch includes a choice of salad or sandwich, a cup of mixed fruit, two homemade cookies, chips,  a bottle of water, condiments, and eco-friendly disposables.

#1: Caesar Salad with Chicken
croutons & Caesar dressing served on side

#2: Caesar Salad w/o Chicken
croutons & Caesar dressing served on side

#3: Mixed Field Green Salad with Grilled Chicken
croutons & balsamic dressing served on side

 #4: Mixed Field Green Salad with Grilled Vegetables
croutons & balsamic dressing served on side

#5: Strawberry Spinach Salad with Roasted Pecans 
croutons & creamy poppy seed dressing served on side

 #6: Chicken Salad Sandwich
with mango chutney spread on croissant

#7: Roast Turkey Sandwich
with pepper jack cheese, spinach, tomato, & mayo on baguette

#8: Ham Sandwich
with Swiss cheese, chambagne mustard, & Bibb lettuce on marble rye

#9: Roast Beef Sandwich
with herb spread & crispy onions on Kaiser roll

#10: Grilled Veggie Sandwich
with sundried tomato pesto & field greens in tortilla wrap

#11: Caprese Sandwich
with basil pesto, mozzarella, tomato, arugula, & balsamic glaze on baguette


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