This fall explore Mt. Cuba Center, a premier native plant garden, located in the beautiful suburbs of Wilmington, Delaware and in the heart of the scenic Red Clay Valley. Mt. Cuba Center’s fall programs will get you outside in the crisp autumn air and inspire an appreciation for the beauty of the area's natural plants and rolling landscapes. Here are the top fall events at Mt. Cuba Center...

Tree Festival

Saturday, September 28th, 10 am to 4 pm all activities included with general admission.

Trees stand as a testament to time, and fall is a treat for the senses when trees are in their early autumn glory. At Mt. Cuba, our trees tell a unique story about the history of the land and the character of the people, so we dedicated an entire day to celebrate the beauty and value they add to our landscapes. 

Tree Festival is a special event that helps guests connect to the majesty and monument of our canopy. Family-friendly activities, hands-on demonstrations, and journeys through the gardens round out the fall fun, along with local food and beverages to curb your cravings. Native plants will be available for purchase, while supplies last.

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Amazing Asters

September 27, 10-11:30 am; $25

Take in Mt. Cuba's majestic native asters in their prime while studying the little effort they require to make a late season impact up close—a feast for eyes and pollinators alike. Leave with a list of natives to enliven your garden this season. Learn More

Mt Cuba Sketch BookDeveloping a Fall Foliage & Fungi Sketchbook

September 26-October 3, 10 am-3 pm; $155

Journey through the gardens in search of fungi and foliage that pique your interest and inspire you to explore their natural forms and brilliant colors through painting or drawing. Sign Up Now

Hay Bales and Brews

September 21-October 12, 5:30-7:30 pm; $25

Travel through rolling hills and grassland fields via hay wagon to a bonfire complete with snacks and fireside brews. This program is for adults ages 21+ only. Take in stunning vistas and savor Mt. Cuba's gorgeous natural areas and conservation efforts. Learn More.

Sunset & S'mores

September 21-October 12, 5-7 pm; $15 per adult, $8 per child 2-17, free for children under 2

Feast on fireside snacks, s'mores, and adult and family-friendly beverages after a scenic hayride with your loved ones. Kick back at a bonfire and enjoy the sun setting on an autumn Saturday night. Learn More.

Mt Cuba Hay Ride

Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life

October 19, 10:30-11:45 am; $15

Discover the fascinating life of a gardener and naturalist who became one of America’s most esteemed poets, Emily Dickinson. Marta McDowell, author, horticulturist, and garden designer, will detail the life and flowers of the poet in this lecture at Haverford College.  Sign Up Now

Mt Cuba Fall SquareBehind the Scenes

Available on three Saturdays: September 21, October 5, & October 12 from 1-3pm.

Navigate Mt. Cuba's wilder side on a hayride and walking tour of our Natural Lands. Discover how we apply "gardening on a higher level" on all areas of the property.  Learn more

The Mt. Cuba Center gardens open to general admission Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April through November. Classes offered year round.  Learn more at: