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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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  • It is just a park. I would not even say there is a "formal garden". The only thing worth to see is the gate which is a piece of art. Other than that there is nothing much to see. There should not be.....  more »
  • This was a surprise - I expected a wooded native garden (which delivered) but not the lovely Copeland Home and more formal garden. So wonderful to see the home and gardens preserved and all the...  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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