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South Schuylkill Garden Club Announces Educational Bus Tour to Mt. Cuba Center

Don’t wait. Spots on the bus fill up quickly!

The South Schuylkill Garden Club is set to host an educational bus tour to Mt. Cuba Center, a renowned botanical garden in Hockessin, Delaware. The tour is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, with the bus departing from the Giant parking lot in Cressona at 7 a.m. and returning at 6:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is $65, payable to the South Schuylkill Garden Club, and reservations must be made by April 11.

For further information and reservations, interested parties can contact Carol Haldeman at 570-345-2423, 570-640-7511, or via email at chaldyjr@gmail.com.

Established in 1935 by Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland, Mt. Cuba Center serves as a place for visitors to appreciate native plants and their conservation. The botanical garden began its transition to a public garden in 2022 and is now open to the public from April to November, offering general admission, guided tours, and special programs.

Educational courses are also available year-round. More information on native plants, plant trials, and research can be found at mtcubacenter.org.

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The tour, a rain or shine event, will commence with the group arriving at Mt. Cuba around 10 a.m. Participants will be divided into two smaller groups, with one starting the day with a Welcome Walk of the grounds and the other enjoying a Hayride Highlight Tour. The groups will then switch activities. After lunch, attendees can look forward to an informative lecture titled “Beautiful Native Plants Year-Round.” Before departing, there will be time for exploring the gardens and selecting native plants to take home.

Please note that Mt. Cuba is not handicap accessible, and it is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes. The Welcome Walk and Hayride Highlights Tour each last about an hour, showcasing the beauty and value of native plants. The lecture will focus on wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and vines suitable for home gardens, which are adapted to local growing conditions and support native wildlife, birds, and bees.

With limited seating, interested gardeners are encouraged to make reservations early, as the bus tends to fill up quickly. The deadline for registration is April 11. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about native plants and how to create a more environmentally friendly garden in your own backyard.

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