Not only was it free to attend but the first 500 people were given a free plant. I was among the first 500 last year where I got a simple Coreopsis species. It didn't do very much but I see many shoots coming up this year and it's clearly seeded itself about. It's always wonderful to see a native plant doing that. This year, sadly I wasn't among the first 500 people, so no plant for me. This is a shame because I would have really enjoyed a free Bluestar! I'm not certain on the species, I think it was Amsonia tabernaemontana, or certainly one of the normal leafed Amsonia species. (Normal as in not thin.)
So without further delay, here's some of what you missed. Pictures are not in the order they were taken, but are arranged to have a sense of flow.
Sure bloom time may vary from year to year but the Mt. Cuba Center has such vast array of spring blooming wildflowers that there are always several dozen species reaching their peak bloom from week to week well into the summer. They also have the advantage of being on a hill with their own micro climate, so that same species at the top of the hill will be flowering differently than at the bottom. This extends the blooming season long enough that they have a wider window to hold their event.
A lot of the other shrubs and trees weren't doing much though. Most Rhododendrons and Silver Bells weren't flowering at all.
Rhododendrons were flowering too but none of them really topped this show stopper right as you walked in.
So that does it for my trip there. I'm hoping to visit a few more times this year. Thanks for reading.