North America’s Best Botanical Garden Focuses On Native Plants, Not Too Far From Lancaster | Life & Culture
An oasis of native plants not far from Lancaster County has been named the best botanical garden in North America.
Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del. won first place in USA Today’s Top 10 Readers’ Choice Awards. The site, a former Maison du Pont, has formal gardens and hectares dedicated to native plants.
To select the best gardens, a panel of experts and the top 10 publishers select the first candidates. The top 10 winners were chosen by popular vote.
The same competition named The Bulls Head the best beer bar in the country for 2018.
Strasburg Rail Road is also nominated for the best scenic train ride. Voting ends August 17.
The gardens of the Mt. Cuba Center are open until November, Wednesday through Sunday.
The site also conducts extensive research trials to find the best varieties of plants. The latest results relate to helenium and phlox. Previous research has focused on coreopsis, asters, and monardium.
The garden also offers virtual tours of the gardens. You can switch between the seasons to see how the gardens change (or get a glimpse of winter on a hot day).
The only other one-day garden is the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, DC The other gardens are scattered from Maine to California.