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By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Mt. Cuba Center in northern Delaware is among the most unique gardens around; nearly 600 acres dedicated to plants native to the region – from formal gardens to pastures to woodlands alive with wildflowers. Usually, you need to book a tour in advance to see it, but this week you can stroll through Mt. Cuba with no reservations, on Friday or Saturday, October 26th and 27th, from 10 to 4. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for those 6 to 16, and free for children under 6.

This is a naturalistic garden setting designed to be seen only on foot, so pull on some comfy shoes, turn off your phone and wander along the trails to enjoy what flourishes naturally in the gently rolling hills geographer’s call the Appalachian Piedmont. At Mt. Cuba, they study and nurture native plants to learn what plants grow best. So, besides being pretty, it’s practical – giving you lots of great ideas of what to plant in your own backyard.

Download details about the open stroll days this Friday and Saturday at MtCubaCenter.org.

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