NBW was selected to develop a master plan for Mt. Cuba Center – a botanical garden with beautiful formal gardens and preserved woodlands unfolding over 1000 acres in Delaware, whose mission it is to inspire appreciation for the value of native plants of the eastern piedmont region. Preservation, conservation, and education are at the forefront of Mt. Cuba’s mission.
Starting with extensive site analysis, NBW developed design solutions that will enhance the experience of Mt. Cuba’s gardens while preserving their essential character. Goals of the comprehensive master plan include a controlled integration of the site’s natural areas; refinement of vehicular and pedestrian circulation; improved accommodation of guest needs; expanded program; greater organizational efficiency; upgraded stormwater management strategy; expanded ecosystem services; and a commitment to alternate and renewable forms of energy.
Implementation of phase 1 projects is currently underway and includes development of accessible routes through the formal gardens, restoration of the historic allée, visitor entry, parking and ticketing, and facilities for native plant production including a new headhouse and greenhouse.
Collaborators: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners, Sherwood Design Engineers, Landmark Science and Engineering, Stuart Lynn Company, Revision Architects, Meliora Design, Staengl Engineering, Becker & Frondorf, Bancroft