Delaware’s Mt. Cuba Center with Jeff Downing
Date: April 16, 2020
Speaker: Jeff Downing, Executive Director of Mt. Cuba Center
Vision and Mission of The Mt. Cuba Center
Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland were visionary in their approach to conservation, and in their vision for Mt. Cuba Center.Mrs. Copeland summed up their ambition for Mt. Cuba Center in what has become our founding intention:
“I want this to be a place where people will learn to appreciate our native plants and to see how these plants can enrich their lives so that they, in turn, will become conservators of our natural habitats.”
Beyond the beauty of Mt. Cuba Center runs a deep river of purpose. We understand the importance of native plants and natural lands and hope to impart that understanding to everyone who walks through our gates.
It is not enough simply to observe beauty now. We must also protect it for future generations.
Our mission is to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to support the habitats that sustain them.
Meet Jeff Downing
Jeff Downing is the Executive Director of the Mount Cuba Center, a 600-acre public garden outside of Wilmington, Delaware that is dedicated to native plants in the Mid-Atlantic region. Jeff joined Mt. Cuba in 2013 after 13 years at the New York Botanical Garden.
Mount Cuba Center has a $7.8 million operating budget and 75 full- and part-time employees.