Wicked Plants: The Exhibit
On exhibit: June 22-September 2, 2019
Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this fun-filled, family-friendly traveling exhibit gives visitors a safe, hands-on experience with some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals. Thought-provoking and educational, Wicked Plants showcases plants associated with a myriad of health effects, including pain, addiction, obesity, allergies, cognitive impairment and even death!
Two- and three-dimensional interactives fill a Victorian-era ramshackle home, where visitors travel from room to room and learn about various poisonous plants that may be lurking in their homes and backyards. History, medicine, science, legend and lore are brought together to present a treasure trove of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm and enlighten.
Wicked Events at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
Wicked Events at Mt. Cuba Center
Mt. Cuba Center’s botanic garden will include walks and classes on the topic of Wicked Plants: The Exhibit, and select Member Days, where members of the Delaware Museum of Natural History are invited to stroll the gardens free of charge.
On Saturday, July 13 from 9:30-11 a.m., visit Mt. Cuba Center for Wicked Plants of the Northeast to learn the basics of identification, natural history, and toxicity of some of the most common poisonous plants in our area and how to safely interact with them. (Rain date: Saturday, July 20. Cost: $29, includes general admission for the day.
From the familiar poison ivy, to the stench of skunk cabbage, to the spines of prickly pear, plants native to the Brandywine Valley will be on display at Mt. Cuba Center’s Wicked Plants Walks on Fridays: July 26, August 2, and August 9 from 6:30-7:15 p.m., with a featured cocktail—The Antidote—available for purchase. (Cost for the walks: $15, includes general admission for the day.) This is part of Mt. Cuba Center’s extended hours on Fridays during the summer, when the gardens are open until 8 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day and welcome picnickers to the gardens to enjoy wine, beer, and food from The Box Lunch.
Members of the Delaware Museum of Natural History are invited to Member Days at Mt. Cuba Center on June 30, July 21 and August 25. Members get free admission on these dates.