Thats what it is to me.
I hardly expected to see myself as a teacher, a mentor or a leader in my field. It happens slowly at first.
I didn't find Public Horticulture, It found me. I didn't really care what people thought of a garden, until I saw them experience a really interesting one. To see the joy and amazement on their faces and the wonder in their eyes,
When you answered, you empowered. Thats where teaching began for me. Working in public horticulture for nearly twenty five years I have a unique insight as to what visitors and gardeners are looking for. Whether teaching in respected institutions or lecturing to the most basic group of gardening enthusiasts it is the same task, conveying a passion.
This is an introduction to the use of groundcovers in our garden designs. Woody and herbaceous plants that are known for their ability to colonize in specific sites or to perform a specific task in the garden will be highlighted in this discussion.
Design Principals Of The Pros That Can Be Applied To The Home Landscape
A Design Talk
This talk will give the beginner and advanced gardeners tips from the pros to help freshen up their own gardens at home. It will provide something to think about while contemplating their own beds, pots and combinations next season.
Combinations-Finding The Right Mix
Learning To Combine
Finding the right mix, opening our eyes to what makes great combinations in a garden setting. Plants, colors, textures, paving and hardscape, as well as furniture will be discussed in detail.
An Inspirational Talk
Keeping it fresh, we all need inspiration to keep the garden fresh and exciting from season to season and year to year. Sometimes that creative spark just isn't clicking and you need a jump start...but from where? I will share some of the people, places and things that get my creative juices flowing and make you think about what inspires you!
Please understand and respect that these lectures will not be broken up, spliced or agreed to in an A la Carte manner. They have been crafted and organized in a manner to convey a message or to tell a story in a contiguous manner.
Boom Without The Bloom
This is a look at an often overlooked but vitally important part of the garden and landscape. If something should compromise the floral aspect of your garden, you should have a strong foliar background to carry the garden. Woody plants, herbaceous and tropicals are discussed in this garden study.
Twenty-five Plants I Couldn't Garden Without (In My Zone 7 Garden)
Interesting And Dependable Plant Choices
Everyone has their own list of their favorite plants, this one is mine. I'll cover trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. In addition some tropical plants and tender perennials to spice things up.
Containers, Pots With A Purpose
The Exciting World Of Container Culture
A look at the breadth of container gardening styles and techniques. Different types of containers are discussed as well as some favorite plants for container culture.
Making Your Garden Your Own
Define Your Own Style
This is a look at how to personalize your garden through the use of artistic element and found artifacts. Discussed is the addition of garden furniture as a design element. We will also consider the use of ornamental containers and floral container combinations as extensions of your personality in your garden.
Chanticleer, A Pleasure Garden
Visions Of Chanticleer
This talk is a walking garden narrative, covering the different garden areas. Different seasons and phases of the garden will be revealed, as well as the personalities that make the garden what it is.
The Art And Artistry Of Chanticleer
A Focus On The Art and Whimsy
Horticulture is imperative at Chanticleer, but is not the only thing that sets the garden apart from other public gardens. It is also the efforts of the staff that make the garden unique. This talk highlights the artists and their work in the garden.
Inspiration and Creativity, Taking Cues From Nature
An aesthetic approach to design of necessary items in the public garden, park, space, world drawing inspiration from the place and living community in which it will be placed and utilized. Many examples used are from Chanticleer so it could also serve as a Chanticleer introduction as well.
Creating World Class Displays For Your Garden
I am giving This talk for the first time Tomorrow here in Madison Wisconsin to the APGA, American Public Gardens Association. This can also be applied to those in the trade, or anyone who creates and install beauty and may potentially interact with the audience that experiences it.
Line, Form And Color
Defining The Architecture Of The Garden
This is a study of plant architecture and how it impacts the garden.Through a mix of hardy and non-hardy plant images i will discuss ways to improve it in your garden.
Maples Through An Artistic Eye
Created for the international Maple Society last year, an aesthetic approach to incorporating Maples into your landscape. Well suited to Northern states this talk highlights underused and unknown Maples for an interesting approach to to these trees.
*Zonal Denial, Hot Topics
Exciting Tropical And Tender Plants
There is nothing like pushing the limits in the garden and this is a great way to start. When you combine the hottest, sexiest tropical beauties with a sharp looking pot, add fertilizer, water and lots of summer heat and watch out! We will look at some of my favorite performers from the tropics, as well as some temperate annuals. We will also speak about culture, combinations and design.
*Advance notice on these talks please, I like to keep these current and suited to the
region where the talk is given. Other talks and topics are always being added.
However, if you have special requests please don’t hesitate to ask. I will be open
to discussion with you in terms of special requests.
My speaking fee is $750 per talk within 250 miles of 19803. The fee increases to $1000 beyond that distance. Payment is due at completion of presentation, or later with prior discussion. A talk consists of 45 to 60 minutes, this can vary with topic and event schedule. Image lists and an opportunity for questions either at the podium or after, depending on the event. Travel, meals, lodging in a hotel, and incidentals are additional. Lesser fee can be negotiated, but a second booking within 18 months at full rate will be required. These are determined on a case by case basis. A contract issued by the organization or individual hiring must be signed by both parties prior to the talk being given. The contract must include the terms and conditions stated above.
Some of my professional venues:
The Delaware Center for Horticulture
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
The Adkins Arboretum
The Scott Arboretum
The Morris Arboretum
The National Arboretum
The Polly Hill Arboretum
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Atlanta Botanic Garden
The Phipps Conservatory
Coastal Maine Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Ganna Walska Lotusland
Horticulture Magazine symposium
The Northwest Horticulture Society
Rochester Civic Garden Center
Center for Urban Horticulture
The Maryland Horticulture Society
West Virginia Cultural and Arts Center
Hillwood Museum and Gardens
American Public Gardens Assosiation
Pennsylvania Landscape and Nurseryman Association
Georgia Perennial Plant Association
Seattle Flower and Garden Show
Center for Urban Horticulture
And many local and regional garden clubs and organizations
Philadelphia Flower Show Judge
Garden Chair Workshops
Please see Garden Chair Page