2019 Spring Lecture Series
The Henry Schmieder Arboretum
Delaware Valley University

Lecture Series Details
The Life Science Building, Delaware Valley University
700 E. Butler Ave, Dolestown, PA 18901

6:30pm – light refreshments
7:00pm – lecture

Purchase Tickets at the Door
Schmieder Arboretum Members: Free
DVC Students and Active Military: Free
Nonmembers: $5.00
Senior Citizens: $3.00
Non-DVC Students; DVC Faculty and Staff: $3.00

This series is co-sponsored by:

Bucks Beautiful

Feeney’s Wholesale Nursery

Delaware Valley University

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
“Community Trees: Creating Habitat for Humans”
Presented by:  Extension Urban Forester Julianne Schieffer, BCMA, CBLP, TRAQ
Penn State Ecosystem Science & Management

Julianne Schieffer is a tree maven with Penn State Extension, don’t miss this presentation. You’ll take a look at trees from a new perspective; and you will never look at trees in the same way again! Engage with the gentle green giants for your health, well-being, and the safety of your community.

With a B.S. in Urban Forestry and Botany from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a M.S. in Tree Pathology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Julianne’s specialty is trees and natural resources impacted by humans and community infrastructure. She currently serves Southeastern Pennsylvania’s communities by offering technical assistance regarding tree programs, funding, and education. She is a Board-Certified Master Arborist and Life Member through the International Society of Arboriculture. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Hot Perennials!
Presented by:  Horticulturist Sharee Solow, PCH, ASLA
Solow Horticultural Designs

Every year Sharee Solow sees dozens of new perennials listed in catalogs. All of them aren’t winners, some look just like what we already have, and only time in the ground will tell us how good they will be in our region. Sharee will pull out the ones that look the best and tell us what is supposed to set these apart from the crowd.

Sharee Solow’s skill and vision are demonstrated as she seeks to expand the garden ideal in her numerous designs, lectures, articles, and classes. Her broad background spanning theater, marketing, horticulture, and landscape architecture coupled with extensive international travel, forms the aesthetic palate needed to handle the diverse creative demands found in clients’ outdoor spaces. She completed intensive seminars in Japan where she earned certificates in garden design history, construction, and maintenance. Her entertaining lectures embrace a full range of skills and interests including contractors, trade groups, extension services, and garden clubs; as well as those interested in various aspects of international culture and travel. She is a past board member, guest judge and academic jurist for many regional organization, professor of Perennial Design at Temple-Ambler, active with ASLA, APLD, NAJGA, PPA, GWA and is PA Certified Horticulturist #824. See her magazine articles at: www.SolowHorticulturalDesigns.com.  

See Sharee’s full list of New Perennials for 2019 here 

 Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Native Plant Gardening
Bringing our Natives into the Designed Yard”
Presented by:  Native Plant Advocate and Consultant Wendy Brister
Harvey’s Gardens

Integrating native plants into your landscape can at times be a daunting challenge.  Many times native plantings are associated with a messy appearance discouraging homeowners from even considering them.  Wendy will share some tips that will keep you compliant with your municipality and encourage a more refined garden appearance.

Wendy Brister is a garden designer/consultant and lecturer in the Mid-Atlantic area. She is an adjunct instructor of horticulture at Community College of Baltimore County and the Conference Coordinator of the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference held every June at Millersville University.  Brister holds a BS in Landscape Architecture from Temple University Ambler and is the owner of Harvey’s Gardens, a native plant sourcing business for homeowners.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

”Boot Camp for your Senses:
The Garden in Summer
Presented by:  Author and Horticulturalist Tovah Martin
based on her newest book “The Garden in Every Sense and Season”

Your garden could be so fulfilling, if you plug in.  Boot Camp for the Senses explores the garden on all levels by attuning your nose to its scents and training your ears to listen.  Learn to garden with eyes wide open, ears to the ground and hands outstretched.  Tailored to the current season, this lecture will awaken your senses and spark perceptions on all levels.  Subtleties that you never noticed before will be uncovered and defined.  We’ll share advice and ideas; we’ll explore a “Smelathon” to help get nostrils in gear.  Want to broaden your horizons? After this presentation, your garden will be more savory, you will know its touch, smell its aromas, hear its voice and see it anew. 

An avid (verging on obsessed) gardener indoors and out, Tovah Martin is the author of many gardening books such as The Indestructible Houseplant, The Unexpected Houseplant, The New Terrarium and Tasha Tudor’s Garden.  Additionally, she’s had articles published in County Gardens, Garden Design, Traditional Home, Martha Stewart Living, Cottage Journal, Milieu, Yankee, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens as well as Gardens Illustrated and the Daily Telegraph in Europe.  Tovah is an accredited Organic Land Care Professional through NOFA, an honorary member of the Garden Club of America and the recipient of their medal for outstanding literary achievement.  In 2013, she received the Gustav Mehlquist Award- the highest honor bestowed by the Connecticut Horticultural Society.  She has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show, PBS television series and the CBS Sunday Early Show as well as many other television and radio broadcasts.  She speaks throughout the country and has lectured aboard the QE2. Tovah can be found at www.tovahmartin.com and on Facebook at Plantwise by Tovah Martin. 

We would like to express our appreciation to our wonderful speakers and the public
for supporting our Fall 2018 Lecture Series at
The Henry Schmieder Arboretum, Delaware Valley University


 This series was co-sponsored by: Bucks Beautiful, Feeney’s Wholesale Nursery, and Delaware Valley University


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

“Grow More With Less: Sustainable Garden Methods
Presented By:  Vincent A. Simeone, Horticulturalist and Director of Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay, NY



 Tuesday, October 16, 2018
“Heirlooms and Imposters – The Fight Between Flavor and Fruition”
Presented By:  Robert Blew, Vice President & Head of Product Development, Centerton Nursery


 Tuesday, November 13, 2018
“Dominica – it’s natural wonder and challenges in rebuilding and establishing resilience from Hurricane Maria”
Presented By:  Stephen Dadio, Delaware Valley University


Tuesday, December 18, 2018
“Insect and Mite-Induced Plant Galls of the Northeast”
Presented By:  Carol C. Mapes, Ph.D., Kutztown University