2019 Fall Lecture Series  

 The Henry Schmieder Arboretum, Delaware Valley University 


  Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 

“Leaves of Autumn” – The Art of Designing A Unique Fall Floral Arrangement     

 Presented by:  Melissa Palmer of Florum Flowers and Petaling Posies

Melissa Palmer will show you how to create a beautiful Leaf Bowl for your Autumn table scape.  Learn some inside tricks to make your next floral arrangement a memorable one!   Mrs. Palmer trained under Gregor Lerch in Germany and attended the Boerma Institute in the Netherlands in Dutch Master Design.  She owns two businesses, Florum Flowers and Petaling Posies, and grows flowers on her New Jersey farm.  Mrs. Palmer is a floral instructor at Longwood Gardens, as well as a frequent speaker at the Philadelphia Flower Show.  She also teaches classes on beneficial insects specializing in Mason Bees at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  She is a Master Gardener (Mercer County) and a Master Beekeeper trained in British Columbia.      


Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Gardening in Concert with Nature”   

Presented by:  Master Gardener Bill Pasko  

As our gardens play an increasingly important role in environmentally friendly living, so do our garden problems.  Bucks County Horticulture Hotline expert Bill Pasko will discuss the management of garden problems in ways which are friendly to wildlife and the environment.  Mr. Pasko is a member of the Penn State Bucks County Extension Master Gardner Class of 2013, and has served on the Selection Committee for the past four years.  Bill provides technical support for the program, including acting as virtual meeting host for state-wide training classes.  He also operates the Garden Hotline, which answers gardening questions and solves horticultural problems for the general public in Bucks County.  His specialty is Integrated Pest Management utilizing environmentally safe techniques.  Additionally, Mr. Pasko is a member of the Bucks County Master Gardener Program Advisory Board.  Since his retirement in 2009, the Washington Crossing resident has been an active volunteer in the community.  Aside from his role as a Penn State Master Gardener, Bill maintains leadership roles with several other local volunteer organizations.  This particular lecture is co-sponsored by Delaware Valley University and the Bucks County Master Gardener Program.



Lecture Series Details
The Life Sciences Building, Delaware Valley University
700 E. Butler Ave, Doylestown, PA 18901
6:30 pm – light refreshments;  7:00 pm – lecture

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

This series is co-sponsored by:

Bucks Beautiful

Feeney’s Wholesale Nursery

Delaware Valley University

We would like to express our appreciation to our wonderful speakers and the public 

for supporting our 2018-2019 Lecture Series 

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

October 1, 2019
“Listening to the Land”

Presented by: Award Winning Garden Designer Renny Reynolds, Hortulus Farm

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”

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

March 19, 2019
Hot Perennials!
Presented by:  Horticulturist Sharee Solow, PCH, ASLA, Solow Horticultural Designs
See Sharee’s full list of New Perennials for 2019 here 

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

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


  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

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

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