Bucks Beautiful Presents
Spring 2017 Lecture Series
at
The Henry Schmieder Arboretum
Delaware Valley University

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
“Berries, Branches, and Blooms that Ignite the Winter Landscape”
By Matt Ross of Longwood Gardens

Far too often the winter landscape is viewed as being bleak and cumbersome, leaving gardeners pining for springtime. Well, with the right mix of colorful branches, intriguing berries, and even blooming plants the Winter Landscape can be an equally thrilling time of year. Learn about the best plants to ignite your winter landscape with Matthew Ross, Continuing Education Coordinator at Longwood Gardens. From having the dark purple hues of mahonia and galax to watching the earliest snowdrops and skunk cabbage emerge beyond the snow, you are bound to find a new favorite winter plant.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
“PawPaw, Americas Forgotten Fruit

By Author Andy Moore ( https://thepawpawbook.wordpress.com/)

What is a pawpaw, and why have most people never heard of it before? Andrew Moore offers a brief history of the pawpaw, the largest edible fruit native to the United States, and offers some explanations as to why it has been overlooked in modern times. He also provides an overview of the growers and producers working to raise the fruit’s profile, and how the fruit tree can be reintegrated into our diets and culture.
Andrew Moore grew up in Lake Wales, Florida, just south of the pawpaw’s native range. A writer and gardener, he now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the news editor and a feature writer for Pop City, a weekly news e-magazine in Pittsburgh, and his stories have been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Daily Yonder, and the Biscayne Times. Pawpaw–a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award nominee in the Writing & Literature category–is his first book.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
“Cultivating Respect for Insect Diversity”
By Professor Dan Duran, PhD, of Drexel University

All life on earth depends on insects, for more reasons than most people realize.  This talk will explore some of the immeasurably important ways that insects keep ecosystems functioning.  Nutrient recycling, pollination services, and trophic interactions will be reviewed.  Lastly, there will be a discussion of the ways in which we can conserve our much needed insect diversity.

Dr. Daniel P. Duran is an Associate Teaching Professor at Drexel University and adjunct faculty member at the Barnes Foundation Arboretum School.  He is also president and co-founder of a new non-profit insect conservation organization, The Mid-Atlantic Native & Threatened Insect Zoo (MANTIZ).  He received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Stockton University in 1998, an M.S. in Entomology from University of Missouri in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Evolution and Ecology from Vanderbilt University in 2010. In between his degrees, he has also worked for the Natural History Museum, London, UK and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.  Currently, he teaches courses about a variety of topics pertaining to ecology, evolution, insects, and plants.  His research is focused on 1) the discovery of new species and advancing the field of integrative taxonomy, and 2) examining the important roles of insects and plants in functioning ecosystems.   Dr. Duran is a co-author of the book “A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada, 2nd Edition”.

Wednesday May 17, 2017
“Secrets of a Garden Designer”
By Bridget Huzar, Landscape Designer

“Shhhhhhh…..I am about to tell you all of my secrets.  From the moment I pull up to your house to the final installation of your plan, I will tell you step by step how I create every detail of a garden design.”

A graduate of Delaware Valley University in Ornamental Horticulture, Bridget has been designing and consulting for the past 28 years (http://bridgethuzar-gardendesigns.com/#home) . Bridget has created unique hand-drawn plans for small cottages and large estates, as well as breathtaking container displays. Her designs can be seen all around the Lehigh Valley and recently has begun to branch out as far as the Los Angeles area for consultation work.


Lecture Series Details
Educational lecture series held at The Life Science Building
on the campus of Delaware Valley University
6:30pm – light refreshments
7:00pm – lecture

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 event is co-sponsored by:
Bucks Beautiful
Feeney’s Wholesale Nursery
and Delaware Valley University