Bucks Beautiful Presents
Fall 2017 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

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, and Delaware Valley University


Wednesday December 20, 2017
“All the Presidents’ Gardens”

Presented by Marta Mcdowell

An entertaining romp through our nation’s garden history as seen through the changing grounds at the White House, starring the presidents, first ladies, and their gardeners.

Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens. Timber Press has published her recent books including The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books in September 2017. All the Presidents’ Gardens made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015 and won an American Horticultural Society book award. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life won a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association and is in its sixth printing. Marta is working on a revision of her first book, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, due out in a full color edition by Timber Press in 2019.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017
“Glorious Shade”
Presented by Jenny Rose Carey
Talk Co-sponsored by Bucks Beautiful, Feeney’s Wholesale Nursery and Scott’s Miracle Gro

Turn your shady yard into a sumptuous garden!
Shade is one of the most common garden situations homeowner’s have, but with the right plant knowledge, you can triumph over challenging areas and learn to embrace shade as an opportunity instead of an obstacle. In this information-rich lecture, Jenny Rose Carey shares her secrets from her new book Glorious Shade to successfully garden in the shadiest corners of a yard. You’ll learn how to determine what type of shade you have and how to choose the right plants for the space as well as the techniques, design and maintenance tips that are key to growing a successful shade garden.

Jenny Rose Carey is a renowned educator, historian, and author, and the senior director at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm in Jenkintown. She previously worked at Temple University for over a decade, first as an adjunct professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and then as director of the Ambler Arboretum. Jenny Rose has been lecturing nationally and internationally for many years. She is an avid, hands-on gardener who has gardened in both England and the United States. Her Victorian property, Northview, contains diverse garden spaces, including a shade garden, moss garden, and a stumpery. Jenny Rose and her gardens have been featured on the PBS series The Victory Garden, in the Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Green Scene magazine, and the Pennsylvania Gardener.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The Layered Garden*
Presented by David Culp
Lecture co-sponsored by Doylestown Township Environmental Advisory Council

Brandywine Cottage is David Culp’s beloved 2-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering — interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of wildflowers at the onset of winter.

Using his own garden as a canvas, renown gardener David Culp shares an inspirational but practical way to transform your garden by creating the “layered garden”. Starting with a basic lesson in layering — how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and how to maintain it. To illustrate how layering works, Culp takes you on a personal tour through his celebrated woodland garden, perennial border, kitchen garden, shrubbery, and walled gardens while highlighting the garden’s signature plants.

David Culp is the creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. David has been lecturing about gardens nationwide for more than 15 years. His articles have appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Fine Gardening, Green Scene, and many other publications. He is the author of the Timber Press book The Layered Garden, a past winner of the coveted Best Overall Book by the Garden Writers Association.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
“What’s Up with Honeybee Health?”
Presented by Scott Guiser

Honey bee health continues to be a hot topic for beekeepers and concerned citizens. Scott Guiser, beekeeper of 40 years and former Penn State Extension Educator, will provide an overview of this fascinating insect and give an update on honey bee health. Tips on useful things you can do for this, and other pollinators, as well as leads to the best sources of accurate information will be discussed.

Scott Guiser worked as Penn State University Extension Educator for 37 years where he provided practical, research-based information to people working in nursery, landscape, turfgrass, fruit and vegetable industries. In addition, he coordinated Penn State’s Master Gardening program in Bucks County and provided consumer and horticulture information to the public.  Scott also taught Commercial Fruit Production at DelVal University for nine years.  Scott’s award-winning work has been recognized by the Association of County Agricultural Agents, the Pennsylvania Nurserymen’s Association, Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association and the Professional Grounds Management Society.

Currently Scott is a member of the Northeastern Weed Science Society and conducts applied weed research in horticultural crops. He’s also on the faculty at the Barnes Foundation, teaching soil and weed science courses, and he’s an instructor in the Rutgers University Continuing Education Program. He lectures throughout the northeast and keeps honeybees, gardens and cooks for fun.

Lecture co-sponsored by Bucks Beautiful, Feeneys’ Wholesale Nursery and Scott’s Miracle Gro