2018 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, May 15, 2018

Prospects for Restoring American Chestnut

Presented by John Wenderoth

Among tree species, the America chestnut (Castanea dentata) ranks as much of an iconic species as the American elm and the white oak. The loss of the American chestnut as a functional component of eastern forests is considered by many to be the greatest ecological disaster in recent history. Can we restore surviving but crippled chestnuts to a level of ecological and economic significance by the next century? What progress is being made to make this a reality? Come to this informative lecture and learn from an expert about all the good works of the American Chestnut Foundation and get updates on the extensive breeding programs that have been underway for over thirty years.

John Wenderoth recently completed his term as board president of the Pennsylvania-New Jersey Chapter (PA-NJ Chapter) of The American Chestnut Foundation. He leads a group of volunteers to maintain Tyler Arboretum’s American chestnut orchard. John studied forestry at Penn State, graduating in 1963. His work experience during his student years took him to Ohio, Idaho, and Washington, to several states in the South, and eventually to Nepal, where he served in the Peace Corps. Although he did not return to work as a forester, he has continued to study our relationship with the natural environment and extend his knowledge of plant species wherever he travels. As a member of Scott Arboretum’s book group, he has improved his understanding of both, and in particular, become involved in efforts to restore the American chestnut to its native habitat.

This talk is co-sponsored by
The Pennsylvania-New Jersey Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation
Bucks Beautiful’s RePlant Bucks Program
Feeney’s Wholesale Nursery

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Holistic Home Landscape
Presented by Amy Sanchez-Hamilton

In her years as a designer and consultant, the one thing that Amy Sanchez-Hamilton talks about most with her clients (besides their space) is how to care for their landscape. Breaking down garden chores as simple as how to water and mulch can make the difference between a happy or stressed plant, thus effecting the susceptibility of pest and disease even if the plant is located correctly. These intricacies can take years to master. Amy will share with us how to break down the basics and take a look at our landscapes as a whole to improve the health of our edibles, ornamentals, and lawns. For the times where product intervention may be needed, she will review the best organic products to use around our gardens. Practice, community awareness, and education is key to continued momentum of a healthy environment.

Amy Sanchez-Hamilton has been in the green industry for over 17 years, graduating from Temple with an AS and BS in Horticulture. Amy started her career with a 2-year internship with the National Park Service as a student Horticulturist at Independence National Historic Park, which led to the path of landscape design and consultation. She currently works as a Landscape Designer/Salesperson at Bucks Country Gardens in Doylestown. She is also an active member of her community sitting on Warminster advisory committees for Parks and Recreation, Environmental Advisory, and Pension, as well as the Advisory Committee for the Horticulture, Landscape and Design Program at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology.

This talk is co-sponsored by Bucks Country Gardens

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Heirlooms and Imposters – The Fight Between Flavor and Fruition
Presented by Robert Blew

What says Springtime’s coming better than talking tomatoes! Bob Blew will be talking about popular heirloom tomatoes – what makes them “heirloom” and why they are prized by gardeners. In conjunction, he will bring up newer varieties that are attempting to capture the flavor/allure of these older selections. Between the two lies a battle among purists and breeders – and the lines could not be more grey!

Bob is the vice president and head of product development at Centerton Nursery, a wholesale container producer located in Bridgeton, NJ. Founded by his grandfather in 1974, Bob is part of the third generation of Blews operating the farm. Centerton provides top quality plants throughout the eastern US strictly to the independent market. Everything they ship is branded, with most of it falling under their house brands such as BlewLabel Perennials and Shrubs, Trophytaker Daylilies, and Hasslefree Roses.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Natives with Bling

Presented by Stephanie Cohen

The effervescent Stephanie Cohen launches our Spring Lecture Series sharing with us her favorite native plants for our gardens. If you haven’t been looking at natives recently, they are one of the most sought-after plant groups. In fact, they have just done a big planting of our natives in Beijing, China! They are some of the most commonly used plants in Europe. Why? They are colorful, easy to grow, and add so much to every garden, especially for pollinators. There are straight species and nativars, including grasses to explore. We will look at new and old plants to discover their beauty, durability, and how they can add some bling to our gardens. Come join us! It is going to be a fun lecture while the “Perennial Diva” dishes the dirt!

Stephanie Cohen taught herbaceous plants and perennial design at Temple University for 20 years and was the Founding Director of the Landscape Arboretum at Temple University, Ambler. Her credits include contributing editor for Fine Gardening, The HGTV Newsletter, advisory board for Green Profit, PHS advisory board for Green Scene, a monthly show for CNN-TV, and writer for the Blooms of Bressingham Plant Program, Country Living Gardener, and American Nurseryman among others. Her lengthy list of national honors includes four from the Perennial Plant Association (design, service and academic awards) plus awards from Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, the American Nursery and Landscape Association for Garden Communicator of the Year 2000, and Temple University Alumni Fellow in 2005 – the most distinguished award that can be given to an alumna. Besides lecturing coast to coast (including Alaska) she appeared on QVC-TV as the “Perennial Diva.” Stephanie’s book The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer was selected as the Garden Writers of America best-selling book for 2005. Her book Fallscaping was followed by The Non-Stop Garden which continues to top the Amazon best-seller list. It was translated into Russian but don’t ask her what it says!

This talk is Co-sponsored by Bucks Beautiful, Feeney’s Wholesale Nursery and Linden Hill Gardens


We would like to express our appreciation to
our wonderful speakers and the public
for supporting our
Fall 2017 Lecture Series
The Henry Schmieder Arboretum
Delaware Valley University


This series was 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