Chanticleer Garden Horticulturist Presents Free Lecture on ‘Pro Design Principles’ | Rogersville

Dan Benarcik, horticulturist at Chanticleer Garden, will present “Design Principals of the Pros That Can Be Applied to Home Landscape: A Design Talk”. Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

7 p.m. at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, 300 W. Market Street in Kingsport.

Sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS), the program is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 423-348-6572 or email [email protected],

Chanticleer has been called America’s most romantic, imaginative, and thrilling public garden. Dan Benarcik, one of seven very talented horticulturists, has been instrumental in transforming the garden since its inception. Dan is a passionate gardener and artist who merges his love of plants, sculpture and design into excitement and wonder.

This design and motivational talk will give gardeners, whether new or experienced, tips for livening up their own gardens and ideas to use when thinking about your flower beds, pots and plant combinations for the season. coming.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Dan’s childhood found him with one foot in the florist/greenhouse and the other in cabinetmaking. A degree in plant science from the University of Delaware took him to the Mt. Cuba Center as a Woodspath Gardener, then wholesale plants with Imperial Nurseries before joining the young Chanticleer team in Wayne, Penn.

He spent 28 years there creating and implementing seasonal displays in the courtyard gardens, which include the famous and beautiful Teacup Garden, named after its central fountain. Dan has long focused on tropical, non-hardy plants with a strong emphasis on dynamic design, creative container combinations and innovative display.

He also designs and manufactures the wooden works, stone carvings, paintings and metal works exhibited throughout the garden. His enthusiasm for design translated into building furniture for the garden and for his home and teaching chair-making workshops.

It was a natural progression to want to share his passion for horticulture through speaking and writing. Dan joined the Garden Writers Association now Gardencomm and served as Regional Director while achieving Fellow status. Her writings have appeared in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Martha Stewart Living and Rodale’s gardening books.

He is co-author of Chanticleer’s The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques. On television he has promoted plants on QVC for Cottage Farms Nursery and has been featured in episodes of “Cultivating Life” and with his garden on Growing a Greener World. He gives lectures internationally.

In his remaining free time, he teaches and does volunteer work. It is part of the Continuing Education Program at Longwood Gardens. He volunteers for the Delaware Center for Horticulture Rare Plant Auction as part of the Plant Selection Committee and as a plant expert at the event.

He judges for the Philadelphia Flower Show. Dan and his wife share an acre of residential gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. To learn more, visit his website:

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