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Dan Benarcik

Horticulturist at Chanticleer and co-author, The Art of Gardening: Chanticleer

Dan Benarcik has been involved with plants all his life. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Plant Science, he worked at a garden center and developed a real love of native plants. Then a stint at a large wholesale nursery in sales made him realize that selling plants didn’t call on his creative skills. He found his home at Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA, then in its infancy but now considered one of the finest botanical gardens in the U.S. Unlike many public gardens that seek to educate through plant labels and collections; Chanticleer is about innovation. Dan describes his position at Chanticleer as “giving me the privilege of creating and maintaining our visitors’ first and last impression of the garden.” He soon began representing Chanticleer in giving lectures around the U.S. He is a member of the Garden Writers Association and was recently a Regional Director for GWA. He was one of the co-authors of the new book, The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer, to be released by Timber Press in September, 2015. His writing has appeared in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Martha Stewart Living and Rodale’s gardening books. He has also promoted plants on QVC for Cottage Farms Nursery, and been featured on episodes of Cultivating Life. Dan teaches various classes at Longwood gardens, and is on the teaching staff at Barnes Arboretum.


Chanticleer: The Art of Gardening

What is this place? And how do they do what they do? Dan Benarcik, a horticulturist at Chanticleer for 23 seasons, will introduce the renowned garden and its history, sharing insights on what is happening in the garden. He’ll show practical steps that can be taken right now — saving many more steps later in the season; tips that home gardeners can employ. Finally Dan will reveal how the talented staff at Chanticleer continues a tradition of bold and innovative display.

Thursday, Feb 18 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Design Principals of the Chanticleer Pros for Home Gardeners

This seminar will give the both beginner and advanced gardeners tips from the pros to help freshen up their own gardens at home. Dan will discuss five sound principals of design: What they are, what they do and how you can employ these principles in your own garden beds, pots and plant combinations next season. This richly photographed discussion gives ample visual examples that cover many different garden genres.

Friday, Feb 19 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow