David Culp

Watch a video of David on the Martha Stewart Show!

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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 a former contributing editor to Horticulture magazine and served as chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society. David is Vice President for Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut. He is author of the book The Layered Garden published by Timber Press, which won the coveted Best Overall Book by the Garden Writers Association.

David is a herbaceous perennials instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. He has developed the Brandywine Hybrid strain of hellebores, and was recently cited in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise on snowdrops. His garden has been featured several times in Martha Stewart Living and on HGTV. Brandywine Cottage is listed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens.





The Layered Garden Book Cover by David L. CulpMorning Keynote: The Layered Garden

David Culp will show us how to recreate the majestic display of his beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden, Brandywine Cottage. It contains 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 tips on maintaining it. To illustrate how layering works, David will take you on a virtual tour through each part of his celebrated garden. The lecture culminates with his signature plants for all four seasons.








A perennial that can extend your seasonsAfternoon Keynote: Extending the Seasons: Late Winter/Early Spring

Are you searching for plants that will fill the vacancies in your garden’s bloom period, or looking to extend the time your garden is in its peak glory? Get the jump on spring by exploring underutilized plants that have the potential to add impact when the rest of your garden lies dormant. This early blooming and emerging group of plants is sure to keep your garden colorful and exciting well before spring officially arrives.