After his teaching career Dave moved on to becoming the Chief Horticulturist at Beaver Creek Nursery, the wholesale division of Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm. Working with Roy Klehm exposed him to an incredible array of species and cultivars of both woody plants and perennials. He also worked with, and sold to, municipal arborists, botanical gardens, landscape architects, and other nurserymen, and learned from them all.
In 2011 Dave left private industry to work at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, part of the Milwaukee County Parks system, in his hometown of Milwaukee. Gardening, growing and teaching about plants are Dave’s passions, and he “gets to scratch that itch” in a whole new context at the Gardens. Also a long-time home gardener, he believes “that you can never really know a plant until you have grown it, and possibly killed it, a few times”. Dave’s passion for gardening embraces a large plant palette, but he particularly favors dwarf conifers, peonies, and shade perennials that start with the letter “H”: heucheras, hellebores, hakonechloas, and most particularly, hostas.
So join us and be prepared to be educated and entertained! Bring your lunch at noon, and a dessert to share as usual, and our speaker’s presentation will follow a brief business meeting.