Seminars

Seminars – sponsored by 585 Magazine -- are free with GardenScape admission, and all are held upstairs in the Dome Center.   An elevator is available.  (Note three seminars have a charge for materials.)

Seminars Schedule – Subject to change without Notice!

THURSDAY, MARCH 12

11:00 am  Duane Pancoast, gardening blogger and author of The Geriatric Gardner: Adaptive Gardening.

12:30 pm. Dave Hutchings, Executive Director of Sonnenberg Gardens: Principles of Garden Designs.

2:00 pm.  Michael Miller, Kittelberger Florists, An Hour with Flowers & Michael.

3:30 pm.  Doug Streeter, beekeeping expert extraordinaire, Beekeeping is for Everyone.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13

11:00 am. Brenda Sunseri, artist and designer at Birchcrest Tree & Landscape:  Accessorize Your Garden.

12:30 pm.  Debb Bonnewell, local artist and creator of this year’s GardenScape poster:  Painting Wine Glasses ($20. See special seminars for full details.)

2:00 pm  Dan Cooper, author and talk show host:  Gardening from a Hammock.

3:30 pm.  Cathy Monrad, crafter-in-chief for Upstate Gardeners Journal: Creating Scented Gardening Scrubs. ($20. See special seminars for full details.)

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

11:00 am. Dan Cooper, author and talk show host: Gardening from a Hammock.

12:30 pm.  Bill Valavanis, International Bonsai Arboretum: Horticultural Art Forms of Japan.

2:00 pm.  Dave O’Donnell, Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm: Raising Healthy Monarch Butterflies.

3:30 pm.  Michael Miller, Kittelberger Florists, An Hour with Flowers & Michael

SUNDAY, MARCH 15

11:00 am Ann Hubregsen, design consultant for Josh Landscape: Rainwater Gardens.

12:30 pm.  Dan Scheid, Grounds Director, Cornell University: Choosing the Correct Plants.

2:00 pm.  Jeanine “J” Fyfe, Broccolo Garden Center: Creating Seed Bombs.  ($15. See special seminars for full details.)

3:30 pm.   Brenda Sunseri, artist and designer at Birchcrest Tree & Landscape:  How to Design Like a Pro.

Meet the GardenScape Seminar Speakers

Here are brief biographies of the seminar speakers at GardenScape this year.

Ann HubregsenAnn Hubregsen is a senior design consultant at Josh Landscape Co. specializing in custom residential outdoor living spaces.  After receiving a degree in landscape design, she has gained some 30 years of experience in the landscape industry in Rochester.  Ann is a senior certified nursery and landscape professional in NYS, a Cornell University master gardener, a certified professional of the Interlocking Concrete Paving Institute, and a published author.


Brenda-SunseriBrenda Sunseri began earning awards and praise for her design and artwork in elementary school.  Brenda has combined her interest in plants and nature, a background in commercial construction, and schooling in graphic design to become one of the top landscape designers in the region.  In 2014, she took first place in New York State for residential landscape design.  She loves to create unique outdoor spaces that bring together friends and family, improving connections one patio at a time.

Cathy MonradCathy Monrad, “Crafty Cathy” Monrad is the graphic designer and crafter-in-chief for Upstate Gardeners’ Journal, the region’s premiere source for gardening news and information.  Cathy prides herself on integrating her artistic ability and passion with professionalism for each project and client interaction.  She enjoys crafting and traveling and lives in Webster with her family.

Dan CooperDan Cooper has been a master gardener for more than 20 years and is co-author of Gardening from a Hammock, a book on low-maintenance gardening that features the gardens and advice of 17 well-known garden experts, landscapers and designers. A published travel writer and photographer who has visited, written about and photographed gardens around the world, Dan is the first recipient of the Marshall McLuhan Award for Creative Communications.

Michael MillerMichael Miller, floral designer at Kittelberger Florist & Gifts in Webster, has been in the industry for over 50 years He is a member of the American Academy of Florists and former president of the Florist’s Association and was trained at Cornell University and Constance Spry Flower School of London, England.  His seminars are always among the best attended at GardenScape.

Duane Pancoast, at age 81, continues to work in the family marketing communications business, a firm serving many clients in the green industry.  In his book “The Geriatric Gardener,” a collection of his popular blogs on gardening, he offers the most comprehensive book yet written on “adaptive gardening,” tips and information on how senior gardeners can continue to enjoy their passion regardless of the onset of age.

Debb Bonnewell is a local artist who created the GardenScape poster for three consecutive years.  She began painting in 1986, joined the Society of Decorative Painters, and earned the distinction of Certified Decorative Artist (CDA) in 2013.  She has taken lessons and attended seminars with accomplished teachers, and she currently teaches her own designs all across the United States.

Jeanine ‘J’ Fyfe of Broccolo Garden Center has more than 19 years of experience in lawn and garden retail.  She enjoys guiding customers and friends through gardening challenges, focusing on low maintenance, multi-seasonal results that add beauty and value to one’s home and property.

Bill Valavanis is proprietor of the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester, New York where he maintains a fine personal collection of Classical bonsai. He offers introductory and advanced classes as well as seminars and symposia in Rochester, New York. He also maintains a busy teaching schedule for bonsai and horticultural organizations worldwide. In order to further promote the artistic and horticultural expression of Classical bonsai art around the world he began publishing International BONSAI magazine 40 years ago. He has authored nine books and many articles published in English, Japanese and other European languages.

Dan ScheidDan Scheid, Grounds Director at Cornell University, previously served for many years as horticulturist and grounds director for the University of Rochester.   While in Rochester, he was a longtime member of the GardenScape steering committee.

Dave O’Donnell is a self-taught naturalist from upstate NY. His work with restoring the declining Eastern Monarch Butterfly population began in the late ‘90s, and he has become a well-known advocate for the restoration of the iconic Monarch Butterfly and it’s habitat. While focusing on Monarch recovery, he also discusses many other environmental issues pertaining to all pollinators and other wildlife in decline.

Douglas Streeter began beekeeping five years ago when he safely removed a colony of honeybees from a neighbor’s tree.  That a became his first hive, and things took off from there.  An expert woodworker, he makes hives and specialty bee equipment such as bee vacuums, honey-warming cabinets, observation hives and beekeepers’ toolboxes.  He’s a member of the Rochester Beekeepers Club and gives presentations on bee equipment and bee care.  He will soon graduate from Cornell University’s Master Beekeeping Course.

Dave Hutchings is the Executive Director of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park in Canandaigua, NY.  He. Held the position of Estate Manager at Mackenzie Childs LLC for 15 years, and was also the central campus landscape supervisor for Cornell University.  He holds degrees in the areas of horticulture and forestry from SUNY Oswego, the University of Missouri, and Finger Lakes Community College.