David Daehnke is a seasoned gardener and lecturer, helping both the novice and experienced gardener. His fun and informative lectures are widely requested throughout the Northeast.
Over the past 15 years, David has successfully managed three public gardens as Executive Director, but his true love is communicating proper gardening practices and creating gardens of beauty. Previously David was the landscape supervisor at the James A. McFaul Environmental Center where he was responsible for the management and operation of a ½-acre nursery, chief grant writer for horticultural projects, and educator of programs for public and private groups. David also developed and produced the park’s first horticultural newsletter, The Horticultural Harbinger, and designed new gardens and created the largest public collection of ornamental grasses in New Jersey.
David was also general manager of Ramapo Landscape Supply, a wholesale/retail/distributor of horticultural supplies, increasing sales 42% in his three year tenure.
Previously David owned his own successful landscape design, maintenance and build firm for over 10 years. It was in this experience that he decided to communicate to people the joys of gardening and how they could accomplish the same results on their own, assisting the growing DIY segment of homeowners in New Jersey.
He received his B.S. Degree in Ornamental Horticulture at Delaware Valley College. He was an advisory board member and adjunct professor for the Horticulture department at Bergen Community College in New Jersey.
David is widely known from his radio show “The Gardening Guru” on WGHT 1500 AM for 25 years, and was also heard regularly on Martha Stewart's Sirius Radio program "Morning Living". He is a horticultural consultant on his Internet Web page,www.thegardeningguru.com.
He lectures at garden clubs, organizations and flower shows communicating his love of gardening and belief in an organic, common sense approach. David also visits homeowners for personalized, site-specific consultations. For more information concerning lectures or consultations, please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org .