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
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 An expert on, David is a herbaceous perennials
instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.
In 2013 The Layered Garden won the
Best Overall Book
by the Garden Writers Association.
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. ()
See video of David's appearance on the
Martha Stewart Show (9:56)
He is a recipient of the Distinguished
Garden Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
He has also been awarded the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Award of Merit. He
serves on the Pennsylvania Horticultural Societies Gold Medal
Plant Selection Committee.
"I bought the 1790's farmhouse and adjoining two acres in 1990.
The house sits on a relatively flat, rectangular acre below a steep
hillside of roughly equal size. The farmhouse is located between
the forks of the Brandywines and nestled into the hillside. Affectionately
referred to as Brandywine Cottage, its many gardens are planted
in a naturalistic style. It is our version of a Pennsylvania county
garden, it includes many collections (such as) galanthus,
roses, hepaticas, cyclamen, euphorbias, arums, peonies, iris, and
of course, the specialty of the house, hellebores. The garden contains
a series of plant habitats dedicated to 4 seasons of interest. The
Gallery page of this website
has many photographs of Brandywine Cottage property."
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