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Drive on Your Own: David Culp Garden Designs

September 20, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


RAIN DATE: Please also reserve Wednesday, September 27 from 10 am to 12:30 pm on your calendar. Refunds will not be given if you can’t make the rain date.

Visit two gardens designed by David Culp on this special garden tour. We will begin at Brandywine Cottage, David’s beloved 2-acre Downingtown, Pennsylvania garden where he has mastered the design technique of layering: inter-planting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. It is a stunning garden in every season and we will be visiting when the meadow should be reaching its autumn display. We will then drive to the nearby Bondsville Mill Park , where David will guide us through “Culp’s Clearing,” the meadow he designed and that was planted in spring 2023. Brandywine Cottage is listed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens. Visit David’s website to see all of the beautiful images and information about Brandywine Cottage and what David has created.

About Brandywine Cottage:

A member of the Scott Arboretum, David Culp has been lecturing about gardens nationwide for more than 25 years, and he is the author of two exquisite books, The Layered Garden and A Year at Brandywine Cottage. He is the Principle of David L. Culp Designs, the owner of Brandywine Snowdrops, and the herbaceous perennials instructor at Longwood Gardens. 

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Program Details 

  • This trip is limited to 25 members of the Associates of the Scott Arboretum.  Become a member here.
  • Additional information will be emailed to participants two days before the trip.
  • Email us if you have accessibility needs for this program.
  • For more information, review our program and event policies or call the Scott Arboretum office at 610-328-8025


September 20, 2023
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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