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January 19th 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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The Morris Arboretum is once again supporting Women in Hort by hosting an event for us! Thanks to their staff for coordinating!

Event is FREE, but RSVP required.

Thank you for your RSVP! We will send a confirmation email shortly.

One of our most requested events, this "Professional Show-&-Tell" will be the standard;

6 speakers

6 topics

10 minutes each

And this year....each speaker can only have 2 slides! The theme of this event is "A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words".


We hope speakers will be challenged to work on their storytelling ability. Communication is vital in all parts of our lives both professional and personal, we hope speakers and attendees alike will learn about storytelling while learning about the professional horticulture topics each speaker presents!

Finally many thanks to Kathy Salisbury for coordinating all of our speakers, to Louise Clarke and the Morris for volunteering the event space, and of course thanks to all of our speakers for presenting!

Directions and Parking: Parking is available at Bloomfield Farm. The farm entrance is directly opposite the public garden entrance on Northwestern Avenue. Address: 303 East Northwestern Ave. Once through the gates, follow the road to the stop sign. Turn right and you’ll see the parking areas. Walk down the pedestrian pathway to the Horticulture Center ( office building). 


Snow Removal? I'd Rather Not.

Martha Stephens

How I negotiated with upper management for improvements in my job description. 

Looking  at Plants from Below



What can we learn from looking at root systems? By making connections underground and growing diverse canopies above -  plants build better soil and can fix the problems in our built environment. Some lessons learned from people and plants over the last ten years.

Through Different Lenses






Visiting gardens is a favorite past time for Louise Clarke and Eva Monheim.  As members of  GardenComm (formerly GWA) - the organization for Garden Communicators, they have visited hundreds of gardens.  Louise and Eva have always talked about doing a presentation on explaining what they see through the lenses of their cameras. Sometimes the photos are similar and other times vastly different. They will explore with you Surreybrooke Garden and Nursery in Frederick, MD.  

New Adventures



Doing the same job in the same place for many years is comforting and reassuring. However, sometimes taking a chance to do something different and unique can pay off in ways we never could imagine. Moving away from family and friends for a 4 month sabbatical at a different university has given me the confidence in my knowledge and skills in Horticulture and self-sufficiency that I’d forgotten I had.

Forgotten contributions: Ellen Harrison at the University of Pennsylvania



Lara Roman will discuss early efforts to beautify the University of Pennsylvania campus through tree planting in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Ellen Harrison, wife of the Provost, was largely responsible for these efforts through fundraising and supervising landscaping work. She was also very active in other aspects of civic life in Philadelphia, including patriotic societies and historic preservation. Yet her contributions were not mentioned in written accounts that celebrate the campus beauty from that period, nor in recent books about the university’s history, which seems emblematic of the way women’s roles in urban greening in that period were overlooked.



Louise Clarke is the co-creator of Verdant Earth Education, LLC. With a decade of experience in public garden management, intern mentoring, and creating educational programs at the Morris Arboretum, Louise is leading the effort to offer green businesses the opportunity to employ best practices, expand skill sets, and use earth-friendly principles to increase profitability while reducing the seasonality of this business sector.  Aligned with Louise’s personal mission to connect people to plants, her approach to business development encompasses the scientific and horticultural worlds to synthesize and deliver customized training that informs and empowers participants.


Louise holds Bachelor degrees from Thomas Jefferson University, Temple University, and a Masters in Business Administration from DeSales University.

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Eva Monheim is a Principal at Verdant Earth Educators (VEE) and faculty member at Longwood Gardens and The Barnes Arboretum of St. Joseph’s University. Professionally trained – she holds degrees in horticulture, art and English and is a certified arborist, master floral designer, artist and writer.  Eva’s year-long studies in England have given her a global appreciation of garden design and environmental stewardship. 


She is former assistant professor of instruction at Temple University in the department of landscape architecture and horticulture, where she taught thirteen different subjects in undergraduate and graduate studies. Eva was an early adapter of teaching online and continues to offer online learning through VEE.

Lara Roman

Lara Roman is a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Philadelphia Field Station. She studies the temporal dynamics of urban forests, including tree mortality and growth, canopy cover change, historical development of urban forests, species composition change, and citizen science monitoring. Her studies take a participatory research approach, collaborating with practitioners for study design and implementation. She received a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelors in Biology and Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the chair of the Urban Tree Growth & Longevity Working Group, an affiliate of the International Society of Arboriculture.

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Lucy Dinsmore is the Azalea Meadow Section Leader at the Morris Arboretum, where she’s been a horticulturist for 6 years. Before joining the Morris, she was an intern at Chanticleer Gardens. Lucy has worked for design/build companies and garden centers since her very first job -watering plants at the Washington National Cathedral Greenhouse as a young tween.


Lucy has her Masters in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor’s degree in fine art. Lucy loves spending time with Women in Horticulture and organizes the happy hours to bring people together.

Jackie Ricotta

Originally from Rochester, NY, Jackie Ricotta graduated from Cornell University and went on to receive a Master’s degree from North Carolina State University and a doctorate from the University of Illinois, all in Horticulture.  Her specialization was vegetable production and pest control, and she spent 5 years at Monsanto working in product development and research.


Since 2000, Jackie has been a professor of horticulture at Delaware Valley University where she teaches courses in Botany, Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Food & Fiber, Integrated Pest Management, Commercial Vegetable Production, and Marketing of Horticultural Products.  Jackie was instrumental in bringing certified organic to the DelVal farm in 2004 and helped start the Organic Farming Certificate program (with partner the Rodale Institute) as well as the Sustainable Agriculture Systems major.  She is the co-editor of a textbook titled “Organic Food, Farming and Culture” to be published by Bloomsbury in 2019. Jackie received the DelVal distinguished faculty member award in 2012.


In addition to being o the board of NOFA-NJ, Jackie is active with the American Society for Horticultural Science, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Bucks County Foodshed AlliancePennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the DelVal Food Systems Institute.  She and her husband Randy have two sons, and Jackie enjoys reading, gardening, and cooking fresh, delicious Italian food.


Martha Stephens was the public landscape manager for The Delaware Center for Horticulture from 2013-17 and prior to that, she was head horticulturist and supervisor of Terrain’s fine gardening department from 2012-13.  She has BS in horticulture with an emphasis in environmental sustainability from Temple University.  She has spent 20 plus years in the horticulture field where she was the sole proprietor of In the Garden Designs; a small seasonal residential garden design business that provided naturalistic landscape designs, installations, IPM-based maintenance programs, garden consultations, and unique floral designs.


She has volunteered many hours at Longwood Gardens as well as other local arboreta and especially enjoyed installing the plant material for the Morris Arboretum’s intensive and extensive green roofs. She has a strong work ethic in which conscientiousness, loyalty, and integrity play key roles.  Martha considers herself a plant nerd and enjoys researching plant pathology diseases.   Married and the mother of three children and one grandson, Martha loves the outdoors where she enjoys skiing, gardening, biking, bird watching, and plant collecting. 

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