Vinnie Simeone, Great Gardens of the World
March 16, 2020 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Since 1998 I have had the pleasure to travel to some of the most breathtaking gardens in the world. The countries visited include Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This lecture provides detailed information on a wide variety of unusual and exotic species of plants, picturesque views of natural and cultivated areas and helpful information on garden design and popular trends. Come along with me for a train ride through the Canadian Rockies, a hiking trip into the wild bush of New Zealand, a whale-watching expedition to Cape Town and a visit a 15th-century abbey in jolly old England. Don’t miss this unique and inspiring journey around the globe!
Vincent has worked in the horticultural field for over 27 years. He received an AAS degree in ornamental horticulture from SUNY Farmingdale, Farmingdale, New York and a BS in ornamental horticulture from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. While at Georgia, Vincent studied under well-known professors Dr. Michael Dirr and Dr. Allan Armitage. Vincent also obtained a Masters Degree in Public Administration from C.W. Post- Long Island University in 2003. Vincent has specialized expertise in woody plant id, culture, use and selection of superior varieties. Vincent is an experienced lecturer, instructor and horticultural consultant. He has spoken to many groups nationwide and has appeared on several garden shows including Martha Stewart Living and HGTV. Annually Vincent presents an average of 50 horticultural lectures, workshops and tours to garden clubs, plant societies, professional landscape, nursery and arboricultural trade associations and academic institutions. Topics range from plant, identification, woody plant selection and use, historic landscape preservation and general plant maintenance and care. Vincent teaches horticulture classes at New York Botanical Garden. Over the last fifteen years, Vincent has assisted Allan Armitage with garden tours through Southern England, Northern France, Southern Germany, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Vincent is very active in local and national organizations including The American Public Garden Association, New York Hortus Club, New York State Arborist, ISA Chapter, Long Island Arboricultural Assoc., Long Island Holly Society, American Rhododendron Society-New York Chapter, Nassau Suffolk Landscape Gardeners Assoc., and the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Assoc. Vincent serves on several committees including the Gold Medal Plant Award Committee and the LINLA Landscape Awards Committee and is the former chairman of the APGA Plant Collections Committee. For the past 23 years, Vincent has worked in public horticulture at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York where he is the Director. At Planting Fields Vincent has helped to coordinate several large horticultural and educational symposia and special events including several national flower shows and conventions, landscape preservation conferences, tree conferences and conferences to promote new garden trends in the field of horticulture. He has written and contributed to various gardening articles for magazines and newspapers including the Long Island based newspaper, Newsday. Since 2005 he has published five books: Grow More With Less: Sustainable Garden Methods, Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees, Great Landscape Evergreens and The Wonders of the Winter Landscape. In 2010 Vincent contributed to a first-ever textbook on public garden management. Also in 2010, Vincent was named Man of the Year by the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association. In 2014 Vincent was awarded the centurion award by Farmingdale State College as the top 100 alumni over the past century. In 2015, he was awarded the distinguished arborists award from the NYS Arborists-ISA chapter and he will have his 6th book published, Gardeners Guide to New York and New Jersey.
Area of Expertise:
* Plant Selection
* Tree & Shrub Identification
* General Woody Plant Maintenance and Pruning
* Four Season Gardening
* Integrated Pest Management
* Historic Landscape Preservation
* Garden Travel
* Public Garden Management
* Low Maintenance Gardening