Horticulture Instructor, International Garden Expert, CNLP: Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens "David is one of the best, most knowledgeable & certainly the most entertaining garden speakers I have ever heard." Lynn Wieser, Director of Education
David Clark is an extremely knowledgeable, entertaining, and nationally recognized Horticulture Instructor, Florist, Gardening Expert and Event Judge.
He has taught the wildy popular Horticulture Certification Series I, II, III, and IV at The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and has given presentations for Garden Centers- including Lockwood's Greenhouses in Hamburg, NY, Urban Roots Community Garden Center in Buffalo, NY, and Cornell Cooperative Master Gardeners of Erie, Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, 8th District Garden Clubs, and Schools.
With a degree in Floriculture from S.U.N.Y Cobleskill, David has been a multi-talented Floral Designer, Event Director, and successful wholesale florist, with over 30 years experience in the Ornamental Horticulture Industry.
He has been featured in Television segments, online video and on the National Garden Festival 2012 website, the Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com online magazine, the Buffalo News, The Upstate Gardeners Journal, Buffalo Gusto Magazine, The Hamburg Sun, and The Springville Journal.
David's Horticulture Classes have been listed as a 'Go to Event' on The Buffalo Niagara Visitor's Bureau website.
In June, 2012, David was honored to be the Floral Director, in conjunction with The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, for the Preservation League of New York State 'Pillar of New York' award Gala, bestowed upon the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.
David presented two workshops, "Preserving Flowers' and '"Hobby Greenhouse Management", as a Visiting Instructor at the prestigeous Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh,Pa. on September 15, 2012. He will be returning in 2013.
On November 7, 2012, David was the Floral Artist for 'Flowers With a Flourish', a fund raising program that was presented by The Jamestown Garden Club. This event was Open to the Public, and attracted over 150 attendees.
On November 14. 2012, David was the Floral artist for Lancaster Garden Club's fund raising program. This event was again open to the public, and attracted over 200 persons.
January 2013 found David releasing 2 new modules of his Horticulture Certification Series at the request of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Eight new classes: Native Plants in Your Landscape, Shade Gardening, Gardening in Small Spaces, Introduction to Landscape Architecture, Four Season Gardening, Conatinerized Gardens and Raised Beds, Herbs and Medicinal Gardening, and Gardening for Wildlife - Including certification throught the National Wildlife Foundation.
February and March 2013 kept David busy with a 3 session Hands-on series for the Blessed Sacrament Church in Buffalo, NY as part of their 125th year celebration. Topics included: The History of Floral Design and How to Make Hand-tied Bouquets, Creating Garden Magic with Perfect Soil, Extend the Garden Season with Preserving Flowers and making Potpourri.
In mid-March 2013, another request from the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens: "We would like you to represent us for 2 classes at the Buffalo Home and Garden Show: A new updated Container Gardening class including recycling Shopping Bags as container, and a presentation on Hydroponics.
March was and incredibly busy month, with presentations for: the Western New York Herb Society on "The Elder-berry: Herb plant of the Year 2013.", Western New York's Plantasia - Garden and Landscape Show - 2 classes on one Saturday.
April 2013: David teaches a 3 part series on Sustainable Organic Vegetable Gardening for the Grace in Community Church in Alden, NY. This was another one of his famous hands-on learning experiences including soil testing, making compost, seed starting tricks and techniques, planning a home vegetable garden including square foot gardening, raised beds and containers, organic pest management and disease control including those darn four-legged creatures.
On April 26, David was asked to speak on Hydroponics and Aquaponics at The 24th Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Ca. Many thanks to Great Garden Speakers for putting my name out!
May 2013 David returned to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa. as a 'Visiting Horticulture Instructor' for two classes on Saturday May 25: 9-12 a.m. was "Gardening for Fragrance" with students receiving plants and seeds to start their own fragrant garden and including Potpourri creation. The 1-3 p.m. class was on Raised Beds, Containerized Gardens and Gardening in Small Spaces.
June 2013: David's horticulture series at The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, ends for the Spring Season.
July 2013: David's Science Cafe': "10 Plants That Rocked History", is included in Buffalo Spreee Magazine's "Top 5 Hot Things to Do" in Buffalo NY.
August 9-10, 2013: David is invited to present two classes for The Erie County Agricultural Society at ''America's Fair" in Hamburg NY. :'Fall Into Gardening' and 'How to Create Floral Designs from Your Own Garden.'
August 21, 2013: "The Horticulture of Hollywood: Plants in Motion Pictures and Plants in Motion". This program explored nastic movements in plants, then presenting plants in science fiction, horror and popular films using movie stills and clips.
September 14, 2013: David is again teaching at Phipps Conservatory and Bootanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA. This class "Fall Gardening" included lawn care, garden maintenance, Spring flowering bulbs, Fall blooming perennials, season extenders for the vegetable garden.
September 17, 2013: "10 Plants That Rocked History" at the Buffalo and Erie County botanical Gardens: How plants changed and affected the world.
September 22-24, 2013: David is invited to attend the National Garden Bloggers Conference in Atlanta, Ga. This was the premier leqrning experience for garden writers, landscape architects, plantsmen and digital media experts.
November 6, 2013: "The Beauty of Flowers" floral design show for the Jamestown Garden Club's Annual Fund Raiser at The Robert H. Jackson Center theater. This is David's 2nd return engagement for this venue.
November 19, 2013: David completes training for the US Botanic Garden, Washington D.C. in collaboration with The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center, Austin TX. : "Landscape For Life". This intensive 5 week program is based on the S.I.T.E.S. principles for a new vision of sustainable landscaping principles. Please contact David for furthur information if you are interested in this program for your group.
November 13, 2013: Floral design program for The Garden Friends of Clarence, Clarence, NY.: 7 designs...45 minutes. "Fall transitions into Christmas".
December 3 2013: "Holiday Plants and Flowers- Tips and Techniques", Elderwood Senior Living at Rosewood Village, Hamburg, NY.
August 2016- Decemember 2016: David becomes a College Professor at S.U.N.Y. Niagara County Community College/Horticulture Department instructing the Floral Design/Floral Design Lab and Greenhouse Managagement Curriculums.
March 2016- David's "Garden Wisdom" program premieres on WNED-TV/NewYork and Toronto
March 2017: David Clark achieves his CNLP: Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional thorugh New York State!
David is now accepting dates for classes and presentations for 2017-2018
For additional information and bookings, please contact me - I would love to speak to your group!
Hamburg, New York
Buffalo, New York
Jamestown, New York
Ellicottville, New York
Lancaster, New York
Alden, New York
Salamanca, New York
Angola, New York
Costa Mesa, California
East Aurora, New York
Click here for Slideshow. You can also click on any of the photos to start slideshow.
David Clark from NC - 10/07/2016 00:13:20
David was excellant from the start to finish. He kept us engaged in the his segment on raised beds and container gardening. Even with no visuals he was able to capture and hold your attention. And as you know that is not an easy thing to do with most people having a short attention span. He was not only very knowlegeable but able to articulate in a fashion that was easy to understand.
Linda from Latrobe, PA - 09/10/2015 03:27:50
David instructed a Floral Arrangement Class at my daughter's Bridal Luncheon the last weekend of July in Erie, PA. I found him to be a very intuitive instructor whose humor and fun stories made for a very enjoyable afternoon. Everyone left that day with new knowledge and skills to try their hands at floral arranging. It's obvious that David loves his work, and is a very skilled and experienced instructor.
Carly from New York - 04/18/2015 14:54:59
Mr. Clark is an excellent speaker and teacher. Very engaging, funny and always able to answer any questions. 10/10 would def take more classes taught by him.
Thank you for the very nice review and for being a great student!!!