Unity Gardens is delighted to announce that the multi-talented Dan Benarcik will be the speaker for our spring fundraising lecture.  His presentation, “Design Principles of the Pros,” will allow home gardeners–beginning or advanced–to benefit from all he has learned in his extensive and varied career. Whether your interests focus on native plants, tender perennials, groundcovers, or all of the above, join us for what promises to be an exciting and informative program!

WHERE: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
WHEN:  Sunday, March 3, 2019
     Doors open, tours begin at 2:00 pm
     Presentation at 3:00 pm

Only $50 
$60 After February 1
$65 At the door (until sold out)


Sponsorship Opportunities: Please consider sponsoring this highly successful event! If you would like to be featured in this year’s program or donate an item for our silent auction, please download the Dan Benarcik Benarcik 2019 Advertising Opportunities Form or contact us at  

About Our Speaker: Dan Benarcik began as a plant scientist–with an early specialization in native plants, at the Mt. Cuba Center.  He currently serves as an innovative horticulturist at Chanticleer Gardens, and is a popular teacher about groundcovers at Longwood Gardens.  Along the way he’s also worked for commercial growers, published in national gardening magazines, and made television appearances on episodes of “Cultivating Life.”  In his wide variety of public presentations he has described his career as a “persistent collision of horticulture, art, teaching, and design.”  Throughout, the people-plant relationship has always been his focus.

About the Speaker Series: Each spring, Unity Gardens hosts an annual fundraising lecture featuring renowned authors and environmental professionals.  These exciting lectures have been hosted at Anne Arundel Community College, The Key School and, most recently, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation Phillip Merrill Environmental Center.  Generously sponsored by local businesses, these events often include wine & cheese socials, silent auctions, book signings, green building tours, and a presentation by an inspiring Unity Gardens project grantee. Visit the links below to see an overview of these recent events, and be sure to like our Unity Gardens Facebook page to receive first notice of upcoming events and opportunities!  We are always in need of sponsors, partners and donations to support these events (and community grants), so please visit our Get Involved page to learn more, and visit Great Businesses locally who have supported Unity Gardens!

2018 – Michael Judd,  Landscape Designer and Designer Author of  “Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist”

2017 – Travis Beck, Director of Horticulture Mount Cuba Native Plant Center: “Design with Native Plants”

2016 – Stephanie Cohen, “The Perennial Diva”:  “The Non-Stop Garden”

2015 – William Cullina, Director of Horticulture Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: “Botany of Design”

2014 – Rick Darke , Botanist & Author: “Balancing Natives & Exotics in the Garden”

2013 – Doug Tallamy, Professor & Author: “Networks for Life: Your Role in Stitching the Natural World Together”

2012 – Tracy DiSabato-Aust, Designer & Author: “Native Plants Design & Maintenance”