David Culp

Brandywine Cottage

David Culp is the creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. David has been lecturing about gardens nationwide for more than 15 years. His articles have appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Fine Gardening, Green Scene, and many other publications.  He is a former contributing editor to Horticulture magazine and served as chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society.   David is Vice President for Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut. He is author of the book The Layered Garden, published by Timber Press.  In 2013, The Layered Garden won the coveted Best Overall Book by the Garden Writers Association.  

David is also a herbaceous perennials instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.  He has developed the Brandywine Hybrid strain of hellebores, and was recently cited in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise on snowdrops. His garden has been featured several times in Martha Stewart Living and on HGTV.  Brandywine Cottage is listed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens.  He is a recipient of the Distinguished Garden Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  He has also been awarded the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Award of Merit.  He serves on the Pennsylvania Horticultural Societies Gold Medal Plant Selection Committee. 


Track: Plants
Jan 24 2017 - 3:15pm

David Culp will show us how to recreate the majestic display of his beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden, Brandywine Cottage. It contains a basic lesson in layering—how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change...

Track: Plants, Retail
Jan 24 2017 - 4:15pm

David Culp, plantsman, author, VP Sales and Marketing at Sunny Border Nurseries and the creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage, will share what is new, unusual and what remains steadfast in the world of perennial plants. Join us for a...

Track: Plants, Retail
Jan 25 2017 - 9:00am
David will show us how to turn those tough shady spots in your garden into a cool, colorful and relaxing respite. Discover how David utilizes color, texture and size of plants to achieve interest and his understanding of the light, water and...