In this episode passions collide and creativity blossoms with Dan Benarcik. A seasoned expert whose life has been a vibrant tapestry of horticulture, art, teaching, and design.
Growing up surrounded by the aroma of blooms and saw dust, Dan inherited a deep love for plants and craftsmanship from his florist mother and home center entrepreneur father.
Armed with a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science from the University of Delaware, Dan's journey led him to Mt. Cuba Center, where he cultivated an appreciation for native plants.
Dan ventured into the horticulture business world, gaining insights into commercial plant production while working with Imperial Nurseries.
However, his heart craved creativity, leading him to the innovative haven of Chanticleer Garden. Here, as the overseer of the woodshop and Courtyard Gardens, Dan transforms spaces into living art, specializing in tropical and sub-tropical plants.
But Dan's talents don't end there – he's a passionate public speaker, a celebrated writer featured in esteemed publications, a television personality, and a skilled furniture builder. He shares his expertise globally, judging at the Philadelphia Flower Show and lecturing internationally.
We also discuss his famous Garden Chairs that are enjoyed around the world.
Join us today as we delve into Dan's awe-inspiring journey, where his boundless enthusiasm for horticulture and design knows no limits. Get ready for a podcast episode brimming with being creative taking chances, and being innovative!