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Gardening In The Shade Lecture
David Benner grew up in Ardmore, and attended lower Merion High School. He eventually went on to study Horticulture at Penn State University, and soon after Washington Crossing State Park. He worked here for ten years before becoming a professor of ornamental Horticulture at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa. Mr. Benner taught at DVC for 22 years, retiring in 1989.

Through the years he has become a sought-after lecturer who has spoken to various horticultural societies, arboretums and garden clubs up and down the east coast. Since retirement he has also been providing consultations for homeowners interested in naturalistic landscaping and shade gardening. He is also currently the Botanical Consultant for Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve.

The Benner property has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and books. Pictures of the unique moss lawns and native wildflowers have graced the pages of such publications as Architectural Digest, Country Gardens, American Nurseryman, Taylor's guide to Natural Gardening, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Booklet "The Natural Lawn", and most recently House and Garden magazine.

In 1962, David Benner was a pioneer in developing moss lawns to replace grass in shady areas. About 10 years later, after trying many deer repellents and other measures for deer control, he discovered a virtually invisible plastic deer fencing. This excellent fencing for deer control has become very popular due to its promotion and availability through Benner's Gardens Inc., founded in 1992 by Mr. Benner and his son Alan. The moss lawn concept can now become a reality by purchasing various mosses through Moss Acres. Alan Benner founded this company in the spring of 2003.

Mr. Benner strongly supports an ecological and environmental approach to landscaping, and is actively involved with environmental organizations, including: Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Trust for Public Lands, Alaska Conservation Foundation, Delaware Riverkeeper, Greenpeace, National Audubon Society, National Resource Defense Council, and the Nature Conservancy. Hes knowledge of environmentally friendly gardening techniques, and years of dealing with deer-related problems, has significantly helped to make Benner's Gardens a successful business enterprise.