ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
is the Director of Leu
Gardens and author of Florida Top Ten Garden
Guide by Sunset Books and Guide to
Florida Fruit and Vegetable Gardening by
Cool Springs Press.
has been involved in the Natural Health Field
for 18 years. As an herbalist, she has owned
herb shops and taught throughout Central
Florida. She has used journaling as a helpful
tool personally and within her business. Now a
stay at home mother to her toddler, she enjoys
sharing this class at Leu Gardens. “Through the
busyness of life, taking the time to quietly put
pen to paper can help one gain a deeper sense of
who one is and the lessons and accomplishments
learned along the way.”
Frank Dasse once
bought an orchid for his wife for Valentine’s
Day, discovered how easy they are to grow, and
has been enthusiastically growing orchids ever
Mr. Dasse is a financial planner and
professor at the Crummer School of Business,
Rollins College and has a PhD in Economics from
the Univ. of Florida.
Kelly Greer is currently the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™
Residential Horticulture Program Agent for
UF/IFAS Orange County Extension.
She received a B.S. in Agriculture
Horticulture from University of Missouri
Columbia and a M.A. in Management and Leadership
from Webster University Orlando.
She previously was employed at Sea World
as a Horticulture Supervisor.
started his own studio in NYC and founded and
taught at the NYC Audubon Society from 1982
until 1998. He has done assignment for
McGraw-Hill, HarperCollins, Time Warner,
Penguin, and National Geographic; is the author
of seven books; teaches at the Crealde School of
Art and is a frequent lecturer.
is the Assistant Director of Harry P. Leu
Gardens. She has worked for UF/IFAS Extension
in Orange County as well as the SeaWorld theme
parks where she developed her knowledge of
landscape maintenance, plant selection, and
adding color to Florida landscapes. She earned
her master’s degree from the University of
Delaware in conjunction with Longwood Gardens.
is a horticulturist at
Harry P. Leu Gardens and maintains the Idea
Garden, White Garden, Butterfly Garden and the
Camellia Collection. Pinky attended the
University of Central Florida where she
graduated with a B.A. in Art and has also earned
a Landscape & Horticulture Technology degree
from Valencia College.
Melanie Palmrose is a Master Gardener, a horticulture professional by
training, and has a passion for gardening and
"playing in the mud".
A workshop at Leu several years ago
introduced her to the benefits of the versatile
She has since made and sold hundreds and
enjoys passing the technique on to others.
has a clean side to her business,
A love of
herbs led her to plant some of her planters as
herb gardens and now that same love of herbs had
started her blending and bagging her own herb
and tea blends. (www.teainbags.net)
and Stephen Pategas are co-owners of Hortus
in Winter Park.
They provide services in garden design
and consultation, garden writing and
photography, as well as horticultural education.
Stephen is a registered landscape
architect and a member of the American Society
of Landscape Architects.
Kristin is a Florida Certified Landscape
Designer and a member of the Association of
Professional Landscape Designers.
Pfeiffer received his degree in architecture
from Pratt Institute in New York.
He then was employed by Knoll’s Showroom
in the United Kingdom, has taught at Pratt
Institute and Parsons School of Design, was a
former curator of Knoll Museum, has been a
lecturer at various schools of architecture and
interior design and is a guide and a former
curator at the Leu House.
Hochell Pressimone is a holistic
aromatherapist, herbalist, international
educator, author and owner of JennScents, Inc.
She holds a B.A.
in Psychology from the University of
Central Florida and is a Diplomate and Certified
Teacher in Spiritual PhytoEssencing. Jennifer is
the founder of the JennScents Institute, a NAHA
Level I and II, and NCBTMB approved aromatherapy
school. She specializes in holistic therapeutic
aromatherapy for a variety of health concerns,
skin care, women and children’s health, animal
care and emotional healing.
Piper, a volunteer docent at the Harry P.
Leu Museum House, is a retired physicist/
engineer who spent his entire working career at
the Eastern Missile Range (Patrick AFB, Cape
Canaveral, and the downrange tracking stations).
He is an accomplished researcher, data
organizer/analyzer, technical editor/writer, and
topic presenter. Herb is also an advanced
Ray and Kathy Roberts are co-owners of Central Florida Ferns and Foliage, a wholesale business growing exotic and tropical ferns of all kinds and many unusual and funky house plants. Not only have they been growing foliage commercially for over 22 years, but they also are avid collectors themselves and love talking about their treasures. They also are enjoying working with terrariums, mini-gardens and fairy gardening which are very popular right now.
Botanic Records Specialist and helps maintain
the Palm Garden and conifer, tropical and vine
collections at Harry P. Leu Gardens.
Eric obtained his Associates Degree in
Horticulture from Valencia Community College,
and his knowledge and interests includes palms,
cycads, bamboo, tropicals, ferns, conifers,
vines, native plants and xerics.
is a graduate of the University of Florida and
has worked with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
He is also an environmental scientist, a
butterfly gardener, a backyard beekeeper and a
member of the Florida State Beekeepers
He offers natural history programs around
the state on many subjects including
herpetology, butterfly gardening and beekeeping.
is an Extension Agent with the University of
Florida and Orange Co. Extension Service.
A graduate of the Univ. of Florida, Ed
has been providing residential gardening and
landscaping advice since 1998.
He writes two monthly garden articles for
the Orange Co. Homeowners Association Alliance,
and the Master Gardener “pH News” newsletters.
(Jay) Thurrott is an environmental chemist
and Manager of Treatment Operations for Daytona
He grows over 700 varieties of bromeliads
at his home, is a longtime active member of the
Florida East Coast Bromeliad Society, serves as
president in his local society and
vice-president of the Bromeliad Society
International, and is also a BSI accredited
is a retired urban designer with degrees from
the Univ. of Georgia, Univ. of Oregon, and post
graduate work in landscape architecture at the
Univ. of Colorado. She is both a master gardener
and backyard organic gardener who has also been
hooked on herbs and has lectured and published
articles on growing and using herbs.
George Wilson was born and raised in Massachusetts and now makes
Central Florida his home. A self-taught
photographer, his professional career soon
brought editorial work with organizations such
as The Springfield Union News and The Associated
Press. He is now in the process of creating a
body of work dedicated to the wilderness areas
of Central Florida needing protection, and also
teaches classes at Walt Disney World and for the
City of Orlando.