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.
is a certified health, fitness and wellness
educator and attended the University of Central
Florida where she studied Exercise Science. She
has worked with athletes of all ages and people
with different lifestyles, professions, fitness
levels and specific medical conditions.
Patricia is a Certified Strength and
Conditioning Specialist, Personal Trainer and
also a Zumba and Qigong Instructor.
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.
up in Orlando.
For more than a decade she was an editor
at the Institute of Early American History in
Williamsburg, Va., and also edited books on
history and other topics at Stanford University
Press. Since 2000, she has written hundreds of
“Florida Flashback” features in the Orlando
Sentinel. She’s also the author of three
books including Orlando:
City of Dreams and
is currently working on a compilation of
“Flashbacks” for book publication.
Teresa Bremer Eddy
is an Orlando native, an avid gardener, a
retired special education teacher, and the owner
of Patioscapes, a container garden business.
She derives her eclectic and unique
floral design style from her travels throughout
the United States, Europe and Asia.
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.
was born in Siberia, Russia where at a very
young age she showed a natural talent for
Her schooling includes The Art School of
Yekaterinburg, Russia, College of Fine Art in
Yekaterinburg, Russia, and 3 years of studying
History of Art in the Russian Art Academy.
Tatiana has lived in the United States since
2002 teaching in San Diego and now in Central
is co-owner and manager of
Environmental Pest & Lawn Services
(www.epls1.com) in Orlando, which provides lawn
and plant health care and home and office pest
Roi earned his Masters degree in
Entomology and Nematology from the University of
Florida and is a Florida Certified Pest Control
is a residential horticulture agent with the
Univ. of Florida and Orange Co. Extension Service
where she provides educational information to
residents relating to landscaping design,
planning, and maintenance of home landscapes.
Keri completed her undergraduate work at
the University of N. Iowa and has her Master’s
degree from the University of Delaware.
worked in the horticulture field for over 20
years and had her own landscape design business
in New York.
She studied ornamental horticulture and
graduated from SUNY at Farmingdale, NY and
received her BS degree from University of
Central Florida, studying business, biological
science and art.
In Florida, Katherine worked in the
horticulture department at Walt Disney World
which led her to an interest in creating pots
for her bonsai collection.
Pinky Ormand is
a horticulturist at Harry P. Leu Gardens and
maintains the Idea Garden, White Garden,
Butterfly Garden and the Camelia 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
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)
Kristin and Stephen Pategas
are co-owners of Hortus Oasis (www.hortusoasis.com)
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.
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.
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
Schmidt is the
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 Univ. 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 Univ. 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.
James (Jay) Thurrott
is an environmental chemist and Manager of
Treatment Operations for Daytona Beach.
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.