Karl Gercens’ passion for horticulture started at an early
age while growing-up on a 10,000 acre cotton plantation in
Mississippi. The warm Mississippi climate and long growing
season helped to nurture his fondness for plants and his
appreciation for the wonders of natural beauty. Karl’s
experimentation with different plant types and growing
methods in that region sparked an interest in new & dynamic
exploration for cultivation which ultimately led to his B.S.
in Ornamental Horticulture at Mississippi State University.
Karl then completed academic internships at Walt Disney
World in Orlando, Florida and at the Filoli Estate in the San
Francisco Bay Area of California.
resume includes professional, hands-on skills from world class
organizations such as Longwood Gardens [Kennett Square, PA], The Filoli
Estate [Woodside, CA], and Walt Disney World [Orlando, FL]. His years of
horticultural tenure include
innovative design-work combined with time-honored approaches for
serious gardening! For more complete information about Karl's
professional background, please visit the contact Karl section
of this web-site.
His notoriety for using a pallet of colored foliage
trees, shrubs, and perennials continues to funnel the
exciting content of his professional lectures given
nationwide and his horticultural classes offered at Longwood
Gardens. When Karl is not gardening, lecturing, or
consulting his horticultural passion extends worldwide
with frequent visits to public and private gardens in all 50
states and more than 20 countries! While at those locations,
he often takes vibrant and vivid digital photography which
he catalogues to share his experiences with others.