Speakers


Clement (Clem) Hamilton, Ph.D.

Clem HamiltonDr. Hamilton grew up in Ohio and Wisconsin, where he developed his three primary passions for Nature, baseball, and music. He earned a B.S. in Geology at Harvard, and a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. Clem was a professor of horticulture and plant systematics for 19 years, at the University of Washington and Claremont Graduate University, and has run public gardens in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Chicago prior to becoming President & CEO of The Holden Arboretum in 2008. He has conducted botanical research and fieldwork in Thailand, Panama, and Chile, as well as the U.S.

At Holden, Clem leads an outstanding team of staff and volunteers in renewing the arboretum’s dedication to growing trees and communities; conserving native forests; and engaging children with plants. Guided by the “New Leaf” master plan, Holden is creating new gardens, restoring the ecological health of its lakes and streams, and this fall is inaugurating a unique Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower, to immerse visitors in the wonders of the forest canopy. In September 2014 Holden combined with the Cleveland Botanical Garden; Clem serves as President & CEO of both organizations as they are integrating for a greener future for Northeast Ohio.

Clem plays jazz and classical saxophone and clarinet with several groups including the Lakeland Community Jazz Band. His interest in baseball history culminated in 1998 in his winning the Robert Peterson Award from the Society of American Baseball Research, for his statistical analysis of the racial integration of the major leagues.

Kirk Brown

Kirk SpeakerKirk is the President and executive committee member for Garden Writers Association. He has served on numerous committees and volunteer projects for Garden Writers Association, American Nursery and Landscape Association, Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association, Perennial Plant Association, Coalition for American Plant Societies, Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, Garden Clubs of America, and Penn Allied Nursery Trade Show.

He lectures nationally in the first person as historic gardeners John Bartram and Frederick Law Olmsted. Additionally, as himself, he engages audiences with topics ranging from Landscape Design and Garden History, Green Industry Business Management and Saving the Planet.

A recipient of the Pennsylvania Nursery and Landscape Association ”Green Achiever” Award for advancing horticulture in Pennsylvania, Kirk serves as business consultant in the green industry. He was inducted to the “1885 Club” as a distinguished alumnus of Bangor Area High School.

He has written for many of the national green industry and consumer magazines. His book, “Landscape Contractor” is distributed to high school guidance programs throughout the US and Canada.

Gardens that he has designed and installed have been presented with “Outstanding Design Awards” by PLNA, Perennial Plant Association, and Association of Professional Landscape Designers. Gardens that he designs, installs and maintains at Asbury United Methodist Church were presented with a Pennsylvania Green Award by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Pennsylvania Green Commission.

He is a graduate of Cornell University.

Cynthia Druckenbrod

Cynthia DruckenbrodCynthia Druckenbrod began her career at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in 2000 as the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse Manager and was responsible for operations of the Glasshouse and maintenance and of the plant and animal collections. In 2007, she was promoted to Vice President of Horticulture and oversaw 10 acres of outdoor gardens in addition to the Glasshouse collections. She is currently the Director of Horticultural Exhibits and Communications and Curator of the Glasshouse.

Before joining Cleveland Botanical Garden, Druckenbrod served as the director of the Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to working at Callaway Gardens, Druckenbrod worked at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as an entomologist and managed the daily operations of the tropical Butterfly Garden.

Druckenbrod has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Science in Entomology from Auburn University.  She has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers in the fields of Entomology and Horticulture and frequently speaks at professional conferences.

Karen Kennedy

Karen KennedyAs The Herb Society of America’s (HSA’s) Education Coordinator since 2012, Karen L. Kennedy, HTR, coordinates educational webinars, gives presentations and produces educational materials. In addition, she is a registered horticultural therapist (HT) with 30 years of HT and wellness programming experience in health care, social service organizations and public gardens. A faculty member since 2002, she teaches introduction and programming courses at the Horticultural Therapy Institute. She served on the board of The American Horticultural Therapy Association and contributed to textbooks in the field. Karen received the AHTA Rhea McCandliss Professional Service Award (1994) and the American Horticulture Society Horticultural Therapy Award (2009). She holds a B.S. in horticultural therapy from Kansas State University.

Beth Schreibman Gehring

11390168_10206539847792447_7994376409679572745_nBeth is a very successful Life/Wellness/Health coach, and is Board Certified by The Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC and by The American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is also about to be certified to teach David Wolfe’s Principles of Raw Nutrition, Superfoods and Longevity.  Beth is a Reiki Master, with lineage in the Usui, Karuna, Brigids Flame and Celtic traditions, a practicing Herbalist and Aromatherapist as well as a registered healer with The International Natural Healers Association. Most recently she has become certified with Sara Gottfried, MD. author of “The Hormone Cure”, to teach The Hormone Cure as well as the Gottfried Protocols for complete hormone balance for women of all ages and in all stages of life.

As part of her life’s journey, Beth discovered that many were drawn to her for her ability to teach them to live everyday with passion. Her clients have referred to her as “a feast for the senses, a coach that speaks to all the senses as well as to the heart.” Another said, “I totally recommend her to anyone looking for more connection to themselves, their loved ones and their own lives.”

It comes as no surprise to anyone that knows her that gardening, herbs and entertaining remain her true loves. She is the Education Chair for the Western Reserve Herb Society (WRHS) and is extremely involved with the Public Relations efforts of WRHS.  Beth is also a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier International. (Cleveland and Los Angeles/Orange County Chapters )

Beth has several blogs where she writes about entertaining, herbs, wellness and more and in November 2014, she released her first book titled “Stirring the Senses ~ Fall Madly in Love With Your Life and Make Everyday a Day for Candles & Wine!” which is now in its second edition.  Beth and her husband, Jim, also run the “Herban Inn”; an Airbnb in Cleveland Heights dedicated to teaching traditional ,sustainable farmstead roots, promoting great civil and spiritual discourse and a relaxing, health enhancing gorgeous experience of life!

Will Hollingsworth

13782018_549231071534_5282287847903007473_nWill Hollingsworth is a career bartender and proprietor of the Spotted Owl in Tremont. He was born in California, raised in Oregon, went to college in New Mexico, and worked in Washington, DC before moving to Cleveland in 2009. He was a bartender at the late Lolita for the three years it took to build the Owl, which opened in October 2014. He resides in Tremont with his dog Penelope.