Barry Glick Speaker Portfolio New Draft : Page 2
Barry Glick has been involved in the plant world since 1954, when at the young, impressionable age of 5, he witnessed Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard on TV) place a cutting of a plant in a glass of water only to sprout roots a few shows later. Barry replicated the experiment with his one of his mother’s prized Coleus plants, and as he watched the roots grow, knew that he was hooked for life. Growing up in Philadelphia in the 60s, a Mecca of horticulture, he would hitchhike to Longwood Gardens, Scott Arboretum, Winterthur, Morris Arboretum et al before he was old enough to drive. In 1972 he realized there was just not enough room for him and his plants in a big city environment, so he bought 60 acres of a 3650 foot high mountaintop in Greenbrier County West Virginia where he founded Sunshine Farm & Gardens, started his plant collection, and has remained there since. The collection now numbers more than 10,000 taxa, many unknown to cultivation. Several of these plants have been introduced to gardening in recent years. Barry exchanges seeds and plants with people at arboretums, botanic gardens, nurseries and private gardens in virtually every country in the world. In 1995 he developed a hands on propagation workshop titled “ The Joy of Propagation ” or “ Everything That You Wanted To Know About Propagation, But Were Afraid To Ask ”. The 6 hour workshop was first presented at the 5th annual Millersville Native Plant Symposium at Millersville University, Millersville PA. Barry has been invited back to give the workshop again at the 1996, 1997 and 1998 Symposiums. The popularity of the workshop has lead to its presentation at a multitude of other venues. At this time a two-hour commercial video based on the workshop is in the planning stages. He was invited back to Millersville University to present this workshop again in 2012. He is the author of many articles in Garden Design Magazine , Brooklyn Botanical Garden Journal , Castanea , The Journal of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society , many North American Rock Garden Society Chapter Newsletters, New, Rare, and Elusive Plants Journal in the UK, The Viola Society Newsletter , Native Plants Journal and many other gardening publications. A six page article discussing Native Terrestrial Orchids was published in Nov-Dec 1998 issue of Fine Gardening . Barry is a regular columnist for Washington Gardener Magazine. With a state of the art tissue culture laboratory, Sunshine Farm & Gardens is involved in experimental genetics on plant material, the goal of which is to develop new and better plants for the landscape and the garden. The commercial arm of the operation provides high quality, unusual plants at reasonable prices to garden centers, nurseries, landscape professionals and home gardeners worldwide. The display gardens at Sunshine Farm & Gardens were completely redesigned by Mr. Matthew Bishop of Devon England in 1993 and several thousand new plants were planted in the existing 24 year old garden. Visitors are welcome with advance notice. Garden Gather Lenten roses for a simple, cheerful windowsill display.