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"Our library patrons love Lesley's talk and they always get rave reviews.            She is a consumate professional and a pleasure to work with."                          Marcela Dunham, Programming Coordinator, Somerset County Library System, Somerset, NJ

"Lesley is one of the best speakers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Her talks are well researched, informative and always entertaining. I cannot recommend her more highly. She is a true professional and her horticultural knowledge knows no bounds."

Cynthia Triolo, Senior Horticultural Program Specialist, Morris County Park Commission

Josephine: The Empress Gardened

"A fascinating combination of history, gardening & intrigue. We were spellbound!"

Judy Snow, The Chrysanthemum Society, Hunterdon, N.J. Chapter

"Through her lecture on Empress Josephine, Lesley Parness celebrated the life of this great lady... In weaving together lore and history, Parness engaged us with her passion, wealth of knowledge, and truly alluring speaking style"               Shauna Moore, Horticulture Supervisor,  Somerset (NJ) County Park Commission

"Josephine – The Empress Gardened was a beautifully presented program , full of interesting history and horticultural information. Lesley Parness is an articulate, first class presenter who has done her research and has deep horticultural roots.

Bonnie Joachim, Program Coordinator, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum,         Wayne NJ

"On behalf of the Short Hills Garden Club, I want to thank you for your terrific presentation on the indomitable Empress Josephine.  It was both fun and informative and I will forever think of Napoleon Bonaparte as a "hot mess."

Many members told me how much they learned and enjoyed it."

Diana Moriarity, Program Chair, The Short Hills Garden Club, Short Hills, NJ

Medicinal Plants of the Civil War

"Fascinating!  We highly anticipate your next lecture."                         Richard Rosenthal, President, North Jersey Civil War Round Table

"On behalf of the members of the MGBC, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for a most comprehensive presentation.  It was fascinating, illuminating and enchanting at the same time."

Smadar Shemmesh, Corresponding Secretary, Master Gardeners of Bergen County

"Your talk sparked the curiosity of two Master Gardeners to pursue the topic of plants as medicine. One intends to write an article for our newsletter on a topic related to your talk and another is going to lead his committee in the creation of a garden that focuses on medicinal herbs and their use."

Pat Lagunas, Program Committee Co-Chair, Mercer County Master Gardeners

"Lesley Parness is a masterful speaker and teacher. She wove the story of how medicinal plants were crucial to both sides during the Civil War against the backdrop of the shocking state of American medicine in the mid-19th century.   The audience was fascinated - from beginning gardeners to a Phd in the            history of medicine.                                                              Susan Newberry, President, Durand-Hedden House and Garden

Growing Great Garlic

"You sure did fill up 2 hours with information on garlic!  "We left believing that garlic is the king of the garden!"  I never knew what I didn't know about garlic!     Attendees at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown, N.J.

Drama Queens: Dark Beauties of the Garden

"What fabulous images!  You have inspired us to seek out black plants for our gardens and containers."

Jean Agostelli, Master Gardeners Hunterdon County, NJ

"Thank you for sharing this incredible plant list with us.  It's like a shopping list and care guide for all these Drama Queen - what a terrific resource." 

Cranford Garden Club, Cranford, NJ

Gardening in the Age of Elizabeth I, or Bring the Bard to Your Yard

"As a student of English history as well as an avid gardener, I found the presentation most enjoyable. There was much fascinating information about a dynamic period in garden history, and the plants that were being used at the time."

Sally Hemsen, Past President of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum,      

Morristown, NJ

The Green Heart of Beijing: Its Public Parks and Imperial Palaces            "Lesley’s lecture on the public gardens of Beijing is enlightening and captivating! She skillfully takes her audience on a fascinating journey that blends the history, culture and beauty of these special places. This is a transporting experience, not to be missed."

Sofia Blanchard, Co-Founder, Greenwood Gardens, Short Hills, NJ