Meet Eva Monheim. She is the author of Shrubs & Hedges a book that was inspired by her years of teaching woody plants as a professor at Temple University in the department of landscape architecture and horticulture. A principal at VEE – Verdant Earth Educators, LLC – Eva and her colleagues train green industry professionals using sustainable management practices to help clients reach a carbon neutral environment.
An award-winning educator, Eva teaches landscape management at The Barnes Arboretum at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and is a faculty member at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania for the Professional Horticulture Program where she teaches woody plants and arboriculture. Professionally trained, Monheim holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University in horticulture and art, and from Arcadia University with a master’s degree in English literature. Eva is a certified arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), a master floral designer, a certified tree steward, photographer, and artist. She holds membership in ISA, the American Horticultural Society (AHS), the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group, Women in Horticulture, the International Dendrology Society (IDS), and Garden Communicators International (GardenComm).
Monheim’s articles, designs, and photographs have appeared in national, regional, and local magazines, as well as newspapers. She also had her own garden column for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
While completing her master’s thesis, Eva won the prestigious Ambassadorial Scholarship through Rotary International. She spent an academic year at the University of Reading in England where she studied horticulture while completing her thesis on how landscapes affect the minds of writers.
Eva’s experience in England, reinforced her global appreciation of garden design and environmental sensitivity. When she returned home from England, Eva's years of service with in-and-outbound Rotary Scholars contributed to her nomination to become a Paul Harris Fellow - Rotary's highest honor.
Eva has owned several businesses including a floral shop and landscaping company. With her extensive teaching experience, she has empowered hundreds of students who are now leaders in the commercial and public sectors of the green industry.
In addition to her horticultural work, Monheim is a Reiki Master Teacher and artist.