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Upcoming GPPA Event

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Members-Only visit to Jenks Farmer’s farm and nursery

Members-Only visit to Jenks Farmer's farm and crinum nursery, plus visits to nearby Redcliffe Plantation and GPPA member Randy Collins' garden.

See the Members-Only section of the website for details.

Upcoming GPPA Speaker Meeting

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Dr. Larry Mellichamp
"The Amazing World of Ferns"

Dr. Larry Mellichamp
Photo by Paula Gross

Everyone knows a fern; our grandmothers had a big fern on the porch that seemed to live forever. These wonderful plants touch our lives as we enter a flower shop or explore the forest floor. Ferns are constants in the garden that give us a sense of place.

In the Southeastern United States we have many native ferns that are cold hardy and good for the garden. They are seen as difficult to identify and puzzling to place, but they really are not. When it comes to garden design, properly placed ferns help provide delicate backgrounds, bold forms, and cozy companions.

Ferns are ancient plants, having persisted through all the climatic and biotic changes the earth has seen for more than 300 million years. Today they help remind us of the strength and adaptability of plants. This program will demonstrate how to know and grow ferns, identify what are perhaps the ten best ferns for the Southeastern garden, and introduce some underused and unusual forms.

Dr. Larry Mellichamp is recently retired Professor of Botany and Horticulture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he taught for over 38 years. Larry is an expert on native plants of all kinds, including ferns and carnivorous plants, and is a popular speaker on many botanical topics.

Dr. Mellichamp was also Director of the University’s acclaimed botanical gardens. Their new Mellichamp Natives Terrace Garden, partly sponsored by the N.C. Native Plant Society, demonstrates the use of natives directly for the homeowner. Mellichamp has received several teaching awards and has written many technical and popular articles on plants and gardening. He has co-authored five books: including “The Winter Garden” (1997); “Bizarre Botanicals” with Paula Gross (2010), and most recently (2014), “Native Plants of the Southeast…the best species for the garden”. He has traveled extensively in the eastern United States, across the continent, and around the world.


At monthly meetings, Members often pass on gardening magazines and catalogs to others in an open swap,
and light refreshments are offered beginning at 7:00 PM.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

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 informative GPPA Speaker Meetings and events!