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Special Events


Saturday, February 5, 2011
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

The Pleasure Garden
A Symposium and Silent Auction

Presented by the
Atlanta Botanical Garden
and the
Georgia Perennial Plant Association

Held in Day Hall of the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Registration fees:

$57 GPPA and ABG Members / $67 Non-members

$5 Pre-paid parking / $10 Boxed Lunch

(register by January 19, 2011 for discounted parking)

Registration Deadline: January 31, 2011

To register online:

To register by voice mail: (404) 876-5859 ext. 2558

To register by mail, click here to download the brochure / registration form.

You can also see the event poster here

and read about this upcoming GPPA Event at:

The Atlanta Botanical Garden Website


For both gardener and guest, pleasure is perhaps the most coveted goal for any garden. As gardeners increasingly search for moments of clarity in their busy day-to-day lives, the garden becomes a sanctuary of textures, fragrances, sounds and other sensory delights. Come for a day of inspiration and learning about creating your ideal pleasure garden. This year’s featured speakers are Dan Benarcik, Jason Powell, Erica Glasener, John Manion and Cole Burrell.

Symposium Schedule
8:00 a.m. Check-in and Silent Auction bidding begins
9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:15 a.m. Creating Your Own Pleasure Garden
Presented by Dan Benarcik
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Sustainable Heirlooms
Presented by Jason Powell
11:30 a.m. A Sense of Water
Presented by Erica Glasener
12:30 p.m. Lunch & Book-Signing
1:15 p.m. Silent Auction bidding closes
1:30 p.m. Spring Treasures
Presented by John Manion
2:30 p.m. Details in Design
Presented by Cole Burrell
3:30 p.m. Symposium Concludes
Retrieve Silent Auction Merchandise

Featured Speakers

Dan Benarcik

Creating Your Own Pleasure Garden
Dan Benarcik
is a horticulturist at Chanticleer where he oversees the Courtyard Gardens, concentrating on tropical, sub-tropical and tender perennials for seasonal display. Dan is a graduate of The University of Delaware where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science in 1986. He has been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Martha Stewart Living and Rodale's gardening books. He teaches with the continuing education department at Longwood Gardens and is currently an on-air personality on QVC for Cottage Farms nursery.

Jason Powell

Sustainable Heirlooms
Jason Powell
is the founder of Petals from the Past, a 23-acre nursery that strives to approach gardening from an educational standpoint by cultivating mature plants in display gardens for observation and by hosting monthly educational programs. Started in 1994, the nursery includes display gardens, fruit gardens, growing facilities and an educational facility. Powell received a B.S. from Auburn University in Landscape Design Horticulture and an M.S. from Texas A&M University in Horticulture.

Erica Glasener

A Sense of Water
Erica Glasener is nationally known as the host of HGTV’s “A Gardener’s Diary”, the author of Proven Plants Southern Gardens and the co-author of both Month-By-Month Gardening in Georgia and The Georgia Gardener’s Guide. For over 10 years she wrote a garden column for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and currently writes a bimonthly garden column for Southern Lady magazine. Erica earned a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Maryland and has served as contributing editor for Fine Gardening. She lives and gardens with her husband and daughter in Atlanta where she is involved in a number of non-profit organizations.

John Manion

Spring Treasures
John Manion
, who describes himself as a “certifiable plant nut with no desire to be cured,” is presently Curator of the Kaul Wildflower Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens – a seven acre abandoned quarry planted with the Garden’s native plant collection. Prior to this position, he was Historic Gardens Curator at the Atlanta History Center, where during his tenure he developed their native plant collection into the largest in the state. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in plant science at the State University of NY at Cobleskill, after which he completed internships before receiving a fellowship to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Garden Leadership at Cornell University.

Cole Burrell

Details in Design
Colston Burrell
, a certified chlorophyll addict, is an avid and lifelong plantsman, gardener and naturalist. He is principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration, which specializes in blending nature and culture through artistic design. He is author of multiple books and writes regularly for Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, American Gardener and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Cole’s garden Bird Hill was featured in The New York Times and frequently appears in national and regional publications.

To register online:

To register by voice mail: (404) 876-5859 ext. 2558

To register by mail, click here to download the brochure / registration form.

Registration is Open for the Symposium