Special Events


Saturday, February 22, 2014
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

The Inspired Gardener
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

Click here to see photos from this successful GPPA event!

Registration fees:

$74 GPPA and ABG Members / $84 Non-members

$5 Pre-paid parking / $12 Boxed Lunch

(register by February 7, 2014 for discounted parking)

Registration Deadline: February 17, 2014

(Refunds granted if requested on or before Feb. 17, 2014.
A $10 processing fee charged for all refunds.)

To register online: atlantabotanicalgarden.org

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,

view Silent Auction items here,

and read about this upcoming GPPA Event at:

The Atlanta Botanical Garden Website


Stimulate your creativity and motivation for the upcoming gardening season during a full-day of garden inspiration!

Symposium Schedule
8:00 a.m. Check-in and Silent Auction bidding begins
8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
  Trees of Change
Presented by Dottie Myers
  Add Spice to Your Garden with Cool Conifers
Presented by Flo Chaffin
  The Layered Garden
Presented by David Culp
12:30 p.m. Lunch & Book-Signing
  Hydrangeas, Hibiscus, and Asters...Oh, My!
Presented by Tim Martin
  Diseases in the Perennial Garden
Presented by Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward
3:30 p.m. Symposium Concludes
Retrieve Silent Auction Merchandise

Featured Speakers

Dottie Myers

Trees of Change
Dottie Myers is a landscape architect who has been designing gardens in Georgia for 33 years. Combining her design skills with her love of plants has won Dottie several industry awards and exposure in national magazines. She was also awarded the Communicator of the Year award from the Georgia Green Industry. Join Dottie as she explores planning for trees in the garden: looking at selecting new trees for the garden; designing with existing trees; dealing with the loss of a tree, and other timely tree issues.

Flo Chaffin

Add Spice to Your Garden with Cool Conifers
Flo Chaffin owns Specialty Ornamentals, a woody plant nursery in Watkinsville, Georgia featuring plants that are considered rare or unusual or hard to find. She will discuss the many genera and species of conifers that do very well in Georgia and that can provide a wide range of color, shape, size, habit, and cultural adaptability. Flo will explore some very useful and very beautiful conifer species and cultivars you might consider to add structure, character, and zest to your garden all year round.

David Culp

The Layered Garden
David Culp, creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, has been lecturing about gardens nationwide for more than 15 years. He is author of the book The Layered Garden, and his articles have appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Fine Gardening, Green Scene, and many other publications. David will show us how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and tips on maintaining it. To illustrate how layering works, David will take us on a virtual tour through each part of his celebrated garden. The lecture culminates with his signature plants for all four seasons.

Tim Martin

Hydrangeas, Hibiscus, and Asters...Oh, My!
Tim Martin is a passionate ornamental gardener who divides his time between the large estate gardens of his clients and his own “Stepchild Garden,” which is essentially one endless mixed bed with areas that range from full sun to mostly shade. He is the current President of Georgia Perennial Plant Association. From initial design to planting and maintenance, he will explore those things that are unique to gardening in the South: manipulating the light to your advantage, choosing the best plants for your own garden, handling rock solid Georgia clay, and developing your personal gardening calendar to make it all manageable.

Jean Williams-Woodward

Diseases in the Perennial Garden
Jean Williams-Woodward, an Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist at the University of Georgia, is primarily responsible for developing educational programs on diseases of ornamental plants and their control in commercial greenhouses, nurseries and landscapes. She works closely with the UGA Plant Disease Clinic in Athens and develops disease management recommendations for commercial ornamental and forestry samples. Foliage diseases mostly affect plant aesthetics while root and crown rot diseases kill plants. Learn how to identify and prevent plant diseases affecting garden perennials.

To register online: atlantabotanicalgarden.org

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 until February 17, 2014

A Sneak Preview of GPPA's 2014 Silent Auction Items!

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to start scrolling. The donations for GPPA's 2014 silent auction are beginning to roll in, and we're posting them here for you to start drooling over. New additions will be added as we get them, so check back frequently for updates.

The auction starts when the doors open for The Inspired Gardener symposium at 8am on Saturday, Feb. 22 in Day Hall at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Symposium registration is required for participation in the auction. The best items will go fast, so use these pics as a chance to begin making your list.

The silent auction is GPPA's single largest fundraiser of the entire year with 75% of the proceeds going directly back to the group to fund speakers, extra-curricular activities, educational outreach, and garden projects. Bid high and bid often – it's a great way to support gardening in Georgia!

Donor: State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Item Description: A private guided tour of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia with Shelly Prescott, Curator of the Flower Garden and Chairman of the Georgia Gold Medal Plant Selections Committee. The two-hour tour is available for up to six guests – an AMAZING opportunity for you and five of your best gardening buddies! The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is located in Athens, a short 45-minute drive east of Atlanta. Get a group together and make a day of it – visit small nurseries along the way, have lunch in Athens, and get ready to see the State Bot Garden like you've never seen it before with the expert Mr. Prescott as your guide.

Website: www.botgarden.uga.edu

Donor: Wyn Foland

Item Description: Framed acrylic painting of hydrangeas.

Website: www.wynfoland.com

Donor: Jenny Ashcraft Berman

Item Description: Handmade glazed ceramic basket. Perfect for displaying dried herbs, pine cones, hydrangea seedheads, or any number of garden treasures!

Donor: Casa Montaño

Item Description: Mother and child garden plaque. Hand-cast concrete by the local Georgia artist whose quality and craftsmanship lasts a lifetime in the garden.

Website: www.casamontanogardenornaments.com/

Donor: High Museum of Art

Item Description: Admission tickets for four. Treat the family or a group of gardening friends to a trip to High! It's a perfect escape for a rainy day or one of those unbearable days in August when you just want to be inside in the air conditioning.

Website: www.high.org

Donor: Cooney Cat Ceramics

Item Description: Internally lighted handcrafted pottery. 7" tall. Soft ambient light for balmy spring evenings on the porch!

Donor: Saul Nurseries, Inc.

Item Description: An assorted collection of new perennials – all introductions by Atlanta's own ItSaul Plants, of course!

Website: www.saulnurseries.com

Donor: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Item Description: Two items to bid on: a beautifully illustrated coffee table book on orchids with photographs by Bruce Curtis, PLUS a one-year family membership to the garden. DSBG is located in Belmont, NC, just outside of Charlotte. It's an easy 3.5-hour drive from Atlanta – a perfect weekend getaway for plant enthusiasts!

Website: www.dsbg.org

Donor: Goodness Grows

Item Description: Two $50 gift certificates. Just in time to stock up on perennials and woodies for spring! Goodness Grows is located in Lexington, GA, just an hour-and-a-half drive east of Atlanta.

Website: www.goodnessgrows.com

Donor: Joseph's Colours

Item Description: Large, wrought iron garden tuteur. This stately tuteur makes a handsome statement in the garden whether supporting a clematis, climbing rose, or a light dusting of late winter snow.

Donor: Ladyslipper Rare Plant Nursery, Inc.

Item Description: $100 gift certificate. Stock up on goodies for spring planting or to purchase a unique piece of garden art! Ladyslipper Nursery is located in Woodstock, about 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta.

Website: www.ladyslipperrareplantnursery.com

Donor: The Garden Enthusiast

Item Description: Painted stainless-steel wall hanging of frog on lily pad. Adds a touch of whimsy to the garden. Perfect for the water garden enthusiast or a lake house.

Website: www.backyardnaturestation.com

Donor: Lake Hartwell Pottery

Item Description: Ceramic pitcher hand-crafted by local artist. Would look beautiful on a sunny windowsill holding fresh-cut herbs or cheerful summer perennials! (Picture coming soon.)

Website: www.lakehartwellpottery.com

Donor: Pike Family Nurseries

Item Description: Gift card. Good at any Pike's location. Use it try something new and exciting for spring!

Website: www.pikenursery.com

Donor: GPPA President and Symposium Speaker Tim Martin

Item Description: From Amazon UK: In The New English Garden the leading garden writer Tim Richardson, author of The Arcadian Friends, discusses twenty-five significant English gardens made or remade over the past decade. Together these represent a coherent overview of what remains probably the most inventive garden culture ion the world.

With the benefit of an international perspective, the author surveys a wide spectrum of gardens in styles ranging from the cutting-edge naturalistic planting design of the Sheffield School to the scientific imagery of Througham Court. While many of these gardens are challenging or thought-provoking, other reflect the sensuously romantic tradition of English planting design, which has also been moving ahead in interesting ways.

Through Tim Richardson’s incisive writing, The New English Garden presents all that is most interesting about garden-making in England in the twenty-first century and is beautifully illustrated by Andrew Lawson’s photography of some of England’s most famous gardens, from Prince Charles’s garden at Highgrove, Christopher Llyod’s garden at Great Dixter and Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s garden at Gresgarth right up to the Olympic Park in 2012.

Publisher's Price: $60

Website: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-New-English-Garden-Richardson/dp/0711232709

Donor: Buck Jones Nursery

Item Description: Plants!

  • Edgeworthia chrysantha
  • Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’
  • Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Wedding Gown’
  • Osmanthus aurantiacus (orange-flowered tea olive)

Website: www.buckjones.com

Donor: Green Brothers Earth Works

Item Description: Two items to bid on!

  • A delivery of 3 cubic yards of Flower Mix planting soil.
  • A delivery of 3 cubic yards of dark mulch.

Full delivery fee is also included if delivered location within 15 miles of one of the Green Brothers retail stores.

Website: www.greenbrothersearthworks.com

Donor: Transplant Nursery, a Lavonia, GA-based wholesale nursery specializing in hybridizing native azaleas

Item Description: Six native azaleas to bid on!

  • Rhododendron canescens ‘Camilla’s Blush’
  • Rhododendron x ‘Darlin’s Dream’ (R. canescens x R. alabamense)
  • Rhododendron x ‘My Mary’ (R. atlanticum x R. periclymenoides x R. austrinum)
  • Rhododendron x ‘Nacoochee Princess’ (R. atlanticum x R. periclymenoides)
  • Rhododendron x ‘Sautee Sunset’ (R. flammeum x R. alabamense)
  • Rhododendron x calendulaceum ‘Tangerine Delight’

Website: www.transplantnursery.com

Donor: Kate Kirby, photographer

Item Description: Echinacea ‘Pink Delight’. Photographic wrap on canvas. 12” x 15”.

Donor: Michael Klapthor, sculptor

Item Description: “Rabbit 42.” Clay with stain. Can be used indoors or outside in the garden.

Michael has worked with clay for over ten years and currently an instructor at Callanwolde. He shows his distinctly anthropomorphic animal and nostalgic robot creations at fine art galleries throughout Georgia.

Websites: www.mklapthor.blogspot.com and www.mklapthor.com

Donor: Niche Gardens, mail order and retail nursery in North Carolina specializing in fine perennials, shrubs, and trees

Item Description: Three $35 gift certificates.

Website: www.nichegardens.com

Donor: Flat Earth Designs, an Atlanta-based concrete and hypertufa design studio selling handcrafted garden art wholesale to the trade and in fine independent garden centers

Item Description: Hypertufa mushrooms in several styles, some over three feet tall!

Donor: McMahan’s Nursery, a grower of rare and unusual woody plants, trees, and select perennials (wholesale to the trade only – available at fine independent garden centers)

Item Description: Plants!

  • Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Munchkin’
  • Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’
  • Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’

Website: www.mcmahansnursery.com

Donor: Four Seasons Pottery

Item Description: A bit of the fantastical for the garden! “Dragon Chasing Its Tail” is cast concrete with an antiqued patina.

Website: www.4seasonspottery.com

Donor: Plant Delights Nursery, a mail-order nursery in North Carolina

Item Description: $100 gift certificate

Website: www.plantdelights.com

Donor: Twin Branch Nursery & Landscape

Item Description: Plants!

  • Osmanthus heterophylla 'Goshiki'
  • Deutzia gracilis 'Duncan' (Charming Pearls©)
  • Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk'
  • Hydrangea anomala petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)

Website: www.twinbranch.com

Donor: Lee Valley Tools

Item Description: Several high-quality garden-oriented treasures to bid on!

  • A perennial spade and garden fork, made by a small Dutch company and featuring tempered stainless steel heads and 16” ash handles. Designed to be used from a kneeling or sitting position. Perfect for lifting bulbs, dividing perennials, and accessing those tight spaces between established plants so you can squeeze in one more little thing.
  • A set of two rust-proof galvanized steel floral vases made by the British Haws Watering Can company, that can be used to hold bouquets, or to keep cut stems fresh between the garden and the bouquet.

Website: www.leevalley.com

Donor: Specialty Ornamentals (owner Flo Chaffin is one of this year’s symposium speakers!)

Item Description: An unusual conifer that’s perfect for the southern garden.

Website: www.specialtyornamentalsretail.com

Donor: Sandra Sandefur, Dogwood Knoll Design

Item Description: A set of hand-painted, sealed terra cotta pots.

Sandra is a GPPA past president. Her Kennesaw, GA-based garden design business, Dogwood Knoll Design, specializes in landscapes focused on perennials, native plants, and wildflowers.

Website: www.dogwoodknoll.com

Donor: Piccadilly Farm

Item Description: Plants!

Website: www.sites.google.com/site/piccadillyfarm/home

Donor: Six Feet Under, A Pub & Fish House

Item Description: Two $50 gift certificates.

Tad Mitchell, the owner of Six Feet Under, is an avid gardener and community supporter. He opened the first Six Feet Under restaurant on Memorial Drive in Grant Park, directly across from historic Oakland Cemetery. The pub’s rooftop deck is exquisitely decorated with lush, unique plants and offers an unbeatable view of the amazing gardens at Oakland Cemetery. It’s also just a few blocks from Grant Park’s independent garden center, Garden*Hood. Come visit the cemetery, stock up on plants at Garden*Hood, and treat yourself and some gardening friends to drinks at Six Feet Under afterwards!

Website: www.sixfeetunderatlanta.com

Donor: Wilkerson Mill Gardens

Item Description: Plants!

Website: www.hydrangea.com

Donor: Boxwoods Garden & Gifts, Inc.

Website: www.boxwoodsonline.com