Special Event

2016 PERENNIAL PLANT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, February 27, 2016
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

The Inspired Gardener
A Symposium and Silent Auction

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

Held in Day Hall of the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Registration fees:

$79 GPPA and ABG Members / $89 Non-members

$5 Pre-paid parking / $12 Boxed Lunch

Registration Deadline
February 22, 2016 - Space is Limited!

(Refunds granted if requested on or before February 22, 2016.
A $10 processing fee charged for all refunds.)


To register online: atlantabg.org

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

If you are a GPPA member but not an ABG member, please see the Members Only section of this website for a code to receive your discount for the symposium.

Non GPPA members can first join GPPA at the Membership Info section of this website.

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


THE INSPIRED GARDENER

Shake off the winter blues and get inspired for springtime! Enjoy the camaraderie of other enthusiastic gardeners as you pick up new ideas from seasoned experts.


Symposium Schedule

8:00 AM

 

9:00 AM

 

9:15 AM

 
 

10:15 AM

 

10:30 AM

 
 

11:30 AM

 
 

12:30 PM

 

1:15 PM

 

1:30 PM

 
 

2:30 PM

 
 

3:30 PM

Check-in and Silent Auction Bidding Begins

 

Opening Remarks

 

Exploring Our Garden Heritage
Presented by Dr. Bill Welch

 

Break

 

The Coming Plague - Plant Diseases
Presented by Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward

 

Parterres to Parties: Elements of Garden Design
Presented by Bill Smith

 

Lunch & Book-Signing

 

Silent Auction Bidding Closes

 

Grow More with Less
Presented by Vincent Simeone

 

Just Do It!
Presented by Carol Reese

 

Symposium Concludes
Retrieve Silent Auction Merchandise


Featured Speakers

Exploring Our Garden Heritage

Presented by Dr. Bill Welch

Dr. Bill Welch is a professor and landscape horticulturist for Texas A & M University. He is instrumental in the movement to collect and reintroduce old garden favorites into the modern plant palette. The plants he will discuss are among the best-adapted and time-tested varieties for the South. He will also explore the art of redesigning gardens as our needs change.


The Coming Plague - Plant Diseases

Presented by Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward

Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward, Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist at the University of Georgia in Athens. Herbaceous perennial plants are plagued by numerous plant diseases. Some diseases kill, whereas others make the plants unsightly. In this session, Woodward-Williams will cover some of the most problematic diseases, including leaf spots, root rot and mildews, affecting herbaceous perennials and how to best manage them in your garden.


Parterres to Parties: Elements of Garden Design

Presented by Bill Smith

Bill Smith is a Landscape Architect specializing in residential garden design and principal of William T. Smith and Associates in Atlanta. His commissions include the Georgia Governor's Mansion and residences throughout the Southeast, both large and small. He offers examples of different architectural styles of homes and various components of design: entrance ways, perennial gardens, water features, and more that make a garden truly unique for his clients. Take home ideas to integrate into your own garden!


Grow More with Less

Presented by Vincent Simeone

Vincent Simeone will offer detailed timelines for both short-term and long-term gardening techniques to create a sustainable home landscape. Simeone makes the why, how and what of sustainable gardening clear: why we should plant for the long-term, how to make the best plant selections possible, the importance of IPM (Intergrated Pest Management) in fighting insects and pests, how to conserve water and more. With effective, time-proven recommendations, Simeone proposes a step-by-step roadmap for green gardening.


Just Do It!

Presented by Carol Reese

Carol Reese is an Ornamental Horticulture Specialist with UT Extension, where her job is to keep green industry professionals up to date with an increasingly savvy gardening clientele. Reese will debunk some of the myths that make you hestitant to create the garden that's right for you. Develop a fun, productive gardening philosophy that allows experimentation, guides your choices and forgives "mistakes."


To register online: atlantabg.org

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

If you are a GPPA member but not an ABG member, please see the Members Only section of this website for a code to receive your discount for the symposium.

Non GPPA members can first join GPPA at the Membership Info section of this website.

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

Registration is open for the Symposium until February 22, 2016