Special Event

2017 PERENNIAL PLANT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, February 25, 2017
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

(register before February 8, 2017 for parking)

Registration Deadline
February 20, 2017 - Space is Limited!


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 in gear for springtime with this full day of garden inspiration. Enjoy the comradery of other enthusiastic gardeners as you pick up new ideas from seasoned experts. Join us!


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

 

Stunning Schefflera and Elegant Edgeworthia -- the South Don't Do Dormant
Presented by Mark Weathington

 

Break

 

Magnolias for the Home Garden
Presented by Andrew Bunting

 

Creative Containers -- The Appeal, The Potential and The Possibilities
Presented by Paul Zammit

 

Lunch & Book-Signing

 

Silent Auction Bidding Closes

 

More than just a pretty place: How botanic gardens are conserving rare plants acress the Southeastern U.S.
Presented by Jenny Cruse-Sanders

 

Rock Gardens -- Reimagining a Classic Style
Presented by Joseph Tychonievich

 

Symposium Concludes
Retrieve Silent Auction Merchandise


Featured Speakers

Stunning Schefflera and Elegant Edgeworthia -- the South Don't Do Dormant

Presented by Mark Weathington

Mark Weathington is the Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University where he is passionate to connect people with plants. He travels extensively searching for new plants to diversify the American landscape. Weathington has recently completed A Homeowner's Guide to Gardening in the Southeast. There's no reason to put the garden to bed for the winter. Winter flowers, exciting evergreens and low humidity make the winter one of the best times to garden in the south.


Magnolias for the Home Garden

Presented by Andrew Bunting

Andrew Bunting is the Assistant Director of the garden and Director of Plant Collections at the Chicago Botanic garden, and was previously the Curator at the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College where he built the Arboretum's magnolia collection to more than 200 cultivars. He recently published the Plant Lover's Guide to Magnolias, and will share information about new and exciting magnolia cultivars and will guide you in introducing these magnificent trees into your own garden.


Creative Containers -- The Appeal, The Potential and The Possibilities

Presented by Paul Zammit

Paul Zammit is the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden and is known for his prize winning container designs that have been showcased in numerous gardening magazines. Paul believes that seasonal transformations should be reflected in dramatic container arrangements. He will share the steps to success for creating eye catching and lasting containers, and will highlight many of his favorite plants, container combinations and planter accents.


More than just a pretty place: How botanic gardens are conserving rare plants acress the Southeastern U.S.

Presented by Jenny Cruse-Sanders

Dr. Jenny Cruse-Sanders is the Vice President for Science and Conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and a recognized leader in the conservation field, with many publications and awards. She and her team conserve rare plants and amphibians, conduct research using the Garden's collection, and engage the public in scientific discoveries. Cruse-Sanders will describe how botanic gardens restore damaged habitats and conserve rare plants in both urban and natural environments.


Rock Gardens -- Reimagining a Classic Style

Presented by Joseph Tychonievich

Joseph Tychonievich is a life long gardener and lovers of plants and was recently named by Organic Gardening Magazines as one of "...six young horticulturist who's are helping to shape how America gardens." His most recent book on rock gardening will introduce you an approach that is water-wise, perfect for containers and small gardens, and expose you to a new group of beautiful plants. In his talk he will share images to inspire you, principles to guide you and introduce you to the most beautiful and easiest to grow rock garden plants.


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 20, 2017