Special Event

2018 PERENNIAL PLANT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, January 27, 2018
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 (optional)

(register before January 10, 2018 for parking)

Registration Deadline
January 22, 2018 - Space is Limited!


To register online: atlantabg.org

Questions? Call (404) 876-5859 ext. 2558 or email registrar@atlantabotanicalgarden.org

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

 

New Trees for the Southeast
Presented by Michael Dirr

 

Break

 

Sizzling Succulents
Presented by Amanda Bennett

 

The Biodiverse Garden
Presented by Thomas Rainer

 

Lunch & Book-Signing

 

Silent Auction Bidding Closes

 

Contained Joy
Presented by Irvin Etienne

 

Plant Exploration with a Purpose
Presented by Scott McMahan

 

Symposium Concludes
Retrieve Silent Auction Merchandise


Featured Speakers

New Trees for the Southeast

Presented by Michael Dirr

Professor Emeritus, Horticulture, University of Georgia

Great advances in tree breeding and selection portend a wealth of opportunities for gardeners and landscape professionals. New introductions seem to arrive at a faster pace all the time. From Acer to Zelkova and all tree stops between, the arboricultural bounty is overwhelming. It is truly an exciting time for those who love trees. Be inspired and, better yet, become better educated. The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.


Sizzling Succulents

Presented by Amanda Bennett

Atlanta Botanical Garden Manager of Display Gardens

Amanda Bennett leads the Atlanta Botanical Garden's horticulture crew in outdoor gardens and participates in the garden planning and design processes. Amanda shares her experience growing succulents in beds and pots at the Garden over the past 16 years, including favorite plants, tips for soil and other growing conditions, and a behind-the-scenes look at planning for the cacti and succulents in the Skyline Garden.


The Biodiverse Garden

Presented by Thomas Rainer

Landscape Architect and Author

Thomas Rainer, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, has designed for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the New York Botanical Garden, and more than 100 gardens from Maine to Florida. In an era of climate change and mass species extinction, biodiversity matters more than ever. But designing and managing biodiverse plantings can be challenging in small gardens. Learn how to 'hack' nature to get more diverse and colorful plantings in your garden. The right plant combinations create stable, long-lasting communities that result in more life, less weeding.


Contained Joy

Presented by Irvin Etienne

Newfields Horticultural Display Coordinator

Containers allow incredible diversity in the garden. You can grow edibles, trees, perennials and more traditional ornamental plant selections, sometimes together in one container. Learn the true meaning of "right plant, right place," get to know your soil, discover the limits of your containers and more at this practical session.


Plant Exploration with a Purpose

Presented by Scott McMahan

Atlanta Botanical Garden, International Plant Exploration Manager

When Scott McMahan isn't exploring in the mountains of southeast Asia for new and threatened plant species, he oversees the Garden's visiting scholar program. He's also working to create an evaluation nursery at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville specifically designed for in-ground testing of his wild collections. Scott's lecture focuses on what it takes to get seeds from the jungles of southeast Asia to evaluation plots in north Georgia and, one day, into the landscape.


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 January 22, 2018