Special Event

2019 PERENNIAL PLANT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, January 26, 2019
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 Deadline: January 22

Fee: $89 ($79 GPPA and ABG Members)

Boxed Lunch (optional): $12, Turkey, Chicken Salad, Vegitarian

Parking: $5 pre-paid parking (must register before January 8)


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.

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 and new extraordinary plants from the auction. Join us!


Symposium Schedule

8:00 AM Check-in and Silent Auction Bidding Begins
9:00 AM Opening Remarks
9:15 AM What Makes an Inspired Garden?
Presented by Joe Lamp'l
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Plants That Won't Let You Down
Presented by Mildred Fockele
11:30 AM Hydrangea Pruning: Best Practices for Home Gardeners
Presented by Mal Condon
12:30 PM Lunch & Book-Signing
1:15 PM Silent Auction Bidding Closes
1:30 PM Rethinking Beauty: Inspiring Gardeners in a Changing World
Presented by Paul Zammit
2:30 PM Aquatic Gardening for Terrestrial Gardeners
Presented by Valerie Van Sweden
3:30 PM Symposium Concludes
Retrieve Silent Auction Merchandise

Featured Speakers

What Makes an Inspired Garden?

Presented by Joe Lamp'l

In this motivational talk, Joe Lamp'l draws on his extensive travel across America to produce and host his national Emmy-award-winning public television series Growing a Greener World®. From coast-to-coast, gardeners are creating inspirational spaces, doing great things for their communities and the planet. Learn about the common threads that make these fantastic gardens what they are, and how you can incorporate some of these heroic gardening practices as well.


Plants That Won't Let You Down

Presented by Mildred Fockele

Currently the Director of the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville, GA, Mildred Fockele oversees all the operations and staff of the 5-year-old Garden. She has been with the Atlanta Botanical Garden for 32 years and previously served as the VP of Horticulture. Building a new garden like the Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville from the ground up depends on having great foundational plantings in place and a large palate of trusty plant performers to tie the Garden together. Learn from Mildred about her current go-to plants, from old favorites to promising new rising stars.


Hydrangea Pruning: Best Practices for Home Gardeners

Presented by Mal Condon

A lifelong gardener, Mal Condon has been collecting, propagating, and growing hydrangeas for more than 40 years. His Hydrangea Farm Nursery on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts was a well-known specialty nursery featuring one of the largest hydrangea collections in the Northeast. He is currently the Curator of Hydrangeas at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA, involved with the continuing expansion of the Garden's significant hydrangea collections. Of the several important issues for the home gardener to understand and practice, pruning is quite possibly the most critical and the least well understood.


Rethinking Beauty: Inspiring Gardeners in a Changing World

Presented by Paul Zammit

As gardeners, we design and plant outdoor spaces to provide color, seasonal interest and fragrance that is appeal to our senses. Join Paul Zammit, Toronto Botanic Garden's Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture, as he draws on his almost 30 years of experience in the industry to have a closer look at our gardening efforts as he questions what is beautiful, and what are the costs and opportunities of gardening in today's world.


Aquatic Gardening for Terrestrial Gardeners

Presented by Valerie Van Sweden

There are water features, and then there are aquatic gardens. Whether a lake, a pond, a creek bank or a potted water garden- there's a plant for that. In fact, there are many! Former Curator of Aquatic Plants and current Curator of Goizueta Gardens at the Atlanta History Center, Valerie Van Sweden will introduce you to a palette of plants that can add a new dimension to your garden.