Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Speaker Meetings are held at The Atlanta History Center,
McElreath Hall, on the third Monday of the month.

Click here for complete directions to the Atlanta History Center.

Social Time and Refreshments 7:00-7:30 p.m., Speaker 7:30 p.m.
Open to the public, reservations are not required.

~ Starting in 2017, Speaker Meetings will be held on the third Monday of the month. ~

The Goizueta Gardens at Atlanta History Center provide a perfect setting for GPPA. The extensive gardens are beautiful in every season. Come early to meetings and stroll the Frank A. Smith Rhododendron Garden in the ravine in front of McElreath Hall. To get a preview of the other gardens at AHC, go to their website at AHC Homes and Gardens.

Monday, May 15, 2017

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Dan Benarcik
Chanticleer, A Pleasure Garden, Radnor, Pennsylvania

The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer

Horticulturist at Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Penn., Dan Benarcik will discuss the recent publication, The Art of Gardening. To visit Chanticleer is to step into a world of beauty and creativity that few other gardens can match. Its 15 distinct areas -- from formal borders to woodland glades to a fantasy garden planted among ruins -- offer unique embodiments of color, texture, and form. Chanticleer owes much of its success to the creative freedom it allows the individual gardeners, and in Benarcik's book and talk, you'll hear their voices as they reveal the techniques specific to different conditions and plant palettes; how to experiment successfully; and how to achieve the perfect union between plant and site.

Dan attended the University of Delaware and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science. He started working at Mt. Cuba Center as the Woods Path gardener, where he developed a real love of native plants.

In 1993, Dan went to work for Chanticleer, in Wayne, PA. The garden was in its infancy and unlike many public gardens that seek to educate through plant labels and collections, Chanticleer is about innovation. The horticulturists there are artists as well and encouraged to explore their ideas through travel and continuing education.

Monday, June 19, 2017

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Henning von Schmeling
Senior Director of Operations
Chattahoochee Nature Preserve

Pollinator Gardens

Whether we love or fear them, play with or run from them, insects are an essential part of the garden. Join Henning von Schmeling for a fascinating presentation that focuses on the beautiful and oft-misunderstood world of pollinators and how to attract them to your gardens.

Monday, July 17, 2017

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Walter Reeves
The Georgia Gardener

Sherlock in the Garden and Q&A Session

Your chance to ask Walter those gardening questions that are vexing you.

Garden expert, writer, radio and television host Walter Reeves grew up on a small Georgia farm in Fayette County, where his family raised chickens and cows. Walter and his four younger siblings were all expected to tend a large garden for family sustenance. After eighteen years of farm life, he swore that if delivered from tending animals and plants, he would never garden again. Yet, for a guy who longed to see the family farm recede in the rearview mirror as he headed to college, Walter admits that the unrelenting lure of gardening was stronger than he ever anticipated!

For more information, see www.walterreeves.com.

Monday, August 21, 2017

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Jonathan J. Storm, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology
University of South Carolina Upstate

Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont

The Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont is a picture-based identification guide to over 700 species in Georgia and the Carolinas and it includes common animals, plants, fungi, slime molds, animal tracks, skulls and bones, rocks, minerals, and nature sounds. It can be downloaded as an eBook for free to any electronic device, and the picture for most species will hyperlink to a reputable website with natural history information.

Monday, September 18, 2017

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Tom Smarr
Horticulture Director
The Parklands of Floyds Fork, Louisville, Kentucky

The Parklands of Floyds Fork

The Parklands is a systemic, world-class addition to Louisville's parks system that includes four major parks linked by a park drive, a first-rate urban trail system, and a remarkable water trail, all tracing Floyds Fork, a classic Kentucky stream. This public/private project is unique in the region and unlike anything currently in development across the country -- truly a city-shaping model.

In the early 1890s, Frederick Law Olmsted came to Kentucky to design one of his masterpieces: the Louisville parks system. Working on lands located well beyond the edge of the city, Olmsted created a ring of parks and parkways that remains one of Louisville's most remarkable assets. As the city grew around these parks in the early twentieth century, they perfectly encapsulated Olmsted's vision of "bringing nature into neighborhoods" as a way of shaping a city's geography, its social interactions, and its economies. Today, these urban parks create some of the most livable neighborhoods in the nation.

The Parklands of Floyds Fork cuts right through the heart of the last major undeveloped section of Metro Louisville. It preserves a vanishing landscape while creating the finest urban edge in the country. 21st Century Parks is employing world-class designers to express a contemporary and futuristic definition of beauty and function in the Floyds Fork corridor. In addition, there are plans for long-term maintenance funding to ensure that those parks will remain safe, clean, accessible public assets that will be well-used and well-loved by present and future generations.

Tom Smarr is a seasoned professional with two decades of experience in horticulture, botanic gardens, conservation, and organic landscaping. He holds a master's degree in urban horticulture from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He has worked for established institutions such as the University of Washington Botanic Gardens in Seattle, WA and New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, MA., but Tom's most notable work has been leading the management of horticulture at newly urban designed parks starting with the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston, MA built on top of the infamous "Big Dig" and the High Line in New York City as the Director of Horticulture. He has recently joined 21st Century Parks in Louisville, KY to work on design and management of horticulture for another modern model park in process of being developed. He is committed to the preservation of our cultural landscapes through sensible design, horticulture practices, and public education.

Monday, October 16, 2017

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Jessica Walliser
Author, Radio Host, Educator

Good Bug, Bad Bug: Who's Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically

Jessica's book is an indispensable field guide for both invasive and beneficial insects in the garden. She will offer advice on how to organically attract the "good guys" and manage the "bad guys."

Jessica is a former contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine and a regular contributor to Fine Gardening, Urban Farm, and Hobby Farms magazines. Her two weekly gardening columns for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review have been enjoyed by readers for over eight years. Her fourth book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to the Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control, was released by Timber Press in January of 2014 and was named one of the Top 12 Gardening Books by Martha Stewart Living magazine in March of 2015. It was also awarded the American Horticultural Society's Book Award.

Jessica is the former owner of a 25-acre organic market farm and received her degree in ornamental horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University. She's taught a diverse array of gardening topics for over 20 years and is a former faculty member of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Monday, November 20, 2017

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Roy Diblik
Northwind Perennial Farms, Burlington, Wisconsin

The Beauty is in the Doing

Roy is the author of The Know Maintenance Garden from Timber Press.

His contemporary garden designs emphasize plant diversity integrated with responsible maintenance concerns. He will discuss the developing partnership between the gardener, the plants and nature, always knowing the beauty is in the doing.

Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author. Combining his 35 years of knowledge growing traditional and Midwest native perennials, he specializes in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities for all seasons, while reducing maintenance through design. He believes that gardens should be thoughtful, ecologically directed, emotionally outreaching and yet very personal.

December 2017

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

No Meeting

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