Upcoming Meetings and Events


You're Invited!

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.

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, April 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery

Landscaping in Drifts of One -
where biodiversity meets aesthetics

Gardening rules often encourage us to limit our plant palette, but this only makes gardens boring and biologically unhealthy. Instead, turn your yard into a sustainable ex-situ conservation garden by creating unique habitats to increase botanical diversity, while paying attention to aesthetic considerations like colors, textures, sizes and forms.

In business since 1988, Plant Delights Nursery was named one of the Top 7 online plant nurseries in the U.S. by Garden Design Magazine in their December 2010 issue. In addition to being a plant explorer and businessman, Tony Avent is a renowned plantsman, a successful author and a popular garden speaker who tours nationally. Among plant catalog companies, Plant Delights Nursery is well known for its printed plant catalogs which feature humorous and topical cover art as well as irreverent, witty and sometimes edgy prose. Plant Delights Nursery and Tony Avent are frequently profiled on television (including The Martha Stewart Show and Almanac Gardener), in magazines (including Southern Living, Horticulture, and Fine Gardening), in newspapers (including the New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and The News and Observer), in garden blogs (including Growing with Plants, Gardening Gone Wild, Red Dirt Ramblings, Royal Horticultural Society) and podcasts (including A Way to Garden).

For more information, see plantdelights.com.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Special fun evening - To be announced soon


Monday, September 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Shannon Currey
Marketing Director
Hoffman Nursery

Shannon Currey is Marketing Director for Hoffman Nursery, a wholesale nursery in North Carolina specializing in ornamental and native grasses. She began her career as a social scientist but changed fields in 2003 to pursue horticulture. At North Carolina State University, she trained in landscape design and horticulture in the Department of Horticultural Science. She began working at Hoffman Nursery in 2007 and has had a range of responsibilities: coordinating the plant evaluation program, managing the sales team, and overseeing the marketing program. As Marketing Director, she writes articles for national trade publications and gives talks on grasses to design professionals, industry organizations, and at public gardens. She is currently the Southern Region Director for the Perennial Plant Association.

For more information, see hoffmannursery.com.


Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Carol Reese
Extension Horticulture Specialist

Carol Reese is an Extension Horticulture Specialist, a nationally-known speaker, blending equal parts gardening knowledge, natural lore, and quirky humor. Her B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture are from Mississippi State University, and she could also add her PhD if she “had ever written that damn dissertation!” While there, she taught classes in Plant Materials, and co-taught Landscape Design for non-LA majors alongside a “real” landscape architect. She attributes her love of horticulture to being raised on a farm by generations of plant nuts, including a grandfather who dynamited his garden spot each spring to “break up his hard pan”. Carol's very personal appreciation of natural lore is at least partially a result of her near daily rambles through the wild areas near her home with her motley collection of mutts, aka known as the strong-willed breed of "Amalgamations."


Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Joseph Rothleutner
Director of Horticulture
Lincoln Park Zoo

Rothleutner is an ideal leader with a strong, hands-on science background. He studied plant sciences and urban forestry at the University of Maryland as an undergraduate and earned his master's degree in horticulture at Oregon State University, where his focus was plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology. Previously, he bred and selected trees and shrubs at Morton Arboretum.

For more information, see lpzoo.org.


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