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.

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, January 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Eleanor Craig
Fern Ridge Farms

Great Ferns for the Southern Garden and Their Shady Friends

The love that Eleanor has for hardy ferns shines through as she talks about her "babies" during lectures given at garden shows, fern society meetings and Master Gardener gatherings. You will be thrilled at the amount of in-depth knowledge presented at the informal talks.

Known throughout the southeast as the Fern Lady, Eleanor has been researching, growing and propagating ferns for 30 years. Eleanor began her quest to learn about ferns with the opening of Country Gardens Nursery in Canton, GA in 1986. In 2000, she began work on Fern Ridge Farms in Cedar Bluff, AL Nestled in the Appalachian foothills of north Alabama, Fern Ridge Farms has become the home to more than 75 native and hardy ferns. Eleanor's expertise includes well known native ferns as well as popular North American, Asian and European varieties. Her research has taken her throughout the southeast, England, and Puerto Rico. Along the way, she has developed close relationships across a wide spectrum of fern lovers. Eleanor looks for ferns everywhere she goes, and has many interesting experiences to share.

Eleanor's extensive fern knowledge of all things fern in addition to, her homespun style and quick wit make her a favorite of garden shows, local garden clubs, and master gardener meetings throughout Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

She is a member of the Birmingham Fern Society and the American Fern Society. Past memberships include the Georgia Growers Association and the Southern Growers Association.

She has won numerous awards including the prestigious Buckley Award from the Southeastern Garden Show.

For more information, visit Fern Ridge Farms.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Atlanta Botanical Garden

2019 Perennial Plant Symposium

The Inspired Gardener: A Symposium and Silent Auction

Registration will be open soon.

Read more about this upcoming GPPA event

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

A film by Steve Bransford and Cooper Sanchez

"The Well-Placed Weed: The Bountiful Life of Ryan Gainey"

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers
Movie-style refreshments provided.

Please mark your calendars now to attend this event. Admission is free for Georgia Perennial Plant Association members and Atlanta History Center Insiders. Reservations are required to attend this event. Admission will be $15 for other attendees (and $10 for Atlanta History Center members). It is important to renew your membership and RSVP directly to Staci Catron, the Cherokee Garden Library Director. You can RSVP either by email or phone. RSVPs should be directed to:

or by calling 404-814-4046

The GPPA Board voted to donate funds to support this film because we felt that Ryan Gainey's contributions and influence on the gardening world of Atlanta were important and this sponsorship provides a way for us to recognize him as well as giving GPPA an opportunity to give back to the community. We were able to make this donation because we realized significant savings in speaker fees this year.

The Well-Placed Weed: The Bountiful Life of Ryan Gainey is a feature documentary about the life and work of the renowned Atlanta gardener. One of the most celebrated American garden designers of the last three decades, Gainey was an exceptional gardener and garden designer, brilliant horticulturist, master showman, poet, visionary, and unapologetic original. Growing up in rural South Carolina, he developed a deep love of plants influenced by his relatives and neighbors. After coming to Atlanta in the '70s and opening three beloved garden shops, Gainey began to design gardens around the city and eventually around the world

Gainey has been the focus of numerous gardening television programs, but this documentary is the first project to examine the complexities of his life. As the film shows, he was a contradictory character, both off-putting and tender, self-absorbed and generous, artificial and authentic. Gainey, who passed away in July 2016, was a lover of beauty, and his home garden in Decatur, Georgia, was his masterpiece. It was, as he often said, a "garden of remembrance" where his old friends and family lived on in the overlapping blooms of heirloom plants.

Steve Bransford, a senior video producer at Emory University and a documentary filmmaker, and Cooper Sanchez, an artist and a gardener at Historic Oakland Cemetery, filmed Gainey between 2010 and 2016. With editing and post-production, The Well-Placed Weed is an eight-year journey, showing their passion for the project. The screening (running time: 78 minutes) will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Movie refreshments provided.

For more information, see wellplacedweed.com.

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