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, March 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Thomas Christopher

Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill

The book celebrates the unsurpassed beauty of Wave Hill while it deeply explores the plants, techniques and design choices that define this iconic space. Author Thomas Christopher gives attention to the choreography of each distinct garden space—the Flower Garden, Shade Border, Wild and Aquatic Gardens, Conservatory and more—along the way sharing insights on design methods and plant choices from horticultural staff past and present.

Thomas Christopher is a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture. He has worked as a columnist for Horticulture, House & Garden, and Country Living Gardener, contributing editor at Martha Stewart Living, and a contributor to The New York Times and the Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including Essential Perennials, The Proven Winners Garden Book, and Garden Revolution.


Monday, April 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

To Be Announced


Monday, September 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Film - Five Seasons

The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

"For me, garden design isn't just about plants, it is about emotion, atmosphere, a sense of contemplation. You try to move people with what you do. You look at this, and it goes deeper than what you see. It reminds you of something in the genes — nature, or the longing for nature." – Piet Oudolf

The documentary, FIVE SEASONS: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, immerses viewers in Oudolf's work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas.

Intimate discussions take place through all fours seasons in Piet's own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania.

As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts center in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet.

Piet Oudolf

Piet Oudolf was born in 1944 in Haarlem, Netherlands. Since 1982, he has lived and worked in Hummelo, a tiny village in east Netherlands, where he started a nursery with his wife Anja, to grow perennials. His garden has since become renowned for its radical approach and ideas about planting design. Oudolf`s recent projects include No. 5 Culture Chanel, Paris, France; The High Line, New York NY; Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago IL; Serpentine Gallery, London, England, and the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. Oudolf is also a successful author, having co-written numerous books.


Monday, October 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Marta McDowell

All the Presidents' Gardens

Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's Roses
How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America

The eighteen acres that surround the White House have been an unwitting witness to history--a backdrop for soldiers, suffragettes, protestors, and activists. Kings and queens have dined there; bills and treaties have been signed; and presidents have landed and retreated. The front and back yard for the first family, it is by extension the nation's first garden.

All the Presidents' Gardens tells the untold history of the White House grounds. Starting with the seed-collecting, plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama's focus on edibles, this rich and compelling narrative reveals how the story of the garden is also the story of America. Readers learn about Lincoln's goats, Ike's putting green, the Kennedys' iconic roses, Amy Carter's tree house, and much more. They also learn the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all.


Monday, November 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Jared Barnes

Big Perennials for a Shrinking World

The world is getting smaller! With more globalization, more efficient technology, and more people, small is now the big thing. Gardening is following the trend as breeders and plant companies select miniature models of plants and pixies for the patio. But, in an ever-shrinking world, we horticulturists shouldn't forget the friendly giants of the landscape. Jared will share perennials that are huge both in size and in personality and show how to incorporate them into gardens both big and small.

Jared graduated in 2008 from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a focus on botany. The summer after graduation, he worked as an intern at The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. Jared received his graduate and PhD from NC State University. He is now at Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, teaching the next generation of plant enthusiasts.


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