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, September 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Shannon Currey
Marketing Director
Hoffman Nursery, Inc.

New Perspectives in Ornamental Grasses

The popularity of ecological landscaping and progressive planting design are changing attitudes about grasses and sedges. They've long been referred to as "ornamental grasses," to distinguish them from turfgrasses, but that moniker can overshadow their potential. They play many roles in modern landscapes, from low-key groundcover to seasonal superstar. They reduce the need for maintenance, fertilizer, and pesticides. Their ability to anchor the soil and help manage stormwater gives them a workhorse reputation, but their aesthetic qualities make them essential for looks as well. With a focus on functionality, learn about grasses and sedges and discover where they do their best work.

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

How to Be a Collector & Still Look Collected

We've seen them, the gardens of those obsessed with a particular genus, or those who want just one of every new plant that comes along. Transform the unkempt into the artistic with a few easily done design tips. It can be surprisingly simple to add discipline to even the wildest plant collection using strong line and a little geometry.

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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