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 15, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Zoom Webinar

Molly Hendry
Garden Assessment Project Leader
Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

English Tools for a Southern Garden

Take a trip across the pond to explore the magical world of English Gardens. In this talk Molly will unpack the lessons she learned from 10 months of living and working in gardens across the UK. The talk will specifically center on the skills she learned working for 4 months in the perennial wonderland at Great Dixter. The talk will finish by walking through how Molly applies these lessons in a southern context at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, culminating in the newly re-imagined perennial flower border.

Molly toggles the worlds of design and plants as both a trained horticulturist and landscape architect. As the Garden Assessment Project Leader for the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens she is facilitating a comprehensive review of more than 2 dozen individual gardens that are featured on the 67.5 acre property. She is also a key support player in the renewal of the Gardens' master plan, in addition to managing design development and review of ongoing garden projects. Before returning to Birmingham to take on this new role, she spent 10 months living in the UK, sinking her hands into the soil at some of the top gardens across the country as the Garden Club of America's 2016-2017 Royal Horticultural Society's Interchange Fellow.

For more information, see Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Monday, April 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM

A film, presented virtually in conjunction with the Cherokee Garden Club.

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

Watch the movie trailer:

"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.

For more information, see Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf.

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