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Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Speaker Meetings are held at The Atlanta History Center,
McElreath Hall, on the third Tuesday 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.

Patricia Kyritsi Howell
August 18, 2015
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Patricia Kyritsi Howell
Registered Herbalist (AHG)

"Is There an Apothecary in Your Garden?"

Expand your appreciation for the flowers, shrubs and trees in your garden by joining herbalist Patricia Kyritsi Howell for a look at the medicinal uses of common garden plants. Youíll learn about how they were used by American Indians and the first Europeans colonists, their role in saving lives during the Civil War, as well as the latest studies that prove them to be potent sources of healing today.

Patricia Kyritsi Howell, author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians, is a practicing herbalist and director of BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies, the only school for herbal medicine in Georgia. She advises the Atlanta Botanical Garden on medicinal herb programming and serves on the board of directors of the American Herbalists Guild. Patricia lives in Rabun County, Georgia.

August 22, 2015

GPPA Members-Only Weekend Workshop

Grafting, Seeds and Propagation

Please see the Members Only section, under GPPA Members-Only Garden Tours and Workshops, for more details!

Dan Long
September 15, 2015
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Dan Long
Brushwood Nursery, Athens GA

"Clematis for the Garden"

Clematis offer a wonderful opportunity to enhance your landscape in many ways. Discover new uses for classic clematis varieties and some of the newest hybrids from around the world. With Dan Long, owner of Brushwood Nursery in Athens, Georgia, learn how to care for clematis and use them effectively in your plantings for year-round beauty.


Dan Long is the owner of Brushwood Nursery, a mail order nursery specializing in vines and climbers. He is also a past instructor at Longwood Gardens and has lectured and taught at seminars for over a decade. By focusing on vines and climbers, he has gained extensive knowledge and images on the subject which are shared in his presentations designed to inform and inspire the audience.

Visit the Brushwood Nursery retail website.

October 17, 2015

Members-Only Anniston, Alabama Gardens Tour

This tour includes a visit to Hayes Jackson's personal garden.

Please see the Members Only section, under GPPA Members-Only Garden Tours and Workshops, for more details!

Bryce H. Lane
October 20, 2015
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Bryce H. Lane
Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus
Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

"The Joy of Gardening: The Power of Plants to Change Your Point of View"

One of the very special things about gardening is its incredible ability to transform. Iím not just talking about the landscape, gardening also has tremendous power to change our perspective. Spending time in the garden, whether we are working in it, or just strolling through it, has the power to relax, connect, and inspire us.

This entertaining and amusing talk is full of stories about how gardening can change your life!

Daffodils in American Gardens, 1733-1940
November 17, 2015
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Sara Van Beck
American Daffodil Society Historics Committee Chairperson

"The Wonderful World of Daffodils"

An avid gardener and daffodil aficionado, midtown Atlanta resident Sara Van Beck is widely regarded as one of the South's foremost daffodil authorities.

A love for daffodils was instilled in Sara by her father, John C. Van Beck, a native of Chicago, who moved to Florida in 1946. Fascinated that daffodils thrived on old northern Florida homesteads while purchased bulbs often met their demise, John was determined to ascertain which bulbs could tolerate the conditions of South Georgia and North Florida and learn what those daffodils might have in common with the prospering bulbs on long neglected properties and among the farmhouse ruins. Intending to publish his test garden findings in a book, John passed away before his project could be completed.

With her mother, Linda Van Beck, Sara co-authored Daffodils in Florida: A Field Guide to the Coastal South, a comprehensive book they describe as "the culmination of years of methodical effort and data collecting by the late John C. Van Beck in his quest to determine what daffodils would grow in north Florida and why." Sara's latest book is Daffodils in American Gardens, 1733-1940.

A past regional director of the American Daffodil Society and current chairperson of the ADS's Historics Committee, Sara has served as president of the Georgia Daffodil Society. Her involvement with the GDS has included managing the organization's historic daffodil program at Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery, the final resting place of Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell and golfing legend Bobby Jones.

Frequently a spokesperson for the GDS, Sara has been interviewed on several occasions by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, always striving to enlighten the public about the wonderful world of daffodils.

As a writer, Sara is a regular contributor to The Daffodil Journal, the quarterly publication of the ADS, as well as Magnolia, the bulletin of the Southern Garden History Society.

December, 2015

No Meeting

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