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Past Meetings



Jennifer Ceska
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Jennifer Ceska
Conservation Coordinator, State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA

"Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance: Postcards from the Field"

Join us for an informative evening with Jennifer Ceska, Conservation Coordinator, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

The Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance is a network of professionals from museums, universities, agencies, and land-holding companies who work together on large conservation projects to restore and protect Georgia’s most critically endangered plant species and communities. The GPCA has been coordinated by the State Botanical Garden since 1995 with the goal of preventing local extinctions in Georgia, and with real successes: 36 active organization, 80 endangered species in active recovery,31 species in safeguarding in wild protected sites, 10 students who have gone on to careers in conservation, five other states using our GPCA model for their conservation networks.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia


Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Stephanie Van Parys
Executive Director, The Wylde Center, Decatur, GA

"Teaching the Next Generation of Gardeners"

In the 2013-14 school year, the Wylde Center recorded over 14,000 interactions with students. Stephanie Van Parys, Executive Director, will share how the Wylde Center grew from being a community garden located in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur to a non-profit serving the metro-Atlanta community. With a special focus on Wylde's work with students in school gardens, participants will leave with a good understanding of the impact of this garden-based environmental education organization.

Stephanie Van Parys’ March 2005 succession into the role of executive director of the Oakhurst Garden was part serendipity and part good planning. Sally Wylde, the Garden’s “founding mother” and Stephanie’s predecessor in the position, recruited Stephanie to the Wylde Center board in 2003. Stephanie is a trained horticulturist who has served on the boards of organizations like Sevananda Natural Foods Cooperative and Georgia Organics.” With her volunteering, coupled with a B.S. in horticulture from the University of Georgia (1997) and four years spent on the Atlanta Botanical Gardens staff, she knew what the Wylde Center needed. As a board member, she created a slate of community classes that have introduced droves of newcomers to the Wylde Center. She also organized Earth Day and a program of volunteer workdays. As the Executive Director, Stephanie has matched the growth of the organization to the goals set forward in the strategic plan. Examples include growing the number of gardens managed from 1-4 greenspaces, incorporating the Decatur Farm to School initiative into the organization, serving as a 3rd party for an employee garden at the Centers for Disease Control facility, and expanding garden based education into schools in both Decatur and Atlanta.

Stephanie writes regularly for local publications on gardening in Georgia and has taught classes at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for over 15 years. Creating places where children can explore nature as well as learn how to keep both their bodies and the earth healthy is very important. It is what drives her work at the Wylde Center. Stephanie was honored as a Decatur Hometown Hero in 2012.

Stephanie, her husband, Rob, and their three children have lived in Decatur since 1997. They tend to their own urban farm paradise which includes a large vegetable garden, chickens, and their herding dog.



Jamie Blackburn

Saturday, July 19, 2014

"Hands On" Pruning Workshop Part II - Summer Pruning

With Jamie Blackburn, at Historic Oakland Cemetery

This workshop will be held from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Part II of GPPA’s Hands On Pruning Workshop, led by ArborGuard’s Jamie Blackburn, is scheduled for July 19, 2014 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at Oakland Cemetery.

Summer pruning tackles different issues than pruning done in the winter. Come learn how, what, and why to prune in summer. This workshop will be in the morning, before the heat of the day sets in. Attendees should bring their own clippers, loppers, and pruning saws.

Program size is limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. The cost is $25 for GPPA Members, and $35 for non-members. Purchase tickets early to reserve your spot! Refreshments will be provided for participants.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Rick Berry
Goodness Grows Nursery

"Plants We Know, Grow and Share"

An important element of gardening is sharing, whether it is the sharing of plants, knowledge, memories, or experiences. Most of the successful plants gardened in the last generation have their roots in the gardens of Goodness Grows.

Rick Berry is the man responsible for many of the best known plant cultivars in our Southern gardens. With his late partner Marc Richardson, Rick started Goodness Grows in 1977 while still students at UGA. Today Goodness Grows is one of the leading nurseries in the Southeast, with a mail order division which ships all over the country. The nursery was one of the first in the South to offer container-grown perennials year-round and to use display gardens for marketing and educational purposes. In the meantime, the nursery's propagation and protection methods have set an industry-wide standard for perennial plant production.

When Rick and Marc founded Goodness Grows, perennials were being treated as the forgotten stepchildren of the plant world. Few in the nursery industry even realized perennials could be cultivated in the South. Their commitment to the re-introduction and promotion of these useful garden plants inspired the renaissance of their use and popularity in the South. They have provided the gardening world several new plant varieties including Dianthus 'Bath's Pink', Lantana camara 'Miss Huff', Achillea 'Oertel's Rose', Veronica 'Goodness Grows', Vitex "Shoal Creek," and Phlox "Common Purple."


Dianthus 'Bath's Pink'

Lantana camara 'Miss Huff'

Veronica 'Goodness Grows'

Vitex “Shoal Creek”

Goodness Grows Nursery


Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Ted Stephens
Nurseries Caroliniana

"Liming the Soil"

Although you might not readily recognize the name, Ted Stevens is a horticultural treasure in the Southeastern United States. To quote The South Carolina Nursery Association, "Ted Stevens was born a plantsman. His sandbox served as his first propogation bed and weeds were his stock plants. He spent his allowance on plants and garden sundries and coerced younger brother Gerald to tend the burgeoning beds."

Since 1973, Ted and his brother have owned Nurseries Caroliniana, which is arguably the first place to look when seeking the rare and unusual. If one does a little research, it inevitably seems that many of those special plants found in the most sophisticated Southern gardens always have a link to Ted Stevens.

If you know Ted Stevens, you understand that the value of spending an evening with him. If you don’t know Ted Stevens, you should make it your business to be at this program.

Learn more at the Nurseries Caroliniana website.


Saturday, June 7, 2014

"Hands On" Weekend Workshop - Arranging Fresh Flowers from Your Garden

With Betsy Hall, at Hall’s Flower Shop in Stone Mountain

This workshop will be held from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Participants are welcome to stay longer, if needed.

Enjoy the beauty of your garden both outdoors AND inside! Bring your favorite flowers from home, a container that you love, and join florist (and GPPA Member) Betsy Hall at her shop, and learn the “tricks of the trade.”

Betsy will also have cut flowers available for sale, if you’d like to add them to your arrangement.

Hall's Flower Shop & Garden Center
5706 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain
404-292-8446.
For more info about Hall’s, visit www.hallsflowershop.com.

This is a GPPA Members Only workshop. The cost is $15 per participant, and the registration fee includes an assortment of greens to build your arrangement.



Thomas Rainer
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Thomas Rainer
Author of Grounded Design blog, Landscape Architect, Washington, DC

"Designed Plant Communities - The Barbara Allen Memorial Lecture"

While native plants grow in popularity, there is surprisingly little information about how to design with them in gardens and landscapes. Throughout the country, examples abound of well-intentioned rain gardens, pollinator gardens, or native restorations that become unsightly and invaded with weeds after a few years. Join landscape architect and writer, Thomas Rainer to learn how an understanding of naturally occurring plant communities can reshape traditional landscape design aesthetics and offer new ways of looking at the native versus exotic debate. Specific strategies for adapting wild plant communities to a variety of urban and suburban settings will be explained, demonstrating ways to achieve a new level of aesthetic richness and ecological functionality in our designed landscapes.

Thomas Rainer is a registered landscape architect, teacher, and writer living in Arlington, Virginia. Thomas is a passionate advocate for an ecologically expressive design aesthetic that does not imitate nature, but interprets it. He is best known for his influential and provocative blog, Grounded Design. In addition to writing, Thomas has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, The New York Botanical Garden, and over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida.Thomas is an Associate Principal for the firm Rhodeside & Harwell, teaches planting design for George Washington University, and is writing a book for Timber Press.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Howard Gilbert Memorial Quarry Garden
Atlanta History Center

Sarah Roberts, Curator

"A Guided Tour of the Quarry Garden"

Early American explorers, John Bartram and his son, William, traversed the eastern wilderness of the American colonies from the 1730s to the 1790s, recording the region’s flora, fauna, and Native American culture. A New American Society of Botanical Artists’ traveling exhibition, Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps: Contemporary Botanical Artists Explore the Bartrams’ Legacy, has opened at Atlanta History Center, featuring world-class contemporary botanical artworks depicting plants discovered and introduced by two generations of the Bartram family.

An outdoor living component in the Mary Howard Gilbert Memorial Quarry Garden of the Atlanta History Center brings the exhibition artwork to life, featuring the very plants that are depicted and many more the Bartrams studied and documented. Arguably the most important of the hundreds of plants they found on their travels was the Franklin tree, Franklinia alatamaha, which is now believed to be extinct in the wild. The State Champion Franklin tree in in the Quarry Garden and will be a central feature to this outdoor exhibit.

We are pleased to offer a private guided tour of the Garden with Curator Sarah Roberts, followed by a questions and answer session with Sarah in the Kennedy Auditorium. This tour is particularly special, since much of the gardening in the Quarry Garden is provided by GPPA members through our volunteer commitment to the History Center.

This is a rain-or-shine event.

Read about the Mary Howard Gilbert Memorial Quarry Garden here.


Sunday, March 30, 2014
This tour begins at 10:30 AM

"Hands On" Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve Walking Tour

With Robby Astrove, at the Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve

This workshop will be held in the morning.

Park ranger and avid naturalist Robby Astrove leads a guided tour focusing on the flora of the Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve. Located just 30 minutes east of downtown Atlanta, the 2,550-acre nature preserve is the heart of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, and home to a number of fascinating native plants. The tour is scheduled to coincide with the bloom period of the stunning red diamorpha that grows only on granite outcrops.

 

For more info about Arabia Mountain visit www.arabiaalliance.org.

Program size is limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. The cost is $15 for GPPA Members, and $25 for non-members.

Register by Mail:

You may purchase workshop tickets via checks made payable to GPPA. Please include the name of the workshop AND your email address in the check’s memo line. Mail checks to:

Kacey Cloues
P.O. Box 160297
Atlanta, GA 30316

Register Online:

You may also purchase tickets online using either a credit card or your PayPal account. (There is a $2 convenience fee for each ticket purchased online.) Select the number of tickets you would like to purchase online and click "Add to Cart". You will be taken to PayPal to complete the transaction and then returned to the GPPA website. Please print your receipt and bring it to the workshop.

2014 Davidson-Arabia Walking Tour - Member
 
2014 Davidson-Arabia Walking Tour - Non Member
 

We will send participants a follow-up email to confirm receipt of payment and to announce any additional workshop instructions (directions and parking details, rain dates, etc.) as the date of the workshop approaches. For more information and/or registration questions, please contact Kacey Cloues and Karla Tievsky at gppa.events@gmail.com.



Joseph Tychonievich
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Joseph Tychonievich
Nursery Manager, Arrowhead Alpines Rare Plants Nursery

"Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables and Flowers"

Plants and gardening are seemingly in Joseph's blood. He was asking for plants and seeds for his birthday when he was a very small child, but horticulture didn't become THE ruling passion of Joseph's life until his mid teens. Since then, he has earned a bachelors degree in horticulture from Ohio State University, spent a summer working at Shibamichi Honten Nursery in Japan, been a repeated guest on public radio's food show The Splendid Table, and written a book, Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener (Timber Press, 2013). Currently Joseph lives and gardens in Michigan, where he is the nursery manager at Arrowhead Alpines Rare Plants Nursery. With record amounts of snow in Michigan this winter, Joseph is also creating a new gardening podcast called Grow ALL the Plants.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

"The Inspired Gardener Symposium"

Produced in Conjunction with Atlanta Botanical Garden

Click here for more information about this exciting annual GPPA event!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Dr. John M. Ruter
Armitage Professor of Horticulture, UGA

"Landscaping with Conifers and Gingkos in the Southeast"



Jamie Blackburn
Sunday, February 9, 2014
(please note the date change - was January 25)

"Hands On" Pruning Workshop Part I - Winter Pruning

With Jamie Blackburn, at Historic Oakland Cemetery

This workshop will be held from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Program size is limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. The cost is $25 for GPPA Members, and $35 for non-members. Please bring your own tools. Refreshments will be provided for participants.

We will send participants a follow-up email to confirm receipt of payment and to announce any additional workshop instructions (tools needed, directions and parking details, rain dates, etc.) as the date of the workshop approaches. For more information and/or registration questions, please contact Kacey Cloues and Karla Tievsky at gppa.events@gmail.com.


This pruning workshop is sponsored by
Arborguard, The Tree Specialists that find Solutions Naturally®


Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Frederick Spicer
Executive Director, Birmingham Botanical Gardens

"Pruning Techniques, Outcomes and Design Influences"

Pruning and training of plants is an essential part of garden development and maintenance, yet even savvy gardeners approach these basic tasks with a mixture of ignorance and trepidation. Using before and after images of selected plants, Spicer tracks the establishment of his home garden, illustrating basic pruning tools, methods and techniques -- and the plant responses along the way. You'll learn not only the "how to's," but also the "why to's" as he shows how each approach works to enhance the garden's overall design.


December, 2013

No Meeting


Special Members-Only GPPA Speaker Meeting and Celebration

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
(Please note earlier time than regular Speaker Meetings)
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Denise Adams, "Restoring American Gardens

Click to go to the GPPA Membership Information page Click to start an e-mail to gppacelebration@gmail.com



Kelly Norris
(photo by Jason Oelmann)
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Kelly Norris, "What’s New in the World of Irises?"

Feel overwhelmed by all of the irises on the market? Bearded, beardless, and so many of each to choose from, right? Kelly will distill the world of irises into an informative, picture-packed hour of new varieties and how to use irises in the landscape. The possibilities are endless. He will also discuss some of the latest breeding work from around the world as well as cover the basics of iris cultivation. With a genus as large as Iris, there is certainly an iris for everyone!

Who is Kelly? Click here to find out!



Dr. Bodie Pennisi
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Flavor, Fragrance and Medicine from the Garden"
Dr. Bodie Pennisi, University of Georgia

Lots of people grow vegetables and fruits to use in their cooking, but have you ever thought of getting more for your gardening efforts? How about growing a little fragrance, along with your squash or planting some culinary herbs to put more flavor in your dinner? Plants can be used not only for food, but as natural enhancers for our health. Plants contain nutrients and other phytochemicals that can boost energy and help fight off diseases. Learn how medicinal plants work and how to start your own health garden. If you would like to get more than pickled okra from your garden, then we can help you out!!



Kelly Holdbrooks
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Kelly Holdbrooks, "Southern Highlands Reserve"

Kelly Holdbrooks, Director of Programs, will discuss the guiding principles behind The Southern Highlands Reserve, and the ecological perspective they use in their management practices. Originally from western North Carolina, Kelly is a graduate of UGA, receiving a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture. Her passion is rooted in nature, and her research encompasses connecting people, especially children, to nature through education and experiences in ecological design.

Read more about the Southern Highlands Reserve here.



Paula Gross
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Paula Gross, "Bizarre Botanicals"

Gardeners love roses, lilies, and pansies – the common, but beautiful plants found in the average garden. But there are realms in the plant world far beyond these familiar favorites. In their book Bizarre Botanicals, plant experts Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross take readers on a curious botanical journey of weirdly wonderful plants that can be grown at home, indoors or out. Paula will dig through her trunk of oddities, and share with us some of the hardy plants that spice up our gardens with their surprising appearances and even behaviors.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Arty Schronce, "Downton Abbey Dreams & Cabbagetown Reality"

How does the gardener who wants to grow almost everything deal with having limited space and budget? Meet Arty Schronce, of the Georgia Department of Agriculture – collector, plant breeder, experimenter, nature lover – who needs a vast English estate but has to make do with trying to shoehorn one more plant into his small Cabbagetown garden.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Dottie Myers, "The Barbara Allen Memorial Lecture"

Dottie Myers, an Atlanta area landscape architect, shared the love of horticultural design with her friend Barbara Allen. Her inclusion of perennials in private gardens throughout the South is the "icing on the cake".

(The Barbara Allen Memorial Lecture, in May of each year, is supported by contributions from our members.)



Mike Francis
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Mike Francis, "Cultivars That Thrive"

Mike Francis, owner of Maple Ridge Nursery, specializes in Japanese maples and conifers. He will introduce us to cultivars best suited for our gardening conditions.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Rita Pelczar, "Vines in the Landscape"

Rita Pelczar, associate editor of The American Gardener, will share information about annual, perennial, and woody vines that make attractive additions to our gardens, discussing their strategies for climbing and the structures that suit them.

Rita Pelczar grew up in a garden. In college, she studied horticulture, receiving both BS (in pomology and olericulture) and MS (in ornamental horticulture) degrees from the University of Maryland. She gained extensive gardening experience in a career that includes managing public gardens and greenhouses, teaching, working as a Peace Corps volunteer, and growing edible crops. She has written, edited, and contributed to a number of gardening books and gardening magazines and is currently a contributing editor for The American Gardener. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina where her ornamental and edible gardens continue to expand. She also grows organic hops commercially and raises chickens for fun.

 



Jenks Farmer
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Kennedy Auditorium
(note auditorium change for this month only)
Atlanta History Center

Jenks Farmer, "Designing Public Gardens"

Jenks Farmer has spent 20 years developing botanical gardens and the public plant collections at Riverbanks Zoo and Moore Botanical Gardens, located in South Carolina. He now runs an organic crinum lily farm near Aiken, SC and continues to work with other gardens as curator. He'll share some of those gardens, including a few of the big flashy ones and as well as intimate, hidden gems. Jenks spent the past year roaming the East Coast interviewing old school, self taught gardeners, and asking questions such as, "How did we go from simple, soulful, gardening to a complex, stressful, and expensive habit?" He'll relate these stories and share photos of their gardens which will be featured in his upcoming book from Timber Press.

Read more about Jenks, and his stewardship of plants, gardening and essential earth stuff at www.jenksfarmer.com.



Photo by Erica Glasener
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Jamie Blackburn, "Ornamental Shrubs for the Perennial Border"

As much as we all love chocolate, one can’t live on chocolate alone. And as much as we all love those endless borders of herbaceous perennials, their effect is even more dramatic and beautiful when combined with a structural base of ornamental shrubs and plants with year round interest.

Join us for a fascinating evening with Jamie Blackburn, Curator of Woodland Gardens at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Jamie will discuss the selection, design, and maintenance of appropriate ornamental shrubs for a truly mesmerizing perennial border.



Kristen Landfield
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Kristin Landfield

Garden designer Kristin Landfield, who lives and works in Atlanta GA, has had an ongoing love of Northern CA since early childhood, and in 2011 and early 2012, she worked in the San Francisco Bay area, soaking up the stellar gardening clime. She worked on small residential projects, also with Flora Grubb Gardens and Rock and Rose Landscapes, bringing lots of west coast innovation with her upon returning back east. She also will reflect on what she thinks West Coast gardeners can learn from a Southern tradition. Kristin works as a designer with New Moon Gardens and consults independently with her company Landfield Garden Designs.

Note to GPPA Members: The annual budget and proposed slate of officers for 2013 will also be presented to the membership for a vote at the November meeting.


Tuesday, October  16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Dick and Judith Tyler, "Hellebores Species for American Gardens"

The returning and popular Dick and Judith Tyler, of Pine Knot Farms in Clarksville, Virginia, will discuss growing and using species of hellebores in the garden, while combining them with other plants for best effect.

About Pine Knot Farms

Pine Knot has been helping customers find plants for their shady gardens since 1983 and we have been working on a hellebore breeding program since the early 1990's. We go to the UK frequently to select stock from the best specialist nurseries. We have also traveled to Europe and the Balkans for stock and trade with growers from Japan, Australia and New Zealand as well as with the best breeders in the US. We feel this partnership has allowed us to not only make some good friends, but also to gather some of the best stock plants in the world.

Animal lovers might want to read Dick and Judith's touching stories at:
What’s Missing at Pine Knot?

 


Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Rick Crown "Six Decades of Gardens & Gardening in Georgia"


Click for Slideshow

From frolicking in his grandmother's Decatur garden as a lad, managing Cedar Lane Farm wholesale nursery in the early 1980s, gardening the Madison property he has tended with his partner for 27 years, and continuing through their ongoing landscape business Madison Gardens, Rick Crown has been observing, experimenting, enjoying successes, and learning from mistakes for most of his life. Come to see and hear what he has to say about what is working in our increasingly challenging climate.

Rick Crown and Richard Simpson are co-owners of Madison Gardens in Madison, GA, and have been involved in the planting design, renovation and preservation of numerous historic gardens in the greater Madison area. Their own garden surrounding and 1890s clapboard house in Madison has been featured on HGTV.



Irvin Etienne
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Irvin Etienne, "The Greatest Most Fantastical New Plants Ever (Maybe)"

Every year new plants are introduced for the garden - more and more plants every year! Some are well tested. Many are not. Who is garden worthy? Who is not? Truly, only time will tell but who wants to wait that long? I want to buy them all now. But a person needs to be a bit cautious. We will take a look at some of the latest and greatest perennials, annuals, and woodies along with a few of the "really!?!?". And we'll have fun in the process. One should always have fun in the garden.

Irvin Etienne is the Horticultural Display Coordinator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and will introduce us to the newest and best the industry has to offer. He is one of the most fun and entertaining people in the plant world. In advance of the August meeting, GPPA Members might enjoy reading some of Irvin's writings on the official IMA Blog.



Photo Credit: CC BY 2.0 by bluesydude on Flickr

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Michael Buckman, "Gardening For Butterflies"

Michael Buckman, Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center Manager, Callaway Gardens, will begin discussing the life cycle of butterflies, as their needs change through the various stages. Learning the things butterflies need in the garden, the factors governing design, and some of the best plants to choose, will all be a part of his presentation.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Jean Williams-Woodward, "Vexing Perennial Diseases"

Jean Williams-Woodward is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences. She holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. degree in Crop Science from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Williams-Woodward will provide GPPA members with information on diseases of ornamentals.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

W. Gary Smith, "The Barbara Allen Memorial Lecture Speaker"

W. Gary Smith is the recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s Landscape Design Award. With more than 25 years in public garden design and master planning, Smith has distinguished himself as a landscape architect who celebrates plants and the connections they offer between people and nature. Working almost exclusively in botanic gardens and arboreta, he strives to find ecologically sustainable ways of making gardens. His most recent projects include master planning and garden designs for the Southern Highlands Reserve; the Texas Arboretum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Canter; and the conservatory gardens at the John A Sibley Horticultural Center at Callaway Gardens in Georgia.’ – American Gardener magazine.

(The Barbara Allen Memorial Lecture, in May of each year, is supported by contributions from our members.)


Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Jim Fountain, Guest Speaker

Jim Fountain is the Interim Superintendent of The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, formerly known as the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens. From the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens website:

  • Mission - The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm will provide education, public outreach, and applied research in horticultural and environmental sciences.
  • Vision - The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm will be a premier destination for horticulture, educational, and gardening practices.

Click to see the Georgia Traveler Video from The Historic Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens or click here to visit the Georgia Traveler website.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Growers Panel Discussion"

Tonight's discussion panel will be Tiffanny Jones of McMahan’s Nursery, Brian Morris of Glade Spring Nursery, and Dave Smith of Saul Nurseries. Prior to the meeting, members will be able to send in specific questions for the panel. Sara Henderson will moderate.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Troy Marden, "Turn Up the Heat with Tropicals!"

Troy Marden is a plantsman and garden designer who has been a passionate plant lover all of his life. His 25-plus years of professional experience include time spent in nearly every facet of the industry, from nursery production and retail garden centers to stints at some of the country’s best known public gardens. He has been a co-host of Nashville Public Television’s hit gardening show, Volunteer Gardener, for 10 years and also writes regularly for some of the country’s top gardening magazines. A self-ordained foodie, Troy’s blog, Gardener Cook, has become popular with plant lovers and food lovers alike. His latest venture, which will launch in 2012, is a Garden Tour division of his business that will take other passionate gardeners on trips to some of the finest horticultural destinations in the U.S. and around the world. 2012 will also find Troy writing his first book, to be published by Timber Press in early 2013. You can find more information at www.troybmarden.com.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Hayes Jackson, "Evergreen Liliaceous Perennials"

A perfect alternative to some of the better known perennials for all-season interest! Hayes Jackson is the Urban Regional Extension Agent for Calhoun and Etowah Counties in Alabama. A popular speaker, his topics will include such seldom-used perennial species as Aspidistra, Rohdea, Disporopsis, Ruscus and more.


December, 2011

No Speaker Meeting this month!

If it is really December already (where has another year gone so quickly again??), we'll be posting details for next year's Speaker Meetings soon!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Garden Wisdom: Notes from a Gardening Life"

Edith Eddleman is a well-know North Carolina designer and perennial plant expert whose original plan for the Raulston Arboretum border set a new design standard. Adept at creating cutting edge combinations, she'll discuss things she's learned from the garden itself or from other gardeners.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Discovering the Beauty of Japan – in its Culture, in its Gardens"

Linda Copeland coordinates the annual tours of Garden Vistas. Her presentation will share images from the tour to Japan in November, 2010.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Second Spring"

Long weekends in Manhattan have never been long enough to see the gardens. Just a few months ago, Linda Askey spent a week and followed spring north. She fell back in horticultural time to the season of peonies, lilacs, and spring ephemerals. Come along for a glimpse of a season almost forgotten, and consider the take home lessons that are the second best souvenirs, plants being the first.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Native Vines"

Dan Long of Brushwood Nursery in Athens, GA, grows an astounding array of climbers. In this presentation, he’ll focus on native vines, including beautiful new selections of Wisteria, Lonicera, and Passiflora.


July, 2011

No meeting scheduled, due to PPA Symposium, July 17-22, in Atlanta


Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"A Granite Scree Garden: A Limitless Pleasure"

Legendary plants man Don Jacobs of Stone Mountain will describe the rare perennial treasures he grows, with surprisingly little maintenance, in a specially-constructed garden bed. Designed to cultivate a group of challenging species, it supports everything from Mexican sedums to pitcher plants to rare bulbs. Don’s garden and nursery, Eco Gardens, is renowned among plant collectors around the world.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"A Garden of Remembrance"

The first in a new annual series presented in memory of Barbara Allen, a past president of GPPA. Barbara understood the connection between art and horticulture and shared that knowledge without reservation.

Ryan Gainey, Georgia’s most renowned garden designer, inaugurates this series. His theme derives from poet James Terry White, who wrote, “The heart is a garden; remembrance is its sweetest flower.” If one is fortunate, Ryan believes, one’s garden is filled with memories of people and places, embodied in the garden’s plants, design, and fittings. These remembrances keep our memories ever present. He’ll share stories and memories of the people, plants, and places that have influenced him. An event not to be missed!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011 (a change from our regular date) at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Proven Perennials from the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Comparative Trials"

Richard Hawke is Plant Evaluation Manger at the Chicago Botanic Garden. He’ll review the latest findings for some of the most popular perennial species, based on extensive plant trials at this respected public institution.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Bee a Better Gardener"

Jennifer Berry is Apicultural Research Coordinator and Lab Manager at UGA. A well-known lecturer on honey bees, she’ll discuss their natural history, recent population decline, and how gardeners can contribute to their survival.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Clematis for the Southern Garden: An Update"

Lyndy Broder serves on the Board of Directors of the International Clematis Society and is a past president of GPPA. She’ll describe the best of the new clematis offerings, including 10 natives that belong in Georgia gardens.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Shady Characters Turned Superstars: Plant Successes from Atlanta Botanical Garden"

Jamie Blackburn, Curator of Woodland Gardens at ABG, takes a fresh look at new selections and reliable favorites that thrive in shade. Learn how to make the most of your patch of woodland.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Bringing Nature Home"

Douglas W. Tallamy is professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. In his award-winning book, Bringing Nature Home, he explains why native plants play an indispensible role in natural ecosystems and how including natives in home gardens supports a range of native wildlife.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Retro-Gardening"

As gardening trends come and go, what are the plants that we keep returning to? Elizabeth Dean of Wilkerson Mill Gardens cultivates an array of exceptional woody species. She’ll offer suggestions for old favorites and new selections that continue to give us joy.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Annuals Old and New, Including Hot Tropicals from UGA Research"

Dr. Bodi Pennisi is Associate Professor of Horticulture at UGA, where she conducts research and publishes widely on the landscape application of tropical plants for the floriculture industry. She will report on the best annuals and tropicals for Georgia and their garden uses based on their performance at the UGA Trial Gardens.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Uncommon Ferns for Shade and Sun"

George Sanko, founder of the Perimeter College Botanical Garden, will describe new, garden worthy ferns that deserve a place in gardens here. New to the trade, they include native and exotic species that will appeal to the new gardener and to fern-loving experts.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Rain Gardening in the Home Landscape"

Gardeners today seek earth-friendly solutions to the problem of runoff that can also contribute beauty to the landscape. Helen Kraus and Anne Spafford, horticulturists at NC State University, are authors of the ground-breaking book Rain Gardening in the South. They will address rain garden design, construction, plant selection, and problem solving. (Book signing)


Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Chlorophyll in His Veins"

J. C. Raulston was the most important, some would say beloved, figure in American horticulture in the latter part of the 20th century. He established the NC State Arboretum that now bears his name. Simply “J.C.” to his gardening friends, his contribution to horticulture is documented in award-winning author Bobby J. Ward’s latest work. Learn about the man, his fascination with plants, and how “J.C.’s plants” found homes in gardens everywhere. (Book signing)


Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Plants to Excite and Plants to Delight: Falling Off the Cutting Edge"

Tony Avent’s goal at Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, NC, is "…to change the way America gardens by offering the best, the newest, and the strangest fun, garden-worthy perennials…" He’ll tantalize his audience with a list of favorites from recent plant trials and captivating new discoveries.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Getting the Most Out of Your Garden"

Erica Glasener is a horticulturist and writer. As host for 13 years of HGTV’s “A Gardener’s Diary,” she has visited some of America’s most inspired gardens. She will suggest plant combinations for different gardening styles and ways to achieve four seasons of interest. (Book signing)


Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Designing with Tropicals"

Georgia’s hot and humid summers provide ideal conditions for tropical plants, such as cannas, bananas, elephant ears, bromeliads, and tropical ferns, and more. Andrew Bunting, horticulturist at the Scott Arboretum in Pennsylvania, will illustrate how they combine with perennials and annuals in beds and in containers. He will also discuss cultural requirements and overwintering practices.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Perennials for Purgatory"

Jimmy Turner is Senior Director of Gardens at the Dallas Arboretum. He will report on the best performers from the Arboretum’s grueling trial program. They include natives, new plants, cultivars and just plain tough perennials that can handle heat and humidity. Jimmy will also share tips and tricks for the plants’ production and care.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Armitage’s Choice: Twenty Outstanding Perennial Plants for Georgia"

America’s perennial guru, Allan Armitage, is a renowned professor of horticulture at UGA, a popular lecturer, and author of numerous books. He’ll describe his personal favorites from the UGA Trial Gardens. (Book signing)


Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"How Plants Get Their Names"

Think plant nomenclature is dull? Join John Manion, Historic Gardens Curator at the Atlanta History Center, for this informative and humorous look at the origins of plant names and their botanical and historic associations.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"The Gardens of Devon and Cornwall: The Hidden Season"

Jim Garner is Executive Director of Lockerly Arboretum in Milledgeville and a frequent traveler to English gardens. Join him as he tours the lesser-known gardens in England’s Southwest during the quiet months of fall and winter.

http://www.lockerlyarboretum.org


Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Fallscaping"

Perennial garden diva Stephanie Cohen returns to Atlanta for a talk based on her latest book about “the stepchild of the seasons.” She will suggest trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs that can contribute to an extraordinary display. Expect a lively and informative foray into the fall garden.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Nature Knows What Nature Needs"

John Strickland of Going Green Organics describes the features and benefits of feeding the soil organically. Organic fertilizers promote a healthy balance of microbial growth, minerals and nutrients that allows plants to achieve their full potential.

http://www.GoingGreenOrg.com


Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Plant Exploration in W. China and Vietnam"

Nurseryman and plant collector Scott McMahan reports on his most recent seed-collecting trip to Asia. Learn about his latest great plant discoveries, along with a few funny and sometimes harrowing travel incidents.

http://www.mcmahansnursery.com


Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"My Year-Round Garden"

John Elsley is one of the Southeast’s most revered plant experts and a spokesperson for Klehm’s Song Sparrow Nursery, a mail order source for rare and specialty species. He’ll reflect on his ever-changing approach to planting his Greenwood, SC, garden. Elsley’s wisdom and personal reflections on gardening in our region always inspire. He’ll also introduce the latest rare and choice Song Sparrow offerings.

http://www.songsparrow.com


Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"A Pleasure Garden in Water and Stone"

Jim Scott’s wondrous garden on Lake Martin in Alabama has appeared on national television and in numerous garden publications. This attorney’s remarkably personal design incorporates inspiration, expert plantsmanship, beautifully crafted local materials, and even humor. Learn how this luscious and joyful garden came to be and how it continues to evolve.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Exciting New Perennials and Companion Plants"

Ted Stephens, owner of Nurseries Caroliniana, is a plant explorer and grower of new and unusual species and cultivars for incorporation into Southeastern garden cuisine. His nursery sells retail, wholesale, and mail order.

www.nurcar.com


Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Lessons on Design, Plants, and Life from The Homestead Border"

Laura Coit is a horticulturist, garden writer, and garden designer who lives and gardens on Martha’s Vineyard. In this lecture she will describe The Homestead Border at the Polly Hill Arboretum, which combines shrubs, perennials, self-sowers, natives, and bulbs in seasonal combinations with a sunset color scheme.

www.pollyhillarboretum.org


Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"The Wonderful World of Ferns"

Eleanor Craig is the owner of Fern Ridge Farms and an award-winning exhibitor at the Southeastern Flower Show. She has more than 25 years of experience in horticulture, specializing in ferns for the past 12 years. She will explore fascinating new selections for Georgia gardens.

www.fernridgefarms.com


Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"The Secret’s in the Soil"

Perennial gardeners understand the important role of soil in a successful garden. Mike Smith of Longwood Plantation produces Farmer D’s organic soil products that enhance plant performance without compromising the environment. Learn about their production and Farmer D’s association with Whole Foods Market.

www.longwood-plantation.com


Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Roses Are Plants Too"

Paul Zimmerman of Ashdown Roses in Campobello, SC, promotes roses as another long-blooming shrub for Southern gardens.  He'll debunk many outdated ideas, while encouraging a healthy and organic garden environment.

 


Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"The Restoration of Ferrell Gardens at Hills and Dales Estate"

This architecturally significant home and its gardens, located in LaGrange, have recently undergone a remarkable restoration. It includes the historic nineteenth century gardens established by Sarah Ferrell and enhanced by Fuller and Alice Hand Callaway a century later. Horticulturist Jo Phillips, who worked with Mrs. Callaway, will describe this extraordinary garden's history and plants for the future.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Hostas in the Garden"

Mike Shadrack is co-author with Diana Grenfell of The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas, published by Timber Press. His knowledge and photographic skills will be on display as he describes how these important shade-loving perennials enhance gardens.

 


Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Salvias for Southern Gardens"

No one knows more about the best salvias for the South than plant expert Richard Defresne. Based in North Carolina, he hs evaluated hundreds of salvia species and cultivars.  This important genus includes many drought-tolerant ornamental sages that deserve wider use.

 


Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Creating Space and Scale with a Versatile Small Tree"

Fred Spicer is Executive Director of the Birmingham Botanical Garden and a landscape architect. This design-focused talk will provide insight into the benefit of including a thoughtfully selected small tree in one's garden.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Native Plants in the Garden: From Novelty to Mainstream"

Native plant expert and author Margie Hunter will describe the benefits and beauty of native plants and why they are worthy of inclusion in the perennial border.

 

 


Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Perennial Picks for the University of Tennessee Gardens"

Sue Hamilton is Director of the U. T. Gardens in Knoxville. Renowned for their seasonal beauty, the Gardens yield important data concerning the most durable and attractive plants for Southeastern gardens. This is a "must attend" lecture for drought-weary gardeners.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Learning to Garden with Drought"

Horticulturist and landscape professional Jim Harrington has decades of experience planting and maintaining specialized gardens in metro Atlanta. Learn his time-tested practical solutions to the South's water shortage and ways to "assist" in the garden's survival.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Asters for American Gardens"

As Research Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center in Greenville, DE, Jeanne Frett has conducted comparative evaluations of more than 50 species and cultivars of native asters suitable for the mid-Atlantic region.  She will describe the best performers for Georgia gardens, including inspiring suggestions for companion plants.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Conifers That Will Grow in a Closet"

Shade gardeners looking beyond hosta, ferns, and other herbaceous species will be inspired by conifer expert Mike Francis, owner of The Maple Farm and Greenhouse Nurseries.  He will present a surprising array of conifers that tolerate shade and contribute height, variations in texture, and even winter interest to southern gardens.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Plants for Green Roofs in Georgia and Other Garden Uses"

Ed Snodgrass, owner of Emory Knoll Farms in Street, MD, is the largest supplier of plants for green roofs in the US. He and his wife, Luci, are the authors of Green Roof Plants published by Timber Press. He will discuss the environmental benefits and construction of green roofs, the perennial plants that make them work, and their application in ordinary gardens.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.  NOTE:  2nd Tuesday due to Thanksgiving
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Essential Perennials from Goodness Grows"

Rick Berry, co-founder with Marc Richardson of Goodness Grows, is the speaker.  Thirty years ago Rick and Marc launched their now legendary Georgia nursery, Goodness Grows. Committed to growing heirloom perennials and reliable new selections, they continue to educate gardeners. Rick will review the nursery's history and discuss the beautiful and adaptable perennial plants that thrive in the South.

 

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

NOTE! Parking will be in the Swan Coach house parking lot off Slaton Drive.

"The Complete Garden"

Jason Powell will discuss his approach to creating a new garden that will meet all your expectations. Learn the five elements that are necessary for your garden to be complete.

Powell is the owner of Petals from the Past in Jemison, AL, which specializes in antique roses, heirloom shrubs and hard-to-find perennials. He holds an MS in horticulture from Texas A&M.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center
"New Forms of Favorite Perennials"

Tried and true perennials are the backbone of  the Southern garden. Horticulturist, writer, photographer, and lecturer Linda Askey takes a look at new selections and fresh combinations that bring these perennial favorites into 21st century gardens. Her lecture is sponsored by Fafard.


Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Public and Historic Gardens of Germany: Surprising Revelations"

American garden travelers are often unaware of the great horticultural traditions to be found in Germany.  Join landscape architect, garden historian and author Jim Cothran for a lively tour of that nation's exceptional public parks and gardens.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"William T. Smith & Assoc.: Two Decades of Residential Garden Design"

Bill Smith's commissions include the Georgia Governor's Mansion and residences through the Southeast, both large and small.  His first Atlanta garden was featured on The Victory Garden television program.  An avid gardener, he enjoys growing and experimenting with a variety of perennials and flowering shrubs in his Atlanta and Highlands, NC gardens.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Gardens To Go: Creating a Container Garden"

Renowned author and lecturer Sydney Eddison describes the process of transforming an empty patio into a container garden. She'll illustrate how containers can divide spaces, enclose garden rooms, frame views, direct traffic, and dramatize entrances.


Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Recent Observations from a South Carolina Garden:
New Additions and Outstanding Performers"

Renowned plantsman and popular lecturer John Elsley is Director of Horticulture at Klehm's Song Sparrow Nursery in Avalon, Wisconsin. Learn about some of the indispensible plants in his garden as well as fascinating new selections.

Elsley contributed to the development of The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Garden Plants.


, March 20, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Design Adventures at the Chelsea Flower Show"

Atlanta landscape architect Brooks Garcia has worked on several award-winning show gardens at Chelsea.  He'll report on his experiences at what has been described as the greatest flower show on the planet.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Designing Hydrangea Heaven with Penny"

The late Penny McHenry is forever linked with the genus Hydrangea. Landscape designer and GPPA member Sandra Jonas designed Penny's renowned garden, and she will reflect on its creation and the friendship that evolved in the process.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Perennials at Yew Dell Gardens"

Paul Cappiello is Executive Director of the restored Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, KY. His work on the selection, introduction, and evaluation of new ornamental plants has earned him national and international recognition. He is the author, with Don Shadow, of Dogwoods, published by Timber Press.


Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Modern Day Plant Hunters"

Bobby Ward is a retired environmental scientist an past president of the North American Rock Garden Society. He is the author of The Plant Hunter's Garden: The New Explorers and Their Discoveries, published by Timber Press.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center
Pam Beck

"Winter Interest in the Landscape"

Popular writer and garden lecturer Pam Beck is based in North Carolina.  She will illustrate how to have a beautiful garden during the sometimes forgotten months from fall to spring.

 


Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Mt. Cuba Center: Inspiring Gardeners to Broaden The Plant Palette"

The Mt. Cuba Center in Greenville, DE is dedicated to the evaluation of species native to the Piedmont. Director Rick Lewandowski will suggest some uncommon, but gardenworthy, alternatives for discriminating gardeners.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"The Garden as a Place of Sanctuary"

UGA Asst. Prof. and Landscape Architect David Berle will discuss theories and ideas for creating a garden sanctuary. He will cover both traditional and non-traditional techniques employed by designers for achieving a sense of privacy and providing a comfortable space in the garden.


Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Growing Clematis in a Southern Garden"

Lyndy Broder is a member of the International Clematis Society and contributes the "Clematis of the Month" feature on the group's website. She has lectured in the U.S. and Cambridge, England. Her frequently photographed garden in Henry County, GA is home to hundreds of clematis. Lyndy's favorite reference books are shown at right.

    

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"A World of Ferns"

Judith Jones operates Fancy Fronds, a retail and mail order nursery in Gold Bar, WA.  She brings a fresh approach to the diverse world of ferns for those who garden in the shade.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Containing the Unusual"

Nursery owner and plantswoman Rita Randolph grows rare and choice species in Jackson, TN.  While most gardeners use annuals in pots, she believes that perennials and collector's plants also merit a place in lushly-planted containers. Visit Randolph's Greenhouses.

Rita Randolph

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Hardy Palms"

If you thought palms belonged only in Florida, don't miss Joe LaVert's survey of the species that are hardy here.  He will also include some agreeable companion plants.


Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Trilliums for Georgia Gardens"

More trillium species are native to Georgia than to any other state.  David Mellard will describe the trilliums he cultivates, and he will extend a rare invitation to visit his personal collection.

David recommends two books on Trilliums, one by Fred Case, who gives you a technical overview of the group, and another by our own Don Jacobs, who offers "several good introductory chapters" to Trilliums.


Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Scott McMahan"Trekking in Bhutan: A Search For Rare Finds"

Plant explorer Scott McMahan travels the world looking for new and garden-worthy plants.  He'll describe some of the newest candidates for Southern gardens propagated at his cutting-edge nursery in Clermont, GA.

Read about plant exploration with Dan Hinkley's book "The Explorer's Garden".


Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Panel of Perennial Experts"

A panel of experts in all areas of perennial plants will be on hand for this lively exchange - answering questions from the audience and sharing insights from their years of gardening experience.


Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"The Dazzling Dahlia"

Dahlias contribute reliable color from summer until frost. John Kreiner, president of the Dahlia Society of Georgia, describes the best varieties for Southern gardens and how to make them thrive.  John recommends "The Encyclopedia of Dahlias" that was recently released.


Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Small English Gardens Off the Beaten Track."

Paula Refi, member and past-president, will present this lecture which includes how to search for personal little gardens as well as slides of some that she has discovered over the years.


Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"The Latest in Daylily Hybridizing"

Harold McDonell has grown and bred daylilies in Fayetteville for more than 30 years. He is immediate past president of the Daylily Society of Greater Atlanta. He will discuss new introductions, cultural requirements, and the latest recommendations for combating daylily rust.

Mr. McDonell says, "One of the best daylily information books that I can recommend is an American Hemerocallis Society book titled 'An Illustrated Guide to Daylilies'. It contain 112 pages covering daylily culture, hybridization, flower types, daylily history and more. Price is $8.00. Minimum order by credit card at the AHS site is $25.00.

The AHS website contains much information about daylilies and the activities of The American Hemerocallis Society. It also provides membership information. AHS membership is $18.00 a year and members will receive four quality Daylily Journals each year.

A good commercial daylily garden in the Atlanta area is Kennesaw Mountain Daylily Garden. Information about this garden may be accessed on the garden's website. This is a beautiful garden where numerous modern daylily cultivars are grown to perfection. It is well worth a visit in mid June at the height of bloom season."

Click on this image to reach the AHS website.


Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Hellebores: An American Passion

Judith and Dick Tyler will introduce exciting new forms of lenten rose bred at their respected nursery, Pine Knot Farms, in VA. They will discuss cultural practices and acquaint us with rare Helleborus species collected on their international travels.


Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Common Diseases of Perennials in the Southeast

Jean Woodward, Extension Plant Pathologist at UGA, will describe the symptoms and treatment for the most prevalent diseases affecting herbaceous perennials.


Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Evergreen Perennials for the Shade Garden" Hayes Jackson Horticulturist and Extension Agent in Anniston, Alabama, will survey evergreen perennials to enliven the shade garden, with a special look at epimediums.

 

A review of the book "The Genus Epimedium and Other Herbaceous Berberidaceae Including the Genus Podophyllum" appeared in Perennial Notes, and you can read it here.


Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"How to Succeed With Hostas"

Jack Driskell is Vice President of the Georgia Hosta Society and a Lifetime Georgia Master Gardener. Based on more than 20 years cultivating hostas in Georgia, he will suggest the best varieties and techniques to make them thrive.  Jack says that GPPA member W. George Schmid's book on Hosta is still "The Bible"


Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Some Ideas on Perennial Design"

With more than 20 years of experience, Jane Bath is among the most respected garden designers in the region, and her legendary nursery, Land Arts in Monroe, GA, is the source for unusual species.  She will focus on the practical realities of creating a perennial garden.

The Land Arts website offers lots of plant information.


Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Consider the Leaf"

Judy Glattstein returns after an absence of several years to inspire us with the possibilities provided by foliage. A prolific writer and garden educator, Glattstein is renowned as much for her wit as for her knowledge of plants.


Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. Preview it at Amazon.com!
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Special Parking Announcement - Please plan to park in the Swan House parking lot for this meeting. Click here for driving directions and then scroll down to "TO SWAN HOUSE ENTRANCE".

"Underused Natives for Perennial Gardens"

Jan Midgley - Native plant expert, author and plantswoman Jan Midgley owns Wildflower, a native plant nursery in Wilsonville, AL. She will describe seldom-used native species for southeastern gardens.

(Book signing and plant sale.)


Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Special Parking Announcement - Please plan to park in the Swan House parking lot for this meeting. Click here for driving directions and then scroll down to "TO SWAN HOUSE ENTRANCE".

"Ferns of the World"

George Sanko - Botanist and explorer George Sanko has amassed the nation's largest fern collection in a public garden at Perimeter College Botanical Garden. He will discuss the future of hardy ferns, including exciting new introductions from around the world.


Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"From Garden To Vase"

Sandra Sandefur - Learn to bring the outdoor garden indoors, as Sandra Sandefur shares ideas for creating naturalistic arrangements. She will illustrate practical tips for cutting, preserving and arranging materials from everyday gardens.


Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"A Tropical Heat Wave"

Norman Winter is an extension horticulturist with Mississippi State University and the author of Paradise Found: Growing Tropicals in Your Own Backyard. Winter will illustrate ways of incorporating these exciting plants into your own private Eden.


Thursday, June 17, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

NOTE! This meeting will be held at Kennedy Hall, Atlanta History Center and we are being asked to park in the lot off Slaton Drive. Here are driving directions to the Swan House (Slaton Drive) entrance.

"Japanese Maples for Georgia Gardens"

Mike Francis - Plantsman Mike Francis grows more than 350 Japanese maple cultivars at his nursery, the Maple Farm at Greenhouse Nurseries, near Decatur. He will discuss the selection and cultivation of the very best for our region.


Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Bringing Perennials to the People:
  Adventures in Public Garden Design"

W. Gary Smith - Landscape architect, artist and educator W. Gary Smith has designed public gardens across the U.S. Learn how he showcases perennials in a range of cultural situations.


Thursday, April 15, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"New Perennials from Wayside Gardens"

Chris Hansen is Director of Horticulture at Wayside Gardens in Hodges, SC. He will describe the latest perennial offerings from this legendary plant provider.


Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Gardens of the Pacific Northwest"

Jack Driskell - Join GPPA's own Jack Driskell, hosta specialist and Lifetime Master Gardener in Cobb County, for a plantsman's romp through some of the most extraordinary private gardens in and around Seattle and Portland.


Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Callaway's Legacy of Plants"

Patricia Collins - Director of Education, Patricia Collins, is our guide as we visit The Gardens at Callaway, where many plants have stories to tell. Learn about its founders, Cason and Virginia Callaway, and about Fred Galle, the first Director of Horticulture, and the unique flora they nurtured and promoted.


Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Turning Saturday Night Fever Into a Little Dirty Fun"

Walter Reeves - host of popular radio and television garden programs, will explain the basics of soil science. Expect lots of useful information laced with humorous anecdotes. (Book Signing)


Thursday, Novmber 20, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Passionate Gardeners of South Africa's Western Cape"
Linda Copeland - GPPA board member Linda Copeland, co-author of "Who in the World is Nellie Stevens?", takes us with her on a tour of South African gardens.


Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Perennial Evaluations at the Chicago Botanic Garden"
Richard Hawke - Richard Hawke is Manager of Plant Evaluation Programs at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. His systematic observations of important perennial genera will guide gardeners to the very best perennial plant performers.


Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Iris: Marsh to Mountain"
Rex Bishop - Legendary local plantsman Don Jacobs has made a lifelong study of the genus Iris. Learn which species, native or exotic, can enrich the water garden, woodland, sunny border or rockery.


Thursday, August 21, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Panel of Perennial Experts"
(Participants TBA) - This open forum has become a popular GPPA annual event. Bring your most pressing queries to this gathering of professional perennial practitioners. No problem is too elementary or complex.


Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"European Gardens: An Old and New World"
Vincent Simeone - Vincent Simeone is horticulturist at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York. He will describe innovative gardening trends coming from Europe, especially Germany. Learn about unusual new plant varieties and what American gardens are doing to compete with European innovators.


Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Get Thee to a Shrubbery"
Elizabeth Dean - Elizabeth Dean of Wilkerson Mill Gardens recommends shrubs that require less attention from the gardener, while adding texture, structure, and ornamental character. They create planting niches for herbaceous perennials. Dean includes suggestions for seasonal color effects.


Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Basic Botany for Gardeners"
Rex Bishop - A popular educator and faculty member at North Metro Tech, Rex Bishop helps you come to terms with botanical gardening jargon. Understand what botanical wonders are taking place under your nose and toes. This is a quick review of botany and gardening to make your garden grow better. (Book signing)


Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"Made for the Shade"
W. Georg Schmid - In a lecture based on his new book, An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials, Schmid will highlight some of the unique and diverse plants for shade. He is the author of the landmark monograph Hosta, published by Timber Press. Book signing to follow.

Books by W. Georg Schmid at Amazon.com


Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center - Please park at the Swan Coach House for this meeting.

"Clematis for Georgia Gardens"
Lyndy Broder - GPPA President Broder has traveled throughout Europe in her quest for new clematis varieties. Learn which are her favorites among the approximately 100 specimens she cultivates in her Stockbridge garden.


Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center - Please park at the Swan Coach House for this meeting.

"Gardens in England and Georgia in the Regency Period"
James R. Cothran - A landscape architect and author, Jim Cothran surveys gardening in the early decades of the 19th century and how horticulture in England was reflected in American landscapes of the period. Book signing to follow.

Books by Jim Cothran at Amazon.com


Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

"A Racy Family: The Araceae"
Allan Armitage - University of Georgia Professor of Horticulture and a renowned plant expert, Armitage will focus on everything from Alocasia, to Pinellia, to Arisaema, to the exotic voodoo lilies. Perennial plant connoisseurs will find this lecture especially fascinating. Book signing to follow.

Books by Allan M. Armitage at Amazon.com


Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall
1580 Peachtree Street (at Peachtree and Spring Streets)

Front Yard Gardening
Lee Anne White is an award-wining photographer and consulting editor at Fine Gardening magazine. Her lecture will document what she sees as a growing trend: locating residential gardens in public view. She will include examples from her frequent travels across the U.S.


Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall
1580 Peachtree Street (at Peachtree and Spring Streets)

The Gardener’s Palette: Creating with Color in the Garden
Sydney Eddison resides in Connecticut and is the author of several books, including A Passion for Daylilies and The Self-Taught Gardener. She writes frequently for national gardening publications and will offer suggestions for using color as the basis for a cohesive garden plan.


Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall
1580 Peachtree Street (at Peachtree and Spring Streets)

Legends in the Garden: Who in the World is Nellie Stevens?
GPPA’s own Linda Copeland traces the fascinating origins of 46 well-known plants named for individuals. Her presentation takes its title from her acclaimed new book, co-authored with Allan Armitage.


Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall
1580 Peachtree Street (at Peachtree and Spring Streets)

Lessons Learned: Indispensable Plants for My Southern Garden
Plantsman John Elsley is Director of Horticulture for Klehm’s Song Sparrow Nursery and held the same position at Wayside Gardens for 20 years. He will reflect on the evolution of his own South Carolina garden and his changing interest in plants and their maintenance.


Thursday, July 18, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall
1580 Peachtree Street (at Peachtree and Spring Streets)

Designing a Dry Streambed
Paula Refi, garden designer and past president of GPPA, will discuss "Designing a Dry Streambed" and the plants that are happy living in and near it. One of the landscapes that she designed, using this element, was featured in, and on the cover of, Fine Gardening magazine.


Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall
1580 Peachtree Street (at Peachtree and Spring Streets)

Travels With David
David McMullin, local garden designer and GPPA favorite, will share his observations on many well known gardens in his talk, "Travels With David".


Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall
1580 Peachtree Street (at Peachtree and Spring Streets)

Designing With Perennials
Award-winning local landscape architect and plant expert Dottie Myers guides us through the process of creating a perennial garden, whether starting from scratch or re-working a portion of an existing landscape. She’ll discuss plant placement and distinctive combinations.


Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall
1580 Peachtree Street (at Peachtree and Spring Streets)

Decorating with Garden Flowers
Becky Baxter has created floral displays at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion and for special events throughout the area. She demystifies the design process with her uniquely humorous approach to gardening, to floral arranging and to life.


Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall
1580 Peachtree Street (at Peachtree and Spring Streets)

The Best of the Daisies
Colston Burrell is a garden designer, author, photographer, naturalist, and teacher based in Virginia. His publications include Perennials for Today's Gardens, A Gardener's Encyclopedia of Wildflowers, and Perennial Combinations. His talk will include the best of the genera Helianthus, Silphium, Ridbeckia and Helenium.


Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall
1580 Peachtree Street (at Peachtree and Spring Streets)

Asters and Their Cousins
Dale Hendricks, of North Creek Nurseries, Inc. in Landenburg, PA, is a nationally respected grower of perennial starter plugs for the wholesale industry. His business is dedicated to the propagation and marketing of plants that develop the relationship between people and sustainable outdoor environments.


Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall
1580 Peachtree Street (at Peachtree and Spring Streets)

Eco Gardens: Past, Present and Future
Local plantsman Don Jacobs describes his favorites among the many rare cultivars he has selected over the years. Learn why directors of arboreta and botanical gardens throughout the world look to his collection for new perennial treasures.


November 15, 2001
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 1580 Peachtree Street
"On the Road with A Gardener's Diary: The Joy of Gardening"

Horticulturist and garden writer Erica Glasener describes some of the gardens and garden makers she has encountered in her travels as host of the popular HGTV program.


Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Peachtree Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 1580 Peachtree Street
Panel of Perennial Experts

This popular annual event presents experts in growing, maintaining, and designing with perennial plants. The panel will field questions from the audience.


Tuesday, September 11, 2001 - Atlanta Botanical Garden
"Decorating for Special Occasions with Garden Flowers"

Designer and longtime GPPA member Becky Baxter has created floral displays at the Georgia Governor's Mansion and for special events throughout the area. She demystifies the design process with her uniquely humorous approach to gardening and arranging.

This meeting will be held jointly with the Georgia Native Plant Society.


August 16, 2001 - Atlanta Botanical Garden
Tony Avent, "Been There, Found That, Pressed It: Gardening With New Native Perennials"

Tony is as well known for his humorous catalog as well as his plantsmanship. Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, NC is a source for a lengthy list of gardenworthy perennial species.

July 19, 2001 - Atlanta Botanical Garden 
"Jacks and Gingers: An Up-close Look at Arisaemas and Asarums"

Plant hunter Barry Yinger describes two of the most intriguing new groups of shade plants for American gardens: the Jack-in-the-pulpits and wild gingers. See the rare and routine, and learn how to use them to enliven your shade garden.
Note: This lecture will be held at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

June 21, 2001 - Atlanta History Center
"Beauties, Beasties, and Natural Lore"

Carol Reese is Ornamental Horticulture Specialist with the University of Tennessee Extension Service. A keen observer of the daily dramas going on in the garden and fields beyond, Carol will tell funny and sometimes moving stories of reptiles, insects, birds and mammals and their interactions with human. Her presentation will also include unusual gardens and purely beautiful plants.

May 17, 2001 - Atlanta History Center
"Grandmother's Garden"

May Brawley Hill, art historian and author, surveys old-fashioned American gardens from 1865 to 1915.

April 19, 2001 - Atlanta History Center
"Centuries of Perennial Sophianism for Your Garden: GPPA Tours Scotland, England, and France"

Tara Dillard is a garden designer, lecturer, and writer. She reveals lesson learned from her visits to legendary European gardens.

March 15, 2001 - Atlanta History Center
"Outstanding Conifers for Georgia Gardens"

Dr. Sam Jones is a distinguished botanist and taxonomist, retired UGA professor of botany, and co-proprietor of Piccadilly Farm in Bishop, Georgia. He will discuss recommended selections from among the hundreds of conifer cultivars in the demonstration garden at the nursery.

February 15, 2001 - Atlanta History Center
"The Real Scoop on Perennial Maintenance"

Jim Harrington, horticulturist, owner of HortInfo, and GPPA past president, gives practical "how-to" advice on perennial garden maintenance.

January 18, 2001 - Atlanta History Center
"Luscious Lilies for the Southeast"

Carolyn Hawkins, North American Lily Society, Master Gardener, NCSGC Master Judge, discusses the selection and cultivation of the best lilies for Georgia gardens.

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