Speakers Bureau

The following GPPA members are knowledgeable about perennial gardening in the southeast and related subjects. They lecture to garden clubs, community groups, and other interested organizations on the topics listed.
Linda Copeland
Address:   214 Camden Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Telephone:   404-351-3344
E-mail:   lcopeland@mindspring.com

Topics: "Legends in the Garden: Who in the World is Nellie Stevens?"

Background: Courses in horticulture at UGA; travel coordinator for garden tours.

Fee: Negotiable

Jim Harrington
Address:   4004 Dover Avenue
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Telephone:   770-853-9918 (cell)
770-667-9918 (home)
Website:   www.rainwaterpillow.com
E-mail:   Jim@Rainwaterpillow.com
Website:   www.JimHarringtonGardenDesigns.com
E-mail:   Jim@Harrington.com

Topics: Perennials, Conifers, Shrubs, Native Plants, Soils and Water, Rainwater Harvesting, Landscape Maintenance. Plus Slides, Power Point, Demonstrations, Nursery Tours, Guided Native Plant Hikes.

Background: Degree in Horticulture 1987, University of Arizona, Former UGA Extension Agent, Fulton County, Contributing writer to various publications and books, 18 years experience as landscape designer and installer, Jim Harrington Garden Designs, Developed The Original Rainwater Pillow, Rainwater Collection Solutions. Malta 2008 Green Innovations Award for Rainwater Irrigation System.

Fee: Negotiable

Sara Henderson
Address:   3215 Habersham Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30305
Telephone:   678-427-7799
E-mail:   saraahenderson@gmail.com

Topics: Hydrangeas (several topics), Perennials for Shady Gardens, Proven Perennials for GA Gardens, Green Tapestry: Designing with Foliage, Unusual Bulbs for Fall Planting, Containers, Flowers in the Winter Garden, many others.

Background: Lifelong Atlanta gardener, garden designer, frequent lecturer including the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Southeastern Flower Show, Spruill Center for the Arts, Lanier Museum of Natural History and GA Department of Agriculture. Past President of Georgia Perennial Plant Assoc., Past President of the American Hydrangea Society. Appeared on Georgia Gardener for PBS and HGTV's A Gardener's Diary. Currently Director of Gardens for the Historic Oakland Foundation.

Fee: Negotiable

Valerie J. Hinesley and Bill Hinesley
Address:   Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens
1971 Whippoorwill Road
Bishop, GA 30621
Telephone:   706-765-4444
Website:   http://www.piccadillyfarm.com/
E-mail:   info@piccadillyfarm.com

Topics: Hellebores, Winter Gardens, Shade Gardens, Conifers, Garden Design, Native Plants, Perennials

Background: Valerie is a Landscape Architect registered in the States of South Carolina and Georgia, BLA University of Georgia, 1981, Co-owner of Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens since 2011. She is a third generation nursery owner and is continuing the legacy established by her parents, Carleen and Sam Jones. Her husband, Bill, has worked at Piccadilly Farm since the Fall of 2010. The couple enjoys presenting garden talks as a team effort.

Fee: Negotiable

Ozzie Johnson
Address:   4363 Bishop Lake Road
Marietta, GA 30062
Telephone:   678-938-3072 (cell)
770-565-5507 (home)

Topics: Plant Collecting in the Himalayan Foothills, Plant Collecting in Japan, Conifers for the South, Creating Microclimates, Pushing the Limits with Exotic Hardy(?) Plants, and more. Can also do presentations and tours in my garden.

Background: Forty years in horticulture in Atlanta area, Japanese rock garden and perennial border design, installation, maintenance and consultation. Second career in plant breeding and introduction. Collection trips to China, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, Ecuador.

Fee: Negotiable

Jeff Potter
Address:   5318 Greencastle Way
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Telephone:   770-938-2243
E-mail:   gardenworks@mindspring.com

Topics: Christmas at Williamsburg; Wreaths; Annuals for Atlanta; Hosta in England, Scotland, Wales; Roses in England, Scotland, Wales.

Background: Horticulture Degree, UGA; Dorough Landscape; Fernbank Science Center; Georgia Governor's Mansion; Georgia Capitol Garden Works; member of more than 10 plant societies.

Fee: $45 (evenings only)