Upcoming GPPA Speaker Meeting
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta History Center
Staci L. Catron
Cherokee Garden Library Director, Atlanta History Center
"Horticultural Heritage: Gems from the
Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center"
What is the Cherokee Garden Library (CGL)? Staci Catron will give
us an "insiderís peek" into some of the treasures at the CGL that
help us learn about our rich horticultural heritage. One of the
special subject libraries of the Kenan Research Center at the
Atlanta History Center, it is an active resource center that
collects educational and research material in the fields of
gardening, landscape design, garden history, horticulture, floral
design, botanical art, cultural landscapes, natural landscapes, and
plant ecology, with a specific focus on documenting the Southeastern
region of the United States. It is also the premier garden library
in the Southeast United States, holding over 30,000 objects dating
from 1586 to the present, including rare and contemporary books,
periodicals, seed and nursery catalogs, landscape drawings,
photographs, postcards, and ephemera. The CGL supports research and
interpretation of the 22 acre Goizueta Gardens at the Atlanta
History Center, and it is open to the public, free of charge,
Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. In 2014, the Cherokee
Garden Library served over 8,500 researchers from throughout the
United States and abroad.
Staci Catron holds a B.A. in history and Latin from Agnes Scott
College in Decatur, Georgia; Primary Teacher Certification from the
Association Montessori Internationale; and a Master of Heritage
Preservation from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She
lectures regularly in the United States regarding rare garden books,
historic gardens and landscapes, and landscape preservation. She is
immediate past president of the Southern Garden History Society,
committee member for Historic Landscapes and Sites Committee for The
Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., committee member of the Garden Club of
Virginiaís Research Fellowship Committee, member of the Society of
Georgia Archivists, member of the Southeastern Museum Conferences,
and member of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries.
Catron is also a lifetime member of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.
In 2014, Catron was named as an Honorary Member of The Garden Club
At the July meeting, GPPA members may sign up to tour the CGL in
a hands-on, small group visit at 7:00 before the GPPA meetings in
August or September. Each tour will be limited to 20 participants.
Sign-up for the tours will be in the reception area after the July
meeting, and also after the August meeting if the tours do not fill
up in July.
Read more about the Cherokee Garden Library here.