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Upcoming GPPA Speaker Meeting

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
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 of America.

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.


At monthly meetings, Members often pass on gardening magazines and catalogs to others in an open swap,
and light refreshments are offered beginning at 7:00 PM.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

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