Upcoming Meetings and Events


You're Invited!

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


Monday, February 19, 2018

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Steve Foltz
Director of Horticulture
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Perennials That Perform

Director of Horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Steve Foltz has been with the Zoo for 28 years and has a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Kentucky. He is an adjunct professor at both the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State. Steve is a member of the Ohio Plant Selection Committee, the Theodore Klein Plant Awards Committee in Kentucky, the Ohio Invasive Plant Council, and a board member of the International Plant Propagators Society.

Steve gives talks regularly, has written many articles for trade and gardening magazines, and is highly regarded for his depth of plant knowledge of everything from Angelonia to Zelkova.

In 2016, he received the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association's Distinguished Contribution Award.

For more information, visit The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.


Monday, March 19, 2018

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Dr. Bodie Pennisi
Extension Horticulturist and Landscape Specialist
University of Georgia Department of Horticulture

What's All The Buzz About?

The public's interest in pollinator gardens has never been higher, and with all the buzz around, do you know which species/cultivars are the best, and which do well in your area? To give the best advice, you need to talk about creating a pollinator habitat - a concept which includes more than herbaceous plants with pretty flowers. A pollinator garden attracts all manner of insects - do you know them all? How can you tell a honeybee from a native bee; what about a fly from a wasp? What are best management practices when it comes to pollinators? Dr. Bodie Pennisi will answer these questions and share current UGA research.

Dr. Bodie Pennisi is an Extension Horticulturist and Landscape Specialist in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia. She received her Master of Science in 1996 and Doctoral degrees in 1999 from the Environmental Horticulture Dept. of University of Florida in Gainesville. She joined the Horticulture Department at UGA in 2000. For ten years, she worked closely with the floriculture industry, before transitioning to her current role supporting the Georgia landscape industry. Dr. Pennisi conducts applied research with emphasis on sustainable outdoor and indoor landscapes including plant, water, nutrient, and soil interactions. Her research evaluating the ecosystem services of ornamental plants has significant value to both landscape industry professionals and avid gardeners. In addition to her many responsibilities and talents, she also teaches courses on Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants, and Plant Physiology.

For more information, visit Dr. Pennisi's page at UGA.


Monday, April 16, 2018

McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Barbara Allen Memorial Lecture

Jenks Farmer
Renaissance Plantsman

30 Years of Garden Design in the South

Jenks Farmer challenges southern garden design. He's been a leader in public and private gardens for the past 30 years. He will share photos spanning 30 years of design work and address how his style and garden design in general has changed. From 1980s style, perennial border artifice to more relaxed styles incorporating heirloom plants and rural landscapes, to todays sustainable, naturalistic meadows, one thing has been consistent; Jenks seeks and insists on the best performing plants for any design.

Jenks Farmer was director of South Carolina's three largest new botanical gardens established over the past 30 years. Riverbanks Botanical, Moore Farms and Historic Columbia Gardens. His plant driven design work also incorporates artists and artisans of all kinds. Today, he's on the American Horticulture Society Book Awards team and he designs and plants gardens for private and public projects. On his family's 1750 farm near Augusta, he runs an organically managed nursery specializing in crinum lilies and native plants.

For more information, see Jenks Farmer, Plantsman.


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