The Inspired Gardener

Symposium & Silent Auction

The Inspired Gardener

Symposium & Silent Auction

Saturday, February 27
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Shake off the winter blues and get in gear for springtime with this full day of garden inspiration. Enjoy the comradery of other enthusiastic gardeners as you pick up new ideas from seasoned experts.

Fee: $89 (Garden and GPPA* members $79), $5 parking vouchers available through February 10.
Boxed Lunch (optional): $12 (Turkey, Chicken Salad, Vegetarian)
Registration Deadline: February 22

Presented in Partnership with the Georgia Perennial Plant Association

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*GPPA members, if you are not a Garden member, select Register Non-Member and enter the code at checkout which was emailed to you.

The Program

8 a.m. | Check-in
Silent Auction Bidding Begins

9 a.m. | Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m.| Exploring Our Garden Heritage
Presented by Bill Welch

10:30 a.m.| The Coming Plague - Plant Diseases
Presented by Jean Williams-Woodward

11:30 a.m. | Parterres to Parties: Elements of Garden Design
Presented by Bill Smith

12:30 p.m. | Lunch & Book Signing

1:30 p.m. | Grow More with Less
Presented by Vincent Simeone

2:30 p.m. | Just Do It!
Presented by Carol Reese

3:30 p.m. | Symposium Concludes
Retrieve Silent Auction Merchandise


 

9:15 The Know Maintenance Garden
Roy Diblik
10:15 Break
10:30 Unusual Plants for Dry Shade
Hayes Jackson
11:30 Vultures on the Front Porch
Elizabeth Dean
12:30 Lunch & Book-Signing
1:15 Silent Auction Bidding Closes
1:30 Lessons on Dirt
Jenks Farmer
2:30 Summer Tropicals with an Autumn Finale
Becky Heath
3:30 Symposium Concludes
Retrieve Silent Auction Merchandise
9:15 The Know Maintenance Garden
Roy Diblik
10:15 Break
10:30 Unusual Plants for Dry Shade
Hayes Jackson
11:30 Vultures on the Front Porch
Elizabeth Dean
12:30 Lunch & Book-Signing
1:15 Silent Auction Bidding Closes
1:30 Lessons on Dirt
Jenks Farmer
2:30 Summer Tropicals with an Autumn Finale
Becky Heath
3:30 Symposium Concludes
Retrieve Silent Auction Merchandise

The Speakers

Dr. Bill Welch is a professor and landscape horticulturist for Texas A & M University. He is instrumental in the movement to collect and reintroduce old garden favorites into the modern plant palette. The plants he will discuss are among the best-adapted and time-tested varieties for the South. He will also explore the art of redesigning gardens as our needs change.

Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward is Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist at the University of Georgia in Athens. Herbaceous perennial plants are plagued by numerous plant diseases. Some diseases kill, whereas others make the plants unsightly. In this session, Williams-Woodward will cover some of the most problematic diseases, including leaf spots, root rot and mildews, affecting heabaceous perennials and how to best manage them in your garden.

Bill Smith is a Landscape Architect specializing in residential garden design and principal of William T. SMith and Associates in ATlanta. His comissions include the Georgia Governor's mansion and residences throughout the Southeast, both large and small. He offers examples of different architectural styles of homes and various components of design: entry ways, perennial gardens, water features, and more that make a garden truly unique for his clients. Take home ideas to integrate into your own garden!

Vincent Simeone will offer detailed timelines for both short-term long-term gardening techniques to create a sustainable home landscape. Simeone makes the why, how and what of sustainable gardening clear: why we should plant for the long-term, how to make the best plant selections possible, the importance of IPM (Integrated Pest Management) in fighting insects and pests, how to conserve water and more. With effective, time-proven recommendations, Simeone proposes a step-by-step roadmap for green gardening.

Carol Reese is an Ornamental Horticulture Specialist with UT Extension, where her job is to keep green industry professionals up to date with an increasingly savvy gardening clemtele. Reese will debunk some of the myths that make you hesitant to create the garden that's right for you. Develop a fun, productive gardening philosphy that allows experimentation, guides your choices and forgives "mistakes."