The Inspired Gardener

Symposium & Silent Auction


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

Fee: $89 ($79 Garden Member and GPPA Member)
Boxed Lunch (optional): $12, Turkey, Chicken Salad, Vegetarian
Parking: $5 pre-paid parking (must register before February 8th)
Deadline: February 20

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Presented in Partnership with the Georgia Perennial Plant Association
For any questions or concerns call 404-876-5859 ext. 2558 or email

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

Saturday, February 25
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Program

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

9 a.m. | Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m.| Stunning Schefflera and Elegant Edgeworthia—the South Don’t Do Dormant
Presented by Mark Weathington

10:30 a.m.| Magnolias for the Home Garden
Presented by Andrew Bunting

11:30 a.m. | Creative Containers -- The Appeal, The Potential and The Possibilities
Presented by Paul Zammit

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

1:15 p.m. | Silent Auction bidding closes

1:30 p.m. | More than just a pretty place: How botanic gardens are conserving rare plants across the Southeastern U.S.
Presented by Jenny Cruse-Sanders

2:30 p.m. | Rock Gardens -- Reimagining a Classic Style
Presented by Joseph Tychonievich

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

The Speakers

Mark Weathington
Mark Weathington is the Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University where he is passionate to connect people with plants. He travels extensively searching for new plants to diversify the American landscape. Weathington has recently completed A Homeowner’s Guide to Gardening in the Southeast. There's no reason to put the garden to bed for the winter. Winter flowers, exciting evergreens and low humidity make the winter one of the best times to garden in the south.

Andrew Bunting
Andrew Bunting is the Assistant Director of the garden and Director of Plant Collections at the Chicago Botanic garden, and was previously the Curator at the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College where he built the Arboretum's magnolia collection to more than 200 cultivars. He recently published the Plant Lover's Guide to Magnolias, and will share information about new and exciting magnolia cultivars and will guide you in introducing these magnificent trees into your own garden.

Paul Zammit
Paul Zammit, is the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden and is known for his prize winning container designs that have been showcased in numerous gardening magazines. Paul believes that seasonal transformations should be reflected in dramatic container arrangements. He will share the steps to success for creating eye catching and lasting containers, and will highlight many of his favorite plants, container combinations and planter accents.

Jenny Cruse-Sanders
Dr. Jenny Cruse-Sanders is the Vice President for Science and Conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and a recognized leader in the conservation field, with many publications and awards. She and her team conserve rare plants and amphibians, conduct research using the Garden’s collection, and engage the public in scientific discoveries. Cruse-Sanders will describe how botanic gardens restore damaged habitats and conserve rare plants in both urban and natural environments.

Joseph Tychonievich
Joseph Tychonievich is a life long gardener and lovers of plants and was recently named by Organic Gardening Magazines as one of "...six young horticulturist who's are helping to shape how America gardens." His most recent book on rock gardening will introduce you an approach that is water-wise, perfect for containers and small gardens, and expose you to a new group of beautiful plants. In his talk he will share images to inspire you, principles to guide you and introduce you to the most beautiful and easiest to grow rock garden plants.