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Alston Lecture: Color Me Happy: Plants That Brighten Winter’s Gloom

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September 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Free and open to public

Alston Lecture: Color Me Happy: Plants That Brighten Winter’s Gloom


September 25, 2023
7:00 pm
Free and open to public
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Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
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Even in the South, winter can seem like an eternity. Plants with winter interest can make gray days more bearable by adding a spark of color and life to an otherwise dormant landscape. There are so many underutilized plants on the market today that not only flower, but have interesting bark, great winter leaf color and tantalizing textures. Not only do many of these beauties look good in the winter, they look great in the spring and summer, too! With some new additions to your landscape, your enjoyment will extend through all the seasons. 

Jason Reeves grew up on a farm in western Tennessee, where he fell in love with the plant world. He received his master’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 2002, he became a research horticulturist and curator for the University of Tennessee Gardens located at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson, Tennessee. 

Jason’s colorful plant combinations and unique garden art, made by recycling everyday objects, draws several thousand people each year to the Center’s annual lawn and garden show, Summer Celebration. His past experiences include work at the Opryland Conservatories in Nashville, Missouri Botanical Garden, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, and in private gardens in New Zealand. When he’s not bringing the grounds to life with his imaginative garden displays, he’s evaluating hundreds of new and unique plants for the state’s green industry; speaking at gardening symposiums or traveling the world leading gardening tours, and serving as a contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine. He is also a landscape designer and consultant whose influence may be seen in landscapes across Tennessee in the form of distinct plant combinations and his signature garden art.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. The Garden will livestream this event on Facebook Live.

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Please note:  The Garden will be closed during the day on Monday and will open at 6 p.m. for guests attending the lecture. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns about this event.

The Philip and Elkin Alston Lecture Series is made possible by generous support from the estate of Elkin Goddard Alston.

Schedule: Monday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
Location: Day Hall
Additional Outreach: Jason Reeves