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January 26 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm


The Inspired Gardener


January 26
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309 United States

The Inspired Gardener: A Symposium and Silent Auction

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 and new extraordinary plants from the auction. Join us!

Presented by: The Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Georgia Perennial Plant Association.

$89 admission (Garden and GPPA Members $79) – optional boxed lunch: $12

Pre-registration for this event has closed. Walk-up registrants are still welcome – please see Garden Admissions the day of the event.


What Makes an Inspired Garden?
By Joe Lamp’l

In this motivational talk, Joe Lamp’l draws on his extensive travel across America to produce and host his national Emmy-award-winning public television series Growing a Greener World®. From coast-to-coast, gardeners are creating inspirational spaces, doing great things for their communities and the planet. Learn about the common threads that make these fantastic gardens what they are, and how you can incorporate some of these heroic gardening practices as well.


Plants That Won’t Let You Down
By Mildred Fockele

Currently the Director of the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville, GA, Mildred Fockele oversees all the operations and staff of the 5-year-old Garden. She has been with the Atlanta Botanical Garden for 32 years and previously served as the VP of Horticulture.  Building a new garden like the Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville from the ground up depends on having great foundational plantings in place and a large palate of trusty plant performers to tie the Garden together. Learn from Mildred about her current go-to plants, from old favorites to promising new rising stars.


Hydrangea Pruning: Best Practices for Home Gardeners
By Mal Condon

A lifelong gardener, Mal Condon has been collecting, propagating, and growing hydrangeas for more than 40 years. His Hydrangea Farm Nursery on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts was a well-known specialty nursery featuring one of the largest hydrangea collections in the Northeast. He is currently the Curator of Hydrangeas at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA, involved with the continuing expansion of the Garden’s significant hydrangea collections. Of the several important issues for the home gardener to understand and practice, pruning is quite possibly the most critical and the least well understood.


Rethinking Beauty: Inspiring Gardeners in a Changing World
By Paul Zammit

As gardeners, we design and plant outdoor spaces to provide color, seasonal interest and fragrance that is appeal to our senses. Join Paul Zammit, Toronto Botanic Garden’s Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture, as he draws on his almost 30 years of experience in the industry to have a closer look at our gardening efforts as he questions what is beautiful, and what are the costs and opportunities of gardening in today’s world. 


Aquatic Gardening for Terrestrial Gardeners
By Valerie VanSweden

There are water features, and then there are aquatic gardens. Whether a lake, a pond, a creek bank or a potted water garden- there’s a plant for that. In fact, there are many! Former Curator of Aquatic Plants and current Curator of Goizueta Gardens at the Atlanta History Center, Valerie VanSweden will introduce you to a palette of plants that can add a new dimension to your garden.

Preregistration has closed.

Walk-up registration is still available at Garden Admissions the day of the event.

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