The Inspired Gardener

Symposium & Silent Auction

The Inspired Gardener

Symposium & Silent Auction

Saturday, February 22
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Gardening is a creative endeavor through which we learn to make something wonderful where once there was nothing, learning and growing with each passing season. We anticipate each season with renewed energy and the desire to apply our ever-increasing gardening knowledge and skills. Join us for a day of inspiration as we learn from the experts and prepare for the abundance of the coming seasons.

Fee: $84 (Garden and GPPA* members $74)
Boxed Lunch: $12 (optional)

Online Registration Closed | Walk-up admission accepted the day of the event

Presented in partnership with the
Georgia Perennial Plant Association

*If you are a GPPA member but NOT a member of the Garden, please access registration using the link emailed to you by the GPPA board.


The Program

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

Trees of Change
Presented by Dottie Meyers

Add Spice to Your Garden with Cool Conifers
Presented by Flo Chaffin

The Layered Garden
Presented by David Culp

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

Hydrangeas, Hisbiscus, and Asters... Oh, My!
Presented by Tim Martin

Diseases in the Perennial Garden
Presented by Jean Williams-Woodward

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

The Speakers

Trees of Change
Dottie Myers is a Landscape Architect who has been designing Georgia gardens for 33 years. Combining her design skills with her love of plants, Dottie has won several industry awards and had exposure in national magazines. She was also awarded the Communicator of the Year award from the Georgia Green Industry. Dottie explores planning for trees in the garden: looking at selecting new trees for the garden; designing with existing trees; dealing with the loss of a tree and other very timely tree issues.

Add Spice to Your Garden with Cool Conifers
Flo Chaffin is the owner of Specialty Ornamentals, a woody plant nursery in Watkinsville, GA featuring rare or unusual plants. She discusses the many genera and species of conifers that do well in Georgia and provide a wide range of color, shape, size, habit, and cultural adaptability. Flo explores useful and beautiful conifer species and cultivars that add structure, character, and zest to a garden year round.

The Layered Garden
David Culp is the creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. He has been lecturing about gardens nationwide for more than 15 years. The author of, The Layered Garden, David's articles have appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Fine Gardening, Green Scene, and many more. David shows us how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and tips on maintaining it. To illustrate how layering works, David takes us on a virtual tour through each part of his celebrated garden. The lecture culminates with his signature plants for all four seasons.

Hydrangeas, Hisbiscus, and Asters..., Oh My!
Tim Martin is a passionate ornamental gardener who divides his time between the large estate gardens of his clients and his own “Stepchild Garden,” which is essentially one endless mixed bed with areas that range from full sun to mostly shade. He is the current President of Georgia Perennial Plant Association. From initial design to planting and maintenance, Tim explores those things that are unique to gardening in the South: manipulating the light to your advantage, choosing the best plants for your own garden, handling rock solid Georgia clay, and developing your personal gardening calendar to make it all manageable.

Diseases in the Perennial Garden
Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward is an Associate Professor and the Extension Plant Pathologist at the University of Georgia.  She is primarily responsible for developing educational programs on diseases of ornamental plants and their control in commercial greenhouses, nurseries and landscapes. She works closely with the UGA Plant Disease Clinic in Athens and is responsible for developing disease management recommendations for commercial ornamental and forestry samples. Foliage diseases affect mostly plant aesthetics, and it's the root and crown rot diseases that kill plants. Learn how to identify and prevent troublesome plant diseases affecting garden perennials.