The Georgia Perennial Plant Association welcomes plant lovers of all kinds, because no garden is complete with perennials only.  We want to share that love along with knowledge, expertise and helpful information regarding buying, planting, caring for and sharing plants. We hope you will consider becoming a member.

 
Benefits of membership include invitations to our lectures at no charge, mini-talks, Q&A's with the experts, workshops, and local garden tours and visits. 
 Members also receive regular newsletters mixing updates on our activities with educational material about perennials and gardening.  

 

The Members' Only Content section gives members exclusive access to our lectures, newsletter and article collection, our expansive Plant Nursery Guide to Atlanta and Beyond, a list of Open Gardens that members can arrange to visit anytime, and other helpful gardening materials. 

 

Our low membership prices are a great value. Memberships for 2024 are $35 Individual, $50 Dual, $65 Business and $100 Sponsor. Memberships run from January 1 to December 31 of each year with renewals beginning in the fall prior to the new year. New members who sign up in the fall have memberships from the date of joinder to December of the following year.

  

Our 2024 Speaker Series 

 

🌱 Five inspirational nationally known garden speakers that members can watch live, live-streamed and/or recorded will include:

  

January 15, 7:30p - Dr. Bryce Lane, NC State, "Great American Gardens" - Zoom Only 

 

February 19, 7:30p - Mark Weathington, JC Raulston Arboretum, "The Razor's Edge, New Woody Plants to Try" - Dunwoody Nature Center & Zoom

 

March 18, 7:30p -  Sara Henderson, "The Shady Side of Gardening" - Dunwoody Nature Center & Zoom. LINK TO SARA'S SLIDE LIST

 

September 16, 7:30p - Jason Reeves, "Garden Heroes: Pollinator & Host Edition" - Dunwoody Nature Center & Zoom

 

October 21, 7:30p - Dr. Bodie Pennisi, UGA, Vincent E. Dooley Endowed Chair of Ornamental Horticulture, "All About Perennial Chrysanthemums" - Dunwoody Nature Center & Zoom

 

Our regular meetings are held on the 3d Monday of the month at the Dunwoody Nature Center, generally starting at 7:30 p with social time beginning at 6:30p.  Find directions and info about where to eat nearby here: Dunwoody Nature Center. (Note the restaurants change days and hours; we do not keep up all the time, so check before going). Check our Calendar of Events and Upcoming Events on the bottom of this page for more info about specific events.

 

 

Organized garden trips beyond Atlanta including but not limited to:

 

🌱 February - Greenville Master Gardeners Association Symposium

 πŸŒ± April - UGA Trial Garden Sale (4/6), UGA Hort Club Sale (4/6 and 4/13) and Athens Nurseries

 πŸŒ±April 20 - Piedmont Gardeners Tour of Athens Georgia Gardens

🌱 June 8 - American Hydrangea Society Garden Tour

🌱 Possible other "local-ish" garden tours (NC? TN? We are working on it; share ideas)

 

 

More local garden visits and garden-based parties including but not limited to:

 

🌱 Spring Midtown Plant Swap at Kathleen Dumitrescu's Home (May 11, 2024)

🌱 Midtown Garden Stroll (May 19, 2024)

🌱 A Spring Garden Event in Grant Park  at Kari Traud and Pete Antonvich's and Carl Quattlebaum and Jojo Stickney's Gardens (June 7, 2024): Learn More Here

🌱 A Fall Garden Event in Smyrna (Date TBA) at Anthony Donofrio & Sherman Wong's Home

Plenty of informal "Shop and Sip" nursery visits, where -- on short notice -- we visit local nurseries and then visit a local watering hole for a nosh and drinks. It's a great way to really get to know fellow gardeners.

 

 

Coming in 2025

January 20, 2025 - Dr. Doug Tallamy on Zoom (Date tenative)

 

February 22, 2025 Symposium & Silent Auction featuring three speakers:

 Dr. Richard Hawke, Director of Ornamental Plant Research, Chicago Botanic Garden

Jennifer Petritz, Horticulturist, Garden Writer, Garden Design and Garden Coaching

 Thomas  Ranier, Landscape Architect, Author & Teacher 

 

 

Be sure to regularly check our calendar or Upcoming Events columns below for news and details on these and more events to come. We are calendaring and planning fast and furiously!!!!! Meanwhile:

 

 

Click on the plant tag below to join or renew for 2024.

 

 

Not ready to join, but like to help?  Please consider donating:


 

 

Recent content with quick links in blue:

 

 

      Baptisia - False Indigo

NEW Blog - Wisdom of the Past - Articles from past Perennial Notes

Eucomis (Pineapple Lily)

Spider Azalea - A Tale of Two Azaleas

Updated Plant Nursery Guide to Atlanta & Beyond - Members Only tab (must log in) 

Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' - Variegated Adam's Needle

Edgeworthias Light Up the Winter

Jack-in-the-pulpit -- Arisaema

Demystifying Daphnes 

Ajuga Grows Up

October & November Shop & Sip Recap & Pictures

Lessons from Tara Dillard's Talk and More 

Gardening Articles - A Hummingbird Slot Garden; Aster Yellows Disease and Coneflower Rosette Mite Disease; Hydrangea Pollinator Madness; A Deep Dive Into Pollinators

2024 Perennial Plant of the Year - Phlox paniculata 'Jeana' 

Plants for Dry Shade

Clay Busting Plants and Techniques

 

check out our facebook page for lots of informative postings Georgia Perennial on Facebook 

Or you can view our FACEBOOK PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE WITHOUT VISITING FACEBOOK HERE (Note that this works best on Chrome and non-Safari browsers.)

 

 

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Baptisia - False Indigo

 

 

 Baptisia 'Ivory Towers' - Photo courtesy of Plant Delights Nursery

 

My dear friend John asked me to write about the top ten perennials. I agreed, as long as he didn't ask me to write about daylilies (also known as "deer nummies" in my neck of the woods). Instead, I chose to write about another highly hybridized perennial, which I actually get to see in bloom for more than a millisecond: Baptisia, commonly known as False Indigo.

 

This will be an unusually picture heavy article because -- as with hosta -- the distinctions between cultivars is better seen than described. We may get to learn even more about Baptisia when Richard Hawke comes to talk to us during our February 2025 Symposium!

 

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A Garden Party!

JOIN US FOR A GRANT PARK SIP & SHOP AND GARDEN PARTY 
Friday, June 7 at 5 - 8:30 pm 

 

We've combined a shop and sip with a garden party at adjacent properties in Grant Park!

 

At 5-6 pm, we'll start out with a private shopping event at Garden*Hood, in town's premier nursery. Kacey and Haley are keeping the joint open an extra hour for Georgia Perennial Members to have a shopping spree and as always, offer members a 10% discount!

 

After filling in those gaps in your garden, we'll swing down the road just a little bit to chill in two adjacent Grant Park gardens, those of Director Kari Traud and Pete Antonvich and members Carl Quattlebaum and Jojo Stickney (next door neighbors via the alley in historic Grant Park).

 

Lovely gardens, finger food and refreshments (including wine and beer) and lounging with fellow plant nerds! Really, can you think of a better way to spend an evening?

 

Follow the link for more details about this event and these delightful gardens!

 

 

 

 

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