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Jay Sifford, Landscape Designer, "Stroll Gardens" - March 20, 2023 at 7:30 Dunwoody Nature Center or Via Zoom

12/18/2022 2:44 pm



North Carolina Landscape Designer Jay Sifford joins us on Monday, March 20, 2023 with a brand new presentation on "Stroll Gardens - The Nuts and Bolts, the Magic and the Metaphor" at the Dunwoody Nature Center, 7:30 pm.  This presentation will also be live-streamed via Zoom.  Social time begins at 6:30.


"Not all those who wander are lost", a quote by JRR Tolkien, is one of landscape designer Jay Sifford's favorite quotes.  It is the inspiration for his new talk, "The Stroll Garden:  The Nuts and Bolts, the Magic and the Metaphor." 


A well-designed stroll garden can help you develop the art of strolling. In this talk, Sifford addresses all of the elements that make this type of garden a metaphor for life, from creating a memorable garden entrance that sets the tone for the experience, to laying out pathways that are rich with discovery, to destinations and axial focal points, to "planned serendipity," and to garden "jewelry" that celebrates the experience. The talk will inspire you to create or recreate your garden into a magical, immersive one that Sifford describes as a place where fantasy and reality collide and, as a result, your imagination is free to soar.


 Link to Sifford's plant list:  Stroll Garden Plant List



About Mr. Sifford




Jay Sifford is an award-winning garden designer from Charlotte, NC. He was named by LuxLife Magazine as "North Carolina's Most Outstanding Landscape Designer 2021." His passion lies in creating magical, immersive contemporary, Asian-inspired, stylized meadow and woodland gardens. His work has been featured in Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Country Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living magazines, as well as in several books. Sifford wrote garden design articles for Houzz for several years and now pens freelance articles for magazines. His mountain garden was featured in the February 2023 issue of Fine Gardening magazine and will be featured in a summer 2023 issue of Southern Living magazine. 


An opportunity to visit his home and garden in western North Carolina might be available in 2023.  A drool worthy preview of this property is available in this Fine Gardening video.





To Watch Live Stream via Zoom:  Members will receive a Zoom invite.  Nonmembers may obtain a single day membership for the event convertible to a full membership within 24 hours if desired.  A recording will be available afterward for a limited period to members. We think that you will quickly see what Georgia Perennial has to offer gardeners -- educational talks, garden visits, garden talk and plant shopping expeditions.  


To purchase a single day membership for $10: link here (credit card only) or to Givebutter (credit card, Venmo, Apple or Google Pay). After noon on Monday, March 20, 2023 please use the GIVEBUTTER link only.  It will give you the Zoom link when you register.