Georgia Native Plant Society
Events of Interest

GNPS Meetings and Events Chattahoochee Nature Center State Botanical Garden of Georgia
GNPS Propagation & Restoration Projects Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Trees Atlanta
Atlanta History Center Gardens Georgia Exotic Plant Pest Council  
Callaway Gardens Georgia Perennial Plant Association  

Please visit the Other Organizations Listing to get contact information for organizations which do not have activities currently listed.

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GNPS Meetings and Events

GNPS meetings are held on alternate months beginning in January, and are open to the public. They are held on the Second Tuesday evening at Day Hall at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, at 1345 Piedmont Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA. Normal schedule: Social Hour at 6:45, Speaker at 7:30 PM. When you attend a meeting, you can request a $3 voucher off parking when you carpool - so bring a friend! If you'd like to get into a carpool, contact Susan Hanson for assistance. Be sure to include your address and your phone number (preferably cell).

To learn more about GNPS Chapter meetings and events, visit:

5th Annual WGC Fall Workshop Event and Plant Sale - Saturday, September 20. The West Georgia Chapter of GNPS presents their 5th annual fall event from 8:30 to 12:00 PM.

8:30 AM Registration

9 AM - 12 NOON Program below

The Benefits of Using Native Plants in the Landscape - Jim Rodgers, Owner, Nearly Native Nursery

The Native Bee, How to Attract and Utilize Native-Based Pollination Services - Nick Stewart, Lead Researcher & Taxonomist of the Georgia Native Pollinator Assessment and Bio-Inventory

Vendors offering native plants such as azaleas, ferns, trees, and plants to attract wildlife as well as bee-keeping supplies, garden tools, etc.

Carroll County Ag Center 900 Newnan Rd. Carrollton, GA

There is no charge for this event, but a $5 donation is suggested to help cover the costs and keep programs like this going.

GNPS Fall Plant Sale - Saturday, September 20. Save the date! Our fall plant sale will be held at our propagation area in Stone Mountain Park. Sale will be from 10 AM to 2 PM. Access to the park is free if you mention at the gate that you are coming to the GNPS Plant Sale. Fall Plant Sale information and volunteer sign up page.

November Annual Business Meeting - Tuesday, November 11. Steve Sanchez, Landscape Architect with 45 years of experience using native plants in residential and professional landscapes, will speak about considering the vital functions our landscapes provide and how native plants play an integral part in them.

We also be conducting our annual business activities such as electing officers for 2015 and voting on Plant of the Year for 2015.

GNPS Propagation & Restoration Projects

Items under this heading will generally be work days for propagation and restoration projects that GNPS is participating in. Please use the contact information in the item to learn more about the activity.

SMPP Workday - Friday, September 19, 9AM-11 Set-up day for fall plant sale.

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.


Heritage Park Workday - Saturday, October 11, 10AM-12.

For more information, please email Connie Ghosh.


Atlanta History Center Gardens

Thirty-three acres of beautiful gardens, woodlands and nature trails show the horticultural history of the Atlanta region. Gardens include the Mary Howard Gilbert Memorial Quarry Garden, with native plants, wildflowers, bridges, a pond and stream; Tullie Smith Farm gardens, featuring period vegetables, flowers, herbs and antique species rarely seen elsewhere; Swan house gardens, comprised of formal boxwoods and classical statuary; Swan Woods Trail, labeled for nature study; the Garden for Peace, featuring the Soviet Georgian sculpture "The Peace Tree"; the Frank A. Smith Memorial Rhododendron Garden, featuring dozens of species of rhododendrons and azaleas; the Cherry-Sims Asian-American Garden, featuring species from the southeastern United States and their Asian counterparts including many cultivars of Japanese maples.

General admission to the History Center includes the Atlanta History Museum, gardens and exterior areas surrounding the 1845 Tullie Smith Farm and 1928 Swan House mansion: $10 adults, $8 students 18+ and senior citizens 65+ $4 youths 6-17, free for children 5 and under. Free for Atlanta History Center members. There is a small additional charge of $1 per person for optional guided tours of the interior of the Tullie Smith Farm house and $1 per person for the Swan House mansion. To learn more about becoming a History Center Member, call (404) 814-4100. For general information, call (404) 814-4000 or visit their website at

Parks, Plants and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape - Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 PM Cherokee Garden Library Lecture

Miller's debut appearance in Atlanta will be based on her 2009 book, Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape, winner of the 2010 American Horticultural Society Book Award. It chronicles over 25 years of experience and gives practical guidance on designing and maintaining public gardens as well as how to raise public and private funds to support them.

Her message resonates with park lovers, city planners, architects, landscape architects, civic leaders, and elected officials. She makes the case that good parks make good cities" and argues that beautiful parks and gardens transform lives, encourage economic development, reduce crime, and change the ways people feel about their city. It's about quality of life," she says. In bad economic times it's even more important that you keep your parks in good shape because people need them so much."

Admission pricing for this lecture begins at $25. All lecture ticket purchases are nonrefundable. Purchase tickets here:

Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens is in a unique region of Georgia. In this area, the flat, sandy, Coastal Plain ecosystem meets the rolling hills and clay soils of the Piedmont. In addition, Pine Mountain Ridge, the southernmost mountain in Georgia, is here with plant species typically found growing further north in the Appalachian Mountains. The intersection of these three different plant communities provides natural biodiversity in the forests of this region.

Callaway Gardens is owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation (ICCF). The 13,000 acres of Callaway Gardens include a garden, resort, preserve and residential communities. Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and special events throughout the year.

Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, GA, 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus. For further information, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (1-800-225-5292) or visit

Workshop fees include admission to Callaway Gardens. To register, call the Education Department at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292), option 5, option 2; 706-663-5153 or email Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before each workshop begins. For a complete listing, visit Annual Pass holders and Callaway Connection members qualify for special rates.

29th Annual Southern Garden Symposium at Callaway Gardens - Friday, January 23 - Sunday, January 25, 2015. Designed for novice to expert gardeners, this jam-packed schedule includes lectures and presentations as well as optional pre-conference workshops. Though content-rich, this event provides the unique opportunity for personal interaction with the speakers throughout the weekend.

Learn from experts including Authors Peter Loewer (Murder in the Garden), Troy Marden (Lessons from 20 Years of Gardening in the South), and Dr. Larry Mellichamp (Natives for Your Garden). These authors will have their books available for sale and will sign autographs throughout the weekend. Other lectures include Ben Page (Creating a Nurturing Garden), Jinni Hernandez (Tried, True and New Annuals), Kurt Straudt (Succulents in Your Garden), Michael Buckman (Gardening for Butterflies) and Dan Long (Clematis).

In addition to presentations, guests can indulge their passion at the SGS Marketplace offering one-stop shopping for the gardener. You'll find an assortment of choice plants, many of which are touted by Symposium speakers as the new must-haves"; a superb book selection including new releases by SGS speakers, who will be available for autographing; and a delightful array of garden ornaments.

Preregistration for SGS is required by Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. The program registration fee of $259 includes Friday's opening reception; Saturday's continental breakfast, programs with printed materials, box lunch and evening banquet; and Sunday's continental breakfast and programs with printed materials.

The Southern Gardening Symposium is approved for seven contact hours for Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Continuing Education Units.

For further information about SGS or to request a brochure, contact the Education Department at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292), 706-663-5153 or

Chattahoochee Nature Center

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a 127-acre private non-profit environmental education facility located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, at 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075. More than 100,000 people visit the center each year. Many come on the weekends to roam the forest trails, stroll the river boardwalk, participate in guided hikes, visit the animals, or attend Sunday Specials. Many visitors come to the Nature Center on school field trips, for birthday parties, scout badge programs, overnight adventures, after-school nature workshops, and adult and family programs.

The center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

The CNC offers many programs for children, adults, and families. For more information, call 770-992-2055, or visit for a full listing.

Annual Fall Plant Sale - Thursday, September 25 - Friday, September 26, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Fall is the best time to get your trees and shrubs into the ground. A long winter rest will enable them to develop hardy root systems and prepare for spring growth. Plants for all situations, from full sun to deep shade, will be available. Horticulturalists and Master Gardeners will be on-site to assist you in selecting the right plants for the garden of your dreams. We have a unique plant selection not found at your local nursery!

Trees and shrubs with outstanding fall color including native azaleas, beautyberries, and hydrangeas

Late-season blooming perennials for fall garden color including Georgia asters, sunflowers and salvias, sages, and other bloomers

Evergreens for beautiful winter focal points and privacy screens

Groundcovers, native grasses, heucheras, ferns

Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia

The Environmental Education Alliance (EEA) of Georgia is non-profit professional education and networking association and state affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Its mission is to promote communication and education among professionals in the field of environmental education. Annually, EEA offers an Outdoor Classroom Symposium in the fall and Environmental Education Conference in the spring. For more information on membership, resources, events, initiatives, etc., please visit

For additional environmental education events all across Georgia please visit the Statewide EE Calendar at The Online Guide to Environmental Education in Georgia is located at

Outdoor Learning Symposium - Friday, October 3. Join educators from across Georgia for a day of hands-on sessions focused on engaging students in outdoor settings. Learn how to enhance your outdoor classroom or make use of any outdoor space that you have. This is an opportunity for sharing lessons learned and inspiring educators to integrate the environment into their STEM lessons. Complete details and registration will be available by late summer.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

9135 Willeo Rd.

Roswell, GA 30075-4723

Georgia Exotic Plant Pest Council

The purpose of the Georgia EPPC is to focus attention on:

Please visit for more information and to check out our latest newsletter.

SE-EPPC Symposium - Wednesday, November 12 - Friday, November 14. Presentations by Doug Tallamy will be opened to the public for a small charge of $15 each. Online registration through the Georgia Center will open soon for the SE-EPPC Symposium at

1) Wednesday afternoon, November 12, 2014: Bringing Nature Home, How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants

Chances are, you have never thought of your garden - indeed, of all of the space on your property - as a wildlife preserve that represents the last chance we have for sustaining plants and animals that were once common throughout the U.S. But that is exactly the role our suburban landscapes are now playing and will play even more in the near future. Learn from Dr. Tallamy how to Bring Nature Home.

2) Thursday afternoon, November 12, 2014: Stitching the world together for Migrating Birds

Biodiversity is essential to sustaining human societies because it is other living things that run our ecosystems. Birds play a large role in ecosystem function, yet, throughout the U.S., we have fragmented the habitats that support our resident and migrant birds by the way we have landscaped our cities, suburbs, and farmland. We can reconnect viable habitats by expanding existing greenways, building riparian corridors, and by changing the landscaping paradigm that dominates our yards and corporate landscapes. Replacing half the area that is now in barren lawn with plants that are best at supporting the insects that sustain spring and fall migrants as well as resident birds while they are breeding would create over 20 million acres of connectivity and go a long way toward sustaining bird populations in the future.

Georgia Perennial Plant Association

The purpose of the Georgia Perennial Plant Association is to increase awareness and knowledge of the many fine perennial plants that can enhance our gardens. To this end, GPPA sponsors monthly speaker meetings 11 months of the year, as well as a Spring symposium. The quarterly journal Perennial Notes is widely respected as a source of information about perennials, their care and maintenance. Members include new gardeners as well as professionals. It is this interaction and diversity that enriches the experience of joining GPPA. Every member has something to learn and something to teach.

The GPPA meets at 7:30 PM on the third Tuesday (usually) of the month. Meetings open to the public, at no charge, and are held at McElreath Hall, Atlanta History Center, Social Hour 6:30-7:30 p.m., Speaker 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-237-8071 or visit

Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance: Postcards from the Field - Tuesday, September 16, 7:30 PM Join us for an informative evening with Jennifer Ceska, Conservation Coordinator, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

The Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance is a network of professionals from museums, universities, agencies, and land-holding companies who work together on large conservation projects to restore and protect Georgia's most critically endangered plant species and communities. The GPCA has been coordinated by the State Botanical Garden since 1995 with the goal of preventing local extinctions in Georgia, and with real successes: 36 active organization, 80 endangered species in active recovery,31 species in safeguarding in wild protected sites, 10 students who have gone on to careers in conservation, five other states using our GPCA model for their conservation networks.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a public educational facility operated under the auspices of the University of Georgia. It is a "living laboratory" for university students and faculty who utilize the collections and natural plant communities for studies in a variety of disciplines. The Garden is also a public garden for enjoyment by the general public who find beauty, knowledge and solitude in a garden setting.

The SBG is located in Athens at the University of Georgia at 2450 South Milledge Avenue. For more information, or to register for any programs, call 706 542-6156. Visit their Web site at

Celebrating Wildflowers: Fall Hike in the Nash Prairie at the Garden - Wednesday, September 24, 2:00-3:00 pm; Meet at Shade Garden Arbor, Free but limited to 20 participants.

The Celebrating Wildflowers program was created in 1991 by the USDA Forest Service in response to a public request for information about native plants and their conservation. Other agencies soon joined as botanists, interpreters and the public became enthusiastic about the Celebrating Wildflowers program. Join The State Botanical Garden of Georgia Conservation staff for Celebrating Wildflowers fall hike to see some amazing fall wildflower and native grass sites. For a great website on all things wildflower, visit

Plants & Pollinators: Co-dependence & Conservation - Wednesday, September 24, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Visitor Center, Classroom 2($50). Learn more about your dependence on pollinators and discover how to safeguard them in backyards and local ecosystems through gardening, bee-house building, and eco-friendly lifestyles. This class includes a field search for pollinators along with their host and nectar plants conducted by Shelly Prescott, Flower Garden curator. Also included is an indoor lab on life cycles of these interesting organisms. Students will also learn techniques for propagating pollinator-friendly plants. As part of the Monarch Watch Citizen Science project, participants will learn to tag and release monarchs on their migration to Mexico. Approximately five volunteer hours toward the Certificate in Native Plants can be earned by applying knowledge from this class.

Fall Wildflowers of the Georgia Piedmont - Friday, September 26, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Visitor Center, Classroom 2 ($50). Our gardens, roadsides, and meadows are aglow with color in the fall. In this class, students will learn to recognize the most common fall-blooming wildflowers in the Georgia Piedmont and be introduced to the basic botanical terminology used in identifying and describing fall-flowering plants, with an emphasis on plants in the Aster (composite) Family. We will then apply that knowledge to plants in the field, learning to recognize families, genera, and species based on characteristics readily observable in the field.

Bluestems and Bluejeans: Native Plant Sale - Wednesday, October 1 - Saturday, October 11. Dates/hours: October 1-4: 4-6 pm Wednesday-Friday, 9am-noon Saturday and October 8-11: 4-6 pm Wednesday-Friday, 9am-noon Saturday

At this special native plant sale the plants - nearly 200 species - are raised here at the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies. There will be experts on site to help you choose plants and answer your questions. This is a rare opportunity to find plants that help support Georgia birds and insects and see behind the scenes in the Conservation greenhouses. All sales benefit the Garden's Conservation program. There will be details and a plant list the weeks of the sale at and directional signs in the Garden to help you find the Center. Stay in touch on the Conservation Facebook page:

Basic Botany: Lives of the Plants - Saturday, October 4, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Visitor Center, Classroom 2 ($105).

Explore the biology of flowering plants in this introduction to general plant anatomy, morphology, physiology, and genetics, with an emphasis on relating form to function. It presents the basic information about plants on which other courses in the native plant certificate program will build. Students will be introduced to plant cells, tissues, and vegetative organs (roots, stems, and leaves), as well as reproductive organs (flowers, fruits, and seeds). Basic life processes of plants, including photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration will be discussed, as well as Mendelian genetics.

Art Exhibit: Carol and Hugh Nourse, Wild Flowers, Wild Places - Sunday, October 12 - Sunday, November 23. Visitor Center & Conservatory (Free)

Carol and Hugh Nourse are free-lance photographers specializing in plants and their habitats in Georgia and the Southeastern United States.

Having been volunteer photographers at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia since 1996 (Volunteers of the Year in 1997), their photos have been used in calendars, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, posters, web page, and lectures, by the staff at the Garden. Their wildflower prints are exhibited in the Callaway Building and the Visitor Center.

In September 2007, they received the Medal of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia for outstanding service and support.

Their publications include three books for which they are the authors and photographers: Wildflowers of Georgia, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and Favorite Wildflower Walks in Georgia, all published by the UGA Press. They were chief photographers for Linda Chafin's Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia, and for Leslie Edwards, et. al., The Natural Communities of Georgia, both also published by UGA Press.

Their current project is a Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia being written by Linda Chafin with many of their photos.

Opening Reception: October 12, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Warm-Season Grasses of the Georgia Piedmont - Friday, October 24, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Visitor Center, Classroom 2 ($50)

Grasses are the most economically and ecologically important plant family but most of us know very little about them and fewer still know how to identify grasses. In this class, we will learn to recognize common grass species of the Georgia Piedmont and will dissect grass plants to learn the basic structures that are useful for identification in the field. The last two hours of the class will be spent in the field examining a variety of native and exotic grasses. Bring a hand lens.

Trees Atlanta

Trees Atlanta is a non-profit citizens' group dedicated to protecting and improving our urban environment by planting and conserving trees. We also educate the public about the value of trees. We are involved in tree issues in the entire metropolitan Atlanta area.

Volunteer projects are typically on Saturday mornings from 9 to noon. Locations vary week-to-week.

All volunteers must sign up to receive weekly emails with detailed project information. Children are welcome if they bring an adult with them. Activities include tree planting and care, depending on community needs and time of year. Visit the Trees Atlanta Web site at for more information.

Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour - Friday, May 23 - Tuesday, December 30. The walking tour (register here) takes approximately 90 minutes and begins from an easily-accessible trailhead in the Inman Park neighborhood at 10:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Each docent prepares their own unique talking points to spotlight the native trees, architectural interests, key historical stories, and much more. Be sure to take advantage of this free walking tour, which is offered all year so you can experience every season of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum with an expert docent.

TreeKeepers 2014 - Saturday, August 2 - Saturday, September 27, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM TreeKeepers started in 2008 to provide practical tree education over the course of 7 consecutive Saturday sessions (excluding Labor Day weekend) including: indoor & outdoor activities, lively presentations, and engaging hands-on demonstrations. Each 3-hour session is taught by Trees Atlanta staff or community tree experts. Upon completion of the series of 7 sessions, graduates will be trained in a manner that builds skill, pride, and appreciation to continue the stewardship of the urban forest. Participants receive an eastern trees field guide, a native tree, and much more! Costs $75 and led by Trees Atlanta staff & local Arborists; held at Trees Atlanta.

Registration site:

Let It Be an Oak - Wednesday, September 17, 7:30 AM coffee/8:00 AM Presentation begins. Please join us for an exciting morning of native tree education and a cup of coffee with Doug Tallamy. A professor and the chair of the Entomology and Wildlife Ecology department at University of Delaware, Dr. Tallamy has been studying insects and their role in the environment for over 20 years. He has authored 79 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, and other courses for 32 years. He is also Director of the Center for Managed Ecosystems. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.

RSVP Required due to limited space. There is no cost for this event.

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