32nd Annual Southern Garden Symposium – CANCELLED

CANCELLED, Due to COVID concerns, but make a note to register next year. This conference is definitely on my bucket list to attend.

The Southern Garden Symposium seeks to preserve and commemorate gardening in the Deep South through lectures, workshops, and tours of historic Afton Villa gardens and Rosedown gardens in St. Francisville, LA.
While the symposium’s workshops and lectures provide ideas and inspiration for the gardener, social activities showcase classic southern elegance at its finest. From home-baked breakfast breads served each morning, to sumptuous evening gala fare and an elegantly relaxed Saturday afternoon tea, not a detail is overlooked.

Speaking of Gardening symposium

I am posting this more than a year in advance, but I did attend this symposium in 2018 and will keep an eye out for more information. There are four reasons:

  • I do go to a few talks, mainly in the Southeast, and this symposium consistently offers talented speakers that I never heard before.
  • The audience – in two days you get to know a few people. This supportive community is happy to share tips and recommendations and a conversation at lunch.
  • The vendors – just count that in the budget.
  • The location – Asheville, NC. Such a fun location with great gardens in the area. The area is also great for hiking and beautiful waterfalls (free, healthy, natural options). We enjoyed a Lyle Lovett outdoor concert at Biltmore the following night (which included a few hours in the gardens before the concert started). I would definitely book at least one extra night to enjoy the area.

This is a symposium that is guaranteed to sell out. Seriously, my February calendar has a note in the side bar to keep an eye on the websites of a few annual events because they do sell out. This is one of them.

2021 Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium – Virtual

 I have a few things already on my calendar for this weekend, but this symposium has a flexible structure, releasing new talks each day to watch on your schedule. 
From the website:
In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, we invite you to join us from your home or garden, as we examine garden designs, gardening practices, and plant choices that embrace nature yet beautify the landscape. Guest speakers and Colonial Williamsburg horticultural staff will share some of their best practices for creating gardens that are sustainable and earth-friendly. While we may not be able to gather in a large group to enjoy this conference together, each conference registrant will receive a multi-day ticket voucher to redeem for a future visit to enjoy our historic and iconic gardens at a time most convenient to you!

After a year where many dove headlong into the art of gardening—many perhaps for the first time—now seems perfect to address the relationship between gardeners and the environments in which they practice their skills. Keynote Speaker, national gardening television host, Joe Lamp’l, will provide practical information to help us all become better, smarter gardeners. Professor and researcher, Doug Tallamy, will share how we are nature’s best hope for biodiversity, and David Mizejewski, spokesperson for the National Wildlife Federation, will share a whole new perspective on gardening.

 Award winning authors Anne Spafford and Nancy Lawson will discuss creating successful gardens for pollinators and other wildlife.  Our esteemed roster of speakers is rounded out by local garden experts and talented members of Colonial Williamsburg’s landscape and foodways staff, eager to share their horticultural knowledge and skills with you in presentations, demonstrations, and panel discussions. We hope you will join us virtually for the 74th Annual Garden Symposium, April 22-25, 2021 as we Celebrate Planet Earth by Giving Back with Our Gardens.

Register by April 1, 2021

The Piedmont Garden Tour – learn from the examples and adapt to your garden

Tour informationI love garden tours because they are full of ideas and inspiration. All four gardens in the Piedmont Gardeners Tour this year reflect the owners’ personalities and preferences. How lucky we are that they are sharing their gardens with us on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Details are available on the tour website. Don’t forget to bring a small notebook, sun protection, comfy shoes that can walk on gravel and your water bottle.

Since I will be helping to staff the Brussack garden this Saturday I was able to attend the pre-tour the week before. There are plenty of ideas to glean from these gardens:


Raised garden beds bring veggies to a level that are easier on the gardener, not only to reach but by concentrating the plantings into easy-to-maintain sizes. Constructing raised beds is a wise investment; my raised beds are almost two decades old.

Notice the look and feel of the many materials, edging, shapes and widths of paths. A curving path with garden art draws you forward to discover what is next. Plants should block some of the views to add curiosity and surprise. Groundcover between stepping stones brings you into the garden. Formal lawns and walks are a wonderful contrast to exuberant plantings.

color and whimsey in the garden with a statue and containersAdd your personality with décor, humor, color, and art. Although all four gardens are great examples of this, they do it differently. Gather inspiration, break out into the inevitable smiles, but for your garden you do you.

We all want to (and often do) try one of each plant, but a grouping of several identical plants makes a statement, especially when they are in bloom.

You are experiencing a moment in time. Last week something else was in full bloom. Next week a storm may take a tree or shred leaves. The unexpected surprises and everchanging nature of gardens add to the experience of gardening.

Notes on a few of the MANY plants:deciduous azaleas

Azaleas – Azaleas add so much color in April. Notice the differences between native azaleas and Oriental azaleas. Both are beautiful and colorful, but usually the native azaleas are more graceful and taller, a great plant for woodland gardens. If you can’t tell the difference between the two, ask one of the volunteers – that’s what we are there for.

Clematis – These flowering vines are both dramatic and delicate.

Autumn Fern – This plant is named for the russet color of the new foliage that is displayed now. These gardeners cut back the old foliage in late winter to allow the new foliage to show off as it emerges in spring.

Iris – I saw many colors and at least four species of iris. Some are huge, others delicate, some can take wet soil, others can handle drought. They are not only beautiful, but one plant can soon be divided into a mass, then spread about your garden and traded with gardening friends.

EpimediumEpimedium – OK, I only saw this in the Brussack garden, but the owner is quite the collector. These delicate flowers should be appreciated up close. The plants are among the most tolerant of deer, drought and deep shade.  Epimediums are available in species that are great for the garden, but some of the new cultivars are flat-out stellar. They can be pricey, but worth every penny. One of the best and easiest to find is the fairly new Epimedium ‘Pink Champagne’.

Enjoy your visits to these wonderful gardens!

Gardening Symposium

Loudoun County, Virginia, Master Gardeners Association

Garden Symposium Schedule

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Announcements
9:15 – 10:30 Ginger Woolridge
Woody Natives: Making Quick and Confident Choices
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 William Cullina
Sugar, Sex, and Poisons: Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:45 Ira Wallace
Grow Great Vegetables in Virginia
1:45 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 3:15 Sam Droege
Introduction to the Native Bees of the Mid Atlantic

The Great Grow Along – 40+ hours of sessions

The Great Grow Along is a 3-day online learning experience. Access 40+ hours of dynamic sessions led by top influencers and plant pros, and connect LIVE with other plant parents, urban homesteaders, DIY landscapers, pollinator protectors… no matter what your garden goals are, there’s something for you.
Easy to Participate
Learning tracks are set up for what interests you… but you can enjoy it all virtually. During the event and for six months afterwards whenever you like.
Exciting Q&A with session experts, live interviews with trend setters and organizations making a difference, networking with other new (and experienced) gardeners… a weekend you won’t want to miss.
40+ workshops on a variety of topics in the following tracks:
– Edible Gardens : Wise choices for new gardeners, seed starting, planning, harvesting and beyond…
– Pollinators & Plants : Understanding natives, bees, butterflies, birds, plant selection, etc.
– Urban Gardening : Creative solutions for successful gardening in smaller spaces, raised beds, containers, etc.
– DIY Landscaping : Think like a landscape designer, container design, plant selection, etc.
-. Houseplants : Care fundamentals, light, propagation, pet-safe plants, trends, etc.
– Dig Deeper : Organic gardening, soil,, compost, water-wise gardening, chicken keeping, honey bees, medicinal plants, and more.
To access the event, please visit https://www.greatgrowalong.com

SBG 2021 Native Plant Symposium

$35 Registration

Growing and protecting native plants are important for many reasons: they celebrate our state and region, they are well suited to our region’s growing conditions, and they are the foundation of the complex ecosystem that supports insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Native plants can be tough, beautiful garden plants for your home landscape as well as delicate harbingers of the changing seasons. Join us this year as we explore the conservation of monarch butterflies. Learn about the plants that attract monarchs and other pollinators to our gardens, their importance to our ecosystems, and how we can continue to protect them.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia 2021 Native Plant Symposium Wednesday, Feb. 10 

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (EST) 

Virtual Program 

Growing and protecting native plants are important for many reasons: they celebrate our state and  region, they are well suited to our region’s growing conditions, and they are the foundation of the  complex ecosystem that supports insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Native plants  can be tough, beautiful garden plants for your home landscape as well as delicate harbingers of the  changing seasons. Join us this year as we explore the conservation of monarch butterflies. Learn  about the plants that attract monarchs and other pollinators to our gardens, their importance to our  ecosystems and how we can continue to protect them. 


9-9:15 Welcome & Overview 

Jenny Cruse-Sanders, director, State Botanical Garden of Georgia 

Barbara Bourque, president, Garden Club of Georgia  

9:15-10 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Monarch Butterflies!  Susan Vanderlip, Monarch conservation specialist, Monarch Watch 

Monarch butterflies are considered by many to be the most iconic of butterflies and  captivate audiences of all ages. In her presentation, Susie will discuss the complex life  cycle of monarch butterflies, milkweed options and issues, how to plant a Monarch  Sanctuary, migration, predators, impacts of changes in climate and more. She is  passionate about saving monarch butterflies from further decline and dedicates much  of her time to helping others raise them as well.  

Susie Vanderlip has raised hundreds of monarch butterflies in her Orange, California  garden for the past 12 years. She is a Monarch Butterfly Citizen Scientist, testing and  tagging monarchs, and is the Monarch Conservation Specialist in southern California for  Monarch Watch. She has extensively photographed and videotaped all aspects of  monarch life cycle and written an award-winning children’s photo storybook and  produced a 10-minute movie, both entitled The Story of Chester, the Monarch  Caterpillar/Larva. Susie is passionate about saving monarch butterflies from further  decline and dedicates much of her time to helping others raise them as well.  

10-10:10 Break 

10:10-10:40 Safeguarding Critically-imperiled Milkweed in Georgia  

Emma Neigel, conservation horticulturist, Atlanta Botanical Garden 

In Georgia, four critically-imperiled milkweeds occur throughout the state: purple  milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens), red milkweed (A. rubra), swamp milkweed (A.  incarnata ssp. incarnata), and Savanna milkweed (A. pedicellata). To aid in conserving  these critically imperiled milkweed species, Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Conservation  and Research department received funding in June 2020 from the Georgia Botanical 

State Botanical Garden of Georgia 2021 Native Plant Symposium Wednesday, Feb. 10 

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (EST) 

Virtual Program 

Society Marie Mellinger Field Botany Research Grant. The project is focused on  collecting wild seed for safeguarding. Emma will talk about the work being done  through this project to protect these four milkweeds in Georgia.  

Emma Neigel grew up in Alberta, Canada where she worked in the garden and a local  plant nursery throughout high school. She attended Mississippi State University where she  received her B.S and M.S. in horticulture. Her thesis project “Mapping potential habitat  for Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) in Mississippi using GIS” enabled her to  further her knowledge of planting milkweed. Emma now works as conservation  horticulturist for Atlanta Botanical Gardens where she takes care of the safeguarding  nursery collection in Gainesville, GA including several milkweed species. 

10:40-11:10 Monarch Conservation Through Roadside Management 

Meg Hedeen, biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service 

On December 15, 2020, the US Fish & Wildlife Service announced that listing the  monarch as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act is  warranted, but precluded by higher priority listing actions. Starting in early 2019, the  Georgia Department of Transportation collaborated with other state DOTs and energy  groups across the country to develop the Monarch Butterfly Candidate Conservation  Agreement with Assurances, which outlines conservation measures that these groups  can employ to help support the continued existence of this important and charismatic  butterfly. Meg will share details on the Conservation Agreement and what steps we will  be taking here in Georgia under this agreement. 

Meg is a biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Previously, Meg worked as the State  Environmental Liaison at the Georgia Department of Transportation where she worked  with the University of Illinois Chicago and right-of-way management groups across the  country on building and coordinating the Monarch Butterfly Candidate Conservation  Agreement with Assurances (of which the GA DOT is a signatory). Meg has worked with  the New Jersey Audubon’s Monarch Monitoring Project each fall for over 20 years and  also conducts butterfly surveys across Georgia for the North American Butterfly  Association and Butterflies of the Atlantic Flyway Alliance.  

11:10-11:20 Break  

11:20-11:25 Overview of Certificate in Native Plants and Plants and Pollinators Specialization  

11:25-11:55 Milkweeds, Monarchs and So Much More! 

Henning von Schmeling, senior director of operations, Chattahoochee Nature  Center

State Botanical Garden of Georgia 2021 Native Plant Symposium Wednesday, Feb. 10 

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (EST) 

Virtual Program 

In this presentation, Henning will talk about milkweeds, monarchs and the habitat needs  for them. He will discuss various propagation techniques for milkweeds, associate plants  the monarch requires as nectar sources and how you can get started growing your  own garden to incorporate these plants and foster monarch butterfly habitat.  

Henning von Schmeling is the Senior Director of Operations at the Chattahoochee  Nature Center. He began volunteering at the Nature Center after moving to Atlanta  with his family and in doing so found a great love for native plants. He later began  working at the center and eventually started their horticulture program. Henning is a  founding member of the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance with most of his work  taking place in NW GA. Recently, he has become interested in milkweeds and  monarch conservation, growing 20 of the 22 species native to Georgia and mass  producing 5 species to be used in habitat restoration and other projects.  

11:55-12:25 Plant Conservation in the Modern World: How Platforms Like iNaturalist Can Help  You Save Rare Species and Natural Communities 

Tara Littlefield, senior botanist, Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves 

The use of online social networks is a part of everyday life for many folks today and  many of these platforms can be beneficial in aiding ongoing plant conservation  projects across the globe. This talk will focus on discussing specific examples of  iNaturalist conservation projects that are happening in Kentucky and the Southeast and  how these projects help in conserving our natural heritage while building our plant  conservation communities. Projects include Botanist Big Years’, documenting roadside  rare plants and grassland communities, bioblitzes on public lands and more. 

Tara Littlefield is the senior botanist and manager of the Plant Conservation Section at  the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves. She serves on the board of the Kentucky  Native Plant Society and coordinates the state’s plant conservation alliance  activities. Tara has had a fascination with the natural world since a small child and has  a B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Louisville as well as an M.S. in Forest/Plant  Ecology from the University of Kentucky. Much of her work involves rare species surveys,  general floristic inventories, natural areas inventory, acquisition of natural areas and  rare plant/community restoration and recovery.  

12:25-12:30 Closing Remarks

Upcoming online talks feature garden celebrities and new garden books

I am so excited – feels like I just opened a stack of Christmas presents! While researching garden events this morning, I found a treasure trove of virtual events and ended up registering for six webinars (many with garden celebrities), plus three 2020 coffee table gardening books – all for under $100. Half of the events are free.


This afternoon I will be speaking as part of the Georgia Master Gardener Annual meeting. After that, I am all in for learning from others at this conference and these webinars. You can find all of these and more are on my website calendar (tinyurl.com/garden-events), but I am sharing direct links for you below.


First, there are three free webinars in the next three days:


Saturday, November 14, 11 a.m.              The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

Nature’s Cure

Monty Don, Britain’s treasured horticulturist, author, and broadcaster, and Sue Stuart–Smith, prominent psychiatrist and psychotherapist, reflect on the life-affirming capacity of gardening and nature to soothe troubled minds in our disturbing world. Part of The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival.


Sunday, November 15, 2 p.m.


OK, this one is not gardening, but looks interesting: Is it possible that the arts could not only survive, but emerge from the COVID crisis and recent social unrest stronger than before? Cultural leaders from the US and UK re-imagine the future of their art forms.


Monday, November 16, 7 p.m.

Jared Barnes: Perennials that are huge both in size and in personality

The world is getting smaller! With more globalization, more efficient technology, and more people, small is now the big thing. Gardening is following the trend as breeders and plant companies select miniature models of plants and pixies for the patio. But, in an ever-shrinking world, we horticulturists shouldn’t forget the friendly giants of the landscape. Jared Barnes will share perennials that are huge both in size and in personality and show how to incorporate them into gardens both big and small. This free event is a partnership with the Georgia Perennial Plant Association and the Atlanta History Center.


Second, The Garden Conservancy has a Fall 2020 Literary Series that is amazing; we have watched two episodes already. Not only did I just sign up for all three remaining talks, but I am going for the opportunity to get the corresponding book mailed to me a week ahead at an amazing price.


Note from GC: Webinars will be presented via Zoom. Links will be sent to registered attendees on the morning of each webinar. If you cannot join us for the live webinar, we still encourage you to register! A link to a recording of the webinar will be emailed to registrants in the days following the session.


November 19, 2 p.m.     $40 for the book and talk, $15 for just the Zoom talk

Larry Lederman, Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty

Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty, a painterly collection of sixteen magnificent and diverse landscapes, is the sixth botanical photography book from Larry Lederman, the photographer of the New York Botanical Garden.


December 3, 2 p.m.        $28 for the book and talk, $15 for just the Zoom talk

Dan Hinkley, Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants, and Gardens

Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants, and Gardens follows the course of Dan Hinkley’s plant-obsessed life as he developed his latest garden on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound in Indianola, WA. As he reflects on his property, he also reflects upon the principles of good horticulture gathered from over five decades of gardening.


December 17, 2 p.m.     $28 for the book and talk, $15 for just the Zoom talk

Renny Reynolds, Chasing Eden: Design Inspiration from the Gardens at Hortulus Farm

Chasing Eden: Design Inspiration from the Gardens at Hortulus Farm (Timber Press, January 2020) is a lavishly illustrated roadmap to creating a personal Eden. Together with his late partner, Jack Staub, Renny Reynolds created Hortulus Farm Garden and nursery, a 100-acre 18th-century farmstead and nursery in the rolling hills of Bucks County, PA. Hortulus Farm is not only a model of classical gardening and design teners, but also a showcase of how traditions can successfully be broken.


You can also stream their summer series of speakers for free.  Thank you, Garden Conservancy!


Third, GardenComm is selling tickets for an on-demand play that you can stream anytime Dec. 3-6.


Betrothal is a 35-minute comedy about two iris growers who meet at a competition under a tent during a rainstorm. Natalie and Joe Carmolli will perform in the play by Lanford Wilson, which will be videoed by Adriana Robinson of Spring Meadow Nursery. Pat Stone, publisher of GreenPrints, will entertain with a musical introduction.


I hope this inspires you. My geeky little heart was racing as I found more and more ways to see gardens and learn about gardening. It felt like presents were dropping from the internet cloud.


OK, my registrations are in, all is on my calendar. Alexa, add popcorn to my shopping list.

Farmhouse Cooking Class: Finding Joy in a Virginia Kitchen

Virtual Event

A can’t-miss opportunity to virtually cook with innovative chefs and former Top Chef contestants Joy Crump and Stacy Cogswell

When long-time Monticello friend and Heritage Harvest Festival Ambassador Joy Crump joined season 12 of the popular cooking competition show, Top Chef, she expected to meet talented chefs from around the country.

She didn’t imagine that her co-competitor, Stacy Cogswell, would join the culinary crew in her Fredericksburg, Virginia restaurant eight years later. During their time together on the show, Crump and Cogswell quickly found common culinary ground: a shared belief in food’s ability to jumpstart important conversations.

Today, along with Crump’s business partner Beth Black, she and Cogswell serve innovative fare made with the best local ingredients at their FOODE + Mercantile establishment. Crump is clear about her restaurant’s mission: “to cook the kinds of foods that make up the threads of our best memories.”

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to virtually cook with two exceptional chefs in Cogswell’s farmhouse kitchen, where the supper menu will feature seasonal Virginian cuisine and Monticello grown produce—with an added dash of New England flavor.

About your chef instructors
Joy Crump is a culinary graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta, known for crafting comfortably refined dishes that elevate every dining experience. She has had the honor of cooking at the James Beard House, sits on the Advisory Board of the James Beard Foundation and is actively involved in their Impact Programs for Food Policy, Chef Advocacy and Change. Crump and her partner Beth Black own FOODE and its hip little sister, Mercantile, in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Stacy Cogswell brings a rich background of global travel and extensive cooking knowledge to the kitchen. The Massachusetts native graduated from the renowned Johnson & Wales University and quickly moved into high-caliber epicurean positions in the Boston restaurant scene that included Sous Chef at Market by Jean Georges and Chef de Cuisine at Liquid Art House. She is the author of “The New New England Cookbook,” an acclaimed collection of unique recipes that celebrates the region’s distinctive food culture.

Ticketholders will receive the final menu, shopping list and tips on how to get the most of your class experience approximately 2 weeks prior to the event date.

Can’t make the live event date? No problem! Ticketholders will receive a post-event link to enjoy the recorded program for a limited period of time.

Every door prize at this virtual garden conference is a winner – and many are worth more than the registration fee.

This week I wrote the descriptions for over a dozen door prizes offered as part of the virtual 2020 Georgia Master Gardener Association Conference. This conference includes home garden tours led by Allan Armitage, Mike Dirr and Coach Vince Dooley, plus six live garden talks. Click here for registration and more information about the conference  Anyone can attend. Please share with your gardening friends. This conference would be especially interesting to Southeastern U.S. gardeners.

Back to the door prizes… It seemed rather dry to just add promo copy to the descriptions, so I decided to share why I wanted to win each prize (except the books – they are great, but already in our library!), and link to more information and purchase opportunities (because we can each win only one at best.)


Herbaceous Perennial Plants, 4th Edition, by Allan Armitage (signed!)

Value:                 $80

More info/buy: http://www.allanarmitage.net/shop

One thousand plus pages of information about perennials, hot off the press with current and tried-and-true varieties and cultivars, at your fingertips. Beware though – you will find yourself looking up a particular plant then lost in the engaging text for a while. Here is a recent review I wrote about this book.


Gardening with Grains, by Brie Arthur (signed!), plus two seed packets

Value:                 $36

More info/buy: https://www.briegrows.com/shop

Perfect timing! Grains are cool-season… hmmm…  crops? ornamentals? BOTH! Learn more with her new book and two packets of wheat seeds – Soft White and Bronze Chief.


The Foodscape Revolution, by Brie Arthur (signed!), plus two seed packets

Value:                 $34

More info/buy: https://www.briegrows.com/shop

Brie is such an energetic and inspiring speaker that you want to know more about Foodscaping – and you will with her first book. Two packets of Brie’s Soft White wheat seeds will get you out into the garden to plant.

Donated by Brie Arthur.


Seven Steps to an Organic Garden, by Mike Cunningham

Value:                 $15

More info/buy: https://tinyurl.com/yyqj54yg (book),  https://countrygardensfarm.com/

Mike and Judy Cunningham, “The Teaching Farmers”, and their family run a 150-acre farm and CSA with vegetables that are Certified Naturally Grown. Taking a class at their Newnan Farm to learn about cooking, gardening or food preservation is on my bucket list, so I watch their Facebook page to find out when the classes will start again post-COVID.


Hydrangeas for American Gardens, by Michael A. Dirr (signed!)

Value:                 $45

More info/buy:  https://tinyurl.com/y3k3797v

Hydrangeas are signature Southern plants. A Hydrangea collection can include sun and shade plants, native and exotic plants, blooms from spring to fall, plus amazing fall color and winter bark. With this book you can learn more about the hydrangeas in your garden and make plans to expand your collection.

Donated by Mike Dirr.


Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr (signed!)

Value:                 $82

More info/buy: https://tinyurl.com/y3k3797v

Who knows more about woody plants than Mike Dirr? A virtual tour of his garden and his signed iconic reference on your shelf – Score!

Donated by Mike Dirr.


Dooley’s Playbook: The 34 Most Memorable Plays in Georgia Football History, by Vince Dooley (signed!)

Value:                 $35

More info/buy: https://tinyurl.com/y23pfpdl

Southerners love football and Georgia fans love Vince Dooley. Vince will be touring us through his home garden as part of this virtual conference. Did you know he is quite the gardener, with a hydrangea named for him? You want this SIGNED book because, although it is his most recent of many books, it is already sold out.

Donated by Vince Dooley.


Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia, by Linda Chafin

Value:                 $33

More info/buy: https://tinyurl.com/y4cjkytr

Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States is the first field guide devoted exclusively to Georgia’s wildflowers, while also including many plants found in neighboring states. This is a great reference to identify plants or learn more about native plants to add to your landscape.


Clematis Abilene

Value:                 $29

More info/buy: https://www.brushwoodnursery.com/

Clematis Abilene has rich, pink two-tone blooms. The flowers are up to 6 inches across and very full at maturity, but the plant remains compact and suited to smaller spaces and container culture.

Brushwood Nursery is known nationwide for their Clematis and consistently in the Top 5 in their category at The Garden Watchdog.

Donated by Dan Long, Brushwood Nursery.


Antique Glass Garden Art

Value:                 $50

These hand-crafted flowers are created from antique glassware, each one a unique design. The winner will have a glass flower shipped to them with instructions on purchasing a metal support locally to install it at just the right height for their garden.

Donated by Carol Martinese.


45-Minute Online Landscape Consultation

Value:                 $80

More info/buy: https://clifrbroc.wixsite.com/mysite


Cliff Brock was the curator of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s flower garden before spending a year in Oregon and then returning to Newnan, GA. Cliff knows plants so very well and, like many gardeners, has many talents. He is also a composer and pianist, as well as a writer and photographer (check out his blog here.) A 45-minute virtual consultation, offering design ideas and giving plant maintenance advice – well, that would be amazing.

Donated by Cliff Brock.


Encore Azaleas Gift Certificate

Value:                 $40

More info:          https://www.encoreazalea.com/gardening/article/encore-azalea-brochure, www.facebook.com/EncoreAzalea

Encore® Azaleas are the bestselling multi-season blooming azalea in the world with over 30 varieties. Won’t it be fun to add a few to your garden?

Donated by Flowerwood Nursery.


Southern Living Plant Collection Gift Certificate

Value:                 $40

More info:          https://southernlivingplants.com/about-us/brochure/, www.facebook.com/SouthernLivingPlantCollection

The Southern Living Plant Collection by Flowerwood Nursery includes over 60 varieties of trees, shrubs, bulbs, annuals, perennials, and ornamental grasses. You will have fun with this gift certificate!

Donated by Flowerwood Nursery.