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Atlanta | Gainesville | January – April 2018

warm up to winter Orchid Daze Flower Show Atlanta Blooms!

| Atlanta President’s Message The Garden’s membership grew a whopping 25 percent in the fourth quarter last year thanks to the introduction of our new Explore! Annual Membership Program. We entered 2018 with more than 10,000 new member households, all supported through a visionary and generous grant from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation that allows us to extend complimentary memberships to public service employees and their families. So I want to offer our newest members a warm welcome to the Garden. My greatest hope is that you take the time to visit often as the gardens change during the seasons and exhibits provide surprises and delight throughout the year! It’s very rare to see such incredible growth and rewarding to have individuals and families working in four of Atlanta’s important public and private entities – the Atlanta Public School System, MARTA, Grady Hospital and the City of Atlanta -- join the Garden family. We enjoyed the enthusiasm of our new members as they signed up in the fall for the Explore! program and visited during Scarecrows in the Garden and Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. School teachers, bus drivers, nurses, city employees and many others enjoyed their first Garden experience. As the program continues through the year we will continue to welcome them and introduce them to the wonders of gardens, nature and art as well as our diverse educational programs. The Garden is Atlanta’s urban oasis, a place where we say fondly that “people come to feel human again.” You all enjoy the beauty of the gardens and the interaction with people committed to the connection between people and nature. Now, with a larger Garden family we will continue to make a difference in our community and celebrate the importance of plants. Mary Pat Matheson

ORCHID DAZE reaches for the stars

Orchid Daze soars to all-new heights February 10 – April 1 with towering displays of dazzling orchids that will envelope visitors in tropical warmth, vibrant colors and a fascinating variety of fragrances. Presented in the Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center, the annual exhibition complements the country’s largest permanent collection of species orchids with bold, bright flowers and tropical foliage sure to whisk visitors away with a lush wintertime escape. In the Conservatory Lobby, large vertical canvases of different sizes with vibrant Corsage Orchids, Pansy Orchids and Slipper Orchids will welcome visitors, while below carpets of orchids will mirror the patterns on the canvases above. Upon entering Orchid Center Atrium corridor, guests will stroll under arching canopies covered with yellow Dancing Lady orchids, then a curvilinear passage of 9-foot walls covered with a mosaic of fragrant orchids, pendulous carnivorous plants and other exotic foliage. Moth Orchids will hover on trellises surrounding the Atrium, and planters of regal Cymbidiums will accent the pathway.


Saturday – Sunday, Feb. 17 - 18, March 17 - 18, March 31 – April 1 Find a wide variety of orchids and potting supplies. Look for artwork and crafts by local artists.


Saturdays, Feb. 17, March 17, March 31, Orchid Center Bring up to two orchids for advice from Orchid Center experts; repotting, materials available for $5 per plant. Jewel-toned Vandas will be the highlight of the Orchid Display House. Striking geometric forms, designed by Ryan Mathern, will provide a hanging framework for blue, pink, yellow and orange Vandas -- among the most spectacular of the large-flowered orchids. Becky Brinkman, Fuqua Orchid Center Manager

Learn the proper way to care for and repot an orchid at

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Feast for the eyes! Flower show salutes Georgia filmmaking Lights! Camera! Action! See what all the excitement’s about February 23 – 25 when the curtain rises on the Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show with its theme Ingénue: A Toast to Georgia’s Film Industry. Escape the winter blues to an indoor oasis filled with the beauty and fragrance of thousands of plants for a muchneeded taste of springtime. The basis of this new event are juried competitions in Horticulture, Floral Design and Photography that are open to the public There’s also a Landscape Design division for professional designers. “The Garden is the perfect setting for a flower show because our facilities and gardens will serve as a beautiful backdrop for these entries,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s President & CEO. Competitive entries will be showcased throughout Day Hall, Mershon Hall and Gardenhouse, and exhibitors may register now (visit for deadlines). Adults, children and garden clubs are encouraged to enter

the competitions, all themed around the local film industry. The event, which benefits the Garden’s International Plant Exploration Program, also will present two guest speakers: internationally renowned floral designer Bruno Duarte and Georgia floral and interior designer, and author James Farmer. The show, which kicks off the evening of Thursday, Feb. 22 with a Preview Party at Longleaf restaurant, honors Pat Hartrampf, a pioneer in local flower shows and founding chair of the Atlanta Flower Show, which debuted in 1988. For more information, visit atlantabg. org/flowershow or call 404-591-1730. MEDIA PARTNER: FLOWER MAGAZINE


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love in the Garden Celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying cocktails, dancing and desserts in the most romantic setting in town. Valentines in the Garden, set for 7 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, features decadent chocolates and other scrumptious sweets while visitors sip cocktails from cash bars, dance to live entertainment, and explore Orchid Daze by night. The annual exhibition, from February 10 - April 1, highlights thousands of blooms in the Garden’s nationally renowned collection of species orchids. For ticket information, visit 3

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IMAGINARY WORLDS Ever-popular plant sculptures get a spring encore

Back by popular demand, Imaginary Worlds returns this spring with a host of all-new giant living characters sure to bring a smile as they take guests on a fantasy journey throughout both the Atlanta and Gainesville gardens. The two-year seasonal exhibition, presented May 5 – October 28, recaptures the magic of the original blockbuster show from 2013 and 2014 with larger-than-life topiarylike sculptures — only this time they’re even bigger. “Imaginary Worlds was just so incredibly popular with our guests that we just had to bring it back – but with an all-new twist,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s President & CEO. Imaginary Worlds will wow visitors with a storybook-themed world of sculptures, both indoors and out – some never-seen-before custom made works for the Garden by the exhibition’s creators, International Mosaiculture of Montreal. The sculptures – steel forms covered in soil-and-sphagnum moss and planted with thousands of meticulously groomed plants – will include more than a dozen installations at the Midtown garden. Look for a giant Phoenix looming over Alston Overlook, a mermaid lounging beside Howell Fountain, a massive dragon near the Great Lawn, a woolly mammoth and a prancing peacock in the Orchid Center, to name a few. In Gainesville, the garden will be adorned with a menagerie of an ogre, bears and frogs. The new cast of characters joins the gardens’ permanent sculptures, Earth Goddess, Shaggy Dog and Frogs, all legacies from the original exhibition. 4

A towering Phoenix will be among the installations in Imaginary Worlds.

Long planting process brings sculpture to life

Go behind the scenes of creating the 2013, 2014 Imaginary Worlds at

It takes five months to assemble the larger-than-life sculptures of Imaginary Worlds. Their story begins almost a year in advance in Canada with concept artwork, fabrication of the metal frames and choosing the plant palette. The empty metal frames will be shipped to Atlanta in early January, and the Garden’s horticulture team then covers them with a mesh fabric and stuffs them with soil. The real fun begins with planting. Fantasies will come to life with an estimated 200,000 plants. January’s temperature is far too cold for the tropical annuals that cover the creatures, so they’re built in sections in a greenhouse just outside the city. In mid-April, the sculpture sections will be trucked back to the Garden and erected in their final locations like a giant Lego set – ready to thrill both young and old! Jim Smith, Senior Horticulturist

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blooms! Spring will explode with 80,000 new bulbs

More bulbs. More gardens. More beauty. This spring’s tulip season will knock your socks off. Of the more than 80,000 bulbs planted this winter, tens of thousands are tulips, those luscious harbingers of spring. In the Levy Parterre, the Garden has blown it out by adding 5,000 more tulips than in years past. Radiant in oranges and yellows, ‘Sancerre’, ‘Orange Queen’, ‘Orange Emperor’, ‘Maureen’, ‘Big Smile’ and a host of Narcissus will truly sparkle. In the Edible Garden, 500 purple ‘Globemaster’ alliums are sure to enchant, picking up the blooming baton once the 3,400 ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Clearwater’ tulips have come to an end. For the first time, the new Skyline Garden will be a rainbow of spring color, from reds, peach, pinks, yellows and purples, thanks to more than 18,000 tulips. Old favorites like the yellow and red ‘Hocus Pocus’ will share the limelight with newcomers like the crimson ‘Ronaldo’. Adding to the mix throughout the Garden will be other types of bulbs such as Muscari and Narcissus to play off the tulip colors as well as a host of spring-blooming companion plants that will be planted in March.

Learn how to plant bulbs en masse for maximum impact at

Amanda Campbell Bennett, Display Gardens Manager

2018 has been declared


by the National Garden Bureau

Native to Central America, the tulip was later introduced to Turkey, where the word “tulip” means turban in Turkish and is thought to symbolize the flower’s turban-like shape.

A 17th century Dutch Golden Age Tulip Mania caused the tulip market to soar. At the height of the crisis bulbs were said to be valued more than most homes. The Netherlands remains the world’s top tulip producer, providing more than 3 billion bulbs annually.

Tulips are part of the lily family and include 75 species and more than 3,000 varieties.

Bloom colors symbolize different emotions: • Red for love • Purple for loyalty • White for “I’m sorry”

Tulips wilt when arranged with daffodils, which release a sap that clogs the stems of other cut flowers. Tulips are edible, but the taste of their petals is considered unpleasant, often compared to that of an onion. 5

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Sweet-scented Paper Bush (Edgeworthia papyrifera) is an attractive cold-season shrub made better once the buds start breaking. Rarely topping six feet, the shrub’s size is ideal for most landscapes while creamy golden flowers hang gracefully from the bare stems, ringing in chilly weather. Add Winter Daphne (Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’) for a one-two punch of variegated color and sweet perfume when planted together. Both Edgeworthia and Daphne are partial to light shade but are prone to rot. Finding the right balance of light and water might be a challenge, but these are sturdy bushes once established, especially if planted where it’s not too wet or too hot. Redbuds (Cersis canadensis) are a year-round favorite as their heartshaped leaves give way to tufts of compact magenta blooms. Fresh cultivars like ‘Texas White’ or ‘Appalachian Red’ offer brighter options to lift away the winter gloom. The charming, long-lasting flowers of Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis) are favorites of gardeners everywhere. Their bewitching blooms come in shades of bright white, pale pink and dusty mauve, all sure to ensnare.

Winter Daphne

Redbud CC 3.0/Dominicus Johannes Bergsma

Long after the last leaf has fallen and garden beds have been put to rest, some blooms are just awakening.

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Add some color to that drab winter garden

Lenten Rose

Jonathan Ray, Assistant Horticulturist

Vanilla Sunday Celebrate the Vanilla Orchid with a small ice cream sundae and learn more about the plant behind the popular flavoring during Vanilla Sunday February 18 from 1 – 4 p.m. Also enjoy fun cooking demonstrations and tastings. To set the mood, here’s a great recipe for family gatherings:

Vanilla Mango Salsa 1 mango, finely chopped 2 tomatoes, finely chopped 1 jalapeno, finely diced 1/8 cup red onion, finely chopped 1/8 tsp lime zest 1/2 clove garlic, finely minced 1 vanilla bean, seeded Salt Combine all ingredients. Salt to taste. Refrigerate salsa with seeded vanilla pod for extra flavor.


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SPRING EPHEMERALS brighten dull days

Beech trees offer winter foliage Long after most deciduous trees such as maples, dogwoods and hickory lose their leaves in early winter, there’s at least one tree that holds on to its golden yellow foliage until spring — the American Beech. Shedding leaves allows the beech, Fagus grandifolia, to reduce water loss and avoid frost damage before going dormant. With the emergence of new leaves in spring, photosynthesis is improved. However, the beech, Fagus grandiflora, hangs on to its leaves for months longer. There are several theories on the benefits of this later leaf loss: By waiting until spring to fall, the leaves act as a mulch to give the beech a competitive advantage over surrounding plants by helping retain water around its root zone.

With short days and cold temperatures, it can feel like everything in the Garden is asleep for the season. But don’t worry; early-blooming spring ephemerals are about to add a pop of color to the landscape. In the Southern Seasons Garden, keep an eye out for Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum. Growing under a deciduous hardwood canopy, mayapple can be found all along the East Coast. Expect to see its small white bloom from March to May, but look carefully or you’ll miss the flower under its large, umbrella-like leaves. Spreading under the ground through rhizomes, Mayapple can serve as a thick groundcover when given the space to spread. Southern Seasons and the Gardens in Storza Woods also are home to another spring ephemeral, Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis. Named for its red sap, this native wildflower has a striking white bloom and very distinctive foliage. Bloodroot blooms from March to early summer, but like all ephemerals, each plant’s flower will last only a few days. Mayapple Finally, in the Perennial Garden look for Spring Starflower, Ipheion uniflorum. This blue flower is native to Argentina and Uruguay, but it thrives in Atlanta’s climate. Spring Starflower is a very low-maintenance plant, surviving in a variety of soils and conditions. And as an added bonus, it has a spicy fragrance. Sara Kuhn, Assistant Horticulturist


Water collection and accumulation may be another key factor. Beech leaves trap snow and accumulate it in the canopy. In the spring, the melting snow provides the trees with extra water during a time of growth. Leaves that remain on the beech not only help to accumulate and retain water but also serve to protect young vulnerable buds from cold damage. The foliage also may camouflage buds from foraging animals. Brad Holt, Assistant Horticulturist



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Inspired Gardener : A Symposium & Silent Auction Saturday, Jan. 27, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Get ready for spring and get inspired along with other enthusiastic gardeners while picking up new ideas from seasoned experts at this annual event hosted by the Garden in partnership with the Georgia Perennial Plant Association. For topics and speakers, see the enclosed Education brochure or Registration deadline is January 22.

Orchid Market Weekends

Saturday – Sunday, Feb. 17 - 18, March 17 18, March 31 – April 1

Find a wide variety of orchids and potting supplies. Look for artwork and crafts by local artists. On Saturdays of those weekends, bring up to two orchids to the Orchid Care Clinics for expert advice; $5 repotting, materials available.

Valentines in the Garden Saturday, Feb. 10, 7 - 11 p.m. Bring your sweetheart for a romantic evening in the Garden, where fragrant


Orchid Daze Saturday, Feb. 10 – Sunday, April 1 Enjoy thousands of beautiful, fragrant orchids on display during Orchid Daze, the Fuqua Orchid Center’s annual exhibition highlighting winter’s favorite plant. orchids, live entertainment, dancing and desserts set the mood. For ticket information, visit

Vanilla Sunday Sunday, Feb. 18, 1 - 4 p.m. Enjoy the annual celebration of the vanilla orchid. Learn more about the process of turning vanilla beans into a key extract for desserts and sample a mini vanilla ice cream sundae.

Atlanta Orchid Society Show Friday – Sunday, March 9 - 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Browse hundreds of gorgeous orchids on sale.

Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show Friday, Feb. 23 – Sunday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. An indoor show with the theme, Ingénue: A Toast to Georgia’s Film Industry, features thousands of beautiful and fragrant plants entered in juried competition in Floral Design, Horticulture and Photography. In addition, a Landscape Design division showcases small garden displays by professional designers. Tickets on sale at flowershow, and proceeds benefit the Garden’s International Plant Exploration Program.

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Botanical Drawing Program Learn to draw with artist Carol Anne Sutherland. Beginning with principal drawing of the natural world in black and white, the courses develop technique until students gain the ability to dynamically capture intricate botanicals in colored pencil. Upon completion of program, students will earn a Botanical Drawing Certificate. See the enclosed Education brochure or for details.

March - April Explore hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths. Check out a variety of ways to grow bulbs, including container gardens and floating islands. Watch for updates on

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Sprouting Scientists Tuesday, March 13, 10 a.m. – noon. Discover the fabulous world of plants and animals at the Garden. Hands-on stations focusing on the natural world will introduce toddlers to life science concepts such as metamorphosis and plant diversity. Sprouting scientists also will notice changes in the garden as it emerges from its winter slumber. Hosted in partnership with the Atlanta Science Festival.

Tickets for Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour April 1 Tickets go on sale April 1 for this favorite Mother’s Day weekend tradition, the Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour. Set for May 12 – 13, the tour features private gardens of varying styles throughout metro Atlanta.

Spring Break Family Fun April 2 - 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Need an exciting family activity while kids are out of school? Visit the Garden and enjoy the wonders of springtime with fun and seasonal family activities.

Alston Lecture: Sue Wasserman Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m. Wandering in Wonder: Sue Wasserman is a freelance writer and photographer who loves sharing the inspiration she finds in nature. As the author/photographer of Walk with Me: Exploring Nature’s Wisdom and A Moment’s Nature, shares the magic of her photo-illustrated adventures in the garden and in the woods. A book-signing follows. The Philip and Elkin Alston Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of the Charles Loridans Foundation.

Earth Day Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Celebrate nature! From ladybug releases to learning about conservation, there’s fun for everyone. Families can also enjoy Storybook Time at 10:30 a.m.


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A Note from the Director The winter months at the Gainesville garden are a time for reflection on the past year and planning with great anticipation for the new year. And while it is the quiet season in the garden, there are many winter-flowering shrubs to enjoy – from Witchhazels to Camellias to Japanese Paperbush. Clear blue winter skies provide the perfect backdrop for these fragrant flowers. During the past year we added several new events for our members and visitors. Spring brought the Woodland Ramble Arts & Crafts Market and Mother’s Day Brunch. Both events were well received by those who attended. We also brought the Plant Sale back to the Garden in October, and it was a huge success (Garden members appreciated the opportunity for early shopping). And our Scarecrows in the Garden combined with Goblins in the Garden were enjoyed by all of our October visitors. All of these events will be continued in 2018, with a few fun additions in spring and fall. Of course, we couldn’t pull off these new events (in addition to concerts, educational activities, tours etc.) without our wonderful volunteers! We will recognize them with our annual ThanksforGiving luncheon in February. We are also looking forward to our summer exhibition, Imaginary Worlds, featuring giant topiary-like sculptures -- the first time that both the Atlanta and Gainesville garden have shared an exhibition. The show is creative, fun and the perfect combination of art and horticulture. You won’t want to miss it! Hope to see you in the Garden soon! Mildred Fockele Vice President, Horticulture; Gainesville Director


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GREENHOUSES Beyond every successful public garden are productive greenhouses. But at the Gainesville garden, most visitors would be surprised to learn just how much goes on in its behind-the-scenes facilities. The greenhouses and nursery were constructed in 2004 as the first facilities built on the property. The goal was to start propagating and growing hard-to-find, unusual plants for the future garden. By the time garden construction began in 2013 the nursery and greenhouses housed thousands of plants propagated from cuttings and seed, from perennials, shrubs and trees ranging in size from 4-inch pots to 35-gallon specialty baskets. Many of these plants can now be found growing happily in the garden. Today, the facility encompasses about 4 acres and includes seven greenhouses, an outdoor shade structure and other nursery space. In addition to furnishing plants for the Gainesville garden, the greenhouses grow plants for the Atlanta garden to help with its expansions and growing plant collections. Over the years hundreds of plants have been sent to Atlanta for projects such as the Edible Garden, Southern Seasons Garden, Gardens in Storza Woods and the Children’s Garden. Yet, the main focus of the greenhouses remains the propagation of new, unusual and useful plants. Much work has gone into new cutting propagation methods for hard-to-propagate plants such as Magnolia

Rhododendron and Witch Hazels. Growing plants from seed such as the many different native and exotic Rhododendron species also is important. One more little-known aspect of the greenhouses is growing new and hard-tofind annuals for use in both gardens. Every fall many of the best annuals are removed from the display gardens and taken to the greenhouses to be re-propagated and grown for the next spring. To see plants grown in the greenhouses first hand visit the spring and fall plant sales at the Gainesville garden and take home something unique. Ethan Guthrie, Horticulture Manager

Colored Pencils for Kids Workshop Saturday, Jan. 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m. For students in grades one through five.

Watercolor Painting Workshop Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 – 11:30 a.m. For students in grades one through five.

Adult Education Classes January – March Topics includes Tai Chi, Capturing Spring Tulips, Container Gardening and Propagation. Details at


the bulb box

Planting daffodils and other earlyspring bulbs allows us something to do in autumn other than removing mounds of leaves. Yet, other unusual yet attractive bulbs can be added to the sometimes monotonous fall and winter planting plan, and there’s still some time left to get these beauties in the ground. Winter Aconite is a little ephemeral that is one of the first to bloom. Eranthis hyemalis (shown above)easily naturalizes with spreading tubers or seed to produce a wonderful yellow carpet. It’s perfect in the woodland garden where it prefers an early sunny location that provides shade for the rest of the year. Species tulips offer something the standard tulip can’t provide in the South: They’re reliably perennial. Smaller and earlier blooming than other tulips, they still pack the flower power and look

great naturalized near stone pathways or walls. Species such as humilis and bakeri offer striking pinks and reds. Hybrids are also available to provide bright pops of orange, yellow, purple and every color in between. ‘Lady Jane’ (center) is a readily available cultivar. Surprisingly, Cyclamen make wonderful additions to the late fall to early spring garden. Cyclamen coum is just one of a few species that is adaptable to growing outside. These spreading tuberous perennials are smaller than the usual floral department variety. They flower in any shade and combination of red, pink, and white; their foliage can be just as varying as the flowers. The ginger-like mottled leaves look especially striking planted around the base of trees or large rocks. Isaac Kirwan Assistant Horticulturist

Storytime and Smiles Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Preschoolers and young children are invited each week to listen to stories about the natural world and seasonal themes.

Budding Artists Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Children use their creativity to make a seasonally-inspired work of art.

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Top photo: CC 3.0/Martin Olsson | Center: CC 3.0/(c) 2007 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) taken at Chanticleer Garden.

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Discovery Stations Saturdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Stop by one of the Discovery Stations designed to engage adults and children about nature, plants and the world around them. Seasonal craft included.

Terrific Trains April, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Train Garden captivates the imagination of the young and the young at heart. Children can also play, build and share with fun boxes of wooden toy trains. Details at

Let the Garden help Looking for the perfect setting for saying “I do”? Need to give that annual conference a breath of fresh air? Consider a private rental in the Gainesville Garden, whether indoors or out. For information, visit or call 404-888-4760.


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Orchid Daze Soiree

Light Bites & Garden Insights

Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Members of the Director’s Club and Orchid, Magnolia and Arbor Circles are invited to a special celebration of Orchid Daze. Enjoy an elegant cocktail reception and live music in Longleaf restaurant. Dessert and after-dinner drinks will be served in the Fuqua Orchid Center surrounded by hundreds of exquisite colorful orchids (To upgrade to Director’s Club or a Circle level of membership, call 404-591-1538).

Thursday, April 12, 10:30 – noon, Gainesville Contributing-level and above members are invited to enjoy this quarterly behindthe-scenes program with complimentary light bites and an educational presentation. (To upgrade to the Contributing level, call 404-591-1544).

Member Premiere: Imaginary Worlds

Dates to be determined. Visit for updates. Members are invited to exclusive premiere evenings of Imaginary Worlds in Atlanta featuring live music, imaginative entertainment, interactive activities and discovery stations – fun for the entire family! (Guest passes are not valid for this event). At the Gainesville garden, enjoy an early morning Member Only reception with complimentary coffee and snacks before exploring the sculptures. For membership questions, visit

planthotline Member Spring Evening Thursday, March 13, 5 - 8 p.m. Participate in a myriad of activities among colorful spring blooms. Enjoy live music, shop the marketplace, view chef demos, enjoy activities with your kids, and meet Garden staff. Members receive a complimentary treat. Additional delicious food and drink will be available for purchase. Details at membership. 12

I have pots of bulbs for indoor forcing, but now they are dying. Will the bulbs rebloom next year? Forced bulbs will not rebloom in the container. Instead, consider planting any bulbs (except tulips) outside for the next spring bloom season. After the foliage has died down, allow the soil to dry out and the bulb to go dormant. You can store the bulb in a cool dry place until time for planting. Then plant the bulb as you would any

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Docent Tour Training Wednesdays, Jan. 17 – Feb. 28 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn to lead informative and exciting tours for children’s groups. No previous gardening, horticulture or guide experience needed. Attendance is required at all seven classes, and you must commit to leading at least two tours a month during peak seasons. Also enjoy monthly lunch meetings and field trips to other cultural institutions and public gardens.

Discovery Volunteer Training Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Discovery volunteers engage the public about the Garden’s collections, conservation work and special exhibitions, with an additional focus on Atlanta Blooms over the spring months and the Imaginary Worlds exhibition. Shifts available TuesdaySunday, mornings and afternoons, and during events and festivals. Contact Volunteer Manager Josh Todd at 404-591-1548 or for details. other spring bulb. You may not have flowers the first year, but you should see flowering the second year. Tip: Propagate your shrubbery by sticking cuttings into a potting soil mix. Remove all leaves from the cut branch and stick the cutting directly into the soil. Provide adequate light and water regularly, and signs of new growth should appear in four to six weeks.


Clippings | January - April 2018  
Clippings | January - April 2018  

Official News Publication for Members of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.