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GNPS occasionally hosts workshops that focus on topics related to plant identification or plant ecology. Some workshops offer hands-on learning about topics such as pruning or transplanting plants. Educational materials and a chance to practice your new skills are typically provided to give our members more in-depth learning and a way to take home what you learned. Workshops are also conducted by individual chapters.

Check our calendar for listings of upcoming Georgia Native Plant Society workshops. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in leading a workshop or have a topic that you would like to learn more about.

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Georgia’s Native Azaleas Workshop

Georgia’s Native Azaleas Workshop

Azaleas are among Georgia’s most beautiful plants and are stunning in our gardens.  On March 11 a half-day program (9am – 1pm) at the Chattahoochee Nature Center will be led by two of the State’s experts on azaleas.  They will use photographic slides to discuss all twelve native azaleas of Georgia.  Topics will include learning detailed identifying characteristics; where each species is found naturally; proper gardening techniques; and native azalea hybrids.  A tour of the grounds of the Chattahoochee Nature Center will supplement the identification information.

The program will be led by Ken Gohring, who has held many leadership positions in the Georgia Native Plant Society,  and Charles Andrews, who is a historian and has been involved in studies on the genetics of azaleas..  Both have served as president of the Azalea Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society (Charles is the current president) and are members of the Vaseyi Chapter of Azalea Society of American.  They have both gardened extensively with azaleas; Charles owns property with thousands of native azaleas.

You may register HERE .  There is a $5.00 fee, which includes all program materials and entry into the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  Questions may be addressed to

Directions to the CNC can be found on the GNPS Calendar.


Corrective Pruning Workshop

It’s the season to prune your shrubs!  The upcoming Corrective Pruning Workshop will teach you how.  Details below.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 
2:40 – 3:40 pm
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please register by Tuesday,
Questions may be addressed to
Where:  Mountain Park Activity Bldg, which is to the right of the Aquatic Center in the same parking lot at
1063 Rockbridge Rd. SW, Stone Mountain 30087.
Instructor: Barbara Dorfman is a landscape consultant and pruning specialist who studied horticulture at Gwinnett Technical College .  She is dedicated to teaching homeowners and garden clubs how to prune for a natural form and to promoting the use of native plants.
Content: Barbara will discuss where, when and why you make each pruning cut to promote the natural form of shrubs and trees, whether native or not.  Included are the best tools to use and how to rejuvenate old overgrown shrubs. 
From I-285: US 78 East (Stone Mountain Hwy) to Exit 7, Hugh Howell Rd. Immediate right turn onto Lilburn-Stone Mountain Rd, then right .1 mi at the light for Old Stone Mountain Rd (changes name to Five Forks Trickum) in ~1.7 mi turn left (at the light) onto Rockbridge Rd. The Activity Center is .3 mi on the left.
From Snellville follow US 78 East.  Right onto Lake Lucerne Rd SW for 1.9 mi.
Left onto Five Forks Trickum Rd SW for 2.0 miles.  Right onto Rockbridge Rd for .3 miles.

2017 Workshop Schedule

We have a series of great workshops lined up for 2017!  The first two are posted to the Events Calendar, and the rest will be posted after the Symposium, with details to follow on the Workshops page.

Feb 18: Native Seed Propagation with Karen McCaustland & Elaine Nash.  Stone Mountain

Feb 18: Corrective Pruning with Barbara Dorfman.  Stone Mountain

March 11: Native Azaleas of Georgia with Ken Gohring, partnering with the Azalea Chapter.   Chattahoochee Nature Center

May 20Magnolias with Leslie Edwards, partnering with Woodlands Garden,  Atlanta

May 27Birds and Native Plants with Vinod Babu.  Kennesaw Mountain

August 19: Composites ID with Ellen Honeycutt, partnering with the Georgia Botanical Society. Chattahoochee Bluffs

October 7:  Birds and Native Plants with Vinod Babu.  Kennesaw Mountain

October 14:  Native Plants and Pollinators with Eddi Minche.  McDaniel Farm, Duluth

October 28: Grasses Workshop with Walter Bland.

WGA Chapter Hosts 7th Annual Fall Festival

annual workshop pic

Mark your calendar for the Georgia Native Plant Society – West Georgia Chapter 7th Annual Fall Workshop. The WGA Chapter has been putting on this free event for 7 years in a row to help the public learn more about native plants.

Registration is from 8-8:45 and the program features 3 presentations:

Gail Woody will speak on “The 3 B’s of a Flower Garden: Birds, Bees, and Butterflies”

Robert Barr will speak on “Container Bog Gardening with Carnivorous Plants”

The keynote speaker will be Wilf Nichols, PhD, director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Dr. Nichols will talk about “Growing Native Plants-Some Pitfalls, Pratfalls, and Downfalls”

Breaks throughout the day will allow for visiting vendors who will be selling plants and garden items until the event ends at 12:30 pm.

No pre-registration required, free admission ($5 donation to cover costs is suggested).

Native plants will be available for purchase from vendors including:

  • Ernest Koone of Lazy K Nursery and Garden Delights Garden Center in Pine Mountain, GA – native azaleas and shrubs.
  • Robert and Patsy Barr of Barr Gardens – bog and pitcher plants.
  • Night Song Native Plant Nursery – perennials and shrubs.

For location details, please see our calendar event:

January Workshops and Field Trip

January Workshops and Field Trip

Workshop on January 16 at Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, Johns Creek:  1:00 pm – Pruning: Every Cut Should Have a Purpose.  Learn how to prune ornamental shrubs or trees, whether native or not, to preserve the natural form from landscape consultant Barbara Dorfman.  2:30 pm – Curious about rescuing native plants with GNPS?  Marcia Winchester, an experienced rescue facilitator, will discuss how to identify plants, what supplies to bring, how to transplant and holdover plants, and much more.

Winter Woody Walk on January 30 at Big Trees Preserve, Sandy Springs.  10:00 -12:00 pm Join us for a casual stroll among deciduous hardwood trees and shrubs with many opportunities to use twigs, leaves, and bark to ID woody plants.

See the Calendar for more details on both of these learning opportunities.

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