Garden News


Be Mindful of Stinging Insects


In the summer, it seems we find we are either waving our hands to fan ourselves or swatting away annoying insects. In addition to the flies and mosquitoes, the early arrival of spring and summer this year gave all kinds of bees a head start and they are building some amazing and impressive nests. However, large nests mean a large numbers of bees, and their stings can not only be painful but also dangerous to children, pets and those who are allergic.


Register Now for Scarecrows in the Garden!


Registration is being accepted for Scarecrows in the Garden, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual October extravaganza featuring more than 100 wild and crazy characters lurking about the woodland. The life-size creations, from the witty and whimsical to the bold and bizarre, are designed by metro area residents, artists, designers, businesses, schools, and organizations. Participants compete for prizes in one of two design categories: professional and nonprofessional. The registration deadline is August 13, with drop-off in late September. Registration forms are available at


Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal


Learn how to make your home and landscape look better – especially key if you are doing neighborhood improvement or trying to sell a home — at a workshop offered by the DeKalb Extension Service on July 19th at 7 p.m. Gary Peiffer, Horticulture Manager DeKalb Extension, will speak on “Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal.”


Make Plans Now to Attend the 2012 Garden of Eden Ball


The 2012 Garden of Eden Ball, the largest annual fund-raiser for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will honor those who have made the most recent additions of gardens and facilities at the Midtown attraction possible. Set for Saturday, September 29, the event celebrates the completion of the New Seasons Capital and Endowment Campaign, the most successful fund-raising endeavor in Garden history. The “Celebration of Seasons” will honor donors for making the Hardin Visitor Center, SAGE Parking Facility, Kendeda Canopy Walk, Edible Garden, and Cascades Garden a reality.


Take a Hike


Concerts in the Garden returns to one of Atlanta’s most popular outdoor music venues this summer for its 10th annual season. This year’s stellar lineup features eight great acts performed on the Great Lawn


Concerts in the Garden Returns for 10th Year


Concerts in the Garden returns to one of Atlanta’s most popular outdoor music venues this summer for its 10th annual season. This year’s stellar lineup features eight great acts performed on the Great Lawn


Native Plant Sale

Native plant

The Georgia Native Plant Botanical Garden will continue their Friday and Saturday Spring Native Plant Sales on May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 25 from 10 am-2 pm. Available for the Spring Native Plant Sales are many varieties of Native azaleas; a wide selection of Spring ephemerals, a great assortment of Native trees and shrubs and lots of perennial bedding plants. A very special offering is a variety of mature Trillium. And there are many choices of ferns now ready for sale. Purchases can be made by cash or personal check only.


“Poison” Ivy

Poison Ivy

No, we are not referring to the noxious, tri-leafed skin irritant that is the bane of campers. The ivy in question is not chemically poisonous. Yet in certain circumstances, it can be far more insidious than its caustic cousin. English ivy (Hedera Helix) is a staple in many metro Atlanta landscapes. It is cheap, spreads quickly, has pretty leaves, stays green all winter and thrives in poor soil as well as shade. As such, it is valued as a groundcover where grass won’t grow and as erosion control on slopes. Many also use English ivy as an accent in container plantings.


Spring Garden Tour


he DeKalb Master Gardener Association is sponsoring a Spring Garden Tour on Saturday, April 28, 9 am – 5 pm. Three private gardens of DMGA members will be opened to the public. Located in the Brookhaven, Druid Hills, and Dunwoody communities of metro-Atlanta, the three gardens will demonstrate the diversity of gardening styles and opportunities in DeKalb County. More than 100 plants have been dug from each respective garden and will be available for sale onsite. Visitors will have an opportunity to visualize how these plants might be best utilized in a garden setting.


Gigantic Azalea and Rhododendron Plant Sale

Plant Sale

The Azalea Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will be holding its Annual Plant Sale at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church in their parking lot at the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Fairoaks Road on Saturday, April 2. The Church is located at 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur 30033.

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