The Inspired Gardener

Home of the Inspired Gardener, in more ways than one!

Home of the Inspired Gardener, in more ways than one!

There is only one speaker who tempts me time and again to drive hundreds of miles to hear a program on garden design. So, yes, I invited a couple of garden-minded friends to join the fun and headed for Atlanta last weekend with one goal in mind—to listen to the practical wisdom of Gordon Hayward and glean what I could.

What do I like about Gordon? Plenty, but here are the key reasons I signed up for the Inspired Gardener symposium presented by the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Georgia Perennial Plant Society: Gordon knows and lives his topic (through an extensive garden of his own), he is a polished and forthright communicator, and he doesn’t believe in trade secrets.

Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, the program as a whole got very high marks from this seasoned symposium-goer. Tres Fromme, Design and Planning Manager of the Botanical Garden entertained and informed with a high-energy presentation on designing for the senses, while Parker Andes from Biltmore, Jason Reeves from University of Tennessee, and garden expert Rita Randolph covered their topics with panache.

So, without further ado, here are a handful of pics from a very special but wet day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Cheerful welcome from a host of golden daffodils

Cheerful welcome from a host of golden daffodils

Excitement builds as the crowd arrives

Excitement builds as the crowd arrives

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Gold' (winterberry)

Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Gold’ (winterberry)

Japanese garden

Japanese garden

Pots full of posies, and vegetables!

Pots full of posies, and vegetables!

Surreal beauty of ORCHIDDAZE

Surreal beauty of ORCHIDDAZE

Fantasy fountain in the Levy Parterre

Fantasy fountain in the Levy Parterre

21 thoughts on “The Inspired Gardener

  1. beth croft

    Wish I could have heard them speak…the Botanical Garden looked beautiful; winter isn’t getting them down…want winterberry in my garden!

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  2. Susan Temple

    I’ve never had the pleasure of hearing Gordon Hayward speak but read one time he said “The garden was our laboratory, the place where we taught ourselves about plants, design, maintenance…. we were creating, we were learning as we went.

    When in a garden, as much as you can, avoid value judgments because they shut down learning.

    Mary and I also promise each other that every day we will walk into the garden, not to make guilt-producing work lists, but to walk and sit and appreciate a garden we’ve been developing for 28 years”. – Gordon Hayward

    I use this quote when people seem to get all tangled up details of gardening. It’s supposed to be fun !

    >>> Hortitopia 2/28/2013 6:30 AM >>>

    Marian St.Clair posted: ” Home of the Inspired Gardener, in more ways than one!There is only one speaker who tempts me time and again to drive hundreds of miles to hear a program on garden design. So, yes, I i”

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Susan–I’ve seen that quote too. So typical of his easy nature and good sense. Gordon’s wife Mary is fabulous and very much the hands-on gardener. She’s only half his size but I don’t think she has any trouble keeping up with him! Their Vermont garden is on my bucket list.

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  3. Jane Hincemon

    Would love to have heard Gordon Hayward..Enjoyed him on Greenville, SC when he was here..I have all his books now and refer to them often for inspiration..

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