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Garden*Hood was awarded "Best New Plant Plant Source" by Atlanta Magazine.  The Garden*Hood Facebook Page always has the latest on what's new at Garden*Hood.


Re-opening the First Week in March

We're currently closed due to the sudden onset of WINTER. But, if nature cooperates we plan to re-open the first week in March. Fingers crossed!

How do we handle weather like this at the nursery? As many of you know, we don't have any greenhouses or indoor heated space here at Garden*Hood, so all of our inventory this time of year has to be completely cold hardy and able to withstand life outside in the elements. No tropicals, houseplants, or marginally hardy specimens until the weather warms up in mid-April.

The plants we have in stock right now are extremely cold hardy, but when temps drop into the low teens we take extra precautions to keep them healthy. We make sure all plants except the succulents are thoroughly watered (succulents do better when they're kept dry during extreme cold). Then, we take all perennials off the tables, tip them onto their sides, bunch them as close together as possible in the warmest, sunniest spots of ground throughout the nursery, and then cover them with frost cloths. The same protocol applies to broadleafed evergreen shrubs such as camellias, tea olives, pittosporum, and illicium.

Why do we tip everything over and bunch them close together? Several reasons: a.) bunching things close together and keeping as much of the plants as close to the ground as possible helps to trap the radiant heat rising from the ground as the sun heats the earth during the day (plus, even when the air is frigid, the ground is actually quite warm comparatively, and being as close to this warmth as possible helps stave off cellular damage to plants' leaves); b.) tipping plants over also helps protect them from desiccating winds and potential ice damage; and c.) tipping plants over reduces potential damage to the crown of the plants if the overlaying frost cloth should become weighted down with wet snow and/or ice.

After making sure all the plants are as protected as they can be we turn off the water to the entire nursery and drain all the irrigation lines. We also stretch out and drain all the hoses so that water doesn't remain in them and freeze.

And finally, we tack up a bit of plastic sheeting on the northern and western sides of the chicken coop to provide a little added protection from the winter winds and make sure they have plenty of clean, fluffy straw to protect their feet from frostbite when they're scratching around in the coop during the cold.

So, that's a glimpse into life in a garden center when the weather gets really nasty. Things literally go dormant and conserve as much energy as possible until things warm up.

We Garden*Hoodies haven't gone completely dormant, however. If you need to reach us this week while the shop is closed, send us an email to: info(at)

Stay warm and safe and keep dreaming of SPRING!

Best Garden Shop!

We received the Readers' Choice award for Best Garden Shop in Creative Loafing's 2014 Best of Atlanta issue. Thank you, Garden*Hoodlums! The Readers' Choice award isn't bestowed by an editor in an office somewhere. It comes from YOU - our neighbors, friends, colleagues, and fellow gardeners.

Together we have have sweated through droughts, slogged through torrential rains, held our breath through epic ice storms, and continued to get back out there to garden day after day, season after season. We wouldn't be here without you, and we thank you for keeping the dream of the independent garden center alive and well here in Atlanta.


Now let's garden.

Winter Hours: January 21 - February 28, 2015

Wednesday - Sunday
11am - 3pm

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays until March 1.
Extended spring hours begin March 1, weather permitting.

Give the Gift of Professional Garden Design!

Gardening challenges come in all shapes and forms: a brand new home with a blank slate of a landscape; an existing landscape that needs some updating and editing; a happy garden that has just a few trouble spots; a new garden created by the loss of a large tree; a balcony that needs plants.

This year, give someone you love the gift of professional garden consultation services! Garden*Hood's in-house designer, Camille Harvey, offers 90-minute on-site consultations starting at $185. Winter is a great time to plan and plant in order to enjoy a fabulous new garden come spring.

Interested in giving a garden consultation as gift? We can send a printed gift card to the lucky recipient with all the details for setting up the appointment. Contact G*H manager Kacey Cloues to get started: kacey(at)

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International Plant Exploration
Garden*Hood's owner, Scott McMahan, and his intrepid traveling buddies Dan Hinkley, Ozzie Johnson, and Andrew Bunting, have left on another plant-collecting adventure. This time their travels take them to Vietnam and Burma (Myanmar). Scott will periodically post travel updates on the G*H Facebook page, and he'll do a full-color pictorial presentation in January detailing the group's adventures and the plants they collected.

The guys rely on the patronage and support of arboreta, botanical gardens, private collectors, and individual gardeners like you to fund their plant exploration trips. The seeds they collect are distributed to botanical gardens and horticultural institutes around the country for years of research and trialing. Those plants that make the cut after rigorous examination can then be released to the public via retail garden centers like G*H.

If you'd like to become a supporter of these vital horticultural endeavors, click the link below to make your contribution. And stay tuned to our website and email newsletters for updates on the group's adventures and dates for lectures about their collecting trips and newest discoveries.

Hours of Operation

Hours: Jan. 21 - Feb. 28, 2015

Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 3pm

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays until March 1. Extended spring hours begin March 1, weather permitting!

Featured Plants


Asarum splendens 'Quicksilver'

Wild Ginger, the Asian counterpart to our native little-brown-jugs.

Dark green heart shaped leaves are generously dappled with silver. Foliage is evergreen.

Velvety, brownish-maroon flowers bloom underneath the foliage in early spring.

Grows 6-12” tall x 2’ wide.

‘Quicksilver’ makes a lovely groundcover, easily co-mingling with hostas, ferns, and other shade lovers.

Best in partial shade to shade and amended, evenly moist soil.

Deer resistant.

Callistemon 'Woodlander's Hardy Red'

A rare gem, indeed!

Evergreen shrub with an arching, irregular habit. Long, narrow, green leaves emerge bronze-red and contrast well the white bark.

Pinkish-red, bottlebrush flowers cover the plant in early spring, again in early summer, and once more in early fall before taking a final bow for the season. Bravo!

Plant in mass or with wispy, upright grasses and dark green conifers.

Grows 5’-6’ tall and wide in Atlanta. Grows up to 13’ in warmer climates. Prune lightly after flowering as needed to maintain shape.

Full to part sun.

Average, well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.


Camellia japonica 'High Fragrance'

Glossy evergreen foliage is the perfect backdrop for the showy flowers of ‘High Fragrance’.
Semi-double light pink flowers with darker pink edges cover branches in late winter. Supremely fragrant!
Camellias are useful for creating privacy in the shade garden. They can also be utilized as a specimen shrub or can be espaliered against a wall.
Fast growing, open habit. Reaches 8’-10’ tall x 4’-6’ wide.
Best in shade to partial shade and amended, well-drained soil.

Itea virginica 'Little Henry'

Elliptic-shaped dark green leaves. FABULOUS red-purple fall color. Leaves are evergreen to semi-evergreen.

June brings white, fragrant, bottlebrush-like, 3-4” long flowers. Blooms on old wood.

Prune immediately after flowering! Winter pruning will remove next year's flower buds.

Grows 3’-4’ tall & wide. A nice choice for small gardens.

Site in sun to part shade and amended, evenly moist soil. Tolerates wet sites.

Native from New Jersey to Texas.


Juniperus conferta 'All Gold'

We are THRILLED to offer this brand new selection of GOLDEN Japanese shore Juniper!This is the plant we dream of, only 6” x 4’ (basically, it’s a ground-hugger!) The more sun, the better the golden color! Site in average soil.
Use with dark purples, hot pinks or deep greens for best foliar contrast!

Viburnum cinnamomifolium

Not found in just any garden center, this evergreen specimen boasts substantial, distinctly ribbed, forest-green leaves that curve against mahogany-colored stems. The flowers smell faintly of honey and the blooms are followed by clusters of blue-black berries. It flowers most in lots of sun, but appreciates some shelter from our extreme summer afternoon heat. Grows up to 15' tall and wide. This unique viburnum brings wildlife to the garden - bees and butterflies in the spring, birds in the fall and winter. It is a quietly stunning shrub that brings majestic grace to the garden year around.


About GardenHood

Garden*Hood is an independent retail garden center located in Atlanta’s historic Grant Park neighborhood.

Founded by plant people for plant people, Garden*Hood is a nursery where horticultural expertise, exceptional plants, and friendly, knowledgeable staff come together in a unique environment that fosters community, inspires creativity, and nurtures the gardener in all of us.

Garden*Hood is owned by plantsman Scott McMahan.

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