Plant Organizations and Institutions

Georgia Native Plant Society
The GNPS promotes the stewardship and conservation of Georgia’s native plants and their habitats through education and with the involvement of individuals and organizations.

Georgia Perennial Plant Association
GPPA is dedicated to sharing knowledge about perennial plants, with a particular focus on those which do best in Georgia. Membership ranges from brand new home gardeners to nationally-recognized leaders in the horticultural world. Visit the website to learn about monthly programing and other opportunities.

Trees Atlanta
Their mission is to protect and improve Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden as a non-profit is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.

The Atlanta History Center
Explore 22 acres of tranquil gardens and trails, featuring six distinct gardens that showcase the horticultural history of the Atlanta region.

American Hydrangea Society
The American Hydrangea Society was formed in 1994 for people who love hydrangeas and want to “study and learn about the genus Hydrangea, its species and cultivars, as well as its culture, habits, hardiness, and performance.” A fascination with the hydrangea in all of its forms is the common thread that unites the members of the AHS. And the society meets right here in Atlanta!

American Begonia Society
The mission of ABS, as summarized here, is to stimulate and promote interest in begonias and other shade-loving plants; encourage the introduction and development of new types of begonias; standardize their nomenclature of begonias; gather and publish information in regard to kinds, propagation, and culture of begonias and companion plants; and bring into friendly contact all who love and grow begonias.  ABS has a chapter here in Atlanta.

Helpful Books

The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants by Peter D’Amato. TenSpeed Press, 1998.

The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Know-How for Keeping (Not Killing) More Than 160 Indoor Plants by Barbara Pleasant

Gardening with Native Plants of the South by Sally Wasowski

The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Beds and Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals and Bulbs by Tracy DiSabato-Aust. Timber Press, 2003.

Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens by Gil Nelson. University of Florida Press, 2010.

Georgia Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers by Erica Glasener and Walter Reeves. Cool Springs Press, 2013.

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas W. Tallamy

Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon


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