Sustainable Gardening Symposium

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Category: Event
Saturday, September 8, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Monastery of the Holy Spirit
(Conference Center) 

Join us for this Sustainable Gardening Symposium, an engaging one-day symposium designed for those who want to learn more about creating beautiful and environmentally-sound and sustainable gardens. The sessions help you DESIGN resilient gardens, DISCOVER new possibilities, DECODE the truth about garden remedies, organic gardening, and the use of native plants which are integral to sustainable gardening.

A FULL DAY OF INSPIRING LECTURES from four great presenters and experts in their field. Book signings, plant auctions, hot lunch direct from the garden, making new friends and catching up with old ones. The symposium is open to gardeners of all skill levels – from novice to expert! The overriding philosophy is one of self-sufficiency, restoration, and sustainability.

Speakers and their topics will include:

Susan Varlamoff is a biologist and the retired Director of the University of Georgia Office of Environmental Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She is the author of three books, The Polluters – A Community Fights Back chronicling the landfill fight, Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast and the Laudato Si Action Plan created for Pope Francis environmental encyclical - Best gardening practices that restore and enhance local ecosystems while creating a beautiful landscape.

Ellen Honeycutt is an active member of the Georgia Native Plant Society and the Georgia Botanical Society. She has been gardening with and appreciating native plants for 18 years in north metro Atlanta. She is especially fond of native shrubs and trees but is willing to learn to love herbaceous plants as well.
Ellen uses her blog,, to share seasonal ideas and pictures about native plants in her area. Gardening for the birds… using native plants in your garden can attract and support a variety of native birds.

Mario Cambardella served as the city of Atlanta’s first Urban Agriculture Director for the Mayor’s Office of Resilience. A licensed landscape architect and planner. Mario holds a master in Landscape Architecture and a master in Environmental Planning from the University of Georgia. Urban gardening, planning, community gardening.

Ted L. Wynne: Administration Agriculture & Natural Resources ANR County Extension Agent/Coordinator. Ted will discuss how to grow vegetables in your backyard or farm. - gardening practices that restore and enhance local ecosystems while creating sustainable gardens.

Read more on the presenters and their topics
Tentative Schedule for the

Registration fee: $60.00
Master Gardeners $50.00
Lunch included – Hot lunch from the Garden.
Limited seating capacity.

For more information about the program
email or call 678-964-2237