American Hydrangea Society April 2023 Meeting

How Does Your Garden Glow with Carol Reese

Monday, Apr 24 2023 @ 7pm

Why should you hold a compass in your hand when you plant? Magical moments are often about the light, yet too few consider how best to set up those moments when designing or placing plants in the landscape. This presentation will help you site those plants that glow when placed just so, as well as those plants that serve as living stained glass. See how breaking a few “rules” of plant placement can create intriguing compositions of light and shadow. It is a scientific fact that your design can physically affect eye function, allowing you to see more color and fuller detail. These ideas can create a day of garden moments that spangle, sparkle, shimmer and glow as the sun moves through the sky.

About the Presenter

Carol Reese recently retired from her position as a regional Horticulture Specialist for the University of Tennessee’s West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. She is a nationally known speaker, blending equal parts gardening knowledge, natural lore, and quirky humor. Carol is the gardening and nature columnist for several newspapers, as well as a contributor to several gardening magazines. She was also the Q&A columnist for Horticulture Magazine for several years. Her B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture are from Mississippi State University, and she could also add her PhD if she “had ever written that damn dissertation!” While there, she taught classes in Plant Materials, and co-taught Landscape Design for non-LA majors alongside a “real” landscape architect. She attributes her love of horticulture to being raised on a farm by generations of plant nuts, including a grandfather who dynamited his garden spot each spring to “break up his hard pan”. Carol’s very personal appreciation of natural lore is at least partially a result of her near daily rambles through the wild areas near her home with her motley collection of mutts, aka known as the strong-willed breed of “Amalgamations”

Headshot of Carol Reese


7:00pm Social Time 
7:30pm Meeting Begins
Plant raffle following meeting

Come early to get a good seat and a plant raffle ticket or two! We look forward to seeing you there!
All meetings are held in the Woodruff Auditorium in McElreath Hall at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305

Free parking available. All are welcome!

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