Using Hydrangeas to Their Best Effect in The Garden and Other Good Bedfellows

With Brooks Garcia


Monday, Apr 26 @ 7pm

  • Virtual Event

"Beauty like Audrey Hepburn is all about good bones." Come listen to Brooks Garcia tell us how to integrate our favorite plant into our gardens in a thoughtful and purposeful way. Learn how to combine them with other plants for stunning combinations and 4 seasons of interest.

Brooks Garcia is one of the rare ones, a second generation native Atlantan. Now, he is what you would call an  ‘Ex Pat.’ He escaped the harried City of Atlanta for a simpler life in the Northeast Georgia mountains in the small town of Demorest. Before this life altering move, Brooks attended the Lovett School and upon graduation went on to the University of Georgia where he got his BLA in Landscape Architecture. After college, he traveled in Europe for three months studying garden design and honing his plant knowledge. He returned to Atlanta and held a number of jobs before going to work for Ryan Gainey as his personal assistant where he helped create many outstanding gardens in Atlanta, Long Island and abroad in France. Brooks started his own company, Fine Gardens, that he ran for 25 years in Atlanta creating gardens for clients, participating in the Southeastern Flower Show, The Foxhall Flower Show, and ended up helping his good friend, Marney Hall, install five gardens at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show. Brooks also served on the board of Hills and Dales in LaGrange and Historic Oakland Cemetery. He helped create the beginning gardens at Oakland where he worked for 6 years as a gardener. He is now on the board of the Old Clarkesville Cemetery helping to restore this historic cemetery in his new community. In 2014, the universe offered a life altering opportunity, and he seized the brass ring so to speak, and went for his lifelong dream—to live in North Georgia mountains and build his dream house Villa del Sole, a Tuscan style villa and gardens which he shares with his two Boston terriers, Buster and Rufus.

This virtual talk is hosted by Atlanta History Center in partnership with the 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.

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