President’s Message – Winter 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

President’s Message – Winter 2017

Meetings are held at the Atlanta History Center’s Woodruff Auditorium in McElreath Hall.

Happy New Year Hydrangeaphiles!

We welcome you to the AHS Website! We are so glad you have found us!

The purpose of the American Hydrangea Society is to study and learn the genus Hydrangea, including all species and cultivars, as well as its culture, habits, hardiness, and performance.

We are a very friendly group of both novice and experienced gardeners that love to share with you their knowledge and experience with hydrangeas. The marketplace has so many new exciting cultivars of hydrangeas that we look forward to planting in our gardens.

We have three meetings each year on the fourth Monday night in February, April, and October. We meet at the Atlanta History Center’s Woodruff Auditorium in McElreath Hall. Our social time with hospitality begins at 7:00 pm when you may ask any questions you might have about your plants or plants you are considering adding to your garden. You do not have to be an AHS member to attend our meetings, but we hope you will soon join the AHS so that you will receive our newsletters, participate in our plant raffle and get a ticket to our annual hydrangea garden tour, all benefits of an AHS membership. Our wonderful plant raffle after each meeting for members includes wonderful hydrangeas and other plants donated by great metro area nurseries and mail order sources and our own members. The AHS has both local and international speakers that will share their expertise with you. If you live outside the metro Atlanta area and are unable to attend our meetings, fear not, each lecture, including numerous photos, will be highlighted in an informative recap in our three newsletters for members. Another benefit of an AHS membership includes a ticket(s) to our upcoming 23rd annual AHS garden tour on Saturday, June 10th, 2017. We are really excited about our next tour that Dörte and Scott have arranged for our enjoyment.  The 2017 tour will be focused in the Dunwoody neighborhood of Atlanta.

We hope you will join us at our next meeting on Monday, February 27th, 2017 when charter AHS member, Allen Sistrunk will speak on “The Awakening, the Inception of the American Hydrangea Society.” Allen is a native Georgian from Columbus, GA and a UGA graduate that helped direct the development of the 38-acre Atlanta History Center Garden, as well as the former Executive Director of Vines Botanical Gardens near Atlanta.  In addition, he has been a horticulture instructor at Gwinnett Tech. Additionally; he has designed both corporate and private gardens and spaces from Georgia and all along the east coast including New York City. Allen has also received awards from the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboretum for outstanding local efforts in horticulture and the Garden Club of America for excellence in horticulture.

The AHS board and I look forward to meeting you!



Happy Gardening,
Gloria Ward
AHS President



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