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30 Years of Garden Design in the South

April 16, 2018

Jenks Farmer challenges and southern garden design. He’s been a leader in public and private gardens for the past 30 years.

Jenks will share photos spanning 30 years of design work. And address how his style and garden design in general has changed.

From 80’s style, perennial border artifice to more relaxed styles incorporating heirloom plants and rural landscapes, to todays sustainable, naturalistic meadows, one thing has been consistent; he seeks and insist on the best preforming plants for any design.

Traditional style perennial gardens dominated Jenks’s work and public in the early 90’s

Through 2000’s perennials mixed with shrubs and plantings reflecting the rural heritage dominated Jenks work.Today, Jenks has been a leader in naturalist, environmentally sensitive design such as this marsh-side garden featuring a lawn of native frog fruit (Phylla). As it was unavailable, Jenks grew the frog fruit as sod to be later moved into the garden.


Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Atlanta, Georgia 30305 United States
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