Who We Are
The Southeastern Horticultural Society (SHS) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge, art and enjoyment of horticulture throughout the Southeastern United States. SHS provides year-round educational programs, event and access to plant resources through the following key areas:
- Presenting the annual premier gardening and horticultural event in the Southeast that promotes conservation and awareness of the natural environment through education, horticultural excellence and artistic expression.
Educational forums, lectures and programs:
- Offering a series of educational activities that span the vast spectrum of plant and horticulture information and appeal to individuals and groups at all ages and levels or interest.
Engaging in outreach to bring horticulture expertise to the southeast:
- Working with schools, educational organizations, institutions and organizations to create science and horticulture curriculum and educational programs
- Designing and leading horticulture training programs.
- Design and implement youth mentoring programs to teach teens and young adults about environmental issues and expose them to “green” careers while creating and maintaining healthy green living environments.
A Resource Center for Horticulture
- Providing a network for individuals, organizations, corporations, businesses and educators involved in professional horticulture we will serve as a clearing house for plant and horticulture information.
The Southeastern Flower Show is the crown jewel event of the Southeastern Horticultural Society.
For 25 years, the Southeastern Flower Show has served as the harbinger of spring in the South occurring just weeks before Atlanta’s azaleas and dogwoods burst into blossom.
More than 2,000 volunteers work to design, create and support this multiday event attended by 20,000 people from across the Southeast.
The Southeastern Flower Show includes juried competition in landscape & floral design and horticulture, as well as:
- Dramatic landscape gardens featuring mature trees and majestic water features
- Internationally known speakers
- Beautiful and fragrant floral and cooking demonstrations
- Exciting musical entertainment
- Activities for children of all ages
- A marketplace offering unique gardening related art, decorative accessories, plants, supplies and services
The Legacy Garden initiative formed in 1994 in order to contribute the valuable plants and resources of the event to the community. The program has grown to become an ongoing partnership of the Southeastern Horticultural Society, the show exhibitors, Atlanta area businesses, and civic and garden clubs and symbolizes a lasting legacy for the community.
The Legacy Garden celebrates the Southeastern Horticultural Society’s commitment to our neighbors through the creation of sustainable environments that educate and engage communities that are in need of these resources.
The Southeastern Horticultural Society Legacy Garden has contributed to the following locations:
- 1994 Amberwood Village, Reynoldstown
- 1995 City Hall East
- 1996 Fourth Ward Neighborhood
- 1997 House of Love and Hope, Foster home for young children
- 1998 The Bridge, Residential treatment center for abused children
- 1999 The Lang-Carson Community Center, Reynoldstown
- 2000 The Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club, Decatur
- 2001 Charles R. Drew Charter School, East Lake Neighborhood
- 2002 Cook Elementary School and C.W. Hill Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools
- 2003 Historic Oakland Foundation, Oakland Cemetery
- 2004 Historic Oakland Foundation, Oakland Cemetery
- 2005 Emory Winship Cancer Institute, Emory Healthcare
- 2006 Horticultural Therapy Garden at Wesley Woods Hospital
- 2007 The Shepherd Spinal Center
- 2008 Piedmont Hospital’s Byrd Barrier-Free Garden and Infusion Center Deck
- 2009 Skyland Trail South Residential Facility
- 2010 Edgewood Community Learning Garden
- 2011 Cator Woolford Gardens
- 2013 Shepherd Center’s Horticultural Therapy Program
History of the Southeastern Horticultural Society & Southeastern Flower Show
Over the years, the Southeastern Flower Show has established itself as the premier gardening and horticultural event in the Southeast, as well as an important cultural event for metropolitan Atlanta.
The Legacy Garden is a collaborative effort between the Show, its exhibitors, Atlanta area businesses, and civic and garden clubs to leave a lasting legacy to the community.
|Date||SHS & SFS Milestones|
|Mid 1930′s||• Fourteen (14) Atlanta Garden Clubs come together to produce the original Atlanta Flower Show in the now-defunct City Auditorium.|
|1969||• The last of the original series of shows held at the old Lenox Square Auditorium Flower Show takes an 18-year hiatus.|
|1987||• Atlanta Botanical Garden and Atlanta Market Center join together to revive the show.|
|February 1988||• The new Atlanta Flower Show is held at the AMC Inforum.|
|1993||• Following this year’s show, a group of six show Chairmen form a non-profit organization to benefit the Atlanta Botanical Garden.• The Atlanta Flower Show is renamed the Southeastern Flower Show.|
|1994||• The inaugural SFS is launched at Ponce Square.• The Legacy Garden begins as a way to use plant materials left over from
the Flower Show.• Legacy Garden is awarded to Amberwood Village, Reynoldstown.
|1995||• SFS moves to larger space in City Hall East.• Legacy Garden is awarded to City Hall East.|
|1996||• Legacy Garden is awarded to Fourth Ward Neighborhood.|
|1997||• Legacy Garden is awarded to House of Love and Hope, Foster
home for young children.
|1998||• Legacy Garden is awarded to The Bridge, Residential treatment center
for abused children.
|1999||• Legacy Garden is awarded to The Lang-Carson Community Center, Reynoldstown.|
|February 2000||• SFS moves to the Atlanta Exposition Center.• Legacy Garden is awarded to The Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club, Decatur.|
|2001||• The Legacy Garden is awarded to Charles R. Drew Charter School, East Lake Neighborhood.|
|2002||• Legacy Garden is awarded to Cook Elementary School and C.W. Hill Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools.• Legacy Garden is awarded to The Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club, Decatur|
|February 2003||• SFS themed Laughter in the Garden held at GWCC.• Legacy Garden is awarded to Historic Oakland Foundation, Oakland Cemetery.|
|2004||• Legacy Garden is awarded to Historic Oakland Foundation, Oakland Cemetery.|
|2005||• Legacy Garden is awarded to Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University.|
|2006||• Legacy Garden is awarded to Horticultural Therapy Garden at Wesley Woods Hospital.• SFS becomes fully independent of the Atlanta Botanical Garden in November ’06. During the 13-year relationship, SFS donated over $1.3 million to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.|
|2007||• Legacy Garden is awarded to The Shepherd Spinal Center.|
|2008||• SHS is born out of the SFS. It is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization planning to promote the knowledge, art and enjoyment of horticulture throughout the Southeastern U.S• Legacy Garden is awarded to Piedmont Hospital’s Byrd Barrier-Free Garden and Infusion Center Deck|
|2009||• Edgewood Community Learning Garden program begins• SFS moves to the Cobb Galleria Centre.• Legacy Garden is awarded to Skyland Trail South Residential Facility.|
|2010||• East Lake Community Learning Garden program begins|
|• Cator Woolford Gardens is recognized as the Legacy Garden• SHS and Friends of English Avenue begin the Friends of English Avenue Community Urban Farm
• The Shepherd Center’s Horticultural Therapy Garden is recognized as the Legacy Garden. •SHS and The Good Samaritan Health Center partner to establish the Good Samaritan Farm. • SHS and The Chastain Park Conservancy partner to establish Farm Chastain. • SHS partners with the East Lake Farmer’s Market to establish the East Lake Urban Farm.