Award-winning artist, floral designer and entertaining guru Cathy Graham has a deliberately offhand sense of beauty. Known for her renowned dinner parties, magnificent table settings and whimsical signature style, Graham will share her entertaining essentials and how to incorporate personal style when designing memorable events. After her presentation, Graham will sign copies of her book, Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table.
Atlanta History Center’s Sarah Roberts is a gardening expert who oversees the celebrated Goizueta Gardens, including Olguita’s Garden, which opens this spring as the first major botanical addition to the History Center campus in more than 30 years. Join Roberts to gain a broader understanding of Atlanta’s heritage from a horticultural perspective. Following her talk, she will lead an informal walking tour through the showhouse’s four featured garden spaces.
Georgia’s garden history is rich with the influence of many, including storied designers like J. Neel Reid, Philip Trammel Shutze and the Olmsted Brothers. Staci L. Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy, authors of Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens, will share the stories of some of Georgia’s most fascinating historic landscapes, public and private. Following their talk, Catron and Eaddy will sign copies of their book.
When the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo collide, it’s time to celebrate with Southern style. Atlanta’s own Les Dames d’Escoffier —an organization of Atlanta’s top female leaders in food, beverage and hospitality—have planned a full day of revelry featuring some of Atlanta’s finest culinary talent. They’ll share tastes and tricks of the trade with guests during lively presentations throughout the day.
Interior design power couple Phoebe and Jim Howard have been designing beautiful homes for decades. Enjoy entertaining banter about their latest finds, the color blue and their latest projects, as well as concrete design and styling tips to take home. After the talk, Phoebe will sign copies of her latest book, Coastal Blues: Mrs. Howard’s Guide to Decorating with the Colors of the Sea and Sky.
Photographer Haley Hojnowski will commemorate your Mother’s Day weekend visit to the showhouse. Bring any special mother figure in your life—moms, grandmothers, friends, mentors—and during your tour, Haley will capture the moment with an image for you to download after the event.
We’ve seen chefs compete on television, transforming a supply of ingredients into a culinary masterpiece. Now, we’re turning the tables! A few of the showhouse’s landscape designers —Lucinda Bray and Tyne Martinez of Floralis Garden Design and Tim Gartland of Hamilton Land Services—will create container displays in various styles. These experts will discuss plant selection and composition, demonstrate techniques and answer questions to help you achieve long-lasting and stunning results at home.
Be among the first to preview this year’s Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens at our opening night party, Moonlight & Magnolias. Raise a glass to Honorary Chair Beth Webb and this year’s talented designers from Atlanta and across the Southeast. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the home and mingle with the participating designers while enjoying cocktails in the garden and dinner catered by Soiree.
Tickets: $175 | Cocktail Attire