Salsa de Mayo returns to The Gardens
Salsa de Mayo returned on May 1, as Chef Lori Sours demonstrated recipes for her Salsa Senorita line of salsa to Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Lunch and Learn: Eat Your Yard
The free Lunch and Learn series continued on Wednesday, as William Randle led participants in “Eat Your Yard,” a look at how to incorporate fruits, vegetables and herbs into existing landscapes. The series will continue on April 9 as Cameron Strouss leads “Medicinal Gardening.” Each Lunch and Learn takes place from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. at The Gardens, and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy while the lecture is ongoing. Desserts and drinks are provided, and each session is free.
Lunch and Learn: Trees and Shrubs
The free Lunch and Learn series returned on March 26, as Mike Rushing led participants in “Trees and Shrubs,” a look at how planting in the right place at the right time makes all the difference. The series will continue on April 9 as Cameron Strouss leads “Medicinal Gardening.” Each Lunch and Learn takes place from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. at The Gardens, and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy while the lecture is ongoing. Desserts and drinks are provided, and each session is free.
[Red Mountain Park Commission Chair Stephen A. Jones, Birmingham Botanical Gardens Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer, former NFL player and Pro Start Academy founder Gary Burley, Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, Red Mountain Park Executive Director David Dionne]
“Freedom Oaks” planting at Red Mountain Park
On Saturday, March 22, Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer joined Red Mountain Park Commission Chair Stephen A. Jones, former NFL player and Pro Start Academy founder Gary Burley, Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell and Red Mountain Park Executive Director David Dionne at Red Mountain Park for a tree planting. In honor of The Gardens 50th anniversary celebration, The Gardens donated 50 “Freedom Oaks” for the project, which has been ongoing in Birmingham since 2009. To learn more about the project, check out a recent post at AL.com.
2014 Cherry Blossom Festival
On Saturday, March 22, visitors to The Gardens enjoyed the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, presented by Japan-America Society of Alabama in the Japanese Gardens. The event began with a presentation by the Briarwood Church Japanese Children’s Group and continued throughout the afternoon with the announcement of a haiku contest winner from Birmingham Public Library and martial arts demonstrations. To learn more about Japan-America Society of Alabama, visit them on the web at www.jasaweb.org.
(David Price, Murray Spencer South, Nancy Spencer Smith, Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer)
David Price headlines 2014 Spencer Lecture
The 2014 Spencer Lecture was held in the Linn-Henley Lecture Hall at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on March 6. President of the Bok Tower Gardens Foundation David Price spoke at 6:30 p.m. about his role and his work, “Bok Tower Gardens: America’s Taj Majal.”
The Art of David Price
President of the Bok Tower Gardens Foundation David Price comes to Birmingham Botanical Gardens for the annual Spencer Lecture on Thursday, March 6. He recently spoke to The Gardens at AL.com about his plant preservation work and his time at the Olmsted designed National Historic Landmark in Lake Wales, Florida. Price also shared some of this art work, here, for The Gardens Blog.
To learn more about the annual free lecture and to reserve a seat online, visit www.bbgardens.org/spencerlecture.
Conservatory at Birmingham Botanical Gardens reopens to the public on February 24
The Gardens is eager to welcome visitors back to the Conservatory, a 50-year-old Birmingham icon which hasn’t been open to the public since April of 2011. A $1.3 million renovation project has given the attraction and classroom new life, and everyone will have an opportunity to enjoy the improvements on Monday, February 24.
Take a little sneak peak!
[Dr. John Floyd, Birmingham District 2 Councilor Kim Rafferty, Birmingham Botanical Gardens Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer]
2014 Annual Member Celebration
On Thursday, January 23, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens held its Annual Member Celebration at the Garden Center. Continuing its year-long, 50th anniversary celebration, The Gardens hosted an evening themed as “Looking Back, Growing Forward,” in which it reflected on its rich history and teased a bright future with Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer.
[Kara Scholl, Shelly Lindstrom, Kristen Murphree]
[Chris Boles (Board Member), Dona Musgrave, Mimi Boston]
[William A. Lalor, Mindy Lalor, Zhaleh McCullers]
[Ed Meadows, Janie Meadows, Andrew J. Noble, Tricia Noble (Past President)]
[Mary Boehm (Board Member), Courtney Pigford, Jay Pigford, Christopher Boehm]
[Charles W. Daniel, Lyndra Daniel]
[Elizabeth Broughton (Board Member), Emily Bowron (Board Member), Leah Hazzard]
2013 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
On Thursday, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens launched a yearlong celebration of its 50th Anniversary at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Honored at the luncheon were (L to R):
A. Brand Walton, Jr. Unsung Hero Volunteer of the Year: Natalie Lee
Ida C. Burns Volunteer of the Year: Mike Rushing
Plantspeople of the Year: Alicia and Ken Hall
Educator of the Year: Carol Hagood
Our Volunteer Partner of the Year was awarded to the Native Plant Group, pictured below (L to R): Ann Katholi, Janice Williams, Sally Price, Peggy Thompson, Mary Phillips, Gail Snyder, Jan Holliday, Linda Nolan and Anne Parrish.
Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer, Former Mayor Bernard Kincaid, Councilor Kim Rafferty, Administrative Assistant to the Mayor Charles Long and former Gardens Director Gary Gerlach
Mary Alice and Bill Thurman
Linda and Archie Blackmon
Verna Gates and Carol Ogle
Peggy Thompson and Mary Phillips
Amanda Clark and Margaret Bish
Membership Assistant Rona Walters, Education Activities Specialist Dawn Coleman, Education Coordinator Ellen Hardy
Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion and Mike Rushing
Conservatory cake created by Pastry Arts
Entertainment provided by Sue Nuckols