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Member’s Day Trip visits Coach Pat Dye’s Quail Hollow

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Member’s Day Trip visits Coach Pat Dye’s Quail Hollow

On Thursday, May 9, members of Birmingham Botanical Gardens took the annual Member’s Day Trip. This year, the group visited former Auburn coach Pat Dye’s Quail Hollow Gardens near Auburn. More than 5,000 Japanese maples sit on the property where Dye led members on a tour.

Mothers Day at The Gardens with Get Into The Gardens and the Birmingham Rose Society

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Mothers Day at The Gardens with Get Into The Gardens and the Birmingham Rose Society

Su Reid-St. John, Birmingham Botanical Gardens volunteer and Jefferson County Master Gardener, led a group in the Mother’s Day Herb Pot Demonstration. The two ornamental pots for the demonstration were donated by Leaf & Petal at The Gardens. 
On Saturday, May 18, the Get Into The Gardens demonstration at 1 p.m. will be “Easy Container Gardening: Building a Pollinators’ Paradise.” 

Robert Eskew from the Birmingham Rose Society, and a Garden Docent, led a large group around the Dunn and Old Fashion Rose Gardens as a part of the Mother’s Day Get Into The Gardens program, and the annual Birmingham Rose Show.

Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. plants Coretta Scott King rose at The Gardens

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Coretta Scott King rose planted at The Gardens by Mayor William A. Bell, Sr.

On Friday, Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. joined Dr. Michael Wesley, Sr. and Executive Director Fred Spicer in the Dunn Formal Rose Garden for a ceremonial planting of the Coretta Scott King rose. The rose is a new variety that was created by Weeks Roses in Wasco, California in honor of King and planted in honor of both Mother’s Day and as part of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement.

PHOTOS: Loveman’s Department Store artifacts displayed at The Gardens

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Loveman’s Department Store Display at Southern Tales

On Sunday, the Birmingham History Museum loaned pieces from Loveman’s Department Stores to The Gardens for display during Southern Tales presents: In Her Own Fashion by Dolores Hydock. The one-woman play tells the story of Ninette Griffith, one-time Fashion Coordinator at the Birmingham store. If you missed it, here are some photos of the items that were displayed.

PHOTOS: Salsa de Mayo

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Junior Board presents: Salsa de Mayo

On Thursday, May 2, Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical Gardens welcomed Lori Sours, the Salsa Senorita. Sours shared recipes for creating unique salsa dishes as the Junior Board welcomed the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Loveman’s Department Store artifcats on display at The Gardens

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Loveman’s Department Store artifcats on display at The Gardens

Southern Tales presents: “In Her Own Fashion,” a one-woman play performed by Dolores Hydock will be featured at The Gardens on Sunday, May 5. The play is the true story of Ninette Griffith, the one-time Fashion Coordinator for Loveman’s Department Stores. The original location, shown above, was at the corner of 19th Street and 3rd Avenue North in the space now filled by the McWane Science Center.

To honor the event, the Birmingham History Museum has loaned Archivist Jason Kirby a collection of hats, hat boxes, hat stands, credit cards, receipts and women’s apparel from the original store that will be on display this weekend at The Gardens. [photos courtesy of Birmingham History Museum, Executive Director Jerry Desmond]

To purchase tickets online, visit www.bbgardens.org/southerntales.

 

PHOTOS: Earth Day at The Gardens

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Earth Day at The Gardens

Over 400 visited The Gardens on Saturday, April 27 for Alabama’s longest-running Earth Day celebration. Visitors were able to take advantage of hands-on children’s activities and learn of ways to live environmentally sound. Community gardening was a focus of this year’s event, which invited local vendors like the East Lake Farmers Market, Painted Shovel, Coop and Caboodle and The Backyard Pantry to offer ideas on recycling, raising chickens in an urban environment and building raised planting beds. John Scalici’s Juka Tribe offered an eclectic mix of world music sounds in the Garden Center, while the Get Into The Gardens demonstration series complemented the celebration with “Easy Container Gardening: Planting Peppers.”

Junior Board presents Spring Mixology

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Junior Board hosts Spring Mixology

On Thursday, April 18, Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosted Spring Mixology in the Arrington Plant Adventure Zone. Sheena Whitaker led a large group which complemented hors d’oeuvres with their own cocktail creations.

Arrington Plant Adventure Zone: The Labyrinth

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Arrington Plant Adventure Zone: The Labyrinth

Our Plant Adventures programs focus on the significance of the interaction between people and their plants and gardens. In the month of April, the Arrington Plant Adventure Zone features a classical seven-circuit labyrinth laid out in stone on the grass ring. Plant Adventures Coordinator Jennifer Sanders explains the details: 
 
Many people report that spending time in a garden nourishes their spirit. A popular feature in both public and private gardens, labyrinths have been used for centuries as a space for walking contemplation. 
If you’ve never walked one before, fear not. You can’t get lost. From the entrance of the labyrinth, follow the path to the center. Once there, pause as long as you like for silence, reflection or prayer before returning along the same path to exit.
Our Plant Adventures labyrinth will remain in place until the end of April. We intend to make this an annual event, trying different labyrinth patterns in the future. And while our current labyrinth cannot be traveled in a wheelchair, we have plans in the works for a collaborative effort to establish a permanent labyrinth in the community that will be wheelchair accessible. 
Directions: The Arrington Plant Adventure Zone can be reached by walking down the education hallway in the Garden Center and exiting through the double doors. It is open to the public during Garden Center hours. 

If you’d like to be notified of future labyrinth plans or have questions or comments, please contact me at jsanders@bbgardens.org or leave me a note in the comment jar in the Plant Adventure Zone. 

2013 Spring Plant Sale

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Photos from 2013 Spring Plant Sale

It was another successful year for Spring Plant Sale, held this year in the former J.C. Penney location at Century Plaza. Thousands took advantage of the wide selection and expertise offered at The Gardens’ largest plant sale of the year. Because of Birmingham’s support, the money raised by The Gardens at Spring Plant Sale allows it to achieve its educational mission, funding programs like Discovery Field Trips which has provided a free, curriculum-based science education to nearly 100,000 Birmingham area schoolchildren over the last decade. Check out some photos of the volunteers and people that made it great!