Family Fishing Rodeo
On Saturday, June 6, Birmingham Botanical Gardens participated in Birmingham Parks and Recreation’s Family Fishing Rodeo at East Lake Park. Check out the photos!
Student Art Display
The Gardens is proud to display student original works inspired by visits to The Gardens for what became a combination of a Discovery Field Trip made possible by Junior League of Birmingham, tours of The Archives and our Japanese Garden Collection led by Library Archivist Jason Kirby and explorations of Japanese Gardens. These vibrant, enlightening works combining haiku, iMovies, pastels, photography and watercolors will be on display in The Garden Center, Education wing, during the summer of 2015.
Birmingham City School’s Mr. Timothy Hogan’s students visited for a Discovery Field Trip and Highlands Day School’s Mrs. Anna Shelley’s students visited during their County of Study: Japan. These students were not aware that their similar culminating projects were in the works just as we were surprised to be the proud recipients. In the future, The Gardens will give even more students the opportunity to display their art in its Education wing walkway, which will be energized and educational, inspired by the students who made it possible.
The Garden Center and the Student Art Inspiration Display is open Monday-Sunday from 8-5 p.m. For the opportunity to display your students’ original works related to The Gardens, please contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Member Day Trip
On Thursday, June 4, Members at Birmingham Botanical Gardens visited Stone Hollow Farmstead in Harpersville, Alabama. There, they learned more about the cheeses and skin care products produced at the farm, and they participated in a pickling class, each leaving with their finished product. Members also enjoyed a delicious lunch from The Pantry, based in Crestline Village.
Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical Gardens kicks off summer in style
On May 19, Junior Board welcomed summer with their “Kick off to Summer” event. Chef Lori Sours taught the class how to prepare a watermelon salsa, a spicy shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs with jalapenos and the evening’s featured cocktail, the Paloma.
On Friday, May 8, Darla Williamson brings “Beginning Zentangle” to The Gardens from 5:30-9 p.m. She has offered a guest blog post to The Gardens Blog to talk more about this unique educational opportunity. To register for “Beginning Zentangle” online, visit www.bbgardens.org.classes.
“Honey, I love your mother, but what am I supposed to do with this Zentangle® stuff?” That is the question I asked my husband when my Zentangle kit arrived in the mail from my mother-in-law in late 2010! Little did I know how much impact a little box would have on my life!
First of all, what is Zentangle®?
Zentangle is an easy to learn, fun and relaxing method of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts created the Zentangle Method about 10 years ago to share the relaxation and focus you feel as you create a Zentangle. It is a very mindful activity – a great way to relax and be in the moment. It is liberating – no rulers, no erasers, just a pen, pencil, tile and room to explore. It is worldwide – there are currently about 1,500 Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZTs) in 25 countries around the world! (I was certified in October, 2011.) It is very now – in Shutterstock’s Creative Trends for 2015 report, they used video clips, music tracks and 47 million images to look at which searches and styles were on the rise to predict creative trends for 2015. Zentangle was named as one of the Top 5 Design Trends.
What I love about Zentangle®
There are no mistakes! – Zentangle is not about trying to be perfect or make an exact replica. There is way more beauty in imperfection anyway! Zentangle is about being in the moment, enjoying the moment, and the bonus is you have a little piece of art as a result of your time. I think one of my favorite things about Zentangle is that you can take it and make it what you like. If we are working on a tangle (pattern) and you are inspired to embellish it your own way – that’s ok. Creativity – it really opens Pandora’s Box! Not only for me, but students frequently tell me stories about how Zentangle has helped them realize they are creative and they try lots of new things they never imagined they could do, and people who already work in another art form tell me how it helps them take a fresh approach to their art! Anyone can do it! – it really is true – almost anyone can do it. I’ve taught Zentangle to almost 1,500 people since March 2012, from all walks of life – doctors, lawyers, teachers, housewives (aka domestic goddesses), artists, bee keepers, yoga instructors, fitness experts, nurses, corporate types (from executives to entry level), clowns (seriously!), students, small business owners, in a homeless shelter trying to get their lives back on track, and everything in between, Age 5 to Age 90, recovering from strokes, With OCD, ADD, Autism and Depression. Relaxation – I get so relaxed doing Zentangle I lose track of time, ask my husband 🙂
Walking a new Path
I’ve always been creative and have dabbled in many things – interior design, homemade bath products, wire art, travel tags, and I took a pottery class 20+ years ago that I loved. When I received the kit in late 2010, I had been in the corporate world over 15 years, in banking 12, and in Birmingham 10 years. For many years I loved my bank job in distribution planning (figuring out how many branches a market should have, where they should be, managing projects). I could look for creative solutions to problems, I loved working with people all across the southeast and I loved the sense of accomplishment. But I had reached a point where the stress level was no longer cyclical, it was pretty much nonstop, and I knew I wanted to do something different, but had no idea what. So I opened my little box, pulled out the pens and got to work! I loved it. I woke up one morning with an overwhelming voice in my head saying “Teach Zentangle!” It took six months for me to get into a certification class, but in October 2011 I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher and I quit my job on January 31, 2012! Teaching Zentangle has blessed me in more ways than I ever imagined. I’ve met wonderful people and I get to share my love of art with them. I also get to be creative every day – I also do pottery, mixed media, and fiber art!
Spring Donor Tour of the Kaul Wildflower Garden
On Wednesday, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion led donors on a tour of his native collection. The group was honored to be joined by trustee and former Board of Directors President Mary Carolyn Cleveland. Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens hopes to host another tour soon, with a date to be announced.
Junior Master Gardener
Junior Master Gardener returns to Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Saturday, March 21 from 9-noon. “Ecology and Environment” will be the focus of the program’s third session.
Julie Danley leads each class, an international youth gardening program of the university cooperative Extension network. Junior Master Gardener engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment and cultivate the mind.
Junior Master Gardner also inspires youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects and rewards them with certification and recognition.
Children can get involved in exploring their world through meaningful activities that encourage leadership development, personal pride and responsibility and community involvement. Youth involved in the program develop critical thinking skills and the ability to identify community concerns and take action to address them through individual group projects.
The program is targeted toward children ages 6-12. Individual sessions are available for $45, while packages can be purchased for $365. To learn more about all of the sessions on the 2015 calendar and to register online, visit www.bbgardens.org/classes.
Woodland in a Jar
A great time was had by all during our Woodland in a Jar program at The Gardens on Saturday! Kaul Wildflower Curator John Manion and Plant Adventures Program Specialist Brooke McMinn were joined by nine enthusiastic children, along with three equally eager adults, for an autumn adventure in terrarium building.
John and Brooke began the program by talking with the group about the definition and importance of ecosystems and what makes Alabama’s ecosystems so special. The discussion also included a conversation about scale and how to select appropriate plants and objects for use in a terrarium. We then led the group on a walk through the Barber Alabama Woodlands garden to look at some of the plants we would be using for the terrariums and to collect some additional materials. Finally, we returned with the group to the Arrington Plant Adventure Zone where everyone carefully constructed their own unique terrarium ecosystem. Take a look some of the fabulous mini-versions of Alabama woodlands that participants took home!
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