Archive for the ‘Donors’ Category

Avondale School visits The Gardens

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Avondale School visits The Gardens

On May 6, 3rd grade students at Avondale School visited The Gardens to take part in Discovery Field Trips. Mr. and Mrs. William “Bill” Barnes provided a picnic lunch for the group. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes have adopted classes at Avondale School, and each year, they welcome their students, teachers and parents for a complimentary lunch at The Gardens following their visit for Discovery Field Trips.

Mr. Barnes talked to the students about the rewards that can come from hard work in school years, and the lunch was to reward students for a year of accomplishments and to encourage them to give their best to their future education. In addition, he congratulated the teachers and principal, Dr. Ann Curry, for their leadership. 
  
Executive Director and CEO Fred Spicer encouraged students to study hard in science and math to lead them to promising careers in upcoming science and technology fields. 
 
Education Activities Specialist Dawn Coleman, Donor Relations Officer Drew Rickel and Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy also showed their support from The Gardens.
 
Rotary Club of Birmingham’s Margaret Debardeleben congratulated students and teachers on their new playground which was recently made possible by Rotary Club of Birmingham.

Kaul Wildflower Garden Spring 2014 donor tour

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Kaul Wildflower Garden Spring 2014 donor tour

Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion led a group of Birmingham Botanical Gardens donors on an exclusive tour on Wednesday. Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer joined the group as they explored the unique blooms in one of the most unique gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

2014 Annual Member Celebration

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

[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]

Fall Donor Event

Monday, November 25th, 2013

[Craig Fravert, Jane Hinds, Cindy Fravert]

Fall Donor Event

On Thursday, November 21, the annual Fall Donor Event was held at the home of Bill and Emily Bowron. Over 60 supporters of Birmingham Botanical Gardens enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

[Harold Bissel, Mena Brock, John Brock]

[Tricia and Jim Holbrook]

[Holly DeBuys, Bob DeBuys, Michael Balliet, Peggy Balliet]

Sara Askew Jones dedication held on Tuesday

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

[L to R: John Jones, Fred Spicer, Robert Martin, John Floyd]

Sara Askew Jones dedication held on Tuesday

On Tuesday, June 4, the recently completed Sara Askew Jones Arbor was dedicated at the entrance of the Hess Camellia Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Named for the longtime Healthy Living Editor at Southern Living, the arbor was installed by Robinson Iron Inc. and volunteer John Jones. It was made possible through a generous donation by the Jones family, friends and former co-workers at Southern Living, the Lucille S. Beeson Charitable Trust, Rebar Express and Ready Mix U.S.A. The arbor was also made possible with in-kind service from the City of Birmingham. It was designed by former Southern Living Architecture Editor Robert Martin. 

Martin, a 1992 graduate from Auburn University’s School of Architecture, began his career as a field architectural draftsman for the Historic American Engineering Record before becoming the Architecture Editor for Southern Living. Along with two other Southern Living alums, he created an online business, www.getmorecurbappeal.com, in 2010 where he serves as the Head Residential Designer. A native of Hartselle, Martin now resides in Birmingham.

Japanese Garden Tour

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Japanese Gardens Tour

On May 16, donors at Birmingham Botanical Gardens were led on a tour of the Japanese Gardens by Executive Director Fred Spicer.

[L to R: Gene Boles, Kathryn Jones, Ellie Jones, Chris Boles]

[L to R: Mayor Lawrence Terry Oden, Barbara "Bobbie" Glaze and Dr. Robert P. "Bob" Glaze]

[L to R: Deborah "Debbie" Strauss, Leo Kayser and Sandra Oden]

[L to R: Constance "Connie" O'Brien, Ellen Crowley]

Sara Askew Jones Arbor completed in Hess Camellia Garden

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Sara Askew Jones Arbor completed in Hess Camellia Garden

Over the weekend, Robinson Iron Inc. and John Jones completed the installation of a new arbor at the entrance of the Hess Camellia Garden. The Sara Askew Jones Arbor is named for the Healthy Living Editor of Southern Living magazine, a beloved friend of many people within and outside Southern Progress cooperation. She was a person with a warm heart, caring smile, helping hand and friend to all. She was a multiple time cancer survivor. As one of her former coworkers wrote, “It is an amazing tribute to a beautiful person.” Her family and any one that knew Sara would agree. 

The arbor was made possible through a generous donation from Ms. Jones’s family, friends and former coworkers at Southern Living, the Lucille S. Beeson charitable trust, Rebar Express and Ready Mix U.S.A. It was designed by former Southern Living Architecture Editor Robert Martin.

Sculptor Jesus Moroles visits Granite Garden

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Granite Garden repairs overseen by sculptor Jesus Moroles

Sculptor Jesus Moroles, who created Granite Garden in 1988, was back in town to consult with The Gardens on maintenance and repairs. A severe freeze last winter, coupled with a power failure that knocked out a heater, resulted in a few broken pipes and small cracks in the granite. People may have noticed that water in several of the uprights had not been flowing. With in-kind assistance from City of Birmingham plumbers and Birmingham Botanical Gardens staff, several of the large base stones were removed and several broken pipes were repaired. Moroles is putting together a plan for continued maintenance, and specifications for fixing the cracks, replacing all the copper piping with freeze-resistant polyethylene pipe, and re-setting some of the base stones.

The Gardens houses more than 30 unique works of original outdoor sculpture.

(Funding for Granite Garden was provided by Arnold and Rose Steiner and the National Endowment for the Arts. The consultation is being funded by The Friends.)

 

Conservatory Renovation Project

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Conservatory at Birmingham Botanical Gardens to undergo $1.4 million renovation project

In 2013, one of Birmingham’s most iconic sights will undergo a $1.4 million renovation project, allowing the Conservatory at Birmingham Botanical Gardens to open to the public for the first time since April of 2011. Originally opened in December of 1963 and designed by the now defunct Lord & Burnham firm, the building has become a rare piece of architecture as many similar structures across the nation have since been razed. Though safety concerns about the building’s glass ceiling forced its closure, the structure remains sturdy and especially worthy of preservation as one of the last of its kind.

This project, Phase I of a series envisioned in The Gardens’ master plan, will begin in earnest in May, after the season’s final frost. This phase will include stripping the old glass and cleaning the structure, upgrading base electrical distribution and automating ventilation sashes, repairing interior partition walls and replacing doors, remediating asbestos and lead, re-glazing with safety glass, restoring the original entrance appearance and installing an internal mylar shade blanket and insulation system. Its completion will allow the Conservatory to open for public use for the first time in two years. September is the targeted date for completion, in time for the new school year’s return of Discovery Field Trips, The Gardens’ award-winning, curriculum-based educational programs which have provided a free science education to nearly 100,000 Birmingham children over the last decade. Phase I does not include new exhibits, and some old exhibits have been removed from the Conservatory in order to facilitate the project.

The Pennington Group, Inc. has been awarded the project. Based in Birmingham, The Pennington Group, Inc. is a commercial contractor offering a full range of construction services, registered and licensed in the state of Alabama. The Pennington Group, Inc. has developed a firm foundation for commercial construction and is often selected as the contractor for interior renovation, rebuilding, demolition and build-out projects. The City of Birmingham funded $115,000 for the design and engineering performed by Montgomery Smith, Inc. in 2012; principle Jim Smith has been retained for construction administration Phase I. The City also supplied in-kind services to shepherd this project through the design and bidding process.

The $1.4 million Conservatory Improvement Project, Phase I, was made possible through the generous donations of: The Lucille S. Beeson Charitable Trust, The Brooke Family Foundation, City of Birmingham, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Lyndra and Bill Daniel, The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Lorol Roden Bowron Rediker Rucker Foundation and two anonymous donors. Additional funding was provided by The Butrus Family Advised Fund at Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and The Holly Oak Garden Club.

This project is just Phase I of a lengthy plan to maximize the potential of The Gardens’ Conservatory. While it will conclude with the facility being open for Discovery Field Trips, long-term plans envision an even brighter future:

Phase II: addition of indoor exhibits

Phase III: addition of horticulture office and maintenance building

Phase IV: addition of conservatory buildings, concert stage and conservatory terraces

Phase V: addition of new potting shed and production greenhouses

Phase VI: addition of activities building and public restrooms, Persian Garden, expanded Bruno Vegetable Garden, Herb Terrace and Carver crops

We’re eager to see one of the Magic City’s landmarks evolve over the coming years! Come see us grow at Birmingham Botanical Gardens!

2012 Fall Donor Event

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

(Carolyn and Henry Ray)

2013 Fall Donor Event

On November 1, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens held its annual Fall DonorAppreciation Event at the Swann House owned by Daniel and Brooke Coleman. Nearly 100donors gathered for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Magic City landmark. Among guests in attendance were Robert and Holly de Buys, Margi Ingram, Lyle Hohnke, Zachary Westall, Brad White, Diana Slaughter, Philip Morris, Barbara Sauer, Scott and Kelley Walton, William and Carolyn Satterfield, Thomas and Cathy Adams, Frances Blount, Tom and Elizabeth Broughton, Barbara Burton, Mike and Paula Rushing, Gene and Chris Boles, June Mays and Charles and Cheryl Mayer. A toast was raised to outgoing board president Henry Ray, while the group welcomed Tricia Noble into the position for 2013 and 2014.

(Alleen Cater, Lyle Hohnke)

(Bill and Carolyn Satterfield)

(Brad White and Barbara Saurer)

(Brooke and Daniel Coleman)

(Charles and Cheryl Mayer)

(Diana Slaughter, Brooke Coleman, Renee Blalock)

(Frances Blount, Dorothy Taloe, Margi Ingram)

(Gene and Chris Boles)

(Henry Ray, Margi Ingram)

(Holly and Bob de Buys)

(Leo and Jackie Shaia, Phillip Morris)

(Lou Willie and Cindy Comford)

(Natalie Lee, Joy Kloess)

(Kelley and Scott Walton)

(Zack Westall Tiffany and Cliff Campbell Andrew Urbain)