Posts Tagged ‘Birmingham’

The Gardens welcomes new Louise Agee Wrinkle Native Plant Intern

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Gardens welcomes new Louise Agee Wrinkle Native Plant Intern

The Gardens is excited to share the news that our second Louise Agee Wrinkle – Native Plant Intern has been chosen by Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion. Her name is Jennifer Davidson and she’s a recent graduate of the University of Alabama, where she earned her degree in Environmental Decision-Making. The focus of her studies were environmental policy and ecology.

Jennifer says: “In college I studied ecology and environmental policy, but my hobby was always gardening. As an environmentalist, I value all life on earth, but my passion is plants. Thanks to my plant biology class and others like it, I realized that plants were the most fascinating living things on the planet.”  
And: ”When I ponder my dream job, only three things are clear: I want to work outdoors, I want to work with plants, and I need to contribute to the conservation of nature.”
Jennifer has a rich background of work and volunteerism, including being a gardener at Huntsville Botanical Garden and spending time as a volunteer on a cocoa plantation in Ecuador. 
Dr. John Clark, one of Jennifer’s professors said, when speaking of her enrollment in his classes held in Costa Rica and Ecuador, that: “Jennifer acquired skills in plant identification and collections-based research on biodiversity. In particular, Jennifer was outstanding relative to her peers for recognizing plants to family because of her enthusiasm for learning plant morphology and family characters.”
The first day of Jennifer’s internship will be Monday, May 11; John has a very stimulating and meaningful summer planned for her. She, like our intern last year, has applied for a scholarship to attend the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference.

[PHOTOS] Junior Master Gardener

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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

Spring Plant Sale training at The Gardens

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Spring Plant Sale training at The Gardens
Volunteers spent last Tuesday training for Spring Plant Sale. This year’s Sale will be held April 10-12 at Brookwood Village.
Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer and plant-hawker extraordinaire Mike Rushing offered a number of sensible and easy-to-implement techniques to help us move those mountains of green.
Mark your calendar for this year’s sale! On Friday, April 10, the public sale will be held from 9-7 p.m. On Saturday, April 11, the public sale will be held from 9-5 p.m. And on Sunday, April 12, the public sale will be held from 11-3 p.m. For more information and partial inventory lists as they become available, visit

Woodland in a Jar

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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!

Daxko Software Company at The Gardens

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Daxko Software Company at The Gardens

Twenty team members from Daxko Software Company spent last Friday at The Gardens as part of their semi-annual community impact day. The day was spent building a bog, mulching trails, and planting pansies. The cold weather merely amplified the team spirit and determination to complete the tasks!
Thank you Daxko for a job well done!

Girl Scout Dedication Troop 1017 Bridging and Award Ceremony

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Girl Scout Dedication Troop 1017 Bridging and Award Ceremony

On Saturday, November 1st, Girl Scout troop 1017 held a bridging and award ceremony in the Japanese Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  A Girl Scout bridging ceremony celebrates the advancement of Girl Scouts from one level to the next. The beautiful red bridge over the coy pond was the perfect setting as Girl Scouts Emma, Georgia and Perry received Cadette awards, including the Silver Award pin, and then walked across the bridge to receive their bridge to Senior badge and their Senior awards.

A new addition to the troop, Alex, bridged from Junior to Cadette and was welcomed by her new Girl Scout sisters. Brownie Delilah awaited the girls on the other side where she gave them each the yellow rose of friendship before receiving her own Brownie awards.  The troop is comprised of some very accomplished girls who earned pins in community service, leadership and service to Girl Scouts. Over the summer, the three older girls earned their Silver Award by creating a pollinator habitat near Birmingham Botanical Gardens Apiary. The day’s ceremony concluded with a photo shoot of Emma, Georgia, and Perry in front of the pollinator habitat.

Smith Middle School visits The Gardens

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Smith Middle School visits The Gardens

On Wednesday, November 5, a group of 7th graders from Smith Middle School visited The Gardens to take place in the Plants: Inside Out! Discovery program, part of Discovery Field Trips. They were joined by the trustees of the James Milton and Sallie R. Johnson Foundation.

Pollinators are now a Teaching Priority!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Pollinators are now a Teaching Priority!

Last Wednesday, The Gardens, along with Alabama Outdoor Classroom Project hosted 30 teachers for a full-day workshop on developing and sustaining an outdoor garden.

Teachers received valuable information and classroom resources to be successful in creating and maintaining  a sustainable outdoor classroom and pollinator garden.
One of the highlights of the afternoon session, was an interpretive walk around  our newly landscaped pollinator display habitat. The new education  garden will be used in conjunction with our upcoming Discovery Field Trip focusing on pollinators is slated to begin spring of 2015!
Come and check out this wonderful new addition to The Gardens!

Docents Learn the Incredible Process of Plants -Inside and Out!

Thursday, September 25th, 2014


Docents Learn the Incredible Process of  Plants -Inside and Out!
Plants Inside Out training for volunteers was a great way to begin preparations for welcoming middle school classes to The Gardens for Free Discovery Field Trips in Alabama’s largest-living museum! The Gardens welcomed eight volunteers on Tuesday; the first volunteers to create a middle school specialist docent group. Education staff guided labs including making leaf impressions from real plant material, leaf chromatography and a gas experiment in the Conservatory using technology.
The program goals target photosynthesis and make the invisible more visible through interactive and hands on science based labs.
Plants Inside Out has been made possible by The James Milton & Sallie R. Johnson Foundation.
For more information about volunteering, contact Taylor Steele at 205.414.3962 or
For more information about scheduling your class, contact Ellen Hardy. at 205.414.3953 or

Fall Yoga Series for families

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Fall Yoga Series for families

On Wednesday, families were led by Annie Damsky of Villager Yoga in the Fall Yoga Series for families. The seesions take place each Wednesday at 3:30 until November 19. To learn more about rates and to reserve a spot online, visit