Posts Tagged ‘Birmingham’

“Freedom Oaks” planting at Red Mountain Park

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

[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

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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.

Trillium Treasures

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Pictured: Trillium flexipes

Trilliums normally take from five to eight years to flower when propagated from seed, thus few nurseries carry them and, when they are sold, are frequently prohibitively expensive. If you ever find flowering-size trilliums that are not pricey, question if they were dug from the wild, something we strongly discourage.

Two years ago we had the rare opportunity to connect with a person who has been growing trilliums from seed for 20 years and does not sell them until they are at, or near, flowering size. Most of the species are sold in special tube pots that are nearly a gallon and the plants, when leafed out, are about a foot tall and eight to ten inches wide.

We will be selling a limited number of these plants at our Spring Plant Sale but, much like we did two years ago, we’ve decided to take pre-orders so that more people will be able to grow this iconic spring wildflower. This year we are able to offer eight species, all of which are native to Alabama:

  • Trillium cuneatum, sweet Betsy, purple toadshade
  • Trillium luteum, yellow wake-robin, lemon trillium
  • Trillium sulcatum, southern red trillium, furrowed wake-robin
  • Trillium flexipes, nodding trillium, bent trillium
  • Trillium vasyei, sweet wake-robin, trinity flower
  • Trillium erectum, red trillium, purple trillium
  • Trillium grandiflorum, great white trillium, white wake-robin
  • Trillium simile, jeweled wake-robin, sweet white trillium

 

To see images of each of these species, simply Google them.

The prices for these treasures differ depending on the species, and for a preorder we need a minimum order of five plants. If you prefer to purchase single plants, we will have them at the Spring Plant Sale, while they last. Included with each order will be complete planting and cultural information. The last time we conducted this pre-order, some individuals who didn’t want to pay the cost for five plants, teamed up with a friend to split an order.

If interested in placing an order, please go to this page, print it out, fill in the appropriate spaces and return it to Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens by mail or in person We must have your order in hand by no later than Wednesday, March 26, along with your payment (no cash, please).

Plants will be available for pickup beginning Friday, April 2. Should our source run low on any species, we will fill orders in the order they are received.

Note: A well-known, popular specialty nursery is selling these same plants for $22-$30 each, plus shipping cost!

Questions? Please contact: John Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator at jmanion@bbgardens.org

Dr. George Washington Carver Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Dr. George Washington Carver Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Recently, at AL.com, we shared our George Washington Carver Garden, a unique space which has allowed Birmingham children to learn about the discoveries of one of Alabama’s most prolific native sons. Through Discovery Field Trips, Birmingham students have an opportunity to explore crops hands-on. Today at The Gardens Blog, we share more photos from the field trip.

Students from 1st – 6th grade are invited to take part in this Discovery Field Trip, which is offered from September until November from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Transportation is provided for Birmingham City Schools through the Junior League of Birmingham It’s provided for Bessemer City Schools through Vulcan Materials Foundation. Teachers can learn more about this and all Discovery Field Trips at The Gardens website, where they can also learn how to plan an educational opportunity for their own class.

2014 Urban Forestry Fair

Friday, February 21st, 2014

2014 Urban Forestry Fair

The Urban Forestry Fair was held this week at Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham. Staff and volunteers from Birmingham Botanical Gardens were on hand to teach students about the life cycle of trees, specifically oak trees. Two activities, “Tree Cookies” and “Freedom Oaks,” were led.

“Tree cookies” teaches students about determining the age of a fell or living tree by counting the annual rings. Each student received a small hardwood cookie to decorate as a name tag. The students then planted a germinated White Oak seedling collected in October from a local community. They discussed the life cycle of an oak tree.
The students participating were 4th and 5th grade students from Birmingham City Schools.

Conservatory set to reopen on February 24

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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!

Wenonah High School students spend their day of service in the Kaul Wildflower Garden

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Wenonah High School students spend their day of service in the Kaul Wildflower Garden

A group of 35 Juniors from Wenonah High School spent time in the Kaul Wildflower Garden on Thursday. Today was their service day project. The focus of today was to learn more about one of the tourist venues in Birmingham.
They spent the morning spreading bark mulch along the Kaul Wildflower Garden trails, as well as learning about the plants, history and ecology that make this natural area for The Gardens.

Birmingham City Schools hold science fair at The Gardens; students participate in Discovery Field Trips

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Birmingham City Schools hold science fair at The Gardens; students participate in Discovery Field Trips

 

On Tuesday, Birmingham schoolchildren participated in a science fair at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. While judges inspected their work, the students took part in some of the first Discovery Field Trips designed for middle school students.

Plants: Inside Out will get into full swing this spring. Docents are needed, and teachers are invited to begin signing up their classes now free of transportation costs. For more information on scheduling your class for a field trip, contact Education Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 or ehardy@bbgardens.org. For more information on volunteering for the program, contact Volunteer Coordinator Taylor Steele at 205.414.3962 or tsteele@bbgardens.org.

2013 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Friday, December 6th, 2013

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

Parker High School students take part in work training program at The Gardens

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Parker High School students take part in work training program at The Gardens

These three young men are from Parker High School, and participate in the Birmingham City Schools Community-Based Work Training Program. On Tuesday, they planted cool season greens in straw bales as part of a interpretive gardening exhibit outside The Library at The Gardens. Each week they will work on various gardening task to learn more about public gardens, landscaping and horiticulture as a possible career choice.