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Fossils to Ferns to Flowers

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Fossils to Ferns to Flowers – and Everything in Between; the Story of Plant Evolution 

On Saturday February 22, Brian Axsmith, Ph.D. of the University of South Alabama leads “Fossils to Ferns to Flowers – and Everything in Between; the Story of Plant Evolution,” an elective in the Certificate in Native Plant Studies series. Any of you who took Brian’s previous class will understand why we were eager to invite him back! A noted paleobotanist, Brian possesses and in-depth knowledge of the evolution of plants and their fossil records.

Learn more and register online at www.bbgardens.org/plantstudies.

Fossils to Ferns to Flowers – and Everything in Between
The Story of Plant Evolution (elective)
Instructor: Brian Axsmith, Ph.D.
Saturday, February 22 | 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden
$40 Members | $45 Non-Members

When did plants first invade the land and what did they look like? Where were they found, and how did they evolve into what we see today? How do researchers determine relationships between groups of plants? This class will answer these questions between groups of plants? This class will answer these questions and offer access to fossils of the earliest known seed and leaf, fossil conifer cones and herbarium specimens – to help us understand how the fascinating world of plants evolved. Time will be spent in The Gardens to corroborate all these topics with live plants.

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!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as part of a community-wide day of service, a volunteer workday was held at The Gardens on January 20. Participants engaged in a variety of tasks in a couple areas of The Gardens. Over 55 volunteers, adults and teens, came out from organizations like BBVA Compass, Youth Serve of Birmingham and Hands on Birmingham.

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]

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

Discovery Field Trips launches first program for middle school students

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Discovery Field Trips launches first program for middle school students

In November, Birmingham Botanical Gardens welcomed Highlands School sixth graders and students from Bessemer’s gifted program to become the first middle schools to participate in the first Discovery Field Trip designed for middle school students. Over the last decade, Discovery Field Trips have offered free, science-based programming for almost 100,000 kindergarten-sixth grade students. 

Plants: Inside Out paves a pathway for students to discover photosynthesis through three hands-on science labs. Labs include making slides from leaves to view stomata with field microscopes, using technology to measure carbon dioxide, and discovering why leaves change color. Post field trip, they can use their new discoveries to design their own ideas for renewable energy, similar to scientists in the real world. 

A student from Highlands said, “Out of all my experiences, I’ve learned the most in this field trip. I really had a great time.” Highlands Science Teacher Sam Kindervater said, “Great intro or wrap-up for a plant unit.” The “hands-on components and outside activities” were what they enjoyed most. Bessemer Gifted Teacher Daphne Shade stated, “The labs were very informational and interesting. The students really enjoyed the experience.” 

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.

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]

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens takes its first look at Conservatory renovations

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer leads Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Conservatory tour

As the Conservatory renovations near completion at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer led staff members on their first tour of the Birmingham landmark since renovations began earlier this year. The interior looked much different on Friday than it did earlier in 2013, and we captured a few photos to share until it is opened to the public.