Posts Tagged ‘Certificate in Native Plant Studies’

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.

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

Volunteers Work at the Birmingham Zoo Quail Habitat

Friday, December 9th, 2011

On Saturday, December 3, volunteers from our Certificate in Native Plant Studies series spent time working at the quail habitat at the Birmingham Zoo. This unique volunteer opportunity is one of many only available to participants in the program. For more information on how you can enroll in the program and take advantage of volunteer opportunities like these, visit our website. While you’re there, you can register for classes online.

Digital Photography of Native Plants

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

On Wednesday, November 9, Bob Farley led an elective in our Certificate in Native Plant Studies program – Digital Photography of Native Plants. Instruction was given on how to translate what you see with your eye to a digital image. Topics included:  lenses, tripods and light modifiers to create interesting images. Follow the link above to learn more about all of the educational opportunities in this program and to sign up today!

Certificate in Native Plant Studies

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Sample of Previous Classes offered in Certificate in Native Plant Studies

– Introduction to the Study of Native Plants (core)

– Non-Native Invasive Plants Workshop (elective)

– Native Woody Plants in Summer (elective)

– Introduction to Botany (core)

– Native Ferns and Their Relatives (elective)

– Introduction to Soil Science (elective)

– Introduction to Plant Taxonomy/Plant Classification (core)

– Native Plants for Pollinators (elective)

– Medicinal and Edible Plants (elective)

– Ecology of Alabama Native Plants (core)

– Nighttime on the Cahaba – by Canoe! (field trip)

Bats and Plants (field trip)

Movable Plants: Creating Beautiful Container Gardens with Native Plants

Spring Identification of Native Woody Plants (elective)

What’s That Plant? A Workshop for Learning How to Identify Plants (elective)

Summer Identification of Native Woody Plants (elective)

The Fascinating World of Carnivorous Plants (elective)

– Autumn at Moss Rock Preserve (field trip)

– Village Creek Canyon (field trip)

– Introduction to Native Plant Conservation (core)

– Autumn Identification of Native Woody Plants (elective)