Posts Tagged ‘Ellen Hardy’

Student Art Display

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Student Art Display

The Gardens is proud to display student original works inspired by visits to The Gardens for what became a combination of a Discovery Field Trip made possible by Junior League of Birmingham, tours of The Archives and our Japanese Garden Collection led by Library Archivist Jason Kirby and explorations of Japanese Gardens. These vibrant, enlightening works combining haiku, iMovies, pastels, photography and watercolors will be on display in The Garden Center, Education wing, during the summer of 2015.

Birmingham City School’s Mr. Timothy Hogan’s students visited for a Discovery Field Trip and Highlands Day School’s Mrs. Anna Shelley’s students visited during their County of Study: Japan. These students were not aware that their similar culminating projects were in the works just as we were surprised to be the proud recipients. In the future, The Gardens will give even more students the opportunity to display their art in its Education wing walkway, which will be energized and educational, inspired by the students who made it possible.

The Garden Center and the Student Art Inspiration Display is open Monday-Sunday from 8-5 p.m. For the opportunity to display your students’ original works related to The Gardens, please contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 or

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.

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

Docent Training – September 2014

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Docent Training – September 2014

As The Gardens welcomes a new school year, it also welcomed special guests and education partners, Birmingham Audubon Society! On Tuesday, September 9, Education Manager Helena Uber-Wamble and BAS Volunteers Ty Keith and Louise Ayer Tommie introduced docents to the joys of bird watching as they do for the many school students during Discovery Field Trips. Participants also went birding along the new Secret Life of Trees trail (kindergarten trail) and accomplish 2-in-1! 

The Gardens’ own Dawn Coleman and Ellen Hardy also led the training session.

Growing Through Yoga

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Growing Through Yoga

It was a great day for “Growing Through Yoga,” a Children’s Summer Camp, at The Gardens today! Campers have been on a yoga adventure as they grow like trees, flowers, butterflies and other garden creatures. They are learning to build strength and balance in yoga poses inspired by the landscape and architecture of The Gardens while calming and focusing their minds with nature walks and meditations. Yoga games and special crafts like bubble snakes, herbal sugar scrubs, garden dream catchers and more are making it even more fun leaving campers feeling joyful and refreshed! Stay tuned for more classes such as this coming up this year!   

“Growing Through Yoga” was led by Annie Damsky of Villager Yoga.

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.

Smith Middle School visits The Gardens

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Smith Middle School visits The Gardens

Smith Middle School is the latest to take part in The Gardens’ Plants: Inside Out! Discovery Field Trips program for middle schools students. Seventh graders from Ms. Henderson’s science class and Ms. Giles’s reading class visited The Gardens this week to explore.

To learn how your class can take advantage of our FREE, curriculum-based science education programs, visit The Gardens online.

Dr. George Washington Carver Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Dr. George Washington Carver Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Recently, at, 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.

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 For more information on volunteering for the program, contact Volunteer Coordinator Taylor Steele at 205.414.3962 or

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