Posts Tagged ‘Ellen Hardy’

Kids Enjoy Winter Evergreen Explorers

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

This Saturday, children participated in our Winter Evergreen Explorers class at The Gardens. For more information on all of the adult and family educational opportunities we have to offer at The Gardens, visit

We visited The Gardens and befriended the evergreens. We were fascinated by the pinecones found on many of all shapes and sizes. We learned that seeds travel and that pinecones hold seeds inside!
We made our own paper in different colors and sang songs about recycling. We played games with pinecones and acted out a play with the cones as our stars! We took home longleaf pine (our very own state tree) seedlings to plant at home so we can remember the friendships we made with the trees today. Thanks to International Forestry for donating our seedlings.
This Saturday break with nature was refreshing and fun! Can’t wait to find out what our next Saturday class with Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Fontaine will be!

Children Enjoy Fall Pumpkins Class at The Gardens

Monday, October 31st, 2011

On Saturday, children participated in our Fall Pumpkins class at The Gardens. These youngsters tested pumpkins to see if they rolled, sank or floated. They acted out a play about how the pumpkin grows from seed to fruit on the vine. They tasted roasted pumpkin seeds and even planted their own mini 3 Sisters garden to take home!

Make your plans now to join us for our next special children’s class, Winter Evergreen Explorers, coming up on December 17! Click here for more information and to register today!

Discovery Field Trips Welcomes 85,000th Student

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Discovery Field Trips Welcomes 85,000th Student

On Monday, September 19th, Birmingham Botanical Gardens kicked off its 13th school year, educating Birmingham area children through its free, science-based Discovery Field Trips program. First and second grade students from Hemphill Elementary were presented with certificates to commemorate the occassion before Junior League Docents guided groups through the Barber Alabama Woodlands and the George Washington Carver Garden. Crews from CBS 42 and the Birmingham News looked on as children watched birds with Audubon volunteers, searched for animals and watched sweet potatoes and peanuts dug from the ground. Discovery Field Trips will continue throughout the school year. For more information about how your children can take advantage of this educational opportunity, visit

Executive Director Fred Spicer greets students from Hemphill Elementary.

Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy tells students and teachers from Hemphill Elementary what to expect.

Fred and Ellen present certificates to Hemphill Elementary teachers to commemorate the arrival of our 85,000th student.