Posts Tagged ‘Jason Kirby’

Children’s Summer Camps visits The Archives and Rare Book Room at The Library at The Gardens

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Children’s Summer Camps visits The Archives and Rare Book Room at The Library at The Gardens

During “Passport to Imagination Station” in July, campers visited one of The Gardens’ hidden treasures – The Archives and Rare Book Room. Check out photos of their visit, and visit http://www.bbgardens.org/library-rare.php to learn more! To set up your own visit, email jkirby@bbgardens.org.

Garden docents learn about plant families and taxonomy

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Garden docents learn about plant families and taxonomy

On Tuesday morning, garden docents participated in a presentation on plant families and taxonomy. Gardens of study were Dunn Formal Rose, McReynolds and Southern Living Gardens. Melanie Johns, Birmingham Botanical Gardens plant taxonomist, enlightened our docents about some of the changes in taxonomy regarding some species found in The Gardens.

Gardeners, horticulturists and plant nurseries are mainly affected by taxonomic name changes which occur as a result of advances in botanical knowledge leading to a reclassification of plants. The great majority of cases happen when a plant is transferred from one higher taxon to another, e.g. a species to another genus, due to the reassessment of its position in a particular classification.

The only thing consistent in the plant world is change. Today the majority of botanists and taxonomists are working towards an objectively argued classification system. Many existing classification schemes are somewhat artificial because they reflect the viewpoints of individual taxonomists, rather than attempting to show the patterns in the way plants actually have evloved or how they are related to one another.

The adoption of such an improved system would benefit not only the plant breeder, but also all those looking for plant products and sources of beneficial characteristics, which may be found in closely related species. Name changes will therefore be inevitable as taxonomist move in this direct. A consensus of views should be encourage in order to find which names would be most widely accepted by the botanical community.

Loveman’s Department Store artifcats on display at The Gardens

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Loveman’s Department Store artifcats on display at The Gardens

Southern Tales presents: “In Her Own Fashion,” a one-woman play performed by Dolores Hydock will be featured at The Gardens on Sunday, May 5. The play is the true story of Ninette Griffith, the one-time Fashion Coordinator for Loveman’s Department Stores. The original location, shown above, was at the corner of 19th Street and 3rd Avenue North in the space now filled by the McWane Science Center.

To honor the event, the Birmingham History Museum has loaned Archivist Jason Kirby a collection of hats, hat boxes, hat stands, credit cards, receipts and women’s apparel from the original store that will be on display this weekend at The Gardens. [photos courtesy of Birmingham History Museum, Executive Director Jerry Desmond]

To purchase tickets online, visit www.bbgardens.org/southerntales.

 

New Display in Archives and Rare Book Room

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Here are images of a fascinating display mounted by Jason Kirby, whom oversees our Archives and Rare Book Room in The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This was on display during our recent Central South Native Plant Conference and illustrated the history of plant collecting. Some of the items displayed included: some rare early florae (books listing all the plants in a given area), press boards (used to press and dry specimens), vascular (tin containers in which to carry live specimens), old herbarium voucher specimens (pressed dried plants kept long-term), and a old lithograph of Karl Linnaeus – “the father of modern taxonomy.” Jason even included a modern microscope through which visitors could examine some of the old pressed specimens.