Posts Tagged ‘John Manion’

What’s in bloom at The Gardens? 4.9.12

Monday, April 9th, 2012

What’s in Bloom at The Gardens? 4.9.12

As Spring continues to bloom at The Gardens, the Kaul Wildflower Garden continues to be a gorgeous spot. Above, Kalmia latifolia blooms. Below are many more of the things that can be seen around The Gardens today.

Chionanthus virginicus

Erigeron sp.

Aquilegia sp.

Phlox divaricata

Rhododendron austrinum

Rudbeckia sp.

What’s in Bloom at The Gardens? 3.8.12

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

What’s in Bloom at The Gardens? 3.8.12

We’re already beginning to see beautiful signs of Spring at The Gardens. The above photo is Magnolia ‘Butterflies,’ taken just this week. Below are more of the gorgeous things you can see around the Kaul Wildflower Garden and beyond.

Aquilegia canadensis

Cardamine bulbosa

Cliftonia monophylla

Crowton alabamensis

Erythronium americanum

Osmunda regalis

Sanguinaria canadensis

Thalictrum thalictroides

Tradescantia sp.

Trillium sp.

Zizia Aurea

Volunteers in the Kaul Wildflower Gardens – 2.23.12

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

A group of more than a dozen volunteers joined John Manion in the Kaul Wilfdlower Garden this morning.

Trillium Treasures

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

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, they 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.

We recently have 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 reach flowering size.  They 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 these plants at our Spring Plant Sale, but decided to take pre-orders so that more people will be able to grow this iconic spring wildflower. The four species available, all of which do well in Alabama, are (click on photos to enlarge):

  • Trillium cuneatum, sweet Betsy, purple toadshade

  • Trillium luteum, yellow wakerobin, lemon trillium

  • Trillium sulcatum, southern red trillium, furrowed wakerobin

  • Trillium flexipes, nodding trillium, bent trillium

The price for these treasures is $15 per pot, 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.

If interested 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 February 20, along with your payment (no cash, please). Plants will be available for pickup beginning March 1. Should our source run low, we will fill orders in the order they are received.

Note: A well-known, popular specialty nursery is selling these same plants for $22-$26, plus shipping!

Questions? Please contact: John Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator at

Kaul Wildflower Garden – Bog Update 1.12.12

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Today, volunteers gatherd in the Kaul Wildflower Garden where John Manion has led the installation of a new bog for the past couple of months. Now that preparation is complete, planting begins!

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.

Kaul Wildflower Garden Bog Update – 12.20.11

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Progress continued today in the new Kaul Wildflower Garden bog under the direction of curator John Manion. It’s come a long way in the last month!

Installation of New Bog Continues in Kaul Wildflower Garden

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

On Saturday, volunteers in the Kaul Wildflower Garden continued their efforts to install a new bog under the direction of curator John Manion.

To learn more about John’s Certificate in Native Plant Studies program and the unique volunteer opportunities offered to its participants, visit the website and sign up today!

Here, Bob Kohler works in the new bog.

Gary Walker loosens a bail of peat moss.

Mike Rushing and Bob Kohler stomp the peat moss.

Bob Kohler stomps peat moss.

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.

A New Bog for the Kaul Wildflower Garden

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Today, volunteers began digging in the Kaul Wildflower Garden under the supervision of John Manion, curator. A new bog will be created in the space within the next month or so. We’re eager to see the addition!