A group of more than a dozen volunteers joined John Manion in the Kaul Wilfdlower Garden this morning.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Executive Director, Fred Spicer, Director of Education, Henry Hughes, and Kaul Wildflower Garden curator John Manion recently made their annual trip to George Ward Park off Greensprings Avenue to plant trees. Each year, The Gardens makes an effort to help plant, an effort that is being taken to another level this year as we are currently growing new trees to help replant areas affected by April’s tornado damage.
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!