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In the Crowd: Cocktails in The Gardens 8.11.11

Friday, August 12th, 2011

(L to R): Mignon Arrington, Emerald Greywoode, Katy Eldridge, Alyson Saad, Christine Green, Kasdin Miller

(L to R): Beth Perrine, Matt Perrine, Lindsey Roebuck

(L to R): Ashlyn Rogers, Angela Grove

(L to R): Dehanna George, Latavius Lockhart

(L to R): P.K. Koski, Amber Burton

(L to R): Joey Tichenor, Brad Hudson, April Hudson, Blair Ussery

(L to R): Sandra Owens, Andrew Krebbs

(L to R): Shelly McCarty, Stephanie Banks, Michael Hansen

(L to R): Brittany Evans, Katie Garfinkle, Savannah Lanier

What’s On The Menu?

Friday, August 5th, 2011

“Cocktails in The Gardens” is just days away, and the folks at Imperial Catering have shared their seafood inspired menu for the season’s first event. “Surf on the Turf” will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Members of The Gardens are granted free admission, while general admission tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $15. A new addition this season is our VIP area, which will offer an expanded menu and drink selection. Your ticket grants you this magnificent spread from Imperial Catering:

– Skewered Shrimp w/ Asian Soy Glaze
– Smoked Tuna Cakes w/ Lemon Thyme Aioli
– Stuffed Mushroom Caps w/ Blue Crab Mornay
– Avocado Mousse w/ Crostini
– Mini Fried Green Tomatoes w/ West Indies Salad
– Smoked Salmon Dip w/ Toast Points
– Grilled Focaccia Crostini w/ Basil Cod w/ Infused Lemon Oil
– Sugar Cookie topped w/ Balsamic Glazed Strawberries, Kiwi, Lemon Curd

Not enough? For $25, you’ll be granted VIP access – exclusive access to the best view of The Hill Garden (only 100 tickets available), an expanded cash bar and this expanded menu from Imperial Catering:

– Pre-sliced Grilled Beef Tenderloin w/ Cocktail Rolls and Sauces
– Chef Assisted Crab Cakes w/ Romelaude Sauce
– Fresh Fruit Skewered
– Assorted Cheese Tray w/ Crackers
– Warm Artichoke Dip w/ Crostini

Decor by Kristi will help turn The Hill Garden into a beach inspired affair.  Tablecloths in aqua blue and flowers in tropical colors (neon green, barbie pink, blue, and electric orange) will accent “Surf on the Turf,” an evening to remember.

Visitors to The Gardens will also have an opportunity to take part in our Planting Station, where they can plant and grow their own Zinnias (a plant that will change at each of the three events).

We’re eager to meet and greet you at The Hill Garden on August 11, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Join us for one of Birmingham’s premier social events for young professionals and music lovers! Jon Black and War Jacket will provide the evening’s soundtrack.

Cocktails in The Gardens Celebrates Five Seasons in Birmingham

Monday, July 11th, 2011



Date: July 11, 2011


Blake Ells

Public Relations Coordinator

Direct: 205.414.3960

Cell: 256.654.8585


Andrew Krebbs

Director of Marketing & Membership

 Direct: 205.414.3959

Cell: 205.541.6098


Cocktails in The Gardens Celebrates Five Seasons in Birmingham


BIRMINGHAM, AL – Cocktails in The Gardens toasts its fifth anniversary on August 11, September 8 and October 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Hill Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The annual event invites The Magic City’s young professionals and music fans to mingle amid Alabama’s largest living museum while enjoying the sounds of homegrown artists extending their footprint beyond. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members. Imperial Catering will offer a cash bar, proud to serve the evening’s signature drink, along with wine and domestic beer, to patrons of consent and complimentary hors d’oeuvres are available to all who attend.

This season, we are proud to introduce the V.I.P. area. At $25 for both members and non-members, the event’s V.I.P. area offers Cocktails in The Gardens’ most scenic views, an expanded menu, a more fully-stocked cash bar and exclusivity limited to 100 patrons.

“Surf on the Turf” will kick-off the season on August 11, with entertainment provided by Jon Black. A Birmingham native, Black’s music has provided the soundtrack for popular television series’ “90210,” “Private Practice” and “The United States of Tara.” Fresh from an appearance at the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, the singer/songwriter has recently been featured in Paste Magazine and American Songwriter. The evening’s signature drink is Sea Breeze.

The season’s second event, “Green and Serene,” will be held on September 8. Downright co-founder Matthew DeVine will perform a solo set featuring many of the funk and rock selections from his band, along with his own unique material. While full-band shows have become less frequent, Downright has toured the southeast for more than a decade, releasing four full-length albums and a DVD. The evening’s signature drink is Midori Melon Punch. 

The final event of 2011, “A Haunted Affair,” will be held on October 13. One of Birmingham’s veteran acts, Rollin’ in the Hay, offers their eclectic blend of bluegrass and Southern rock to fill the autumn air. Rollin’ in the Hay’s accomplished resume includes opening slots for diverse acts including Gregg Allman, The Doobie Brothers, Alabama and Widespread Panic, as well the commercially successful “Pickin’ On” series – 15 instrumental tribute albums featuring interpretations of popular rock catalogs. The evening’s signature drink is the Caramel Apple Martini.

Proceeds from Cocktails in the Gardens will help support The Friends’ mission to educate the public about plants, gardens and the environment. 2011 sponsors include: Imperial Catering, 103.7 – The Q, James Avery, Fox 6, Southeastern Attractions, Birmingham Magazine, Over the Mountain Journal, 280 Living and Décor by Kirsti. For more information, visit or contact Shelly McCarty at 205.414.3965 or

About Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama’s largest living museum with more than 10,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens’ 67.5 acres contains more than 25 unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and more than 10,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually. The Gardens is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.

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