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PHOTOS: Cocktails in The Gardens Wraps 2011 Season

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Cocktails in The Gardens saved the biggest and best for last. “A Haunted Affair” concluded the fifth season of the event at Birmingham Botanical Gardens with the music of one of Birmingham’s most most tenured acts, Rollin’ in the Hay. Imperial Catering offered an eclectic, autumn-inspired menu paired with the evening’s signature cocktail, the Caramel Apple Martini. Decor by Kirsti created an inviting atmosphere over 350 guests.

(L to R): Sandra Vickrey, Christina Vickrey, Carolyn Meese, Jackie Nietzer, Chance Peters, Joanna Haddock

(L to R): Molly Smith, Rachel Cochran, Lee Ann Petty, Jeff Mahaffery, Mary Laura Day, Paige Robinson

(L to R): Adele Chassaignac, Linda Roley

(L to R): Nicole and Joey Beachum

(L to R): Jeanni and Dexter Washington

(L to R): Rachel Dresher, Chelsie Hogan, Meagan Vucovich, Jenny Dumas, Laura Marie Norwood

(L to R): Andy Jackson, Rachael Fitzgerald

Cocktails in The Gardens: “Green & Serene”

Friday, September 9th, 2011

More than 300 guests attended the Birmingham Botanical Gardens second Cocktails in The Gardens event of the season. Themed “Green and Serene,” Matthew Devine of Birmingham’s own Downright provided the evening’s soundtrack, and guests toasted the evening’s signature cocktail, Midori Melon Punch. Imperial Catering provided the menu, which included chicken pesto pasta spoons and quesadillas. V.I.P. guests were treated to exclusive patio seating and an expanded menu which featured barbecue cocktail sandwiches and hummus with celery and carrot sticks.

The final Cocktails in The Gardens event of the season will return to the Hill Garden on October 13. “A Haunted Affair” will feature the music of local favorites Rollin’ in the Hay. Members of The Gardens are admitted free, with general admission tickets available for $15 and V.I.P. tickets available for $25.

ABOVE, L to R: Ross Massey, Dante Sheffield, Keri Till, Emefa Butler

ABOVE, L to R: Judy and David Wilson

ABOVE, L to R: Martha Mae, Carina Venthur, Constanza Pinochet, Felipe Patino

ABOVE, L to R: Barbara Blackburn, Matt Akin, Natalie Anderson

ABOVE, L to R: Laura Jones, Clarence Jones, Leigh Hart

ABOVE, L to R: Elena Leonard, Emily Wykle, Mary Clayton Carl

ABOVE, L to R: Alabama’s 13’s Hilary Golston and Kalisha Whitman

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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