Posts Tagged ‘Taylor Steele’

Urban Forestry and Conservation Fair

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens joins Urban Forestry and Conservation Fair at Boutwell Auditorium

On Wednesday, February 13, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens staff members and volunteers joined the Urban Forestry and Conservation Fair at Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Ala. to help educate Birmingham schoolchildren about how the urban environments they are familiar with connect to the environments they often hear about – rain forests, state and national parks, the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve and more. The day long fair showed children they can grow up to work in an environmental arena in any setting.

Volunteers from Arlington School, UAB and Master Gardeners ready for Spring Plant Sale

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

 Volunteers Spring into Action for our upcoming BBG Spring Plant Sale!
The Gardens held a volunteer seeding and potting workday last Saturday. Over 50 volunteers helped us gear up for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale in April. Our volunteer group consisted of Jefferson County Master Gardeners, students from Arlington School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The tasks for the day included planting over 3800 tomato seeds into cellpacks and potting up more than 600 hosta varieties into one gallon trade pots. If you are interested in helping The Gardens bring spring back sooner, please let us know!
If you are interested in helping us another Saturday before the April sale, or would like to volunteer for our spring plant sale, contact Taylor Steele, Volunteer  Coordiantor, 205.414.6962, or
Thanks again to all who participated in our workday, we hope to see you back for the sale!

Volunteers honored at annual Birmingham Botanical Gardens luncheon

Monday, December 17th, 2012


(L to R: Director of Library Services Hope Long, Cathy Adams, Volunteer Coordinator Taylor Steele)

Volunteers honored at annual Birmingham Botanical Gardens luncheon

On Thursday, December 13, Birmingham Botanical Gardens held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, recognizing the time donated by those that assist in the achievement of The Gardens’ educational mission. Cathy Adams was presented the Ida C. Burns Volunteer of the Year award for her continual service in many areas of the organization and her significant impact on The Gardens. Ann Katholi was awarded the A. Brand Walton, Jr. Unsung Hero of the Year for her independent and “behind the scenes” contributions. Birmingham Audubon Society was recognized as the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Partner of the Year for helping The Gardens to multiply its effort and achieve its mission. Betsy Fleenor was awarded the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Plantperson of the Year for sharing her plant knowledge and skills with other individuals who volunteer. Sallie Lee was awarded Educator of the Year for her educational efforts promoting public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment.

The potluck luncheon was held in Strange Auditorium from 11:30 – 1 p.m. Music was provided by the Crestwood Trio.

(L to R: Betsy Fleenor, Ann Katholi, Sallie Lee, Ty Keith, Helena Uber-Wamble (Keith and Uber-Wamble are with Birmingham Audubon Society))

The Gardens Teaches Pratt City Children to Plant

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

(Director of Education Henry Hughes takes a moment to pose for a photograph with children from South Hampton Elementary School)

The Gardens Teaches Pratt City Children to Plant

On Thursday, May 3, Director of Eductaion Henry Hughes and Volunteer Coordinator Taylor Steele traveled to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Pratt City to teach children how to plant, providing pots and plants to the group. The effort was part of a day in which Junior League of Birmingham and KABOOM built a new playground for children at the church. Rebuilding efforts continue in Pratt City, a Birmingham community devastated by the storms of April 27, 2011.

Upcoming Volunteer Training Sessions at The Gardens

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Birmingham Botanical Gardens has two terrific opportunities this month, allowing interested volunteers a chance to learn more about getting involved with The Gardens.

James Horton and Sallie Lee have agreed to facilitate volunteer “brown bag” training classes for greenhouse volunteers and plant groups that utilize the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Greenhouse

 Both classes will be held in the Lower-level Conference Room and the BBG Greenhouse respectively.

  • Greenhouse Maintenance and Plant Propagation

 James Horton, Director of Horticulture Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 22nd 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location: Lower-level Conference Room, BBG Greenhouse

Class Size: 30 participants maximum


  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Sallie Lee, Urban Regional Extension Agent

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 29th 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Location: Lower-level Conference Room, BBG Greenhouse

Class Size: 30 participants maximum

For more information about how you can become a volunteer at The Gardens, we encourage you to contact Volunteer Coordinator Taylor Steele at 205.414.3962 or by email at

Fresh Water Land Trust’s Wendy Jackson to Speak to Docents at The Gardens

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

VOLUNTEERS! – Docent Training on January 17

Have you thought about volunteering with The Gardens? There’s no better time than the new year to get involved! On Tuesday, January 17, in our first floor conference room, Fresh Water Land Trust Executive Director Wendy Jackson will talk about her organization’s involvement with The Gardens as part of Our One Mile Greenway Project.  Everyone interested in the project or becoming a volunteer at The Gardens is encouraged to come.

To learn more about Our One Mile, a project designed to connect Birmingham’s existing parks into a network of greenways, visit their website.

Sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m., while training will last from 9:45-11:30. If you have questions, we encourage you to call Taylor Steele at 205. 414.3962 or email him at

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Welcomes Taylor Steele

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Taylor Steele comes to us from the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College where he was the resident manager for Turkey Creek Nature Preserve for three years. Before that he was the Director of Science Education for 5 years at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama. In addition, he previously worked at McWane Science Center with the GLOBE Program as the Environmental Science Coordinator. Taylor was also a naturalist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources State Parks Division. He has an academic background in Environmental/ Conservation Studies from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Taylor resides in the city of Columbiana, Alabama with his wife, three dogs and a cat.

Today, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens officially welcomes Taylor Steele into our family! Taylor takes over as our Volunteer Coordinator and is eager to meet you. He can be contacted at