Dan Jones brings “Native Ferns and Their Relatives” to the Certificate in Native Plant Studies series
Do you have an interest in ferns, yet find learning about them daunting? Would you like a to gain an understanding of where they fall in the world of plants, how to distinguish one from another, which ones are native and how to use them in your landscape? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then THIS this is the class for you! Dan “The Fern Man” Jones, Ph.D. and his wife Karen are two of the principle players in the ongoing development of The Gardens’ Fern Glade – one of the most comprehensive collections of its type in the country. Dan is a wonderful instructor that this will be the third time we have invited him to teach this class!
The class will be held on Saturday, July 13, 8:30 – 12:30 p.m. To learn more about this and everything that the Certificate in Native Plant Studies series has to offer, and to register online, visit www.bbgardens.org/plantstudies.
Left to Right: Leigh Hargrove CGC, Deanna Cummings CGC, Henry Hughes, education director Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Doug Shaddix CGC, Fred Spicer, executive director Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Ian Hazelhoff, Shades Valley Rotary Club Intern
Arrington Plant Adventure Zone provides perfect venue for toasting The Gardens’ new community partner
On Monday evening, staff from the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Education Department along with board members from the Community Garden Coalition for Birmingham toasted the signing of our partnership agreement.
The Community Garden Coalition for Birmingham’s mission is to support the community garden movement in Birmingham, Ala. As our new community partner, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is thrilled to support this agreement with CGC that supports our mission to have a greater impact through educational programming in the Birmingham Metropolitan area.
Monday’s signing of the Memorandum of Understanding gives us the ability to create educational opportunities that are mutually beneficial and leverage resources to meet both organization’s strategic goals and missions.
Children’s Summer Camps: Southern Summer Chefs
On June 17 – 21, Southern Summer Chefs was held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens as part of the Children’s Summer Camps series. The students were kind enough to share their recipes!
To learn more about Children’s Summer Camps, visit www.bbgardens.org/summercamps.
Miss Nancy’s Summer Squash Muffins
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 cups shredded summer squash
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In large mixing bowl, beat eggs with electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in sugar, oil, and vanilla. Gradually add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fold in shredded squash. Spoon the mixture into muffin tin cups, filling about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted can be removed clean (45 minutes for loaf pans).
Miss Jo’s Pesto
3 paced cups fresh basil
leaves- no stems
3-4 large cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, Romano, or Asiago cheese
1/2 cup toasted nuts
1/2 cup olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Freshly ground pepper (optional)
1/2 cup packed fresh parsely (optional)
Can add additional cheese/nuts to taste.
Puree everything together in a blender or food processor until it is a uniform paste. Store in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed jar. It can be frozen. Spoon pesto into lightly greased ice cube trays to freeze. Then, put cubes in ziploc freezer bag. 2-3 cubes make a serving. Makes 8 servings.
carrots, red/yellow peppers, cucumber, celery cherry tomatoes, etc (washed and sliced thin).
strawberries, blueberries, bananas, apples, pears (washed and sliced thin).
low fat cream cheese
sweet or savory yogurt dips
honey (preferably local)
small flour tortillas
Place a small tortilla on a plate. Spread with favorite base (cream cheese, peanut butter, Nutella, or yogurt). Place fruit OR veggies in center of tortilla. If fruit, drizzle with honey. Roll up and slice. SUSHI.
Instant chocolate pudding
3 oreo cookies per serving
small ziploc bag
Place pudding in clear cup. Remove vanilla from Oreo cookies- use your own technique! Drop cookies into baggie, seal, and smash into “dirt” crumbles. Sprinkle on top of pudding. Tuck in some gummy worms. Yum!
Quick and Easy Strawberry Jam
This is a refrigerator am and not intended to be sealed and stored in the pantry. It will keep in the refrigerator for a month. Great on toast, ice cream and milkshakes. Makes 5 pints.
4 cups chopped, crushed strawberries
3/4 cup water
1 (1 and 3/4 oz. pkg.) unflavored fruit pectin
4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In large bowl, crush strawberries with a potato masher.
Stir in sugar.
Let stand for 10 minutes, stirring ocassionally.
In small saucepan combine pectin and water. Bring to a boil and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and pour into berry mixture.
Add lemon juice and stir for 3 minutes until mixture is dissolved and smooth.
Ladle into clean ars.
Let cool and eat. Yum!
Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church visits Bruno Vegetable Garden
Over 100 children from Camp Shiloh visited The Gardens on Friday to learn more about growing vegetables. Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in partnership with Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Christian Service Mission and Jefferson County Master Gardeners Association have constructed raised bed gardens at the church to grow vegetables as part of their community outreach program. As part of their summer mission, the kids from Camp Shiloh visited The Gardens to learn more about vegetables and how they grow by visiting the Bruno Vegetable garden. Birmingham Botanical Gardens volunteers and Jefferson County Master Gardeners Karen Mitchell, Natalie Lee and Volunteer Coordinator Taylor Steele hosted the campers for a hands-on lesson about growing vegetables and herbs. Campers also used our Meet The Gardens Treasure Map to investigate other gardens during their visit.
What’s gross this week? Carnivorous plants at Gross Out Camp!
No two words better describe the bond between carnivorous plants and the insects they attract and then devour. For centuries, these plants have attracted not only the attention of their prey, but also of humans fascinated by the concept of flora feasting on fauna. In the 1800s, Naturalist Charles Darwin conducted experiments on several species, stimulating them with raw meat, drops of milk and bits of hard-boiled eggs.
Insects that wander onto the lips of these cavities topple in, sliding down slippery inner walls into pools of liquid that drown the creatures. Digestion then begins. It’s an elegant death trap, as Gross Out campers discovered when they dissected the pitchers open.
Campers participated in the dissection of Sarracenia leucophylla and Sarracenia rubra var. to more about the characteristics of these carnivorous plants.
To learn more about the remaining Gross Out Camps for 2013, visit http://www.bbgardens.org/other-events.php.
American Garden Award voting is ongoing at Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens is one of thirty-one prestigious public gardens participating in the nation’s only flower popularity contest. The American Garden Award is a unique opportunity for the public to view, choose and vote on a specific flower that they think has the most appealing garden characteristics. Each of the four “contestants” listed below is now planted in our garden and voting began on June 1.
There are three ways to vote:
1) By texting a given code to a polling number
2) By clicking the voting button above
3) By using postage-paid voting postcards located at the garden
The four entries are:
Impatiens SunPatiens® Compact Electric Orange
Petunia Surfinia® Summer Double™ Pink
Verbena Lanai® Candy Cane
Zinnia Zahara™ Cherry
Voting remains open until August 31 and winners are announced in September. In the meantime, these flowers, as well as some of the past American Garden Award winners are available at your garden center. Ask for them by name! The 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 winners can be viewed at www.americangardenaward.com
Follow American Garden Award on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the voting results!
www.facebook.com/americangardenaward or @AmerGardenAward
The American Garden Award program is administered by the All-America Selections® Display Garden program. AGA entries have not been trialed nor awarded a winner status by the AAS® Trial Judges.
For further details about the award itself, please contact:
American Garden Award
Japanese Consul General Kazuo Sunaga visits Birmingham Botanical Gardens
On Friday, June 14, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Japan America Society of Alabama welcomed Japanese Consul General Kazuo Sunaga to the Japanese Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Sunaga joined JASA board members including volunteer at The Gardens, Bob Wendorf, and Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Director of Development Olivia Alison for a tour of The Gardens, notably, the Japanese Gardens. The visit was the first to Birmingham for Sunaga and his wife, who also visited the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in the historic Carver Theatre and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
While at The Gardens, the group also visited the Hulsey Woods and rang the Friendship Bell, donated by the Osaka Central Rotary Club of Japan as part of the club’s efforts to promote world peace, friendship, and understanding. The offer was made during the 100th anniversary of Rotary International in 2005, a year in which Shades Valley’s Glenn Estess served as international president of the organization.
Birmingham’s Butterfly Education and Awareness Day
This past Saturday, Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosted the inaugral Birmingham Butterfly Education and Awareness Day. Among the organizations participating in the event were the Birmingham Zoo, McWane Science Center, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve and native landscape expert Arnie Rutkis. Over 200 people enjoyed the day learning about butterfly species native to Alabama, native host plants that are essential to butterflies, and the release of over 40 native butterflies to Alabama.
The Gardens plans on this unique partnership becoming an annual event; we hope to see you next June!
Get Into The Gardens!
Get Into The Gardens, The Gardens FREE weekend programming series, returned this weekend with two demonstrations. The first was led by Deanna Cummings and Leigh Ann Hargrove from the Community Garden Coaltion. They taught how to grow food in a small space using the square foot garden method; how to grow 100% of the harvest in 20% of the space in ideal soil conditions with no tilling and significantly reduced water and weeding requirements.
The second was Easy Container Gardening: Simple Watering Strategies. More weekend programming will be announced soon and can be found at www.bbgardens.org/weekends.
[L to R: John Jones, Fred Spicer, Robert Martin, John Floyd]
Sara Askew Jones dedication held on Tuesday
On Tuesday, June 4, the recently completed Sara Askew Jones Arbor was dedicated at the entrance of the Hess Camellia Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Named for the longtime Healthy Living Editor at Southern Living, the arbor was installed by Robinson Iron Inc. and volunteer John Jones. It was made possible through a generous donation by the Jones family, friends and former co-workers at Southern Living, the Lucille S. Beeson Charitable Trust, Rebar Express and Ready Mix U.S.A. The arbor was also made possible with in-kind service from the City of Birmingham. It was designed by former Southern Living Architecture Editor Robert Martin.
Martin, a 1992 graduate from Auburn University’s School of Architecture, began his career as a field architectural draftsman for the Historic American Engineering Record before becoming the Architecture Editor for Southern Living. Along with two other Southern Living alums, he created an online business, www.getmorecurbappeal.com, in 2010 where he serves as the Head Residential Designer. A native of Hartselle, Martin now resides in Birmingham.