Upcoming Events and Classes at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens



Tastebuds presented by Flower magazine returns to Antiques at The Gardens on October 4

Join us on Thursday, October 4 for Tastebuds presented by Flower magazine. The keynote speaker will be author Bettie Bearden Pardee. You can learn more about Bettie at her site, PrivateNewport.com.

Tastebuds will also feature a panel discussion with Mimi Brown, Mary Hayward Spotswood Eudailey, Catherine B. Jones and Margaret Zainey Roux. The panel will be moderated by Kirk Reed Forrester from Flower. Tastebuds will take place from 10:30-12:30 p.m. Admission is just $30 and the price includes a boxed lunch and show readmission. 

Join us for the first event of the biggest weekend of the year! Be inspired!

Get your tickets to all events that are part of Antiques at The Gardens presented by Regions Bank at bbgardens.org/antiques


'Lunch & Learn: What's Bugging You' is next Wednesday

Join us for another FREE Lunch & Learn session on Wednesday, September 26 from 11:30-12:30 p.m. We'll be led by Dr. Jim Jacobi & Kerry Stober from the Alabama Cooperative Extension, who'll explain the most common yard issues for our area and ways to keep them from happening again. Bring your lunch! 


'Making More Plants: A Full Day of Native Plant Propagation' is September 29

We're excited about this class, which will consist of both a classroom lecture and a hands-on workshop in which we apply the techniques learned. 

Included in the class will be both propagation from seed and vegetative (asexual) propagation. Topics related to seed propagation will cover effective and ethical seed collection, seed cleaning and processing, seed treatments to promote germination, proper sowing techniques and care for newly emerged seedlings. Each student will have the opportunity to sow and take home their own seeds to grow. There are circumstances where propagating native plants vegetatively can produce plants faster and more efficiently than by seed. Topics related to vegetative propagation will cover advantages of vegetative propagation, basic plant biology related to this form of growing plants and methods such as stem and root cuttings, grafting, micro-propagation, crown division, etc. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own cuttings and divisions to take home and add to their garden.

It's on September 29 from 9-5 p.m. We'll be led by John Evans, Director of Horticulture at Reflection Riding Arboretum in Chattanooga and our own John Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator. Don't miss this one!



Thyme to Read Book Club meets October 2

Join us for Thyme to Read Book Club on Tuesday, October 2 at 6 p.m. when we'll chat about Gifts of the Crow: How Perception and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans by John Marzluff and Tony Agnell. 


Volunteer at The Gardens
Looking for a way to get involved? There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at The Gardens, indoors and out!

For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Alice Moore at 205.414.3962 or amoore@bbgardens.org. To check out all current volunteer opportunities online, follow this link: bbgardens.volunteerhub.com


Alabama Orchid Society 34th Orchid Festival and Sale September 21-23
Fall Plant Sale October 20-21
46th Annual Alabama Designer Craft Show November 10-11


28th Annual Walk to Remember October 28 

Family Yoga in The Gardens October 13
2018 Garden Media: Garden Trends Report October 18

Members of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens always receive 10% off of purchases at Leaf & Petal at The Gardens.

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A facility of the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, the beauty and value of Birmingham Botanical Gardens are the result of a successful public/private partnership between the City of Birmingham and the nonprofit Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. In 2016, Birmingham Botanical Gardens was named as one of the top three free attractions in America by USA Today. Education programs run year round and more than 10,000 school children on average enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually. The Gardens is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors. 

The Garden Dirt Weekly is the electronic newsletter of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The Garden Dirt Weekly is published semi-weekly to foster awareness and support events, services and significant programs of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. We welcome your comments and address corrections. Please contact:

Blake Ells, Communications and Marketing Coordinator

205.414.3960   bells@bbgardens.org

To plan your event at The Gardens, call Activities Coordinator Alicia Andrews at 205.414.3908.

For plant information, call the Gerlach Plant Information Center at 877.252.4769.

For memorials and tributes, call Donor Relations Officer Drew Rickel at 205.414.3955.

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