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Upcoming Events for Alabama

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@statebystategardening.com.

 

 

June

 

Now-June 28, Mobile
Crazy for the Red, White, and Blue
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join Derek Norman for a 6-week drawing/painting course focusing on the red and white and blue flowers of MBG! Students of the class will display works at an exhibit and reception celebrating the 4th of July. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

Now June 30, Huntsville
Anita Hoodless Watercolors
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Watercolor artist Anita Hoodless paints a variety of subjects in an interpretive realistic style. Her large still lifes and florals reflect her love of bold color and strong value contrasts. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Now-June 30, Huntsville
Spring Showers
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Come experience the Purdy Butterfly House in a brand-new way! Hundreds of vibrant umbrellas will float above the greenery, trails, and turtles of the Purdy Butterfly House. The installation uses colorful umbrellas to provide an amazing sight that evokes a careful, child-like energy. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Now-June 30, Huntsville
Robert Taylor Copper Exhibit
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Coppersmith Robert Taylor is a Roycroft Master Artisan. He is one of only five Roycroft Master Coppersmiths in the country. Robert will have 15 pieces located throughout the garden. Come see this beautiful craft in such a beautiful place. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Now-July 27, Huntsville
Wacky Wednesday
Huntsville Botanical Garden

During June and July bring the kids out for some summer fun. Arrive anytime between noon and 1 p.m. to be included in the activity, while supplies last. Kids between ages 4 and 10 are perfect for these activities, though kids of any age are welcome to try the activity. Younger children may need help from parents. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Now-July 31, Huntsville
Johanna Littleton Artist
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Johanna Littleton works primarily in acrylic and mixed media. Johanna’s message in her paintings is for people to “stop and really look at the people you meet each day.” For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Now-September 30, Huntsville
Butterfly House Open
Huntsville Botanical Garden

During butterfly season, May-September, you’ll see zebra longwings, monarchs, zebra swallowtails, queens, sulfurs, cabbage whites, tiger swallowtails, spice bush swallowtails, black swallowtails, red admirals, luna moths and more – around 2,000 butterflies in all! This haven is also home to a variety of turtles as well as button quail. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call
256-830-4447.

 

June 3, Cullman
Farm Kids Club – What’s Hatching
North Alabama Agriplex

Insect to birds, we’re going to be examining what happening on the other side of that shell. Registration on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044. Cost per child: $5 prepayment, $7 at door. Adults are free, and there is a max program cost of $10 or $14 per family.

 

June 3, Jemison
Black and Blue Berry Pre-Festival Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety, care, and maintenance of blackberries and blueberries. Join us for this pre-festival tour. Taste all the varieties. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. Free. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

June 3, Birmingham
Bibb County Glades & Cahaba Lilies (field trip)
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

By popular demand, we will again lead this annual foray to one of our favorite locations in Alabama. Bibb County Glades, known well in the world of botanists, is called “the botanical lost world,” partly due to eight new species of plants having been discovered there, many of which grow only there! We have timed this trip to include a nearby visit to observe the famed Cahaba lilies, hopefully in flower. Members, $75; non-members, $85. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

June 5-30 Hoover
Summer Camps
Aldridge Gardens

Plenty of camps to choose from for boys and girls entering Kindergarten through 5th grades. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

June 6, Cullman
Heritage Skills – Backyard Chicken
North Alabama Agriplex

From pecking order to the best breeds, we are getting down to the basics of raising chickens in our own backyards. We’ll learn the basics of what makes the best chicken coop and how big to make a run. Cost $5. Registration is required, and you can register on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

June 7-July 26, Theodore
Wonderful Wednesdays
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Every Wednesday enjoy a special program about gardening, history, or the collections in the Bellingrath Home. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

 

June 8, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Wild Edibles
North Alabama Agriplex

While anyone can wander through the woods looking for edible plants, aspiring foragers should first learn what is safe to consume.  Master herbalist Darryl Patton will teach us about some of the more easily identifiable wild edibles. Cost $5. Registration is required, and you can register on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

June 10, Hoover
Hydrangeas Under the Stars
Aldridge Gardens

Enjoy a special evening of great food, entertainment, and live auction – all to benefit Aldridge Gardens. 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

June 10, Jemison
Black and Blue Berry Festival
Petals from the Past

A celebration of blackberries and blueberries. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

June 15, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Support Longleaf Botanical Gardens and get some great plants for your garden at the same time! Shop our plant sale, held the third Thursday of every month. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleatbotanicalgardens.org. 

 

June 17, Hoover
Members-Only Guided Bird Walk
Aldridge Gardens

Join Dr. Richard and Patricia Ryel for a walk through the gardens to catch a glimpse of the beautiful birds that are migrating through the area. This monthly members-only event is free, but we do ask that you kindly RSVP. 8-10 a.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

June 17, Mobile
Delta Tour in Search of American Lotus Blooms
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join botanical artists and others as we board the Osprey and journey into the delta in search of beautiful American lotus blooms. The two-hour tour begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with a light lunch served while anchored. MBG members, $50; non-members, $65. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

June 24, Montevallo
Native Plants of Wetlands
Parnell Public Library

Birmingham Botanical Gardens presents this full-day field trip that offers an introduction to the many fascinating species of plants that inhabit aquatic and wet areas. We will begin in a classroom at The Parnell Public Library in Montevallo, where we will learn the basics of identification for the primary groups of wetland species. After lunch, we will proceed to the nearby Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve. Birmingham Botanical Gardens members, $90; non-members, $100. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

June 24-July 4, Huntsville
Armed Forces Celebration
Huntsville Botanical Garden

To honor and thank members of the Armed Forces, the garden invites all active and retired members of the military and their immediate family to visit the garden FREE of admission any time during Armed Forces week and the weekends before and after. Military members and retirees receive discounted garden admission at all other times. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

July

 

July 8 & 15, Birmingham
Up Close & Personal: Macrophotography
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This course will focus on all aspects of capturing, processing, and displaying macro-photographic (extreme close-up) images using the plants, features and environment of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens as the subject matter. Class requirements: digital SLR camera, tripod, and a basic knowledge of the camera’s operation (beyond “Full Auto”). 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $100, non-members, $120. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

July 8, Birmingham
Family Yoga in the Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Enjoy this unique opportunity for healthy fun with the family. This energetic class will incorporate individual and partner yoga poses for strength and balance, plus breathing exercises to help foster calm and focus. Our garden-inspired crafts will assist in cooling the mind and body. 9-10 a.m. Child and one adult, $15; additional family members, $5 each. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

July 8, Huntsville
Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hikes
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Guided daytime walk led by education department staff through the Dinosaurs Uproar Alive exhibit and the Dinosaur loop in the Children’s Garden complete with hands-on activities and something to take home! 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Members, $10; non-members, $12; children aged 3 and under, free. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

July 11, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Forgotten Drinks
North Alabama Agriplex

Cordials, sarsaparilla, and teas; there is a tradition of drinks in the Heart of the South that is slipping away. Help us preserve these skills from being lost in time and sample these delicious herbal teas while taking home recipes to make your own. Cost $5. Registration is required, and you can register on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

July 11, Huntsville
Firefly Night Hikes
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Bring your own flashlight and let us guide you through an evening of exploration as you feel the changes in the garden when night approaches. We’ll see fireflies in the meadows, orb weavers spinning their webs and maybe, if we’re lucky, some nocturnal animals out foraging for dinner. During this two-hour event, we’ll stop along the way to roast s’mores for a fun nighttime snack! Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of adventure! Meet in the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheater. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Members $10, non-members $12, children aged 3 and under free. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

July 12, Theodore
Wonderful Wednesdays: Carnival Season & Mardi Gras in Mobile
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Local architect and Mardi Gras historian L. Craig Roberts has updated his wonderful book about Mardi Gras. Learn more about the history of carnival in Mobile. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Adults, $13; ages 5-12, $7.50; Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger, free. To register or for more information, call 251-459-8868, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

 

July 14-August 18, Mobile
Botanical Drawing in Black, White, and Colored Inks
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join Derek Norman for a 6-week course focusing on techniques of botanical drawing using black, white, and colored inks. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays. MBG members, $150; non-members, $125. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

July 15, Cullman
Farm Kids Club – Milk Time
North Alabama Agriplex

Starting with the milk goats and cows, we will learn how milk is produced and how it is made into cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and more. Registration on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044. Cost per child: $5 prepayment, $7 at door. Adults are free, and there is a max program cost of $10 or $14 per family.

 

July 15, Hoover
Members-Only Guided Bird Walk
Aldridge Gardens

Join Dr. Richard and Patricia Ryel for a walk through the gardens to catch a glimpse of the beautiful birds that are migrating through the area. This monthly members-only event is free, but we do ask that you kindly RSVP. 8-10 a.m. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

July 19, Theodore
Wonderful Wednesdays: English Silver in the Bellingrath Collection
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Join curator Tom McGehee to explore Mrs. Bellingrath’s most prized pieces of English silver and learn about the makers, their marks and the history of these impressive objects. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Adults, $13; ages 5-12, $7.50; Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger, free. To register or for more information, call 251-459-8868, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

 

July 20, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Support Longleaf Botanical Gardens and get some great plants at the same time! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.

 

July 22, Birmingham
Introduction to Herbalism
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Led by clinical herbalist Cameron Strouss 1-3:30 p.m. Members, $30, non-members, $35. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

July 22, Huntsville
Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hikes
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Guided daytime walk led by education department staff through the Dinosaurs Uproar Alive exhibit and the Dinosaur loop in the Children’s Garden complete with hands-on activities and something to take home! 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Members, $10; non-members, $12; children aged 3 and under, free. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

July 22, Jemison
Fig Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss everything you need to know to grow your own luscious figs, including variety, care, and maintenance. Take a walk through the fig orchards. Taste the varieties. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. Free. For more information call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

July 25, Huntsville
Firefly Night Hikes
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Children of all ages will enjoy these family-friendly night hikes. Bring your own flashlight and let us guide you through an evening of exploration as you feel the changes in the garden when night approaches. We’ll see fireflies in the meadows, orb weavers spinning their webs, and maybe, if we’re lucky, some nocturnal animals out foraging for dinner. During this two-hour event, we’ll stop along the way to roast s’mores for a fun nighttime snack! Wear comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure! Meet in the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheater. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Members $10, non-members $12, children aged 3 and under free. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

July 26, Theodore
Wonderful Wednesdays: New, Better, Yours – Plant the Newest Best Plants
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Plant expert Kip McConnell, director of Plant Development Services Inc., will discuss the newest introductions, including new releases from the Southern Living Plant Collection and Encore Azaleas. Kip will discuss proper placement, planting and care tips. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Adults, $13; ages 5-12, $7.50; Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger, free. To register or for more

 

July 31, Cullman
Heritage Skills – Tomato Fest!
North Alabama Agriplex

We’ll explore which type to use for sauces, juices, salsa and that ideal sandwich. Come join us to learn more about what all the hype is about and sample varieties of this fruit. Cost $5. Registration is required, and you can register on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

August 5, Birmingham
Seasonal Series – Photography
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Instructor Hank Siegel will lead participants through the best practices of capturing images of the passing of the seasons. You’ll learn the techniques, tools and skills necessary to take visually stunning and interesting photographs through the creation of a seasonal series of landscapes/nature scenes. Class requirements: camera (a digital SLR or an advanced compact with manual, aperture and shutter priority operational mode settings), a basic understanding of camera operations, and the different operational modes, and basic computer skills. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $60; non-members, $75. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

August 17, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Support Longleaf Botanical Gardens and get some great plants for your garden at the same time! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.

 

August 19, Jemison
Apples, Pears, and Early Muscadines Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Join Dr. Powell as he takes you through the orchards to discuss growing apples, pears, and muscadines. Taste all the varieties. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.