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Upcoming Events for Alabama

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March 3-31, Theodore
Spring Azaleas
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Enjoy the blooms of more than 250,000 vibrant azaleas in an explosion of color throughout the 65 acres of Bellingrath Gardens. For precise times of the azalea blooms, please check Azalea Watch at, beginning March 1. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12, free to Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 251-459-8864 or email

March 9-May 20, Huntsville
Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Visit Huntsville Botanical Garden to see 14 new amazing sculptures made from nearly 370,000 LEGO bricks by New York artist Sean Kenney. For more information, visit

March 12-16 and March 26-30, Huntsville
Spring Break at the Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Children can enjoy daily activities, such as craft time, story time, and refreshments. Programming connects nature to a range of themes including art, cuisine, and conservation. Also available is the Spring Break Camp for first to fifth graders, which provides full day activities for one day or all five. Monday through Friday each week, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Early drop-off available. Check website for camp pricing. Included with garden admission or membership. Some days may have an extra ticket fee for the activity.  For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447.

March 15, Anniston
Spring Garden Symposium: Mind, Body, and Garden
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Come join us for a day filled with speakers that will be addressing the home garden from a slightly different perspective. We will look at the garden as a place of healing, relaxation, and reflection. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for schedule times, speakers, and programs.  

March 15-April 30, Huntsville
Huntsville Blooms
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Dazzling daffodils, amazing azaleas, and more will be bright and beautiful all over Huntsville, but especially at the garden. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447.

March 15-18, Mobile
PLANTASIA! Spring Plant Sale
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Sponsored by Regions Bank, this annual plant sale features over 10,000 plants including trees, shrubs, natives, perennials, annuals, and more! Ticketed Preview Party on Thursday. The sale is open to the public with free admission Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit


March 16, Florence
23rd Annual Urban Forestry and Horticulture Conference
Cross Point Church of Christ

Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. “Spruce Up Your Spring” is the theme of this year’s conference, sponsored by the City of Florence Mayor and City Council and the Florence Beautification Board, Tree Commission, and Urban Forestry/Horticulture Department. Two specialty tracks will be offered: Horticulture and Urban Forestry, with ISA points available. Outstanding speakers will present current information on horticulture and creating and preserving the urban green environment, including keynote speaker Tom Underwood, Director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Public is invited. Cost: $45, which includes lunch. Registration: Information: Mayor’s Office, 256-760-6400.

March 22-25, Mobile
25th Annual Festival of Flowers
Providence Hospital Campus

For more information about the Festival of Flowers, call 251-639-2050, email, or visit

March 25, Theodore
Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

There will be special hunts for different age groups, as well as plenty of prizes, candy, activities, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Join us for the fifth annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Magnolia Café (reservations required in advance). To purchase tickets or for more information, call 251-459-8864 or visit

March 24, Jemison
Citrus in the Home Garden
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety selection, care, and maintenance of citrus plants such as satsuma oranges, Meyer lemons, limes, and kumquats. Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Optional lunch, $12. Advanced registration and payment required. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit

March 31, Auburn
Second Annual Azalea Festival and Spring Plant Sale
Davis Arboretum at Auburn University

Come out and enjoy all of the beauty our native azalea collection has to offer as you stroll through the grounds. The native plant sale will begin at 8 a.m. and will be the only time during the spring that we will have Auburn Series Azaleas for sale. Come check out the array of local artists and makers in the pavilion, and stay for the live music and food trucks. For more information, call 334-844-5770 or email 


March 31, Jemison
Perennials for Every Spot in the Garden
Petals from the Past

Presented by Jason Powell. 10:30 a.m. Free. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit




April, Mobile
Spring Festival: First Breath of Aromi Azaleas
Mobile Botanical Gardens

The Aromi azaleas will be at their peak in early April. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit


April 1, Theodore
Easter Sunrise Service
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

As the sun rises over Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Easter Sunday, guests are invited to join a special Sunrise Service with friends and family on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is open to everyone in the community. Complementary admission will be given to guests from 6-8 a.m. on Easter Sunday. A limited number of chairs will be set up, and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. A continental breakfast will be available for purchase in the Magnolia Café after the service. If there is inclement weather, the service will be moved indoors into the Magnolia Café. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 251-973-2217, visit, or email


April 6-7, Anniston
LBG’s Annual Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Times for the Sale are Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 256-237-6766, email, or visit our Facebook page.


April 7, Cullman
Native Plant Sale
Sportsman Lake Park

The sale specializes in native azaleas and is sponsored by the Cullman Native Plant Society. You will also find ferns, woodland plants, and many native plants. Proceeds benefit education and community projects. Free. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit


April 7, Cullman
Farm Kids Club: Worms and Dirt
North Alabama Agriplex

Explore the world beneath our feet and learn why it is important. The Farm Kids Club program is conducted on Saturdays every month from 9-10:30 a.m. For children ages 5 and up accompanied by an adult. Cost: $5 per child. Adults are free. Please register online at or call 256-297-1044.


April 7, Jemison
Container Gardening
Petals from the Past

Lacey Neeley can give you the inspiration you need to help you refresh your containers this year. 10:30 a.m. Free. For more information, visit


April 7, Northport
Native Plant Sale
Kentuck Art Center’s Courtyard

The sale is sponsored by the George Wood chapter of the Alabama Wildflower Society, a non-profit organization. Proceeds benefit education and community projects. Free. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.


April 7, Theodore
25th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Guests can stroll among hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles on display on the Great Lawn. Snacks and lunch will be available to purchase in the Magnolia Café. The Mustang Club will announce awards in the afternoon. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 251-973-2217 or visit


April 12-15, Birmingham
Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale
Brookwood Village

Over 100,000 plants are available each year. The sale allows consumers a unique opportunity, providing expert plant knowledge and offering unique, hard to find plants. Proceeds benefit education programs at the gardens. Members-only sale Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Public sale, free admission: Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit or call 205-414-3950.


April 12-15, Huntsville
Spring Plant Sale
Huntsville Botanical Garden

This special community event will be your one-stop shopping venue for garden plants, soil testing by master gardeners and great free advice from our HBG and Garden Guild plant experts. For more information, visit


April 12, Mobile
Walk with the Curator of Collections
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Amanda Wilkins will lead a walk through the MBG Longleaf Treasure Forest. MBG members, free; non-members, $5. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit


April 13, Cullman
Little Farmers: Spring on the Farm
North Alabama Agriplex

A program geared toward children ages 3-4 accompanied by a parent. Each month children will explore a different topic in the exciting world of agriculture through hands-on activities. 10-11 a.m. Cost: $5 per child. Registration is required. Visit to register or call 256-297-1044.


April 17, Mobile
Citizen Science Group Meeting
Mobile Botanical Gardens

The purpose of this citizen science project is to engage the public as citizen scientists and collate species found on the grounds at the Mobile Botanical Gardens, both wild and cultivated. MBG members, free; non-members, $5. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit


April 18, Rockford
Container Gardening
Coosa County Extension Office

This free program is sponsored by the Coosa Extension office, located at 13999 AL Highway 22. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 256-377-4713.


April 19, Anniston
Third Thursday in the Gardens: Cooking with Spice
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Jordan Acton of The Main Olive in Oxford will present “Cooking with Spice.” Jordan will teach unique methods and shortcuts to incorporate different flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars into your daily cooking, as well as share new recipes. You will also have the opportunity to taste a sample of selected oils and vinegars. Cost is $5 per person or free to members. 5-6 p.m. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information, visit our Facebook page or email


April 19, Cullman
Hydroponic Vegetable Growing
North Alabama Agriplex

Dr. Jeremy Pickens, Auburn University greenhouse specialist, will provide an introduction to hydroponics along with methods on how to adopt these technologies to fit small-scale production. 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration is required on or before April 16 with a $10 registration fee due before the class. Seating is limited to the first 40 paid registrants. Contact the Cullman County Extension office for registration details at 256-737-9386 or visit


April 20-21, Jemison
Antiques in the Garden
Petals from the Past

We will have a variety of vendors selling antiques, crafts, and collectibles. Food vendors will also be available. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit


April 21, Birmingham
Earth Day
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The state’s longest-running Earth Day celebration returns to the Formal Garden in front of the conservatory. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 205-414-3950.


April 21, 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 they do ask that you kindly RSVP. 8-10 a.m. For the most up-to-date information, visit or call 205-682-8019.


April 21, Hoover
Japanese Maple Walk and Talk
Aldridge Gardens

Join David Doggett for a walk through the gardens to learn about the various Japanese maples on the grounds. Let the gardens know if you’ll be attending this free event by registering on their website. 9-10:30 a.m. For the most up-to-date information, visit or call 205-682-8019.


April 21, Huntsville
Lunch & Movie in the Garden – The LEGO Batman Movie
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Join us as we kick-off Nature Connects with lunch and a movie! Nature Connects: Art with LEGO bricks at Huntsville Botanical Garden will be on display May 20, 2018. This exhibit, by certified LEGO artist Sean Kenney, features millions of bricks transformed into larger than life nature inspired statues! Enjoy a fun LEGO inspired lunch followed by The LEGO Batman Movie. This is a kid-friendly event with plenty of active building going on after the movie at our build stations set up just for YOU! For more information, visit or call 256-830-4447.


April 21, Montgomery
Capital City Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale
Frazer United Methodist Church

Plants for sale include heirloom plants, vegetables, herbs, annuals, perennials, ground covers, trees, shrubs, succulents, shade plants, and houseplants. Garden items and potted container gardens also available for purchase. Bring the kids for fun children’s gardening activities. Our master gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. Beat the crowd and come early because the plants go quickly! 7 a.m.-noon. For more information, email or visit


April 21-30, Theodore
Rose Bloom Out
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Tour the award-winning Bellingrath Rose Garden during its first bloom, featuring more than 2,000 plants representing 75 varieties. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 251-973-2217, visit, or email


April 26, Cullman
Living Landscapes: Garden Bugs
North Alabama Agriplex

Dr. Ayanava will introduce us to the good, the bad, and the ugly insects that visit our gardens and teach you how to protect your garden from the pests and bring in the beneficials. $5 per participant. 6-8 p.m. Registration is required and can be done online at or by calling 256-297-1044.


April 27-28 Hoover
Annual Spring Plant Sale
Aldridge Gardens

Let our master gardeners and volunteers help you select the perfect plant for your container or garden. Get advice about the selection, placement, care, and maintenance of your new plant(s). Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. For the most up-to-date information, visit or call 205-682-8019.


April 28-29, Decatur
Morgan County Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale
Morgan County Fairgrounds

This annual sale features unusual plants, houseplants, succulents, annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, wildflowers, mixed containers, and some of the South’s top passalong plants. There will be hanging baskets and containers ready for gift giving. Artisans will be there with specialty plants, items for the home, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pots and planters, and yard art. Free admission and parking. Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. For more information, visit, email, or call 256-303-0050.


April 28, Theodore
Wiggle Waggle 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Bellingrath Gardens and Home invites runners, walkers and their furry friends to a fun event for a good cause: The Wiggle Waggle Rescue Run to benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation. All runners and walkers who sign up for the Wiggle Waggle race events, a 5K and a 1-mile walk/run, will receive a discounted admission of $5 to the gardens for the day, along with discounts for their family members and friends. 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 251-973-2217, visit, or email




May 5, Prattville
Growing a Beautiful Garden
Doster Center

This free program is sponsored by ACES and the city of Prattville. 9-11 a.m. For more information, call 334-361-7273.


May 11, Theodore
National Public Gardens Day
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

National Public Gardens day is celebrated to promote public gardens and the important role they play in leading environmental stewardship and awareness. Get to know the gardens with a special behind-the-scenes tour of our production greenhouses led by Bellingrath’s horticultural management team. The greenhouse tour begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts about an hour. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 251-973-2217, visit, or email


May 12, Jemison
Mother’s Day Brunch and Program
Petals from the Past

Mother’s Day Brunch begins at 9:30 a.m. and costs $15 per person. Advanced registration and payment required. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Linda Askey will present the free program “Made for Shade Container Gardening.” Many of us love our containers that are on porches and in places that are shaded. Linda will demonstrate various ways to plant your containers with annuals, perennials, and even tropicals. Learn how to use accessories such as candles or ornaments to complete your design. Oh, yes, and one more thing; Linda will give us ideas to put our containers on all kinds of pedestals. For more information, visit


May 16, Birmingham
Birmingham Fern Society Annual Lecture
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Richie Steffen, president of the Hardy Fern Foundation and director of the Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Gardens in Seattle, will be the guest lecturer. He will present “The Odd & Unusual:  Particular & Precious Ferns of My Travels.” Richie is a noted lecturer and coauthor of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns. Reception, 5:30 p.m.; lecture, 6 p.m. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 205-414-3950.


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.