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Upcoming Events for Alabama

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May 2 Huntsville
Leaf & Flower Pounding Workshop
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Make a one of a kind gift just in time for Mother’s Day!  Give her flowers that will last a lifetime.  Flower pounding is a fun and easy way to create botanical prints on fabric or paper. Plants are pounded which releases their natural dyes onto cloth or paper.  Decorate napkins, stationary, or any piece of fabric using leaf and flower pounding. Use your new art in sewing projects, quilting, embroidery or frame as a wall hanging. Discover the best leaves and flowers to use in pounding. Learn about fabric selection, preparation, and preservation. Learn how plants change colors once pounded. 4-6 p.m. This is an interactive class with a demonstration and hands-on-project.  The workshop fee is $5 and seating is limited so register today at

May 2 Huntsville
Annual Spring Luncheon
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Don your most magnificent millinery and join us for the 7th annual Spring Luncheon! This year’s luncheon will feature guest speaker Gigi Butler, founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes, and an elegant lunch provided by Grille 29. Visit for more information.

May 8, 9, and 10 Clanton
Alabama State Master Gardener State Conference
Clanton Performing Arts Center

Hosted by Chiton, Autauga and Shelby County Master Gardeners. The public is invited. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit,

May 9 Theodore
Evening Garden Stroll to celebrate National Public Gardens Day
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

National Public Gardens Day is celebrated nationwide to promote public gardens’ important role in leading environmental stewardship and awareness. Join us for an Evening Garden Stroll from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to celebrate this special day. Enjoy a demonstration on spring floral arrangements and container gardening from our Display Coordinator, Barbara Smith. We’ll have complimentary wine and cheese in our Gift Shop, along with samplings of the tasty treats on our shelves. The Gift Shop will be fully stocked with perfect presents for Mother’s Day! For details, visit, email, or call 251-459-8727.

May 11 Huntsville
Herb Fair
Huntsville Botanical Garden

The Huntsville Herb Society invites you to tour the Herb Garden, sample delicious herb cookies and herb-flavored waters, and take home beautiful fresh tussie-mussies and cookbooks (just in time for Mother’s Day). There will also be free plants available! Visit for more information.

May 11-12 Birmingham
67th Annual Birmingham Rose Show
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The judging is Saturday morning, but the festivities are all weekend! There are all sorts of categories ranging from "novice" to "experienced exhibitor" and also "artistic arrangements" and, a photography division. FREE Seminar 

May 11 Birmingham
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The challenge is to find and document the MOST species as possible in the given time.  Alabama native and Harvard University scientist E.O. Wilson described a Bio-Blitz as a “The engagement of citizen scientists in biodiversity exploration often starts with bioblitzes, which are treasure hunts designed to find and identify the largest number of species possible in one place.”  You and your students could become actual citizen scientists!  9:00 AM to 4:00 p.m. for more information, contact David Matson Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education, 334-270-5921, 

May 12 Theodore
Mother’s Day Evening Garden Concert
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra and Bellingrath Gardens and Home will present their Annual Mother’s Day Evening Concert at 5:30 p.m. on Live Oak Plaza. Enjoy a late afternoon of music surrounded by the beauty of the gardens. Limited seating will be provided, but visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs. Guests are also invited to bring a picnic supper. Beverages and snacks will be available to purchase on Live Oak Plaza. The concert is included in your admission to Bellingrath Gardens. Gardens admission is $14 for adults, $8 for ages 5-12 and free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger. For details, visit, email, or call 251-459-8727.

May 15 Birmingham
Annual Fern Lecture: A Geologic History of Ferns from Past to Present
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

A Talk by Jerald Pinson Reception: 5:30 p.m. Talk: 6 p.m. Jerald Pinson, a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, received his master's from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. All are welcome—please join us!

May 16 Anniston
Third Thursday in the Gardens: For Goodness Snakes
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Throughout recorded history, venomous and non-venomous snakes alike have often been misinterpreted. Alabama is home to 49 species of snakes and includes six of which are venomous. Please join Stephen Faughn, Extension Wildlife Educator, for this exciting educational experience. During this program, we will view, touch, and learn about the benefits of the snakes Alabama has to offer. 5-6 p.m. in the classroom. This program is $5 for non-members and free for Anniston Museums and Gardens members. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information, visit or email

May 18 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 and to register, visit or call 205-682-8019.

May 25 Hoover
Hydrangea Propagation Workshop
Aldridge Gardens

Learn the ins and outs of propagating hydrangeas from seed as well as from cuttings. Space is limited. 8:30-10:30 a.m. For the most up-to-date information and to register, visit or call 205-682-8019.

May 30-June 2 Birmingham
Native Plant Conference: Our Landscapes, History, Culture
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Launched in 1989, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens' Native Plant Conference seeks to celebrate the study of southeastern native flora and to further the preservation of their natural habitats across the region. Recognized as one of the premier native plant events in the Southeast, the conference is hosted every other year at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Join us for one of the Southeast's premier native plant events featuring expert talks, workshops, field trips, plant vendors, art, and more! Members: $185 Non-Members: $205



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