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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@sbsmags.com.

 

 

Through December 7, Mobile
Nature and Landscape Photography
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This six-week course led by Julie Andel will cover topics such as camera settings, exposure, composition, photography tools, photographing gardens, a special module describing using smartphones or similar devices for photographing the garden, and critiques of photos. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

Through December 31, Huntsville

Galaxy of Lights Driving Nights
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Don’t miss the holiday magic and tradition of the Huntsville Botanical Gardens Galaxy of Lights - a magnificent 2 and a half-mile long light extravaganza featuring over 170 larger-than-life animated light features. Exhibits include nursery rhymes, a holiday village, Jack Frost, a magical twinkling icicle forest, animated snowmen, a garden scene and much more! Nightly 5:30-9 p.m. Carload, $25 with a 10 person max. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



Through December 31, Theodore
Magic Christmas in Lights
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Magic Christmas in Lights includes more than three million lights in 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre gardens estate. Guests may also enjoy hot chocolate on Live Oak Plaza and nightly entertainment from local choral groups. Santa will be available nightly through December 23 for formal and informal photos. The Bellingrath Home is fully decorated for the holidays and open for nightly tours. Extended hours for Magic Christmas in Lights are 5-9 p.m. Fees: $15 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 251-459-8864, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



December



December 1-2, Mobile
Holiday Market in the Gardens
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This is a great event sponsored by the Mobile Botanical Gardens in association with the Mobile County Master Gardeners and the Coastal Alabama Botanical Artists Circle. Come shop for unique poinsettias and other seasonal plants as well as Local Products with a Tale to Tell. Local botanical artists will be selling their works ranging from original art to printed notecard sets. Master gardeners will be offering the freshest greenery and stunning centerpieces to help make your holiday decor beautiful! Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


 
December 2, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Grapevine wreaths
North Alabama Agriplex

Grapevines and greenery await to be creatively entwined into beautiful wreaths for the holidays. Make one to take home and hang on your own door! We’ll have some greenery and ribbon, but feel free to bring additional supplies. The program begins at 6 p.m. Cost $10. Registration is required – you can register at Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.



December 2, Hoover
Holiday Greenery Sale
Aldridge Gardens

Bundled greenery for all your holiday trimmings! Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.


 
December 3, Mobile
The Grumpy Gardener
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Steve Bender, editor of Southern Living, will give a presentation on his wickedly funny gardening book, The Grumpy Gardener. Copies will be for sale at our Holiday Market as well as at the event. Following his presentation, Steve will sign copies and perhaps offer more sage advice! For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.



December 7, Hoover
Gifts of Art
Aldridge Gardens

The best place in Hoover to find original, affordable, handcrafted works of art by select Alabama artists just in time for the holidays. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



December 8-January 12, Mobile
Botanical Art II – Working with Colored Pencil
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Under the direction of Derek Norman, students in this six-week course will progress through accurate observation and the fundamentals of proportional drawing technique to an understanding of working with color and colored pencil. As the class progresses, each student will engage in drawing plant specimens as they learn to apply color to hot press paper and understand the importance of structure, surface texture, and color perspective. Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.



December 13, Auburn
Pruning and Tool Sharpening Workshop
The Davis Arboretum at Auburn University

Bring your favorite yard tools with you and learn when, where, why, and how you should be pruning your trees and shrubs. 9 a.m.-noon. Members, $45; non-members, $60. Spaces are limited. For more information, call 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.

 

January



January 1-February 28, Huntsville
Beaks and Barks
Huntsville Botanical Garden

For the birding enthusiasts, you’ll be able to explore the Lewis Birding Trail, included on the North Alabama Birding Trail. For the “Barks” part of Beaks & Barks, bring your favorite four-legged friend to the garden each day to stretch your legs and theirs and play some fetch in our “No Leash Zone.” For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

January 13-February 28, Huntsville
Beaks and Barks
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch in the 5-acre “no-leash” zone at the back of the garden. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the garden, a birding trail map, and photos of birds photographed in the garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

February



February, Mobile
Tomatopalooza!
Mobile Botanical Gardens

We grow thousands of heirloom and hybrid plants that have been selected for growing on the Gulf Coast. Pickup of the plants is Saturday, February 24.  For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


 
February 2-March 9, Mobile
Botanical Art III, Working with Water Colors
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Derek Norman leads this six-week course that builds on skills developed in Botanical Art I and II. This class is designed as an introduction to the botanical art of painting in watercolor using the six-color-palette. Members, $125; non-members, $150. Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


 
Wednesdays, February 7-28, Theodore
Winter Wednesdays
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Topics include gardening, history, and the collections in the Bellingrath Home. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 251-459-8864, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



February 15, Anniston
Third Thursday in the Gardens: Native Azalea
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Join Hayes Jackson and delve into all the native Rhododendron species of the southeastern USA and the numerous hybrids available from area nurseries. We will cover the basics and offer some methods to ensure a glorious show of blooms and healthy plants. To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766. This program is free for museums and gardens members and $5 for non-members. For additional information, email rlyons@annistonal.gov.


 
February 16-19, Huntsville
The Great Backyard Bird Count
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Each year, tens of thousands of people throughout the U.S. and Canada take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) by counting birds in their community and reporting the numbers and species to GBBC. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



February 16-18, Theodore
Mobile Area Orchid Society’s
41st Orchid Show and Sale
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for these exotic plants. Vendors will also sell orchids, supplies, and accessories. There is no admission fee to view the show, but guests are encouraged to tour the gardens and home during their visit! The Magnolia Café will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and our gift shop will feature new spring merchandise. For more information, call 251-459-8864 or visit bellingrath.org.



February 17, Jemison
Tree Fruit in the Home Garden
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety selection, care, and maintenance of tree fruits such as apples, pears, figs, oriental persimmons, peaches, and nectarines. Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Optional lunch, $12. Advanced registration and payment required. Walking tour of Petals tree fruit gardens and pruning clinic starts at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.



February 22, Auburn
Dead of Winter Event
Davis Arboretum at Auburn University

Break the winter blues by getting out and coming to the first ever, Dead of Winter Event, hosted by the Davis Arboretum; Auburn University Museum of Natural History; and the Vet School’s Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology.  Come tour the grounds of the Davis Arboretum, which will be adorned with varying skeletons of animals from all over the world. There will be free tours throughout the day beginning at 2 p.m. with experts on hand to answer any of your questions. Stay for an elegant fundraiser dinner with fantastic food, great music, a silent auction, and door prizes. 6:30 p.m. Tickets to this dinner are $100. Proceeds will help expand collections in each of the participating departments. For more information,
call 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.


 
February 24, Jemison
Antique Roses in the Garden
Petals from the Past

Jason Powell will discuss all classes of antique and old garden roses and their care and maintenance. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Optional lunch, $12. Advanced registration and payment required. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

March



March 1, Birmingham
The 19th Annual Spencer Lecture
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Author Peter Hatch will speak about his book, A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. Reception, 6-6:30 p.m.; lecture, 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.



March 3, Hoover
City of Hoover’s 20th Annual Arbor Day Celebration
Aldridge Gardens

Hosted by the Hoover Beautification Board, this event will feature a ceremonial tree planting, along with a tree giveaway, and an Arbor Day ceremony featuring area fourth-grade Arbor Day essay contest winners. 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



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 bellingrath.org, 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 bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



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 hsvbg.org.



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 hsvbg.org 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 hsvbg.org 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 mobilebotanicalgardens.org.



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 info@festivalofflowers.com, or visit festivalofflowers.com.


 
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 bellingrath.org.



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 petalsfromthepast.com.



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 arbinfo@auburn.edu. 

 

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 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.