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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 September 30, Huntsville
Purdy Butterfly House
Huntsville Botanical Garden

This beautiful, soaring 9,000 square feet natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles, and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation, and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. For more information, visithsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

May



Through June 15, Mobile
Crazy for the Red White and Blue!
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This six-week botanical art class will focus on creating botanical art of red, white, and blue plants. Renowned botanical artist, Derek Norman, will be the instructor for this fun and exciting class that will work towards producing pieces to be exhibited in a special show at the Mobile Museum of Art. Fridays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555.



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 bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.



May 17, Anniston
Third Thursday in the Gardens: Yoga for Gardeners
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Yoga for Gardeners, taught by Sharon Wilkins, will address pains acquired by gardening with poses that focus on stretching, flexibility, and balance and will begin by bringing your attention into the present with concentration on your breathing. Cost is $5 per person or free to members. 2-3:30 p.m. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information, visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.



May 19-20, Auburn
Lee County Master Gardener Tour
Auburn/Opelika

The Lee County Master Gardeners’ 2018 Garden Tour features 11 private gardens and two teaching gardens. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit leemg.org or call 334-749-3353.



May 19, 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. 8-10 a.m. This monthly members-only event is free, but please RSVP. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



May 21, Huntsville
30th Anniversary Street Dance
Huntsville Botanical Garden

On May 21st, 1988 the garden opened its doors … 30 years later we’re celebrating with a street dance. Champagne fountain and light appetizers add to the fun. Steve the DJ will play your favorites from the balcony including popular tunes from the 80s. Early garden historical photos will be on display. There will be food trucks on Botanical Drive, and a garden bar in the Grand Hall for cash purchase. For more information and tickets, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

May 25-26, Montgomery
AHS Region 14 Spring Daylily Meeting & Garden Tours
Memorial Presbyterian Church

The public is invited to take classes in garden daylily judging, daylily exhibition judging, and taking garden photos. Adults, $110; youth, $60. For registration forms, instructions, and more information, visit ahsregion14.org/Upcoming_Meetings.html.



May 26, Jemison
Herbs
Petals from the Past

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Debbie Boutelier, community herbalist and master gardener, will present “The Wonder of Herbs: Growing and Using Herbs in Everyday Life.” We will learn how to make several useful herbal remedies primarily to fight colds and influenza. We’ll also cover how to make an herbal tea, a decoction, a tincture, an herbal salve, and syrup. Participants will get a popular herbal remedy to take home as well as handouts explaining several of the procedures. The morning program is free, and the afternoon program requires advanced registration and $25 payment. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

June

 

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

Join us on Wednesday mornings this summer for our popular series of gardening and history lectures and workshops. June 6: Summer Garden Walk with Bellingrath’s horticultural management team, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; June 13: Kids Gulf Discovery Day, 9 a.m.-noon; June 20: Stars, Planets and the Moon, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; June 27: Growing Cascade Chrysanthemums, 10:30 a.m.; (July 4, no program) July 11: Unusual Silver Serving Pieces in the Bellingrath Collection with Tom McGehee, 10:30 a.m.; July 18: Garden Trends – Creating Garden Rooms, 10:30 a.m.; July 25: Christmas in July Workshop and Tour, 10:30 a.m. Admission includes entrance into Bellingrath Gardens for the day and is $13 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under. No charge for the Friends of Bellingrath. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 251-973-2217, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



June 1 & 2, Huntsville
Family Campout & Gnomeo and Juliet Movie
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Campout and movie night at the garden hosted by the education department. This is a family favorite! For more information and tickets, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

June 1-October 31, Huntsville
Gardens of Myth Exhibit
Huntsville Botanical Garden

The exhibition is a collection of incredibly realistic sculptures depicting creatures of myth from around the world. They range in size from tiny fairies to an incredible 25-foot dragon! Each sculpture is handmade and painted by artist Kendall R. Hart and his team. This exhibit is included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



June 4-July 27, Birmingham
Children’s Summer Camps
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Children’s Summer Camps return to Birmingham Botanical Gardens, featuring morning camps and a day-long camp covering yoga, art, cooking, American Girl, and more. Weeklong morning camps begin at $160 for members, and up to $350 for non-members for the full-day camp. For more information, call 205-414-3950 or visit bbggardends.org for a list of sessions and pricing.



June 4-29, Hoover
Summer Camps
Aldridge Gardens

June will be a month of excitement, entertainment, and (of course) education at Aldridge Gardens. Plenty of camps to choose from for boys and girls entering kindergarten through 5th grade. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

June 6, Birmingham
Flicks Among the Flowers
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Bring a blanket and find a spot on the lawn to enjoy the film Hitch. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged. A preferred seating area will be available to members, with each membership allowing two patrons seating until 8 p.m. Members must check in to receive a wristband in Blount Plaza. Gates open at 6 p.m., the film starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 205-414-3950 or visit bbggardends.org.



June 8, Huntsville
Jack Daniels Dinner with Lynne Tolley
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Lynne Tolley is a renowned culinary expert, cookbook author, and a descendant of Jack Daniel who travels the globe as a Jack Daniel’s brand ambassador. An exclusive dinner catered by Ruth’s Chris featuring many of Lynne’s favorites from her cookbooks will be served all with a hint of Jack Daniels. For more information or tickets, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

June 9, Hoover
Hydrangeas Under the Stars
Aldridge Gardens

Join us for the season’s premier garden gala! 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 9, Jemison
Black and Blue Berry Festival
Petals from the Past

Fun for all ages! Fresh blackberries and blueberries, pony rides, petting zoo, hayrides, live music by JQ’s One Man Band. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.



June 13, Theodore
Kids Gulf Discovery Day
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

On Kids’ Gulf Discovery Day, families will learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Gulf Coast from a variety of environmental organizations throughout the region. The day will include guided cruises on Fowl River with our friends from Wild Native Delta Safaris; the Environmental Studies Center’s Raptor Road Show, featuring native birds of prey; and the touch tables from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Admission includes entrance into Bellingrath Gardens for the day and is $13 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-12, and free for children ages 4 and under. There is no charge for members of the Friends of Bellingrath. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 251-973-2217, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

 

June 16, 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. 8-10 a.m. This monthly members-only event is free, but please RSVP. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



June 20, Rockford
How to Identify Trees and Growing Natives
Coosa County Extension Office

This free program is presented by Mallory Kelley, horticulturist, ACES. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 256-377-4713.

 

June 21, Anniston
Third Thursday in the Gardens: How to Keep Your Garden Box Turtle Friendly
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Join LBG to learn about these fascinating creatures and how to keep them healthy and happy in their natural home. 5-6 p.m. Cost: $5 or free to members. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.



June 21, Huntsville
Margaritas & Magnolias
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Classic margaritas, frozen and fun flavors highlight the event. A tasty taco bar and island snacks included. Huntsville’s favorite band Calypso Vision: The Band with a Better Attitude from Another Latitude. Wear your tropical shirt, shorts, or dress to chill out at the garden. For more information or tickets, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



June 26-July 22, Mobile
Crazy for the Red, White & Blue: The Art of Celebrating History
Mobile Museum of Art

Artwork created in the Crazy for the Red, White and Blue botanical art class at the gardens will be featured at this month-long exhibit. An opening and closing reception, as well as presentations, will be held at both Mobile Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Art. For more information, visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555.



July 6-August 10, Mobile
Botanical Art IV: Drawing the Garden Collections in Pen & Ink
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This class will focus on depicting interesting plants in the garden’s collections. Under the instruction of botanical artist Derek Norman this six-week studio class will be devoted to the practice of classic pen and ink technique as it relates to botanical drawing and composition. Learn the fundamentals of sound linear and tonal concepts of plant perspective, value, depth, dimension, and design. Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555.



July 18, Birmingham
Flicks Among the Flowers
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Bring a blanket and find a spot on the lawn to enjoy the film Jaws. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged. A preferred seating area will be available to members, with each membership allowing two patrons seating until 8 p.m. Members must check in to receive a wristband in Blount Plaza. Gates open at 6 p.m., the film starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 205-414-3950 or visit bbggardends.org.



July 19, Anniston
Third Thursday in the Gardens: Watermelon Wingding
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Join us for the WATERMELON WINGDING where LBG staff and volunteers will be serving up a variety of ice-cold watermelon. Come see an array of different watermelon varieties and lend your thoughts toward the LBG watermelon taste test. 5-6 p.m. Cost: $5, members free. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.



July 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. 8-10 a.m. This monthly members-only event is free, but please RSVP. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



July 21, Jemison
Fig and Stone Fruit – Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety, car, and maintenance of figs and stone fruits such as peaches, plums, and nectarines. Take a walk through the fig and stone fruit orchards and taste the varieties. 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.