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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 February 28 Huntsville
Beaks & Barks
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Through the end of February, dogs are welcome to visit the garden every day. If you're a birding enthusiast, this is an excellent time of year to grab your binoculars and head outdoors. The garden is considered a birding hotspot by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and its Lewis Birding Trail features a rich diversity of local and migrating birds. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.

February 1-March 1 Mobile
TomatoPalooza
Mobile Botanical Gardens
Get the best tomato varieties for the Gulf Coast! Choose from 18 varieties and pre-order your tomato plants online at mbgrebloomshop.com throughout the month of February. Pick up your plants from our Marketplace during the Plantasia Spring Plant Sale, March 14-17. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.

February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3 & 10 Huntsville
Native Tree Identification
Huntsville Botanical Garden
This six-week series teaches how to use a combination of diagnostic characteristics such as bark type, overall growth habit, and leaf and bud shape and arrangement to identify native tree species, at least to the genus level. The focus of the class is on both deciduous and evergreen overstory and understory trees native to northern Alabama mountains. Members, free; non-members, $5 plus garden admission. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.

February 5, 12, 19, 26 Madison
MGNA Lunch and Learn Workshops
Dublin Park
Topics include: Herbs Gone Wild, Flavoring Without Salt, Backyard Vegetable Gardening, Garden Tools, and Container Gardening. Feel free to bring your lunch and delight in learning something new. Tuesdays in February, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. While the workshops are free, seating is limited. Register online today at mginfo.org/workshops.

February 6 Theodore
Winter Garden Walk
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Learn about the interesting winter borders and containers throughout the gardens from Bellingrath’s horticulture management team: executive director Dr. Bill Barrick, nursery manager Chuck Owens, and display coordinator Barbara Smith. The program is included as part of regular gardens admission. For more information, visitbellingrath.org or call 251-459-8868.

February 7 Huntsville
Garden LOVE – Whiskey & Wine
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Guests will enjoy champagne, premium wines, and a selection of fine whiskeys from Chattanooga Whiskey, Black Patch Distilling Co., and Shelta Cavern Spirits, along with an assortment of appetizers, many with bacon as the highlighted ingredient. And if the spirits move you to dance, the Silvery Moon Band will perform jazz and swing favorites during the event. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.

February 9 Huntsville
BEE Mine Valentine’s Breakfast
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Join us for a Valentine-themed breakfast for the entire family. We’ll serve French toast, sausage, fresh fruit, and have a hot chocolate station to start the day off on a happy note. After breakfast, kids can get creative making Valentine’s crafts, have their face painted, and visit Queen Bee for a “Bee Mine” photo! For more information, visit hsvbg.org.

February 9 Huntsville
Chinese Lantern Building Workshop
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Join us in getting ready for our big Chinese New Year Celebration and Lantern Parade on February 16 and build a Chinese-style lantern to carry in the parade. We will provide basic round paper lanterns in a variety of colors with an LED battery-powered light and some basic craft supplies to make it unique. You can go with a traditional design or come up with something new and exciting. Bring any of your own supplies as well. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.

February 10 Birmingham
Essentially Seasonal Design Series Featuring Holly Carlisle Winter: Minimalism
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
A seasonally focused floristry demonstration, workshop, and discussion series led by the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Holly Carlisle of ROSEGOLDEN in the spirit of local floristry legend Beth McReynolds and her iconic "Birmingham Style.” Study the principles of minimal design as you walk through a portion of our Japanese Gardens, and then learn to use negative space and emphasize the natural character of each material as you create an ikebana-inspired arrangement. 2-5 p.m. This is the first class in a four-part series. Members, $740; non-members, $800. Single class: members, $185; non-members, $200. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit bbgardens.org/classes.

February 10 Hoover
Nordic Walking Workshop
Aldridge Gardens
This class will show you a great way to include upper body exercise and add balance assistance while walking. 2-3:30 p.m. Led by Dr. Leroy Hurt, this class is free, but registration is required. Space is limited. Register at aldridgegardens.com. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

February 12 Birmingham
Southern Tales at the Gardens Presents Dolores Hydock in Eglamore and Cristobel: A Medieval Love Story
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Dolores Hydock, in the voice, spirit, and costume of a cranky crone, brings to life this original adaptation of a passionate 14th-century tale of desire, heartache, treachery, and the triumph of true love. 2 p.m. in the lecture hall. $20/person. To reserve seats, call 205-414-3950 or visit bbgardens.org/southerntales.

February 13 Theodore
All About Camellias
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Camellias are well-adapted to the South and have been growing in coastal gardens since the mid-1800s. Seth Allen, horticultural director and curator of collections at Mobile Botanical Gardens, will describe the history and cultivation of this winter-blooming shrub and give advice on selecting the best varieties for your garden. The program is included as part of regular gardens admission. Call 251-459-8868 or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org to register.

February 15-18 Mobile
American Camellia Society’s National Camellia Show
Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center
The American Camellia Society’s 2019 Annual Meeting and National Convention is being held in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the camellia’s official designation as Alabama’s state flower and with the state’s bicentennial celebration. The show will feature demonstrations and lectures on camellia care, flower waxing, and grafting. The public is invited on Sunday, 1-5 p.m. with no admission fee. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase camellias at the show, and to join the American Camellia Society.For more information about the ACS Camellia Show or to register, visit alabamacamelliasociety.org.

February 16 Huntsville
Chinese New Year Celebration and Lantern Parade
Huntsville Botanical Garden
We will have a traditional Chinese celebration complete with food, a dance performance, and a lantern parade at the end. Attend our Lantern Workshop on February 9 to create a lantern or bring one you created at home! This is a family-friendly event, co-hosted by the Huntsville Botanical Garden and the Huntsville Chinese Association, and all members of the community are welcome! For more information, visit hsvbg.org.

February 16 Jemison
Tree Fruits 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. Whether you are a beginner or experienced gardener, you will gain valuable knowledge for establishing or maintaining your tree fruit garden. Program begins at 10:30 a.m. Optional $12 lunch at noon. Advanced registration and payment required for lunch. At 12:30 p.m., there is walking tour of Petals’ tree fruit gardens followed by a pruning clinic. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.

February 19 Hoover
Ethiopian Cooking
Aldridge Gardens
Taste and learn how to make Ethiopian food! This class will be held in the Aldridge Gardens house, and led by Gini Mohammad from Red Sea Ethiopian and Mediterranean Restaurant. 6-8 p.m. Members, $30; non-members, $35.Space is limited. Register at aldridgegardens.com. For the most up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

February 20 Theodore
“Things are Seldom What They Seem” with Tom McGehee
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
The Bellingrath Home collection includes several remarkable examples of metamorphic furniture, pieces that were designed to change functions and were often built with moving parts. Join Tom McGehee, curator of the Bellingrath Museum Home, for a closer look at these fascinating 19th century designs. The program is included as part of regular gardens admission. For more information or to register, visit bellingrath.org, call 251-459-8868, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

February 21 Anniston        
Alabama’s Native Pollinators
Longleaf Botanical Gardens
With over 3500 species of native bees in North America, it takes an army to pollinate the diverse flowers we have in Alabama. Most flowering plants have specific floral traits (color, smell, size, rewards) that attract certain pollinators. Members, free;non-members, $5. Reservations required. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766 or register online at exploreamag.org. For more information, visit their Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.

February 21, 23 Birmingham
Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
This gorgeous meditative documentary immerses viewers in Piet Oudolf's work, taking us inside his creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself. February 21 at 6 p.m.; February 23 at 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit bbgardens.org/library.

February 21 Mobile
Floral Arranging Workshop with Dennis Harris
Mobile Botanical Gardens
Learn from one of the best! Dennis Harris, AIFD Designer, has created floral wonders for weddings from Napa to Tampa, and created floral wonders from Mexico City to Canada! Don’t forget to bring your favorite snips! 9:30 a.m.-noon. Members, $45; non-members, $50. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.

February 23Jemison
Antiques 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. Program begins at 10:30 a.m. Optional $12 lunch at noon. Advanced registration and payment required for lunch. At 12:30 p.m., join Jason in the gardens to learn proper pruning techniques for climbing and shrub roses. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.

February 24 Anniston 
From the Antarctic Peninsula to Alabama’s Cahaba River: The Vital Aspects of Climate Change
Longleaf Botanical Gardens
The Antarctic Peninsula is the most rapidly warming region of our planet. Glaciers are in retreat, major coastal ice sheets are disintegrating, and the annual sea ice is declining. Marine ecosystems are being dramatically restructured. Fortuitously, the amazing story of the discovery and mitigation of the hole in the ozone over Antarctica offers a poignant model of hope for the future. Join LBG as Dr. James McClintock speaks on these climate changes. 2-3:30 p.m. Members of Anniston Museums and Gardens, $5; non-members, $10. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766 or visit exploreamag.org. For more information visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.

February 27 Theodore
Flowers for Mom: Honoring an Alzheimer’s Journey and Celebrating Nature
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Artist Elmore Demott, a great-granddaughter of Walter Bellingrath’s brother, William, uses the medium of photography to express thoughts and emotions. The “Flowers for Mom” series, which features photographs from 20 states, the District of Columbia, and 12 countries, represents her artistic response to her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. The program is included as part of regular gardens admission. For more information or to register, visit bellingrath.org, call 251-459-8868, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

February 28 Mobile
Botany for the Fun of it with Fred Nation: World-class Native Plants for Gulf Coast Landscapes
Mobile Botanical Gardens
Learn about the many wonderful native plants that are a perfect addition to your Gulf Coast garden! Fred Nation is a field botanist, environmental consultant, freelance photographer and writer who lives in Daphne, Alabama. He teaches various seminars on habitats and ecosystems for Weeks Bay Reserve and conducts workshops on invasive exotic plant controls and plant identification for the USDA Forest Service, The Cooperative Extension System, and Weeks Bay Reserve. 1-3 p.m. Members, $10; non-members, $15. Light refreshments provided. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.

March 1-3 Theodore
Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 42nd Annual 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 orchids. Vendors will be selling orchids, supplies, and accessories. Guests may also shop for new spring merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop. Admission into the Orchid Show is free, but guests are encouraged to tour the gardens and home during their visit. The Magnolia Café will serve lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., making it easy for guests to visit the gardens and home either before or after viewing the orchids on display. For details, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-459-8727.

March 2 Hoover
City of Hoover’s 21st 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 more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

March 3 Hoover
Japanese Maple Walk and Talk
Aldridge Gardens
Mike Rushing will demonstrate how to prune Japanese maples. 2-4 p.m. Members, $15; non-members, $20. Space is limited. For more information or to register, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

March 7 Birmingham
2019 Spencer Lecture Presents Barbara Paul Robinson
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Author Barbara Paul Robinson will join the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens for the annual Spencer Lecture, made possible by a generous endowment from the estate of William M. Spencer, III. Robinson will discuss her books, Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener and Heroes of Horticulture: Americans Who Transformed the Landscape, and talk about her home at Brush Hill Gardens. 5:30 p.m. reception (Hodges Room); 6 p.m. talk (Lecture Hall). Book signing to follow. Registration is required. For more information, visit bbgardens.org/spencerlecture. 

March 12 Hoover
Intro to Ikebana
Aldridge Gardens
Florist Beth White introduces you to this Japanese art of flower arrangement. 6-8 p.m. Members, $20; non-members, $25. Space is limited. For the most up-to-date information or to register, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

March 14 - 17 Mobile
Plantasia Spring Plant Sale
Mobile Botanical Gardens
Get the best plants and best advice for your Gulf Coast Garden at our Plantasia Spring Plant Sale, the largest plant sale on the Gulf Coast! Thursday, ticketed preview party and sale, 4-7p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.

Mid-March-April Huntsville
Huntsville Blooms!
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Our beautiful outdoor spaces take center stage during March and April. Spring-blooming trees, shrubs, and perennials are highlighted by colorful bulbs and special flowering displays. The Bush Azalea Trail, with over 3,000 varieties of azaleas, is a must-see. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.

March 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. This monthly members-only event is free, but please kindly RSVP. 8-10 a.m. For more information and to register, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

March 20-May 19 Huntsville
The Wild: A Chinese Lantern Festival
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Boasting more than 800 illuminated lantern displays of wildlife from around the world (and dinosaurs!), this festival will provide a stunning visual exhibition of Chinese art and culture. Other festival activities will include Chinese shadow puppetry, live Kung Fu and martial arts performances, and a marketplace featuring authentic Chinese folk arts and crafts. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.

March 21 Anniston
Spring Garden Symposium: Smaller Spaces and Awkward Places 
Longleaf Botanical Gardens
Join us for the longleaf botanical gardens’ third annual Spring Garden Symposium. The theme this year is Smaller Spaces and Awkward Places. We look forward to welcoming keynote speaker Carol Reese, research horticulture specialist from West Tennessee Agriculture Research. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Lunch is provided if registered by March 14. Pre-register by calling 256-237-6766 or visit exploreamag.org to register online. Cost: $30 per person. Anniston Museums and Gardens members receive a $5 discount. For more information, visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov. 

March 21-24 Mobile
Festival of Flowers
Providence Hospital Campus
Providence Hospital’s Festival of Flowers is the largest outdoor flower show in the Southeast. The show features garden displays, art exhibits, gardening seminars, and vendors. The theme of the 26th annual Festival of Flowers is “Dutch Gardens.” The central display will be designed by the horticultural staff at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. For more information, visit festivalofflowers.com, call 251-266-2050, or email info@festivalofflowers.com. 

March 23 Jemison
Citrus in the Home Garden
Petals from the Past
Dr. Powell will discuss variety selection, care, and maintenance of citrus plants such as satsuma oranges, Meyer lemons, limes, and kumquats. Whether you are an experienced gardener or beginner, you will gain valuable knowledge for the upcoming season. Program begins at 10:30 a.m. Optional $12 lunch at noon. Advanced registration and payment required for lunch. At 12:30 p.m., tour Petals’ orangery. 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.