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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@statebystategardening.com.

 

 

Through July 31, Huntsville

Johanna Littleton Artist
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Johanna Littleton works primarily in acrylic and mixed media. Johanna’s message in her paintings is for people to “stop and really look at the people you meet each day.” For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

Through August 18, Mobile

Botanical Drawing in Black, White, and Colored Inks
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join Derek Norman for a 6-week course focusing on techniques of botanical drawing using black, white, and colored inks. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays. MBG members, $150; non-members, $125. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

THrough September 30, Huntsville
Butterfly House Open
Huntsville Botanical Garden

During butterfly season, May-September, you’ll see zebra longwings, monarchs, zebra swallowtails, queens, sulfurs, cabbage whites, tiger swallowtails, spice bush swallowtails, black swallowtails, red admirals, luna moths and more – around 2,000 butterflies in all! This haven is also home to a variety of turtles as well as button quail. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call
256-830-4447.

 

July

 

July 31, Cullman

Heritage Skills – Tomato Fest!
North Alabama Agriplex

We’ll explore which type to use for sauces, juices, salsa and that ideal sandwich. Come join us to learn more about what all the hype is about and sample varieties of this fruit. Cost $5. Registration is required, and you can register on Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

August

 

August 5, Birmingham
Seasonal Series – Photography
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Instructor Hank Siegel will lead participants through the best practices of capturing images of the passing of the seasons. You’ll learn the techniques, tools and skills necessary to take visually stunning and interesting photographs through the creation of a seasonal series of landscapes/nature scenes. Class requirements: camera (a digital SLR or an advanced compact with manual, aperture and shutter priority operational mode settings), a basic understanding of camera operations, and the different operational modes, and basic computer skills. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $60; non-members, $75. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

August 17, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Support Longleaf Botanical Gardens and get some great plants for your garden at the same time! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.

 

August 19, Jemison
Apples, Pears, and Early Muscadines Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Join Dr. Powell as he takes you through the orchards to discuss growing apples, pears, and muscadines. Taste all the varieties. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

September

 

September 1-October 31, Huntsville
Scarecrow Trail
Huntsville Botanical Garden

This year lots of creativity has poured in from the community, crows of every shape and design! This festival is surrounded by lots of themed events, weekend hayrides, pumpkin patch and our new gilded gourd exhibit. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

September 1-November 30, Huntsville
George Sherwood – Art at the Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

American sculptor George Sherwood explores aesthetic systems of space, time, and the dynamic relationships of objects in motion. The garden is thrilled to have several of his pieces on display and invite you to visit the garden to see these magnificent works of art and space. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

September 5, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Edible Landscaping
North Alabama Agriplex

Besides the obvious fruit trees and berry bushes, there are a host of plants that have the dual purpose of beauty and bounty. 6 p.m. Cost $5. Registration is required, and you can register at Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

September 9, Birmingham
Planting, Transplanting, and Re-Potting Trees and Shrubs
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Improper planting is the #1 cause of shortened lifespans of trees and shrubs planted in residential and commercial sites. This class covers the latest researched-based recommendations for how one should plant, transplant, or re-pot. Members only. 9-11 a.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

September 9, Huntsville
Scarecrow Breakfast & Festival
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Scarecrow Festival starts with a fall-themed pancake breakfast in the atrium of the new guest center. Visit the scarecrows and enjoy a hayride to the sorghum maze. Have your picture taken with Mr. Crow! Face painting, music, and games for the kids. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

September 10, 17, 24, Huntsville
Native Tree Identification
Huntsville Botanical Garden

This class will be a 6-week series on using combinations 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. We will cover about 10 trees per class; and the entire series will cover at least 60 species over approximately 40 genera. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

September 10, Jemison
Kiwi Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Join Dr. Arlie Powell as he discusses the best way to grow kiwi fruit in Alabama. The program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

September 13, Auburn 
Floral Tailgate Arrangement Workshop
Davis Arboretum

This workshop will show you how to make a low centerpiece and side arrangements in mason jars. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Spaces are limited. The cost will be $75 for Azalea level members of the arboretum and $95 for non-members. Flowers and containers will be provided. For more information, call 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.

 

September 15, Huntsville
Hoot in the Night
Huntsville Botanical Garden

The owls are brought to us by the Alabama 4-H Center Coosa River Science School. The presentation includes history of owls and why they are beneficial to our ecosystem. Bring your camera to photograph the beautiful birds. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

September 15, Huntsville
Family Campout in the Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Campout activities include a hot dog dinner and a wagon ride to the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheatre for the ever-popular Hoot in the Night owl show followed by star gazing with the Von Braun Astronomical Society, roasting marshmallows and a night sleeping under the stars in the Dogwood Grove! You bring the tent and bedding and we’ll provide the rest! Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and events.

 

September 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 we do ask that you kindly RSVP. 8-10 a.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

September 21, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Held the third Thursday of every month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.

 

September 23, Hoover
Art in the Gardens
Aldridge Gardens

Stroll through the gardens and see the works of some of the best artists in the country, and, of course, shop! A multitude of artisans will compete for category and best of show awards in this juried open-air show. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

September 23, Mobile
Pollinator Sale
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Featuring hard-to-find pollinator plants, the sale will be open 9 a.m.-noon at our Market Place. There will also be a special presentation. Free admission. For more information, visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

September 24, Jemison
Native Plants for Fall and Winter Interest
Petals from the Past

Sue Webb will talk about some of the best native plants for fall and winter beauty and interest. The program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

September 29, Huntsville
Painted Gourd Class
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Create a festive scarecrow gourd to decorate your home! Artist Linda Morton leads the class using acrylic paints and medium-sized gourds. Light beverages and appetizers served. Beer and wine available for purchase. All materials supplied. Visit hsvbg.org for information on hours, ticket pricing, and other events.

 

October

 

October 1, Jemison
Fall Gardening
Petals from the Past

Jason Powell will discuss his favorite perennials for fall bloom and planting. The program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

October 4, Mobile
Poetry by Moonlight
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy a delightful evening filled with readings of poetry. The event is scheduled for the night of the Full Moon, the Harvest Moon, the Traveling Moon, and the Moon Over Mobile. Dr. Sue Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama, will serve as the MC. Light refreshments will be served at intermission. Books by presenting authors will be for sale. Free admission, but reservations required. For more information, visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

October 6, 13, 20, & 27, Auburn 
Friday Night Fright Nights
Davis Arboretum

The Davis Arboretum, in conjunction with the City of Auburn, will be showing classic horror movies every Friday night in October on a big outdoor screen by the pond. This is an outdoor event and will be subject to change depending on the weather. Movies will consist of the classic Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Friends of the Arboretum will be given access to a VIP seating area. Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs and come enjoy the classics outside with us! Concessions will be available to purchase during this event. The screenings are free to the public. 7:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, call at 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.

 

October 6-8, Birmingham
Antiques at The Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Antiques at The Gardens will feature tastemakers who are regionally and nationally known architects, interior designers, and landscape designers. Each designer will curate themed areas with goods selected from the best of Birmingham and other sources around the country. The show will continue to include antique dealers from across the United States presenting antiques, furniture, porcelain, fine art, silver, garden accessories, and jewelry. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Members, free with some restrictions; non-members, $15. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

October 8, Hoover
Whispers from the Past – A Native American Experience
Aldridge Gardens

Native American life will take shape through demonstrations of flintknapping, cooking, and hunting weapons; activities like leaf pounding, beading, corn grinding, gourd painting, and pottery, plus children’s games and activities. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

October 12, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Compost
North Alabama Agriplex

Turn food and yard scraps into nutrient rich soil through composting. Featuring guest lecturer William Cureton, aka Captain Compost We will have finished compost for sale. The program begins at 6 p.m. Cost $5. Registration is required; you can register at Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

October 12, Hoover
Taste of Hoover
Aldridge Gardens

Enjoy an autumn evening with us strolling through the gardens, listening to live entertainment, and sampling delicious dishes from some of Hoover’s best restaurants. 5-8 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

October 14, Birmingham
Rose Medicine Making
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Join Cameron Strouss on a rose journey as we explore the history, energetic properties, and medicinal uses- internally and in topical applications. Class will showcase rose recipes as well as a class-made rose goodie! If you are a rose enthusiast this class will enable your addiction. 10-11 a.m. Members, $30; non-members, $35. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

October 14, Huntsville
To Herb or Not to Herb – That is the Question
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Wear comfy clothes and join us in Murray Hall for 4 hours of herbal cooking demo/tips/tasting, 2 educational speakers from Madison Master Gardeners, lunch, and 2 hands-on, make-and-take items you can make in less than 30 minutes. We have door prizes and raffle items and herbal items for sale. Herb Society members available to answer questions, herbal tips announced throughout the day, handouts at each event. Space is limited. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $25, includes box lunch. Mail check to: Dorothy Thomas, 230 Pineridge Road, Madison, AL 35758. Payment must be received by September 30; cancellations can be made NLT October 7.

 

October 15, Jemison
Oriental Persimmons Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Powell will take you through the Oriental persimmon orchard and show you how to successfully grow these fruits. The program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call 205-646-0069 or visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

October 18, Auburn 
Tree ID Walk and Talk
Davis Arboretum

This workshop will teach you the ins and outs of basic tree identification for you to impress your friends and neighbors with. Spaces are limited. The cost will be $20 for Azalea level members of the arboretum and $30 for non-members. 4-6 p.m. For more information, call at 334-844-5770 or email arbinfo@auburn.edu.

 

October 19, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Held the third Thursday of every month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.

 

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.