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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.

 

Through 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.



Through 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.



August



August, Theodore
August Admissions Discount
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Discounted admission to combination Gardens-and-Home tickets during the month of August. Also 50 percent off garden photography sessions. Through August 31, an adult Gardens-and-Home ticket is $16.50 (regular: $21), and a child Gardens-and-Home ticket (ages 5-12) is $11.50 (regular: $13). For more information, call 251-973-2217, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



August 6, Theodore
Founder’s Day
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

In honor of Mr. Bellingrath’s birthday, admission to the gardens is free to all Mobile and Baldwin County residents! (Please be prepared to show your ID to prove place of residence.) Guests are invited to tour the gardens and the beautiful Bellingrath museum home. There is an additional charge of $9 to tour the home. For more information, call 251-973-2217, visit bellingrath.org, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.



August 9, Mobile
Second Thursday Walk with the Curator
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join Amanda every second Thursday for a walk through the gardens that will focus on what is currently of interest. 10 a.m.-noon. Members, free; non-members, $10. For more information, visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555.


 
August 16, Anniston
A History of Alligators in Alabama
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Stephen Faughn, extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will be the speaker for the August Third Thursday program. Recent local sightings of American alligators in Calhoun County has piqued interest in these amazing creatures that inhabit Alabama swamps, rivers, and lakes. 5-6 p.m. This program is free for members, $5 for non-members. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information visit our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.



August 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. 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.



August 18, Jemison
Apple, Pear, and Muscadine Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss variety, care, and maintenance of apples, pears, muscadines, and bunch grapes. Taste all the varieties of these fruits and decide which ones you want to add to your home garden. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.



August 29-October 3, Mobile
Book Club/Class: The Invention of Nature
Mobile Botanical Gardens

In October, MBG will be fortunate enough to welcome Andrea Wulf to the gardens for a presentation on her latest award-winning book, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World. Explore the book before her visit in this 6-week class taught by Gail Gehlken and Poet Laureate of Alabama Emerita, Sue B. Walker. Class fee includes a paperback copy of the book. This class is part of our WIN Series: Writers In Nature. Look for more details about the Andrea Wulf event in the coming months. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Members, $135; non-members, $160. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.

 

September



September 1, Cullman
County Fair Crafts
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Make and take workshop of crafts that can be entered into the Cullman County Fair. 9-10:30 a.m. $5 per child at the door. Adults are free, and there is a max cost of $10 per family. Registration required – visit agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


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

This year, in honor of its 30th birthday and to coincide with the Gardens of Myth exhibit (through October 31), the garden will display 30 “Mythical & Magical Scarecrows of Legend” along the Dogwood Trail and Mathews Nature Trail. The Children’s Garden will be decorated during October with its own display of mythical and magical scarecrows (created by schoolkids), pumpkins galore, and a fun exhibit in the BOOterfly House the last weekend of the month. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

September 9, Birmingham
4th Annual Graze
Avondale Brewing Company

This farm-to-fork picnic fundraiser celebrates the best in Birmingham local food. More than 15 farmer-chef pairs collaborate on a single dish, which they serve in sample sizes to picnickers as they graze from booth to booth in the grassy backyard at Avondale Brewing Company. Add a little live music, local beverages, good company, and Sunday afternoon vibes, and it’s a serious celebration. Presented by EBSCO, and benefiting the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN). 5-8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit asanonline.org/graze.



September 9, Jemison
Kiwi Walking Tour
Petals from the Past

Dr. Arlie Powell will discuss growing kiwi in Alabama. 2 p.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com or call 205-646-0069.



September 13, Cullman
Grain Milling
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

From corn to meal and from wheat to flour, observe the process of milling grains to use in cooking and baking. 6 p.m. $5 per person. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
September 14, Cullman
Leaves
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Green, red, yellow, and gold, the story of leaves will be told! For preschool-aged children. 10-11 a.m. $5 per child. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
September 15, 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.



September 20, Anniston
Sensational Salvias
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

There are native salvias, salvias for shade, and salvias for pollinators and hummingbirds. We will offer numerous species for sale before the program. If you love easy to grow plants, an abundance of seasonal color, and butterflies and hummingbirds, then you will love salvia! 5-6 p.m. 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 our Facebook page or email rlyons@annistonal.gov.



September 22, Mobile
Inaugural Event for the Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This educational series will launch in true Marion style! Sponsored by the Spring Hill Garden Club, this day will be filled with wonderful speakers and fabulous food by Georgia Roussos Catering. Dr. Brian Axsmith will speak in the morning and Dr. Dave Creech will round out the afternoon. Lunch and a special mid-afternoon dessert reception will provide time to visit with Marion’s friends and family. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Members, $30; non-members, $35. For more information, visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555.


 
September 27, Cullman
Cotton
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Homeschooled children are invited to learn the history of cotton’s role in Alabama agriculture as we study the boll and its uses. 9-11 a.m. $8 per child. Adults are free, and there is a max program cost of $16 per family. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
September 27, Cullman
Apples: Cooking/Cider
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Rotate through stations making apple cider vinegar, applesauce, apple butter, apple chips, apple cider, and more. $10 per person. Begins at 6 p.m. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
September 28, Huntsville
Fresh from the Garden
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Enjoy live music, cocktails, strolling through the garden, and a family-style meal prepared by Grille 29. Don your best “garden casual” attire and leave the heels at home for this relaxed, yet refined, evening. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



Sep 28-Oct 8, Montgomery
65th Annual NGC Flower Show, The Land of Oz
Alabama National Fair at the Garrett Coliseum

Sponsored by the Montgomery Federation of Garden Clubs, The Fall Flower Show is open to the public after judging and throughout the duration of the fair. There is no charge after admission into the fair. If you have questions or need materials, email Rose Winkler, Flower Show Chairman, rmwinkler45@yahoo.com. Look for the flower show schedule, sample entry tag for horticulture entries and photography entry form on Fair Competitions website, alnationalfair.org/competitions/flower-show.

 

October



October 5-7, 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. Dealers from across the United States will have 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 bbgardens.org or call 205-414-3950.



October 5-November 14, Mobile
A Romance of Art and Nature
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Draw inspiration from those around you during this six-week combined art and poetry class that will focus on the collections of the gardens. Taught by botanical artist Derek Norman and writers Gail Gehlken and Poet Laureate of Alabama Emerita, Sue B. Walker. Members, $125; non-members, $150. Wednesdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.


 
October 6, Cullman
Pumpkins
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Learn the history of pumpkins, try different pumpkin recipes, and pick a pumpkin to take home. 9-10:30 a.m. $5 per child. Adults are free, and there is a max program cost of $10 per family. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.com.


 
October 6 & 7, Huntsville
Fall Plant Sale
Huntsville Botanical Garden

The HBG Fall Plant Sale is open to the public and features unique plants, trees, and shrubs native to Alabama. It also offers plants that attract birds, bees, and butterflies. Activities include garden talks, children’s activities, refreshments, and soil testing by Master Gardeners of North Alabama. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



October 7, Hoover
Whispers from the Past – A Native American Experience
Aldridge Gardens

Take a trip back in time to rediscover the culture and contributions of Native Alabamians at Whispers from the Past. Native American life will take shape through demonstrations like pow wow dancing, flintknapping, and hunting weapons, activities like leaf pounding, beading, corn grinding, gourd painting, pottery, and children’s games and activities. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

October 7, Jemison
Fall Gardening – Why? What? When?
Petals from the Past

Jason Powell will discuss his favorite perennials for fall bloom. Learn why fall is a great season to plant. 2 p.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com or call 205-646-0069.


 
October 11, Hoover
Taste of Hoover
Aldridge Gardens

Enjoy an autumn evening 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 11-13, Theodore
“Once on this Island”
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Enjoy an outdoor performance on the Great Lawn of “Once on This Island,” a one-act fairy tale musical about a peasant girl on a tropical island who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes. The show will take place at sunset. Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 14. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12. For more information or to register, call 251-459-8864 or visit bellingrath.org.



October 12, Cullman
Pumpkins
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Preschool aged children will explore the pumpkin patch from seed to pumpkin. 10-11 a.m. $5 per child. Adults are free. Registration required at agriplex.org. For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email cullmanag@gmail.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.