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Upcoming Events for Alabama

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Through November 16, 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 or call 251-342-0555 for more information.


November 9-12 & 15-20, Huntsville
Galaxy of Lights Walking Nights
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Walking through Galaxy of Lights offers a unique way to experience our popular holiday exhibit. It’s a shorter – but just as beautiful – trail, with opportunities to visit Santa and have a cup of hot cocoa and a cookie (or a cup of “spirited” coffee, if that’s your pleasure). For more information, visit

November 10-21, Theodore
Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Enjoy the nation’s largest outdoor chrysanthemum show at Bellingrath Gardens. Hundreds of colorful cascades of chrysanthemums are displayed on bridges and balconies and in baskets and containers throughout the gardens. All the cascades are grown at Bellingrath by our horticultural staff. Fees: $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger. For more information, call 251-459-8864, visit, or email

November 15, Anniston
The Sweet Smell of the Gardens
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Bring a lunch and join us for a lunchtime special, Third Thursday in the gardens. Sherry Blanton, “The Southern Gardener” of the Anniston Star and master gardener, will share a few of her favorite things. Come learn about the many fragrant plants for your garden. Noon-1 p.m. Anniston Museums and Gardens members, free; non-members, $5. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766. For more information visit our Facebook page or email

November 15, Hoover
Introduction to Vietnamese Cooking
Aldridge Gardens

Learn about Vietnamese cooking from Alan Song. This class is a part of Aldridge Gardens’ Around the World with Food series. Members, $30; non-members, $35. 6-8 p.m. Space is limited. For more information and to register, visit or call 205-682-8019.

November 17, 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 or call 205-682-8019.

November 17-18, Jemison
Christmas Open House
Petals from the Past

Join us as we begin the celebration of the holiday season. There will be food, music by JQ’s One Man Band, and special sale prices. It is our way of saying Thanks for shopping with us this past year. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit

November 23- November 31, Huntsville
Galaxy of Lights Driving Nights
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village, nursery rhyme characters dancing among traditional scenes of the season and experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. For more information, visit

November 23-December 31, Theodore
Magic Christmas in Lights
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The dazzling nighttime display features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights, and 15 scenes set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre estate. Nightly, 5-9 p.m. The Bellingrath Home will be open for tours and decorated in full holiday finery. The Gift Shop will be fully stocked for the season and guests may also have their photos taken with Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café each night through Dec. 23. The Magnolia Café will have extended hours, 4-8 p.m., during the season. (The gardens will be closed on Christmas and January 1.) Military Mondays are back! Military personnel and their immediate relatives will receive a 15 percent discount off regular gardens admission on each Monday of the Magic Christmas in Lights season. The dates are Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Online ticket sales begin Nov. 1. For more information or to order tickets, visit

November 26, Huntsville
Galaxy of Lights 5k
Huntsville Botanical Garden

The 5k (3.1 miles) begins at 6:30 p.m. with the course winding through the paved Galaxy of Lights trail. Snacks and beverage will be served to all participants. For more information, visit

November 27, Huntsville
Galaxy of Lights 3k Holiday Dash
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Walk, skip, stroll, or run – this 3k is just for fun! The 3K Holiday Dash (1.8 miles) begins at 6:30 p.m. with the course winding through the paved Galaxy of Lights trail. The run will not be timed, but will be full of great light displays, festive holiday music, and prizes from our many generous sponsors. Strollers are welcome. For more information, visit

November 30, Hoover
Holiday Decorating Class
Aldridge Gardens

Learn how to decorate your doors and windows with floral creative dynamo Beth White. 9-11 a.m. Members, $15; non-members, $25. For more information and to register, visit or call 205-682-8019.

November 30-December 1, Hoover
Holiday Greenery Sale
Aldridge Gardens

Bundled greenery for all your holiday trimmings! Members’ only sale, Friday
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; public sale, Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For the most up-to-date information, visit or call 205-682-8019.

November 30-December 1, Mobile
Holiday Market
Mobile Botanical Gardens

A collaboration of Mobile Botanical Gardens and the Mobile County Master Gardeners. Buy local products and gifts with a tale to tell! Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit or call 251-342-0555 for more information.



December 1, Cullman
Wreath Making
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Make a grapevine wreath to reuse and decorate with our beautiful native evergreens. $10 per person. Begins at 2 p.m. Registration required at For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email

December 1, Cullman
Winter Crafts Farm Kids Club
North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center

Celebrate winter with a make-and-take nature crafts workshop. $5 per child, adults no charge. Max program cost is $10 per family. Registration required at For more information, call 256-297-1044 or email

December 7, Mobile
The Pursuit of Flora: A Florilegium of the Plant Collections at the Mobile Botanical Gardens
Mobile Arts Council Gallery

Members of the Mobile Botanical Gardens Sketch Club, Botanical Art Classes, and Coastal Alabama Botanical Artists Circle will be exhibiting their work at the Mobile Arts Council in December. The exhibit showcases the plant collections at the Mobile Botanical Gardens. Visit or call 251-342-0555 for more information.

December 7-8, Nauvoo
Food & Farm Forum, and Youth Food & Farm Forum
Camp McDowell

The 2018 Food & Farm Forum is the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network’s (ASAN’s) primary annual gathering of farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and food advocates from across the state to swap stories, ideas, and wisdom in order to together build a more robust local food system in Alabama. The program consists of peer-to-peer, hands-on, and experiential learning, in the form of workshops, panel discussions, and breakout conversations. Topics covered range from seed saving and permaculture to herbal medicine and raising grass-fed beef. Child care is provided for free throughout the weekend. This year a Youth Food & Farm Forum will run concurrently, offered to youth ages 14-21. The Youth Forum program will feature sessions on topics ranging from agricultural production, land stewardship, food sovereignty, community/grassroots organizing, and more. For more information, visit


December 7-9, Birmingham
Christmas at Arlington
Arlington House and Gardens

Christmas at Arlington is Arlington’s gift to the City of Birmingham! Held the first full weekend in December, this Birmingham Christmas tradition is a great way to kick off the holiday season each year. Visitors are invited to “step back in time” as local decorators adorn rooms of the museum in seasonal period décor. Some of Birmingham’s finest decorators will make the past come alive in the rooms of Arlington with creative holiday decorations of Christmas Past. Address: 331 Cotton Avenue SW, Birmingham, AL 35211. Phone:  205-780-5656.

Friday, December 7, 2018 – Hanging of the Green, Candlelight Program and Reception, 6:00 pm. $20 admission.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – Arlington Open House, 10 am – 4 pm, free admission
Sunday, December 9, 2018 – Arlington Open House, 1 pm – 4 pm, free admission

December 13, Mobile
The Botany of Christmas
Mobile Botanical Gardens

MBG Presents Naturalist Programs at the Botanical Gardens: Botany for the Fun of it With Fred Nation. The Botany of Christmas will take a look at the plants used in Christmas and other seasonal midwinter celebrations. We will describe the interesting traditions that have arisen around these treasured plants. Visit or call 251-342-0555 for more information.


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