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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.

 


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.



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 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 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



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 10 & 24, Huntsville
Firefly Night Hikes
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Bring your flashlight and let us guide you through an evening of exploration as you feel the changes in the garden when night approaches. During this two-hour event, we’ll stop along the way to roast s’mores for a fun nighttime snack and venture through the Dogwood Trail to see the mythological Gardens of Myth creatures lighted for nighttime viewing! Wear comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure! For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



July 11, 18, & 25, Huntsville
Wacky Wednesdays
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Wacky Wednesdays will include fluttering fairies, trolls, and gnomes, and a different wacky adventure each week in the Enchanted Forest! Wear your fairy wings and bring your imagination! Picnic tables are available in the Enchanted Forest so plan on enjoying a relaxing lunch in the shade and remember you’ll be close to the Gardens of Myth trail, the Garden Railway, the Outdoor Build area, and the Hammocks too! For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



July 12, 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. Visit MobileBotanicalGardens.org or call 251-342-0555 for more information.



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.



July 26, Hoover
Whiskey Workshop
Aldridge Gardens

Get ready to learn a lot about whiskey from bartender and author Clair McLafferty in the Pavilion at Aldridge Gardens. Must be 21 or older to participate. 6-7:30 p.m. Members, $20; non-members, $25. Includes two adult beverages and light refreshments. Register at aldridgegardens.com. For the most
up-to-date information, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



July 28, Birmingham
Container Gardens – Containing a World of Possibilities!
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The class will be taught by Mickey Lollar and will focus on the history of container gardening, container and plant selection, and ideal specimens. 2-3:30 p.m. Members, $12; non-members, $15. For more information, call 205-414-3950 or visit bbggardends.org.

 

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 3, Hoover
Enchanting Ethiopian Eating
Aldridge Gardens

Taste and learn how to make Injera (Ethiopian flatbread), as well as an appetizer, an entree, a side, and a dessert. Even tea! This will be led by Gini Mohammad from Red Sea Ethiopian and Mediterranean Restaurant in the Aldridge Gardens house from 6-8 p.m. Members, $30; non-members, $35. Space is limited. For more information or to register, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.



August 4, Jemison
Butterflies of Alabama: Up-close and Personal
Petals from the Past

The program is presented by Paulette Ogard and Sara Bright, authors of Butterflies of Alabama. Learn how to identify some of the most common species and gain insights into their fascinating life histories. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.



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.

 

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.