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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 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.

 

Through 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.

 

October

 

October 1-31, Huntsville
Pumpkin Patch
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes will be on display in the pumpkin patch. Also a great time to see scarecrows, take a hayride, and have fun in the sorghum maze. Great photo opportunities! For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.



October 2-6 and 9-13, Huntsville
Fall Break Festival
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Spend your days of fall break enjoying the festivities at the garden. Crafts, games, and special activities each day. See the scarecrow trail and enjoy daily hayrides through the garden. Included with garden admission or membership. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

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 7-8, Huntsville
Fall Plant Sale
Huntsville Botanical Garden

All plants offered for sale are native varieties or plants well suited for Zone 7. Local landscape designers, master gardeners, and our own garden experts are on site to answer any of your toughest garden questions. Bring a sample of your soil and have your pH levels tested while you shop, and vendors will offer unique yard art for purchase. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

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 11, Birmingham
Lunch & Learn: Fall Plant Sale Preview
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Get a sneak peek at what to buy at the fall plant sale! Free. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

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 13-November 17, Mobile
Botanical Art I – Learning How to Draw
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Join botanical artist Derek Norman for this six-week course teaching the basics of botanical art. Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

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.

 

October 19, Anniston
Creepy Critters
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Come see some of the creepy critters that inhabit many gardens in Alabama. While many are frightening, most are beneficial to your garden. Come learn with Hayes Jackson about some of the nice (and maybe not so nice) varmints that are lurking in the landscape. 5-6 p.m. Free for members, non-members, $5. Reservations are required; payment is to be made at the time of registration; space is limited to the first 35 people. Pre-register by calling 256-237-6766. For more information, check the Longleaf Botanical Gardens’ Facebook page or email friends@longleafbotanicalgardens.org.

 

October 19-22, Mobile
Fall Plant Sale
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Find the best plants for Gulf Coast gardens! Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a special MBG members-only preview event on Thursday the 19. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

October 20, 21, 24, 26, Huntsville
Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes
Huntsville Botanical Garden

Enjoy a family night hike through the scarecrow trail and BOO-terfly House. Experience sounds of the evening from bullfrogs, crickets, and maybe even an owl. The Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes may bring some fun surprises. Warm cider and snacks served mid-way. For more information, visit hsvbg.org.

 

October 21-22 Birmingham
Fall Plant Sale
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Purchase herbs, sustainable trees, fall annuals, shrubs, natives, perennials, and more, while benefiting the gardens’ mission to promote public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens, and the environment. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

October 21-22, Cullman
Alabama Gourd Show
Cullman Civic Center

The show features an exhibition with 88 categories of gourd art and crafts, booths of crafted gourds, classes, and raw gourds from growers. Cost: $3. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 256-355-4634 or visit alabamagourdsociety.org.

 

October 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. 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.

 

October 26-December 7, Mobile
Nature and Landscape Photography
Mobile Botanical Gardens

This six-week course led by Julie Andel will cover topics such as camera settings, exposure, composition, photography tools, photographing gardens, a special module describing using smartphones or similar devices for photographing the garden, and critiques of photos. Members, $125; non-members, $150. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

October 26-29, Birmingham
Native Plant Conference
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Celebrating the astounding biodiversity of the Southeast, the Native Plant Conference includes pre-conference workshops, sales of books authored by presenters, plant sales, student poster session, field trips, and a special evening dinner with entertainment. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

October 28, Huntsville
Bootanica
Huntsville Botanical Garden

This fun-filled spooktacular day is appropriate for all ages. Put on frightening costumes and come on out to the garden for a goulish good time. We’ll have games and activities, hayrides through the scarecrow trail to visit the sorghum maze, face painting, and pumpkins for the kids. Steve the DJ will add to the festivities. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All activities are included with admission or membership to the garden. Supplies are limited. For more information, visit hsvbg.org or call 256-830-4447.

 

October 28 Mobile
Splinter Hill Bog Trip
Mobile Botanical Gardens

Hop on the luxury bus and travel to Splinter Hill Bog for a guided tour with Fred Nation. Participants will see and learn about unique and fascinating pitcher plants and other bog plants. Depart from MBG at 9 a.m. and return around 3 p.m. Box lunch included. Members, $50; non-members, $65. For more information, call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

 

October 28, Theodore
Boo at Bellingrath
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The gardens will be filled with spooky and fun inflatables, and there will be plenty of treats and trinkets to collect from local organizations and businesses. Guests are invited to enjoy live music on the Great Lawn and culinary delights from local food trucks. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free for Bellingrath members and children 4 and younger. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-459-8864.

 

October 29, Jemison
Edible Forest Garden
Petals from the Past

Tracy Britnell will discuss basic principles for developing an edible forest garden with a focus on creating plant guilds. A guild consists of many different species that serve different functions and purposes. These species work together to create a mutually beneficial environment. We will look at a large selection of plant materials and discuss their beneficial uses. The program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

November

 

November 2, Birmingham
Plant Diseases and Pests
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

What is bugging your garden? Come find the pest and the cure with Dr. Jacob Jacobi. He will guide you through the world of common garden pest and plant diseases and their cures. Refreshments will be provided. Free and for members only. 6-7 p.m. For more information, visit bbggardends.org or call 205-414-3950.

 

November 3-23, Theodore
Fall Cascading Chrysanthemums
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Don’t miss the nation’s largest outdoor chrysanthemum display that represents the culmination of 10 months of work by our horticultural staff. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and children 4 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-459-8864.

 

November 5, Jemison
Repotting Orchids
Petals from the Past

Bring your orchid that needs new life to Shelley Powell and she will help you repot them so they will perk up and provide long-lasting beauty. 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit petalsfromthepast.com.

 

November 6, Hoover
Veterans Day Celebration
Aldridge Gardens

Join us at 9:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arbor and Pentagon Plaza on the edge of the Aldridge Gardens lake. We’ll be honoring our veterans and celebrating the freedom that their service and sacrifices provide. For more information and official start time, visit aldridgegardens.com or call 205-682-8019.

 

November 14, Cullman
Living Landscapes – Indoor Gardening
North Alabama Agriplex

We’ll show you how to make an indoor garden to keep your green thumb happy year round. The program begins at 6 p.m. Cost $5. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit Agriplex.org or call 256-297-1044.

 

November 16, Anniston
Plant Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Shop our plant sale, 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.