The events listed on this page may be presented in part by partners of The Gardens. Contact information or links may direct you to organizations other than Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Birmingham Museum of Art will partner with the Japan America Society of Alabama (JASA) for the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Festival and other events in 2014.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is a one-day event,
Saturday, March 22nd, from 11 – 3 p.m.
Additional programs leading up to the Cherry Blossom Festival that Birmingham Public Library and Birmingham Botanical Gardens will offer:
Sunday, February 23 - Friday, March 14.
Twitter haiku contest sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of the Haiku Society of America and Birmingham Public Library. The winners’ rankings will be announced at the Sakura Festival main event at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Saturday, March 22.
Sunday, March 2, 3 - 5 p.m.
Central Library, First Floor. Doll Festival (Hinamatsuri) featuring a display of hina dolls and Miss Iwate, the Japanese friendship doll who has called Birmingham Public Library home since 1928.
Friday, March 7, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Central Library, Fiction Department, Bards, Brews, & Haiku. This special edition of BPL’s popular poetry performance and beer tasting will feature haiku readings and sake.
Saturday, March 8, 10 - noon.
Central Library, storycastle. Haiku workshop led by Terri French, who heads the Southeast Chapter of the Haiku Society of America.
Saturday, March 15th, 10 a.m.
Sushi-making class in Birmingham Botanical Gardens Education classrooms.
Saturday, March 22nd, 11 - 3 p.m.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Japanese Garden. This will be the main event of the JASA/Birmingham Botanical Gardens Sakura Festival and will feature a variety of activities.
Saturday, March 22nd, 3:15 p.m.
Japanese anime movie showing in the Garden Center, Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
For more information on Miss Iwate doll restoration effort and events, visit the Birmingham Public Library website www.bplonline.org or call 205.226.3670. Related children’s programs will be offered at various Birmingham Public Library locations throughout the month of March.
For more information about the Cherry Blossom Festival visit www.jasaweb.org
April 4 - 5
Friday, April 4
2 - 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 5
9 - 3 p.m.
Locations: Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Meyer's Plant and Pottery (Pelham)
Saturday, April 5
8:30 a.m. - Until
April 7 - 9, 2014
From April 7-9, Little Garden Club of Birmingham will host delegates from Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama at a regional business meeting of the Garden Club of America, an organization founded in 1913 whose purpose is to stimulate the love of gardening; to share the advantage of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence, and publications; and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement. (Locally, Red Mountain Garden Club is also a GCA-affiliated club).
presented by Shades Valley Rotary Club
Friday, April 25
Dinner - Music - Dancing - Silent Auction
To benefit the internship program at Birmingham Botanical Gardens
For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Becky Swindall at 205.977.7270 or firstname.lastname@example.org
May 10 - 11
Saturday, May 11: 3 p.m. - American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian Gloria Purnell will speak at our
Our lecturer this year will be botanist Garrie P. Landry, of Louisiana State University in Lafayette, who will speak about his experiences in “Exploring for Rare Ferns in Louisiana.” Landry is a native of Franklin, Louisiana. He earned a B.S. in Botany from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and an M.S. from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. He is currently employed by LSU-Lafayette.
Birmingham Fern Society Annual Show & Sale
1 - 6 p.m.
The Birmingham Fern Society’s 38th Annual Show and Sale will take place on Wednesday, June 18 from
1 - 6 p.m. at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This event is free and open to the public.
8 - 10 a.m.; vases will be provided. Experts will be available to help everyone identify their fern entries. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries in each category. All entries will be available for viewing after judging is complete.
Fresh Air Family is offering their award winning Gross Out Day Camp in the Birmingham area. Expert naturalists will lead students in the great outdoors to explore the best, worst, and the grossest nature has to offer! Activities include hikes, creek stomping, crafts, journaling and live animals!
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
(if registered by February 15: $175 members, $200 non-members)