Upcoming Events


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.



Scale Back Alabama

January 19 - 25, 11 - 1 p.m.

Those 18 and older can now participate in teams of two, rather than teams of four, and they can go online to register themselves starting January 6. Once registered, they must go to an official weigh-in site during the week of Jan. 19 – 25 to do their initial weigh in. Then, each week they will receive health tips from a panel of experts. At the end of the contest, all individuals and teams who lose at least 10 pounds (one pound a week) will be placed in a drawing for cash prizes.

For more information and to register online, visit www.scalebackalabama.com


Red Mountain Garden Club and Little Garden Club

February 11, 11 a.m.

Speaker: Douglas Thomas

"Twin Maples: A Natural Landscape"

Location: Auditorium at Birmingham Museum of Art

Douglas Thomas grew up on a cotton plantation in the Mississippi Delta on land cleared by her grandfather in the 1890’s. Twenty years ago she and her husband, Wilmer, also a native of Mississippi, bought an historic tract of land in the Northwest corner of Connecticut and built a house there. The property has been developed with formal gardens surrounding the house, forty acres of wildflower meadows and native plants throughout the site, which features native birches, tamaracks and many varieties of ferns.



Alabama Hydrangea Society

March 25, 6 p.m.
David Doggett will deliver his talk, “Planning the Year with Hydrangeas: Hydrangea Care Calendar.”

We will be meeting in The Library.


Birmingham Rose Show

May 9, 1 - 5 p.m.

May 10, 1 - 4 p.m.

Roses for Beginners Workshop - May 9, 2 p.m.



The Birmingham Fern Society Presents:

May 20 & 21, 2015
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

May 20, 4:30 p.m. “Propagation of Ferns”
Naud Burnett is CEO of Casa Flora, fern wholesaler in Dallas, Texas. He currently serves on the Board of the Hardy Fern Foundation. Mr. Burnett is a well-known landscape architect with a degree in landscape architecture from Texas A & M University.

May 20, 6 p.m. “Searching the World for Ferns”
Eddie Watkins is an associate professor of biology at Colgate University and a native of Alabama. He did his undergraduate work at Auburn University, Masters’ of Science from Iowa State University, Ph.D. from University of Florida and post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He is currently the President of the American Fern Society.

May 21, 10 a.m. Guided walk and picnic lunch
The Birmingham Fern Society welcomes everyone to tour the Fern Glade at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. We will meet on the Blount Plaza at 10 a.m. Please bring a picnic lunch.