Upcoming Events

Early Bird Violet Show

Central Alabama Daylily Society Annual Sale

Ribbons of Green

Botanical Bash

Birmingham Rose Show

Birminghm Fern Society Annual Lecture, Show & Sale

Alabama Orchid Society Free Class

Gross Out Day Camp

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.



Early Bird Violet Show

April 4 - 5

Friday, April 4

2 - 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 5

9 - 3 p.m.

Free Admission

Garden Center


Central Alabama Daylily Society Annual Sale

Locations: Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Meyer's Plant and Pottery (Pelham)

Saturday, April 5

8:30 a.m. - Until

Free Admission.



Little Garden Club hosts: "Ribbons of Green"

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).

The meeting, Ribbons of Green, will focus on Birmingham’s commitment to public green spaces through its extensive park and trail system, and delegates will experience many of these, with events at Regions Park, Railroad Park, Sloss Furnace and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Highlighting the Garden Club of America’s commitment to environmental protection, a featured speaker will be Birmingham native Rick Middleton, founder and Executive Director of the Southern Environmental Law Center that has grown to be the largest environmental organization focused exclusively on protecting southern rivers, forests, wildlife, and air quality. Also addressing the group will be Birmingham’s own Fred Spicer, Executive Director & CEO of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. With over 30 years in practice as a public garden administrator, landscape architect and nurseryman, Fred has been with Birmingham Botanical Gardens since 2001.

As part of this meeting, a juried Flower Show will be presented in Rosewood Hall, 2859 19th Street South, Homewood. Featuring Floral Arrangements, an extensive Horticultural Division, as well as a Photography Division and Conservation exhibit, the Flower Show will be open to the public on Tuesday, April 8, from 3-5 p.m. Rosewood Hall is located on the main floor of Homewood’s City Hall with parking available in the rear of the building.

For additional information about the event or to register contact zoneviiimeeting2014@gmail.com.



7th Annual Botanical Bash

presented by Shades Valley Rotary Club

Friday, April 25

6 p.m.

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 becky@shadesvalleyrotary.org


American Garden Award and Birmingham Botanical Gardens are proud to announce the four contestants for the 2014 American Garden Award contest. There are a total of thirty-two prestigious public gardens participating in the American Garden Award, the nation’s only flower popularity contest. The American Garden Award is a unique opportunity for the public to vote on a specific flower that they think has the most appealing garden characteristics. Each of the four contestants listed below will soon be planted in Birmingham Botanical Gardens and ready to strut their stuff for the voting, which begins on May 1.

There are three ways to vote, after May 1:
1) By texting a given code to a polling number
2) By going to www.americangardenaward.com and clicking on the flower of choice
3) By using postage-paid voting postcards located at the garden


The four entries are:
Celosia Arrabona Red From PanAmerican Seed

Cuphea Sriracha™ Violet F1 from Syngenta Flowers Inc.

Foxglove Digiplexis Illumination Flame from Cultivaris North America LLC

Petunia SangunaRadiant Blue from Syngenta Flowers Inc.


Voting will be open from May 1 until September 30 and winners will be announced in October.

Follow American Garden Award on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the voting results!
www.facebook.com/americangardenaward or @AmerGardenAward

The American Garden Award program is administered by the All-America Selections® Display Garden program.
AGA entries have not been trialed nor awarded a winner status by the AAS® Trial Judges.



Birmingham Rose Show

May 10 - 11

Saturday, May 11: 3 p.m. - American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian Gloria Purnell will speak at our
"Growing Roses In Alabama" seminar


Birmingham Fern Society Annual Lecture

May 21

6 p.m.

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.
Landry has many research interests, including the Pteridophytes of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, which he studied while serving there as field assistant to Dr. John Mickel, of the New York Botanical Garden. He has published numerous articles in scientific journals, including The American Fern Journal, and contributed to Acadiana Flora, Native and Naturalized Woody Plants of South-Central Louisiana.


Birmingham Fern Society Annual Show & Sale

June 18

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.
Everyone is encouraged to enter fern fronds or potted ferns in the show. Entries must be received between

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.

The fern show and sale will open at 1 p.m. A great variety of very reasonably priced hardy ferns will be available for purchase. Society members will help attendees select the perfect ferns for their gardens!


Alabama Orchid Society - Orchid Repotting Class

Saturday May 24
Noon - 2 p.m.
Learn how to repot your orchids or
Bring your orchids and have one of our experts repot them for you
(nominal fee).

Contact John M. Mehler for more information 205.617.7630.


Gross Out Day Camp 2014

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
Cost: $200 per week for members, $225 for non-members

(if registered by February 15: $175 members, $200 non-members)
Camp will be held from 9am-5pm. Also, there is before and after care from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. for $25.
Please bring your own lunch, snack and water bottle.


Grades 1 - 4
Grades 5 - 7
All Ages
June 2 - 6
June 9 - 13
*NEW* March 24 - 28
June 16 - 20
August 4 - 8
June 30 - July 3 (short week, $150)
June 23 - 27
July 7 - 11
July 21 - 25
July 28 - August 1

To register, please email Lexi@FreshAirFamily.org