2015 Spencer Lecture presents



2015 Spencer Lecture Series


Dan Hinkley

"The Life and Times of a Modern Day Plant Hunter"

Thursday, March 5 | 6:30 p.m.


Due to the threat of potentially inclement weather on Thursday, and while taking travel plans into consideration, The Gardens has postponed Thursday's Spencer Lecture until Tuesday, May 12. The event was sold out, and those that were among the first group to register will be given the first opportunity to register again. If you are among this group, you will be contacted soon with instructions for ensuring that you maintain your seat(s). If you are not among this group, you will have an opportunity to claim any remaining seats (should they exist) beginning on April 1. Thanks for your continued support of The Gardens!





The 17th annual Spencer Lecture will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Linn-Henley Lecture Hall, it will feature a reception prior to the evening lecture from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

This free annual event brings noted botanist Dan Hinkley to Birmingham Botanical Gardens for an intriguing talk titled “The Life and Times of a Modern Day Plant Hunter.”

Seattle based horticulturist and plant explorer Dan Hinkley leads his audience into mountainous regions of the world in search of plants for the gardens of North America and beyond. From his experiences in China, Vietnam, Myanmar, New Zealand, Chile and others, Hinkley will illustrate the process of plant collection, the reasons why it remains important and the end product of good plants growing in his 6.5 acre, zone 8 garden.

Hinkley works as a consultant, author, lecturer and is director of Heronswood Garden in Kingston, Wa.


The Spencer Lecture Series is made possible by the Virginia Beeland Spencer Lecture Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. The fund was started by the late Williams M. Spencer, III in honor of his wife, the late Virginia Beeland Spencer.

For more information, please call The Gardens at 205.414.3950.

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