NEW Weekend Educational Programs

"Get Into The Gardens" is a new weekend program that provides free educational programming to visitors at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The series will include family-friendly demonstrations, the return of Hikes for Tykes, an educational outdoor adventure designed for preschool children and their families, and Sunday Scene, an educational walk through each of the gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.


All programs are free.  Registration is not required.  Meet in The Gardens' plaza.


Date: Sunday, October 26, 1:30p.m.
Location: Blount Plaza, Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Time: 1:30 - 2:30p.m.
Instructor: Su Reid St. John and Zoie St. John
Cost: Free

Cooks of all degrees grow herbs indoors during the winter when it’s too cold outside or too wet to dig in the dirt, but you can grow herbs inside any time of year.
Many kitchen gardeners love the convenience of fresh herbs at home, and what could be more convenient that an indoor herb garden? Even if you live in an apartment or condo without any outdoor space, you can grow herbs indoors.
Come join us on Sunday, October 26 at 1:30 p.m. to learn more about how to grow your herbs indoors during those cooler to colder months.



Demonstration – Composting and vermiculture demonstration. The art of composting has been part of our global culture since ancient times. The basic principles are quite simple, and adhering to them will result in an efficient and successful outcome. Studies have shown that home composting can divert an average of 700 lbs. of material per household per year from the waste stream. Municipal composting carries a greater environmental cost, but not nearly as high as if leaf and yard waste are disposed of by conventional means. Vermicomposting is the easiest way to recycle food wastes and is ideal for people who do not have an outdoor compost pile. Composting with worms avoids the needless disposal of vegetative food wastes and enjoy the benefits of a high quality compost. Worms process food quickly and transform food wastes into nutrient-rich “castings.” September 6. 1 p.m. Free.

Demonstration – Planting Fall trees and shrubs demonstration. The success or failure of trees and shrubs to grow and produce the desired effects begins with planning and proper planting. Learn planting techniques to ensure your trees and shrubs purchased at our fall sale will survive and thrive in your landscape. September 20. 1 p.m. Free.

Demonstration – Jefferson County Department of Stormwater – “Step away from the spray!” Learn how to manage mosquitos and other backyard pests using birds, bats and other natural methods. Free mosquito prevention kits and other helpful items will be available to assist you in controlling these bugs in an environmentally friendly way. September 27. 1 p.m. Free.


Beginning at 10 a.m. every Saturday, Hikes for Tykes is another free program provided to

visitors of The Gardens, this walk encourages pre-school children and their

parents to engage in an outdoor educational adventure.



The program is offered in partnership with Fresh Air Family.


The Sunday Scene also returns as the final component of the series, leading visitors on educational walks through The Gardens.


All walks in the Sunday Scene begin at 2 p.m.


For more information about the "Get Into The Gardens" series, contact

Volunteer Coordinator Taylor Steele at 205.414.3962 or