Get Into The Gardens - NEW
"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.
Themed “Big Ideas, Small Spaces,” the first sessions will be held bimonthly beginning on March 16, are free to the public and appropriate for all ages. From planting peppers and tomatoes to creating a Mother’s Day herb garden and to explaining simple watering strategies, there is an educational opportunity to fit eclectic curiosities on Saturdays this Spring.
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Hikes for Tykes
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.
[Returns March 26]
Oh Say Can You Seed? March 26
Walk through The Gardens discussing the functions of flowers, fruits and seeds. Read Oh Say Can You Seed? and make bean seed necklaces to take home while discussing what seeds need to grow. Look for seedlings, buds and flowers on the walk back to the plaza.
Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today? April 9
Walk through The Gardens discussing different types of weather and signs that the weather is changing. Read Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today? and look at our weather station. Discuss everyone's favorite kinds of weather and what plants may like the same on the walk back to the plaza.
Would You Rather Be a Pollywog? April 23
Walk through The Gardens discussing what a pond is, what might live there. Read Would You Rather Be a Pollywog at the Japanese Garden pond then discuss why it might be nice to have a pond in a garden. Children will ring the Friendship Bell with a friend before leaving.
I Can Name 50 Trees Today! May 14
Walk through The Gardens discussing trees and what we use them for (shade, shelter, food, oxygen, medicine, etc.). Read I Can Name 50 Trees Today! On the walk back look for some of the trees that were seen in the book and what they might be used for.
On Beyond Bugs! May 28
Walk through The Gardens discussing insects, what types we may see and how some are bad, but many are good. Read On Beyond Bugs! Discuss why The Gardens are a good home for bugs and look for different types of bugs.
My, Oh My - a Butterfly! June 11
Walk through The Gardens discussing butterflies and their importance. Read My, Oh My - a Butterfly!, then walk to pollinator garden to look for different types of butterflies and discuss why the garden is a good home for them.
The program is offered in partnership with Fresh Air Family.
The Sunday Scene
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.
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For more information about the "Get Into The Gardens" series, contact
Volunteer Coordinator Taylor Steele at 205.414.3962 or firstname.lastname@example.org.