Antiques at the Gardens
RETURNING IN 2021!
Antiques at the Gardens Committee Prepares for 15th-Anniversary Celebration
With 2020 firmly rooted in our collective rear-view mirror, there is much to celebrate in 2021, not the least of which is the 15th anniversary of our signature fundraising event, Antiques at the Gardens (AATG). With the pandemic scuttling the 2020 event, AATG Co-Chairs Stephanie Lynton and Shannon Lisenby have had extra time to retool their vision for the event. Stephanie says, “Now that we are cautiously emerging from the pandemic, I am most excited about seeing friends, spending time together, in person, at the Gardens!”
One look at past show catalogs and it is at once evident how much the event has grown and blossomed. Going back to 2006, when inaugural Co-Chairs—and our 2021 honorees—Joan Starnes and Kim Matthews endeavored to create something truly special and worthy of the Gardens themselves, one can see that this was destined to become a beloved Birmingham tradition. These women and their committees crafted the structure of the show—a kickoff gala, ticketed talks by noteworthy design influencers, and plenty of antiques dealers from around the country. Special guests like renowned Southern gardener Ryan Gainey; American designer Miles Redd; lifestyle chef Alex Hitz; architect Bobby McAlpine; “Prince of Chintz” Mario Buatta; acclaimed decorator Bunny Williams; and even Martha Stewart herself give heft to this already attractive event.
In 2012, the Tastemakers section was added to the show, wherein regionally and nationally known interior designers and landscape designers were given a showcase for their talents. Charged with curating themed areas within the show, these visionaries give guests a glimpse into their worlds of beauty, whimsy, elegance, or casual comfort. Step into a Troy Rhone garden or a Liz Hand Woods beach house or go to Provence with Ruth Gay of Chateau Domingue to find inspiration that is the bar against which all others are measured. Stephanie says, “There are a number of returning Tastemakers this year but in a few different and unexpected formats, which guests are really going to love.”
At the heart of every Antiques at the Gardens show are the dealers themselves. In addition to show favorites like Thomas Fortner and Whitehall Antiques, attendees will discover several new faces. Stephanie shares, “This year we will have a number of new antiques dealers who have not previously exhibited at our show.” The caliber and variety are the true constants for every AATG show, and this one is no different. Guests will still be able to take home one-of-a-kind treasures like earrings, cachepots, rugs, and art. Kicking off the event, in lieu of the traditional gala, there is a twist this year, with a very special garden party on the lawn and under the stars. There is no doubt that gala co-chairs Handley McCrory and Mark G. Thompson will astonish guests with the space they create outdoors, inspiring conviviality and lots of toasting the return of the show.
It should be noted why the Antiques at the Gardens show exists in the first place: to support the ongoing and important work that the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens does in educating visitors about plants, gardens, and the environment and ensuring the ongoing stewardship and enhancement of the Gardens. From the children who come to the Gardens on field trips, to the senior citizens who engage in our green spaces, to the numerous programs the Friends puts on for our community, Birmingham Botanical Gardens serves quite simply, as a gateway to the natural world. In our 15th year, we continue to attract visitors from all over Birmingham and the Southeast, making it easy to see just how special our Gardens are and why they deserve to be supported. Couple that with the opportunity to be educated and entertained AND shop for something timeless and treasured, and AATG was destined to return.
Proceeds from Antiques at the Gardens support the ongoing stewardship and enhancement of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, educational programs, and outreach activities. Since 2006, the event has raised more than $4.6 million for the Gardens. We thank you for your support!
GENERAL ADMISSION FOR MEMBERS OF THE FRIENDS
Please check back in July 2021 for more information about ticketing for our 15th-anniversary show!