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Birmingham Blooms

Birmingham Blooms


A private sunset supper at the Gardens celebrating our individual and corporate sponsors

Sunday, October 4, 2020 | 5–7 p.m.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens 

Honoring Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Director Emeritus Dr. John A. Floyd, Jr.

Also featuring special guests James Farmer and Mark D. Sikes, who will sign copies of their new books 
Book signings are free and open to the public and will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Books are available for purchase at Leaf & Petal at the Gardens.
Book signings hosted by Red Diamond, Inc.

Each year, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosts special events to showcase the incredible beauty and impact of this beloved community treasure and to raise much-needed funds enabling us to fulfill our mission: to protect, nurture, and share the wonders of the Gardens. This year, we are delighted to introduce a new, outdoor picnic supper in the Dunn Formal Rose Garden and Hill Garden. Led by former Board Chair Beverley Hoyt and her dedicated volunteer committee, Birmingham Blooms will honor Friends Director Emeritus and former Southern Living Editor in Chief Dr. John A. Floyd, Jr., a longtime volunteer and supporter of the Gardens. The event will also feature special guests James Farmer and Mark D. Sikes, who will sign copies of their latest books hosted by Red Diamond, Inc.


To make a gift in honor of Birmingham Blooms honoree Dr. John A. Floyd, Jr., please click the link below. 


About James Farmer

James Farmer is a Southern author, interior designer, and speaker known for his ability to create beautifully familiar and welcoming homes. To James, a home engages all of the senses - the pleasantries of colors and materials, the feel of the doorknob warmed by the sun, the smell of fresh laundry, the sound of the closing door, and the taste of supper on the table. Through his design firm, James works with clients to truly create a home.

James is the author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling books A Time to Plant; Sip & Savor; Porch Living; Wreaths For All Seasons; A Time To Cook; Dinner on the Grounds; A Time to Celebrate and A Place to Call Home. His most recent publication, Arriving Home, features design projects from the farmlands of Georgia to the rolling countryside of Connecticut.
In addition, his work has been published in various magazines including Southern Living, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Southern Home, FLOWER and more. As a frequent event speaker and guest, James’s natural grace and warm personality light up any room. Whether designing homes or sharing his gardening expertise, James Farmer is truly a fresh voice for his generation.

Born and raised in Georgia, James proudly has built his business in his hometown of Perry.

About Mark D. Sikes

Mark D. Sikes is an esteemed interior designer and tastemaker working on projects throughout the United States. He is known for all-American sensibilities and a fresh take on classical aesthetics. Mark has a talent for creating beautiful and timeless interiors that embody an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Mark's work has been featured in AD, Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, the Wall Street Journal, C Magazine, Milieu and Domino, and he is a member of Elle Decor's A-List. His rooms for the Kips Bay Show House in New York, Greystone in Beverly Hills, the Southern Living Show House in Birmingham and the Coastal Living Show House in Newport have been much celebrated.

Mark has partnered with the best manufacturers in furniture and fabric to develop his signature product lines including Chaddock, Soane, Hudson Valley Lighting, Troy lighting, Schumacher, Annie Selke, Merida and Blue Pheasant.

Mark’s first book, Beautiful, was a New York Times best seller and his highly anticipated new book from Rizzoli just debuted in September of 2020.

Our special thanks to presenting sponsor IBERIABANK (A Division of First Horizon) and lead corporate sponsors Red Diamond, Inc., and Alabama Power Company for their generous support.

This special outdoor event will respect best practices for social distancing and other current COVID-19 safety protocols.

Sponsorships range from $350 to $15,000 and include the following benefits. Please continue to elevate our community by supporting Birmingham Blooms through a corporate or personal sponsorship. Thank you for helping us accomplish our mission through your generous support!


For questions about your individual or corporate sponsorship, please contact Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Director of Development Penney Hartline at [email protected] or 205.414.3950, ext. 103, or Donor Relations Officer Drew Rickel at [email protected] or 205.414.3950, ext. 102. 

Birmingham Blooms Sponsors

Please join us in thanking these dedicated corporate and individual sponsors for their generous support:

Presenting Sponsor

IBERIABANK (A Division of First Horizon)

Book Signings Sponsor

Red Diamond, Inc.

Platinum ($15,000)

Alabama Power Company

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama/The Caring Foundation

Cameron & Derrill Crowe

Regions Bank

The Thomas E. Jernigan Foundation

Gold ($10,000)

Dunn-French Foundation

Medical Properties Trust, Inc.

Protective Life Insurance Company

Silver ($5,000)

Altec Industries, Inc.

Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings LLP

Brasfield & Gorrie

Burr & Forman LLP

EBSCO Industries, Inc.

Pam & John Floyd

Mary & Jamie French

Penny & Mike Fuller

Anna McWane

Heather & Phillip McWane

1919 Investment Counsel

Kaye McWane Rosse & Mark Rosse

Paula & Mike Rushing

Warren Averett

Louise A. Wrinkle

 Bronze ($2,500)

Alabama Aquarium & Pond Services

Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Co. UNITED

Molly & John Carter

Anna & Jim Cooper

Kathryn & Doug Eckert

Beverley & Chris Hoyt

Katie & Jim Lasker

Life Insurance Company of Alabama

NelBran Glass

Tricia & Andy Noble

Penny & Ruffner Page

Mrs. John W. Poynor

Kim & Bruce Rogers

ServisFirst Bank

Mr. & Mrs. Scott Vowell

Director ($1,000)

Beth & Scott Adams

Cindy & Brian Barr

Dr. & Mrs. Bill Barrick

Jane & Harold Bissell

Camille Butrus

Ragan & Brad Cain

Chalker Group

Debbie & D.C. Coston

Carnetta & Norm Davis

Sarah & Charley Duggan

Janie & Wally Evans

Kirk & Tate Forrester

Julie & Jim Goyer

Joy & Beau Grenier

Penney & Roger Hartline

Leigh & Will Haver

Walker & Bill Jones

Junior League of Birmingham

Leo Kayser

Joy & Price Kloess

Shannon & Jeff Lisenby

Luckie & Company

Terri & John Lyon

Rick & Barrett Brock MacKay

Kim & George Matthews

June & Joe Mays

Cindy & Tim Morrison

New Capital Partners

Jean & John Oliver

Sandra & Jerry Parker

Carol P. Poynor

Margot & Gates Shaw

Melissa & Hanson Slaughter

Mr. & Mrs. J.T. Stephens

Doug Stockham

Jane & Tom Underwood


Patron ($500)

Melinda & Ed Aldag


Mindy & Dylan Black

Cindy & Tom Bowron

Maggie & Will Brooke

Dr. & Mrs. Lee C. Carter

Bronwyne & John F. Chapman

Douglas C. Davis & Associates

Dot Fletcher

Norm Geisinger

Alison & Jim Gorrie

Beth & Edward Hobbs

Kelli & Norman Jetmundsen

Janie & Jemison Jones

Stewart & Crawford Jones

Ann & Charles Katholi

Becky & Greg Keyes

Sheryl & Jon Kimerling

Cornelia & Joe LaRussa

Janet & Matt Lusco

Stephanie & Wade Lynton

Mary Lauren & Bart McBride

Catherine & Emmett McLean

Drue & John Miller

Nall Whatley Foundation

O'Neal Industries

Marian & Steve Phillips

Mr. & Mrs. Charles L. Robinson, Jr.

Dr. & Mrs. David H. Sibley

Diana & Bill Slaughter

Donna & Julian Smith

Arnold Steiner, Michael & Kimberly Steiner

Mr. & Mrs. Jesse R. Taylor III

Margaret Wendorf

Advocate ($350)

Paige & Carl Albright

Virgina & Bert Amason

Ritsuko Asano & Michael Huebner

Elizabeth Burgess

Kelly & Charlie Carlton

Christina & Eric Carr

Karen & Phil Carroll

Ms. Alleen W. Cater & Dr. Lyle A. Hohnke

Margaret & Archie Cobbs

Braxton & Wimberly Comer

Joy & Lee Cooper

David A. Dearing

Jen & Matthew Dent

Erin & Peter Donohoo

Kathryn & Todd Dorlon

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas F. Elliott II

Wendy & James Evesque

Melanie & Michael Geer

Carrie Ann & Ralph Hare

Helen & Chris Harmon

Leah & Robby Hazzard

Janice & Don Hendry

Carey & Bill Hinds

Alice & Matthew Jackson

Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Jernigan, Jr. 

Marjorie & Jay Johnston

Amy Granger Kelly

Melanie Pounds Interior Design & Patina

Mr. & Mrs. Don Menendez

Ashley & Sam Miles

Elizabeth & Tom Miles

Katie & Thomas Nelson

Tiffany & Charles Polmatier

Jane & Thomas Shelton

Rachel & Chris Weingartner

Mary Pat Weiss

Mrs. Sally V. Worthen

C. Diane Young


Special Thanks To:

 The City of Birmingham

Birmingham Parks & Recreation Board

Event Rentals Unlimited

Caroline & Stephen Gidiere

Handley Breaux Designs

McCorquodale Transfer

Marigold Designs

Pinnacle Wines

Redmont Distillery