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Tuesday, January 30 | 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

Annual Member Celebration & John A. Floyd Jr. Lecture

The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is pleased to welcome Steve Bender, also known as “The Grumpy Gardener,” as our special guest speaker for our annual John A. Floyd Jr. Lecture. Steve is an award-winning author, editor, columnist, and speaker with nearly 40 years experience as Garden Editor, Senior Writer, and Editor-at-Large for Southern Living magazine. He is the author of “The Grumpy Gardener” (2017) and “Passalong Plants” (1994), among other books.

Steve is a highly respected expert on Southern gardening. He endeavors to make gardening fun and accessible to everyone no matter their skill level as he shares his horticultural wisdom with Southerners and garden enthusiasts across the country.

Reception: 5:30 p.m. | Light refreshments will be served.


The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is honored to introduce the John A. Floyd Jr. Lecture in memory of Dr. John Alex Floyd, Jr., the lifelong gardener, skilled horticulturist, and longtime editor in chief of Southern Living whose commitment during 1981–2021 made a lasting impact at the Gardens. 

John was a driving force in the creation of our Southern Living Garden in 1981 and, while serving as Board Chair, oversaw the Gardens’ second master plan and the fundraising efforts that made it a reality. Through his work with Southern Living, he was instrumental in positioning Birmingham as an epicenter of Southern gardening, style, and hospitality. He continued that effort in retirement through tireless community service, volunteering weekly in our Japanese Garden, helping shape our latest master plan, and generously sharing his expertise, talents, and enthusiasm until his passing in 2021.

The John A. Floyd Jr. Lecture seeks to honor his memory and passion, which live on in the garden spaces that he elevated and in the gardeners and garden lovers that he continues to inspire. 

Preregistration required

Members: Free | Nonmembers: $15

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Refunds (minus a $15 processing fee) will be given for Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens programs priced at $25 or more if notification is made at least 10 business days prior to class start date. (You are always welcome to send another person under your registration if you cannot attend.) Transfers may be made to programs of equal value at no additional fee. We reserve the right to cancel classes due to lack of participation or other unforeseen circumstances. Please note that programs are held rain or shine; in extreme weather conditions, programs may be canceled for your safety and the safety of staff and volunteers. If we cancel a program for any of these reasons, we will issue a full refund.