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Birmingham Botanical Gardens Native Plant Conference



Growing Resilience | March 11–14, 2021

Don't delay! Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10!

The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is pleased to announce the return of our popular Native Plant Conference! Recognized as one of the Southeast's premier native plant events, this biennial conference highlights the amazing resilience that native plants provide in our gardens. All presentations, roundtables, and trivia will be virtual. On-site, small group field trips will be available to supplement the virtual program with opportunities for in-person observation and study of Alabama's native plant species with local experts. Professionals and hobbyists alike will gain valuable knowledge and skills from tracks in conservation, design, and education. Please join us!

Not available during conference hours? No worries! All registrants will receive links to recorded sessions to watch later.

Looking for CEU credits? All sessions have been approved for continuing education units for the Alabama Board of Landscape Architects and the Southern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Sessions 2, 5, 6, and 7 are approved for Health, Safety, and Welfare CEUs for Landscape Architects. Must attend live sessions to receive credit.

Special Offer for Conference Attendees!

Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea), Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Natives Growing Group will offer 75 varieties of perennials native to the Southeast for purchase exclusively to conference attendees March 8–11 for on-site pickup at the Gardens on the last day of the conference, Sunday, March 14. No minimum order required. This is a great way to kick-start or enhance your pollinator garden! Attendees will receive an invitation to shop, a list of available plants, and instructions for purchasing on Monday, March 8, via our Native Plant Conference platform. Quantities are limited, so place your order early March 8–11!

All sessions have been approved for continuing education units (CEUs) for Alabama landscape architects. Sessions 2, 5, 6, and 7 are approved for Health, Safety and Welfare CEUs. 

Conference Costs
$80 (Members of the Friends)
$100 (Non-Members)

Fee includes all virtual sessions.

In-Person Field Trips
$40 each (Members of the Friends)
$50 each (Non-Members)

Optional, but highly encouraged!



Registration is now closed.

Thank you for your interest in our 2021 Native Plant Conference! Please visit to explore other Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens educational programs and opportunities to learn about native plants.


The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is pleased to offer a limited number of student scholarships for our 2021 Native Plant Conference. Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on a demonstrated interest in native plants and their habitats. Applicants must be students enrolled full-time in a college or university. We are able to offer this benefit thanks to the generosity of several donors.

Scholarships may be awarded to students studying topics such as native plant ecology and evolution, invasive plants, interactions between native plants and animals, landscaping with native plants, ecological landscape design, restoration projects, sustainable gardening and propagation, conservation and other native plant-related disciplines.

To be considered for a scholarship, email Brooke McMinn, Director of Education and Visitor Experience with the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, at [email protected]. In your email, please include: a statement explaining why attending the NPC would be of value to you; a description of your background/research goals/past experience/current interest or involvement with native plants and/or their habitats; a letter of recommendation by your academic advisor; proof of your enrollment as a full-time student; your mailing address and phone number; your type of degree program, focus of studies, and anticipated date of graduation.


Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of the 2021 Native Plant Conference!

American Society of Landscape Architects (Alabama Chapter)

Goodwyn Mills Cawood

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