Thomas Rainer Lecture: Planting in a Post-Wild World
presented by Birmingham Audubon, Alabama Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects, Mountain Brook Board of Landscape Design and Friends of Jemison Park
April 3 - Reception at 5 p.m., Lecture at 5:30 p.m.
2018 Dixie African Violet Society Convention and Show
April 4-7 Birmingham Mariott
A Garden Club of America Flower Show presented by The Little Garden Club and Red Mountain Garden Club
A Garden Club of America Flower Show will be presented by The Little Garden Club and the Red Mountain Garden Club at Birmingham Botanical Gardens May 1-2nd. The public is invited to attend “City Color” on May 2nd from 2-4. Admission is free. The purpose of a flower show is threefold: to set standards of artistic and horticultural excellence; to broaden knowledge of horticulture, floral design, conservation, photography and related disciplines; and to share the beauty of a show with fellow club members and with the public. Classes will include floral design, horticulture, photography and botanical arts.
Birmingham Fern Society Annual Lecture
May 16 - Reception at 5 p.m., Lecture at 5:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Richie Steffen, Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Gardens in Seattle, Wa. and author of Plant Lovers Guide to Ferns
"The Odd and Unusual and the Particular & Precious Ferns of My Travels"
The Birmingham Fern Society proudly presents a fern lecture dedicated to an asortment of fantastic species and Victorian oddities that have eluded widespread cultivation. Steffen has had the pleasure of visiting dozens of specialty ferns and nurseries. He has traveled to several countries to see ferns in the wild. He will share images of pteridophyte gems he has encountered over the yeats and kindle your love for these fabulous foliage of plants.
Steffen developed an interest in plants and gardening from a young age, which has grown into a lifelong career spanning over 30 years. Studying plants, particularly ferns, in the wild and in gardens around the world has given him and appreciation for the diversity of flora and vegetation gardeners of today have at their disposal.