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Spencer Lecture


2020 Spencer Lecture

Featuring Author Betty Montgomery

Thursday, March 5

Reception—5:30 p.m. | Hodges Room

Talk—6 p.m. | Linn-Henley Lecture Hall

Join us in welcoming our 2020 Spencer Lecturer, Master Gardener Betty Montgomery. No stranger to the hydrangea, Betty has been collecting the flowers for more than twenty years, discovering the most successful methods of growing them through trial and error along the way. Her latest book, Hydrangeas: How to Grow, Cultivate, and Enjoy, was written for the beginner gardener and walks readers through different kinds of hydrangeas and how to take care of them, as well as suggestions on how to use them in arrangements. After the presentation, Betty will be available to sign copies of her book, available for purchase at Leaf & Petal at the Gardens.

Free Admission  Limited Seating Available • Registration Required

Just 20 seats available! Please call us at 205.414.3950 to register.

Check out our Q&A with Betty on the Friends' new blog, 
Around the Gardens.

Please note: If, after registering, you find that you are unable to attend our 2020 Spencer Lecture, please contact us at 205.414.3950 to release your seats so others may attend. Thank you for supporting the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens!