In This Issue
Cocktails in The Gardens
Central South Native Plant Conference
Member Day 2011
Mint Mixology
Thyme to Read
Volunteer Opportunities



Visit The Gardens in July to see these plants in bloom:

  • Crape Myrtles
  • Daylilies (peak)
  • Ferns
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Hydrangeas
  • Perennials
  • Roses
  • Southern Magnolias
  • Summer Annuals
  • Tropicals
  • Vegetables


Pardon Our Progress




The Conservatory is temporarily closed for maintenance until further notice.






Member Day

July 23


Cocktails in The Gardens

August 11


Mint Mixology Class

August 18


Antiques at The Gardens

October 7-9


Birmingham Botanical Gardens Marketing Department


Andrew Krebbs

Director of Marketing &




Blake Ells

Public Relations Coordinator



Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens promotes public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment.

The vision of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is to be one of the nation's preeminent botanical gardens.


The Gardens in July  






 Check out our photo gallery for July!



Jon Black to kick-off Cocktails in The Gardens Season!

"Surf and on the Turf" will kick-off the Cocktails in The Gardens season on August 11, with entertainment provided by Jon Black. A Birmingham native, Black's music has provided the soundtrack for popular television series' "90210," "Private Practice" and "The United States of Tara." Fresh from an appearance at the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, the singer/songwriter has recently been featured in Paste Magazine and American Songwriter. The evening's signature drink is Sea Breeze.


To buy your tickets and learn about our new V.I.P. area for 2011 visit

Native Plants: The Bigger Picture

The 2011 Central South Native Plant Conference: Native Plants - The Bigger Picture; How Native Plants Complete the Puzzle will be held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens this November.


In addition to discussing many wonderful native plants and their related topics, this conference will focus on the numerous important roles they play in our ecosystems and how we can help keep those systems intact. We will address the interrelationships of native plants to the myriad of life forms...birds, bees, butterflies, bugs - and humans!


For a complete schedule, presenter biographies, description of presentations and field trips: visit us online at   

Membership Appreciation Day Next Saturday!

As a way of saying thanks to current members and supporters of arts and culture in the Birmingham region, area organizations have planned a special members-only day of free admission and family-friendly activities. Your current membership card admits 2 adults and up to 4 children into absolutely any and every participating venue all day long. Plus enjoy special Member Day activities and performances throughout the day. Visit

for more information and a list of participating organizations.

Learn how to mix the perfect cocktail for your next party or event

The Gardens' Junior Board is hosting a fun class that is sure to help you the next time you throw a party. Mint Mixology on August 18 will show you how to make the perfect Mint Julep, Mojito and you'll be able to add mint to your cocktail maker's toolkit.


For more information and to register visit or call 205.414.3958.

Thyme to Read Book Club 

Join the Thyme to Read book club in The Library the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. to discuss a new book!

The next meeting will be August 2 and we'll discuss An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden.   We're eager to see you there! For more information contact Hope Long, director of library services, at 205.414.3931 or


Volunteer Opportunities


Gardening Through the Seasons: Join Gardener Amanda Clark every Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until noon to prune, dig, tag plants, scout bugs and mulch. Meet Amanda at the Water Sculpture in Blount Plaza at 9:30 a.m. Dress to get dirty gardening!  Wear gloves and bring your pruning shears. 


Come Go Native with Us: Volunteer with the native plant goup on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.  This group works to produce the thousands of native plants sold at The Gardens plant sales.  Meet in the potting shed.


Library Volunteers: The Library is in need of volunteers for every fourth Sunday, Mondays and on Fridays for special projects.


Cocktails in The Gardens Volunteers: Come volunteer with us at one of the Cocktails in The Gardens events and enjoy a free ticket.  Many opportunities available. 


 Contact Volunteer Coordinator Mary-Bestor Grant at 205.414.3962 or to sign-up today!

Volunteer Workdays with John: Join Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion for these upcoming volunteer workdays: 

  • Tuesday, July 19 (Kaul Wildflower Garden)
  • Thursday, July 21 (Kaul Wildflower Garden)
  • July 26 & 28 (No sessions on these days)

Meet at 9 a.m. in the garden du jour, ready to work! Write John for more information at