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    bbgardens .org enhancing l i f e wi th p lant s

    September/OctOber 2012September/OctOber 2012One of World’s Rarest Plants Found at The Gardens page 9

    Antiques at The Gardens welcomes Alex Hitz page 2 Learn

    Something New - Take a Class page 7

  • On the cOver On Thursday, June 7, the Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical presented Garden Mixology. Students learned the secrets of Dram master bartender Michael’s famous Mojito in “The Zone!” Michael Connors has been tending bar for five years and is currently serving delicious beverages at nearby Dram in Mountain Brook Village. Dram features Birmingham’s most extensive collection of bourbon, Scotch and various whiskeys.

    The Junior Board is a group of dedicated junior patrons who seek to increase awareness and involvement among their peers. They aim to increase diversity here at The Gardens, and host events and classes to achieve their goals and to help us fulfill our mission. Learn more about the Junior Board at www.bbgardens. org/juniorboard.

    September: Camellias

    Fall Annuals

    Herbs

    Perennials

    Roses

    Salvias

    Tropicals (peak)

    Vegetables

    October: Azaleas (rebloom)

    Beautyberries

    Camellias

    Fall Annuals

    Fall Wildflowers

    Herbs

    Hollies

    Ornamental Grasses

    Salvias

    Tea Olives

    Roses

    Vegetables

    Staff main ....................................................... 205.414.3950

    Fred Spicer ..................................................... Executive Director Olivia Alison ....................................... Director of Development Stephanie Banks ............................................Director of Finance Elizabeth Drewry .............................................................Librarian Ellen Hardy ........................... Education Program Coordinator Blake Ells.................................... Public Relations Coordinator Henry Hughes ......................................... Director of Education George Jenkins ............................................Development Officer Jason Kirby ....................................Library Assistant & Archivist Andrew Krebbs............... Director of Marketing & Membership Hope Long ......................................Director of Library Services John Manion ...................... Curator of Kaul Wildflower Garden Shelly McCarty ................................Special Events Coordinator Pam McCleod ........................................................Gift Processor Jennifer Sanders......................... Plant Adventures Coordinator Phyllis Sutton ............................. Education Activities Specialist Taylor Steele ............................................Volunteer Coordinator Rona Walters ...............................................Membership Assistant

    Our miSSiOn Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens promotes public

    knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment; & receives, raises & administers resources for these purposes.

    Our viSiOn The vision of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is to be one of

    the nation’s preeminent botanical gardens.

    friendS Of birmingham bOtanical gardenS

    The Garden Dirt is the newsletter of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The Garden Dirt is published six times a year to foster awareness and support events, services, and significant programs of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. We welcome your comments and address corrections. Please contact:

    Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Editor, Andrew Krebbs 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223 205.414.3959 or akrebbs@bbgardens.org bbgardens.org

    Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens practices a policy of equal opportunity and equal access to services for all persons regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, orientation or sex. Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a facility of Birmingham Park and Recreation Board. The deadline for the Sept/Oct issue is August 15.

    2012 bOard Of directOrS Henry Ray ............................................... President Tricia Noble ................................... President-Elect Scott Walton .............................................Treasurer Lou Willie ............................................... Secretary Hanson Slaughter .........................VP Development Brian Barr ........................ VP Gardens & Buildings Thomas G. Amason, Jr....Immediate Past President Carl E. Jones, Jr. .......................................... Officer Janet Taylor ................................................. Officer Elizabeth Broughton .................................... Officer

    At Large: Cathy Adams Laurie Allen

    Shane Boatright Maggie Brooke

    Gary Burley Barbara Burton Clarke Gillespy Tricia Holbrook Robert Holmes Margi Ingram

    Sheryl Kimerling Mike Malone Fred Murray

    Kathryn Porter Lucy Tutwiler

    Mary Williamson Amanda Fleming, Junior Board President

    Cover photo courtesy of Wynter Byrd Photography.

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    Author Event: Felder Rushing September 9

    Cocktails in The Gardens September 13 October 11

    Alabama Orchid Society Show

    September 22 & 23

    Antiques at The Gardens:

    Art, Jewelry & Antiques October 4-7

    Gala in The Gardens

    October 4

    Lecture by Alex Hitz October 5

    Fall Plant Sale October 20 & 21

    Dirt Dash Fun Run/Walk November 17

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    e Dear Friends:

    Things are gearing up for us here at the gardens as a summer of busy preparation swings into an even busier fall. Numerous events, classes and activities have our calendar packed and we hope you’ll share some of your time with all your friends here (or make new ones), whether at one of our early evening Cocktails at The Gardens, our reinvigorateded signature Antiques at The Gardens gala and show, or our always-anticipated Fall Plant Sale. Information about all of these and more are in this issue and always at www.bbgardens.org. Speaking of plants, a full slate of adult classes is sure to make you a better gardener, regardless of your level of expertise or area of gardening interest. We take pride in these offerings and the highly knowledgeable instructors we bring to you. Your feedback tells us we’re doing a great job, and keeps us looking for even better topics, teachers and trends to bring to you. For a full report on all of our mission-based education programs, including The Library and Volunteer activities, see our Education Impact Statement at www.bbgardens.org/education.

    Finally, as the weather cools, we begin what for me is the best gardening season. “Fall is For Planting” began as a marketing slogan for the Pennsylvania Nurseryman’s Association in the early 1980s. I was fortunate to work for a time for one of the people instrumental in coining this and bringing it to the fore. The late Bradshaw Snipes was a business visionary cloaked in the garb and demeanor of a humble Quaker nurseryman. His goal was to emphasize to the gardening public what nursery professionals have always known: fall is the best time to plant most things, particularly trees and shrubs. So it’s about time we all did that!

    See you in The Gardens,

    Fred Spicer Executive Director

    Alabama Orchid Society

    Show & Sale Admission: Free

    September 21 - 23

    Show Hours: September 22, Noon - 6 p.m.

    September 23, 11 - 4 p.m. Sale Hours:

    September 21, 10 - 6 p.m. September 22, 10 - 6 p.m. September 23, 11 - 4 p.m.

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    Red Diamond Lecture Series presents

    Alex Hitz Chef and author of

    My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist

    Friday, October 5, 2012 | 10:30 a.m. $30 per person | limited seating

    Alex’s book will be available for purchase at Leaf & Petal at The Gardens Gift Shop

    during the event. You can preorder your copy

    by calling 205.877.3030. Alex will be available to sign copies of his book.

    My Beverly Hills Kitchen Luncheon hosted by

    Alex Hitz and Richard Keith Langham Friday, October 5, 2012 | 12:30 p.m. $125* per person | limited seating

    Register online at www.bbgardens.org/antiques.

    Join Alex Hitz and Richard Keith Langham as they host My Beverly Hills Kitchen Luncheon featuring

    recipes from Alex’s new book. The seated luncheon will take place under a tent on the plaza

    at The Gardens. Guests will enjoy tables decorated using Alex’s tablescape designs.

    *$125 admission includes lunch, wine and lecture.

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    Arts, Jewelry and Antiques Come, Shop, Be Inspired.

    IBERIABANK proudly presents the seventh annual Antiques at The Gardens: Arts, Jewelry and Antiques at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, October 4 – 7, 2012. This year, Antiques at The Gardens will feature Tastemakers who are regionally and nationally known architects, interior designers and landscape designers.

    Each designer will curate themed areas with goods selected from the best of Birmingham and other sources around the country. Come, shop and be inspired! The show will continue to include dealers from across the United States presenting antiques, furniture, porcelain, fine art, silver, garden accessories and jewe