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B I R M I N G HA M B O TA N IC A L G A R D E N S presents

ANTIQUES at the gardens

celebrating 10 years • inspiring science education


Our Mission

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens promotes public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment and receives, raises and administers resources for these purposes.

"It was really fun planting. I learned some parts of a flower I didn't know about." Kristin

Our Vision

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

"I really enjoyed the Conservatory with all the plants. My favorite plant was the cacao because it makes chocolate." Carter

"My favorite part was....the whole day! It was fun being a horticulturist. A Horticulturist is a person that works with plants." Emma​

"I learned that plants are helpful to human life. They give us oxygen." Janiah Last year, more than 46,700 children and adults benefited from educational programs at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.* Over 9,000 were schoolchildren that experienced free hands-on science curriculum-based field trips.

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* based on the 2014/2015 academic year. Quotes from City of Birmingham 4th grade students about their experience on a Discovery Field Trip.


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Gala in the gardens Stifel Financial presents Gala in The Gardens. This black tie affair features a special preview of the show, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

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Tastebuds Young enthusiasts join flower magazine Editor Margot Shaw

for a fun and inspiring behind-the-scenes tour to help define and express your personal style.

Bunny Williams & Emily Thompson This year the Red Diamond Lecture Series will feature ®

designer Bunny Williams and floral designer Emily Thompson.

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Taste in spades IBERIABANK presents Taste in Spades. New for 2015,

this Saturday lecture series is free and features top designers. This year will showcase Jane Scott Hodges, James Farmer & Danielle Rollins.

After hours at the gardens McCorquodale Transfer presents After Hours at The Gardens. This Friday night event will feature a cash bar, live music and honor all past Tastemakers.

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Meet our Tastemakers Antiques at The Gardens features Tastemakers who are

regionally and nationally known architects, interior designers and garden designers.

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Dealers The show includes antiques dealers from across the United States presenting antiques, furniture, porcelain, fine art, silver, garden accessories and jewelry.

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art of the rose

Displays will feature floral arrangements, paintings, sculpture, artistic furniture and various other media inspired by the rose.

Science Education Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama’s largest living museum, providing educational programming to tens of thousands of children and adults each year.

Committee • 2 Board of Directors • 2 Schedule of Events • 3 Mayor’s Welcome • 4 B irmingham B otanical G ardens

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ANTIQUES at the gardens

celebrating 10 years • inspiring science education

Honorees Mary & Jamie French

Chairs Emily Bowron & Leah Taylor

Show Ambassador Richard Keith Langham

Red Diamond® Lecturers Bunny Williams, Emily Thompson

Iberiabank Taste in Spades Lecturers Jane Scott Hodges, James Farmer & Danielle Rollins Antiques at The Gardens Advisory Board

Jeanie Sherlock, Chair Maggie Brooke Elizabeth Broughton

Barbara Burton Cameron Crowe Katie Baker Lasker

Tricia Noble Kim Rogers Margot Shaw

2 0 1 5 C omm i t t ee Junior Antiques Guild Chairs Maggie Brooke Kim Rogers Junior Antiques Guild Sarah B. Ager Barbara Blackburn Clarke Bohorfoush Emily Wood Bowron Dawson Cooper Cameron Perry Estes Beth Donovan Flowers Jimmy Laughlin Catherine Lucas Campbell Marshall Jessica McKinney Elizabeth Miles Joanne Patterson Louise Pritchard Lauren Rhyne Sarah Kathryn Tarter Mackin Thompson Mallie Whatley Dealer Tastemaker Committee Andrew Brown Anna Cooper Cameron Crowe Mark Kennamer Bart McCorquodale Ware Porter Katie Baker Lasker Marjorie Johnston

Floral Tastemakers Handley McCrory, Chair Sally Legg Anne McCrory Sybil Sylvester Anna Ballowe Aldag Margeurite Gray Virginia Hazelrig Kathryn Crowley Mark Thompson Dealer Tastemaker Liaison Anna Cooper Catalog Liaison Hamilton Thompson Hospitality Jobie Lynch Carol Poynor Alli Mead Dealer Tastemaker Cocktail Dinner Bart McCorquodale Joy Kloess Lecture Committee Barbara Burton Molly Clark Book Signing Susan Blair Paige Albright Patsy Dreher Lydia Pursell Treasurer Joy Grenier

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Gala in The Gardens Kellie McDowell, Chair Elizabeth Broughton Leah Hazzard Kathy Mezrano Corporate Solicitation John Miller Men’s Committee Will Legg Hanson Slaughter John Williams

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2015 Board of Directors Brian Barr, President Beverley Hoyt, President-Elect Hanson Slaughter, Past President Scott Walton, Treasurer Paul Jones, Secretary Beverley Hoyt, VP Development Elizabeth Broughton, VP Gardens & Buildings Charles Goodrich, Governance Chair Wally Evans, Officer Houston Gillespy, Officer Cathy Adams Craig Beatty Mary Boehm Chris Boles Emily Bowron Maggie Brooke Clarke Gillespy John Hudson John Hurst Turner Inscoe Bill Ireland BIR M I N G HA M Elizabeth Jernigan Natalie Kelly Carl Jones Katy Baker Lasker John Miller John Smith T Amanda Foshee

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Staging Libet Anderson Jocelyn Palmer Bart McCorquodale Tricia Noble Jeanie Sherlock Taste in Spades Ragan Cain, Chair Tiffany Polmatier Shannon Spotswood Mary Lauren McBride Rachel Weingartner Mary Cox Brown Garden Club Liaisons Allene Parnell Nancy M. Long Susan Nading At Large Rebecca Baum Hemrick Mary Evelyn McKee

© 2015 Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part of any material in this publication without written permission of FBBG is expressly prohibited. The Antiques at The Gardens catalog is a publication of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The catalog is published once a year to foster awareness and support for the Antiques at The Gardens fundraiser. Comments and suggestions can be directed to Andrew Krebbs, director of marketing & membership, at akrebbs@bbgardens.org or 205.414.3959. Graphic design and layout by Andrew Krebbs. 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. bbgardens . org / antiques


ANTIQUES at the gardens

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s chedule o f event s Where

Featured Lecturers

When

Thursday, October 1, 2015 • noon • $40* per person Richard Keith Langham Reception & Book Signing • 1 p.m.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Road • Birmingham, Alabama 35223

2015 Public Show Hours Thursday, October 1 • 11-4 p.m. Friday, October 2 • 10-7 p.m. Saturday, October 3 • 10-5 p.m. Sunday, October 4 • 11-4 p.m. General Admission: $15 • Free Parking Members of The Gardens: Free+

Tastemakers & Dealers

Regionally and nationally known architects, interior designers and garden designers will serve as Tastemakers ­‑ read more starting on page 19. The show will include antiques dealers from across the United States presenting antiques, furniture, porcelain, fine art, silver, garden accessories and jewelry.

Tastebuds - Define Your Style sponsored by flower magazine

Young enthusiasts join Editor Margot Shaw and featured speaker Tara Guérard who will share stories and tips to help you define and express your personal style. Lunches provided by Stone Hollow Farmstead’s The Pantry Space is limited • Thursday, October 1 • 9:30-11:30 a.m. • $25*

Gala in The Gardens sponsored by Stifel Financial

Black tie • Music by The Maxx Thursday, October 1, 2015 • 7-11 p.m. • $175* per person

After Hours at The Gardens sponsored by McCorquodale Transfer

sponsored by Red Diamond

Bunny Williams

Emily Thompson

Friday, October 2, 2015 • 10:30 a.m. • $30* per person Floral Workshop • noon • $175 per person • Limited to 20

Taste in Spades

sponsored by IBERIABANK

Jane Scott Hodges Saturday, October 3, 2015 • 11 a.m. • free with admission, space is limited

James Farmer

Saturday, October 3, 2015 • 1 p.m. • free with admission, space is limited

Danielle Rollins

Saturday, October 3, 2015 • 3 p.m. • free with admission, space is limited

Benefiting

Proceeds from Antiques at The Gardens support education and conservation programs at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Since 2006, the event has raised more than $3 million for The Gardens’ programs.

The Gardens Cafe The Cafe will be open Thursday, October 1 from 11-2 p.m., Friday, October 2 from 11-2 p.m., Saturday, October 3 from 11-2 p.m. and closed Sunday. Visit www.bbgardens.org/antiques to view the menu. Call 205.871.1000 to make your reservation or to pre-order box lunches.

Friday, October 2, 2015 • 4-7 p.m. • free with admission B irmingham B otanical G ardens

*includes show admission + some restrictions apply - visit www.bbgardens.org/antiques.

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Welcome to

antiques at the gardens Dear Friends:

Dear Garden Supporter,

It is truly our pleasure to welcome you to Antiques at The Gardens 2015! For this, our tenth year, chairs Emily Bowron and Leah Taylor have polished up an already-tremendous event and have made it even better. They’re keeping up with the high standards set by previous chairs to make this show and sale unique in Birmingham and beyond. The Gardens is proud to bring back our kick-off, black-tie event, Gala in The Gardens, presented by Stifel Financial, and the Red Diamond Lecture Series has the renowned Bunny Williams and Emily Thompson gracing our stage. Also new for 2015 is IBERIABANK presents Taste in Spades, which is free with your admission, as is After Hours at The Gardens presented by McCorquodale Transfer. Your favorite dealers have returned as well – with a few new surprises – and our Tastemakers include a colorful celebration of the region’s most talented floral designers. We hope you find something special at our show, because the purchase of an antique should be memorable. A carefully-made product created with skill and care can represent history and permanence – just the opposite of much of today’s mass-produced merchandise. We hope you think – like we do – that these beautiful objects are the ultimate in recycling; they are heirlooms that will continue to bloom throughout future generations. Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a successful public/private partnership between our organization, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and the City of Birmingham. For more than 50 years, we have been jointly committed to our community and to preserving and enhancing one of Alabama’s most beautiful and inspirational public institutions. Your support of Antiques at The Gardens, The Friends’ largest fundraiser, is critical to our mission of educating people about plants, gardens and the environment. We depend on private funding such as philanthropic gifts and memberships, and revenue from plant sales and events like this one to deliver strong, sciencebased education programs to young and old alike, all year, every year. Without these contributions – we hope yours! – our work would simply not be possible. Please enjoy the 2015 Antiques at The Gardens Show and Sale!

For The Gardens,

As Mayor of the City of Birmingham and friend of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, I am pleased to offer my support for the Antiques at The Gardens event. Antiques at The Gardens not only increases tourism, but provides educational opportunities for our school children and horticulture and landscape architecture students. This show further beautifies Birmingham Botanical Gardens and it provides a variety of antiques to be enjoyed by all who attend. The ongoing efforts of this show have played a vital role in the growth and development of our City’s progress as we work to build a better Birmingham. As Mayor, I am appreciative of your efforts, and pleased to encourage and support the Antiques at The Gardens event. Sincerely,

Brian Barr President

Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Executive Director & CEO

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Gala in The Gardens sponsored by

Thursday, October 1, 2015 7-11 p.m. • $175* per person • Patron’s Committee $500+ 7-10 p.m. • Antiques Dealers, Tastemakers & Silent Auction 8-11 p.m. • Desserts & Dancing Live music by The Maxx • Black tie *Includes admission to the show. + Includes two tickets to Gala in The Gardens.

Purchase your tickets online at www.bbgardens.org/antiques or 205.414.3950.

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Tastebu ds Define Your Style sponsored by

Thursday, October 1, 2015 9:30-11:30 a.m. $25* per person

Young enthusiasts, join Editor Margot Shaw and featured speaker Tara Guérard, event and wedding planner, who will share stories and tips to help you define and express your personal style.

Lunches provided by Stone Hollow Farmstead’s The Pantry. Limited to 40 people under 40-years-old. Purchase your tickets online at www.bbgardens.org/antiques or call 205.414.3950. *includes show admission B irmingham B otanical G ardens

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Sustainably Sourced

from our tea garden to yours


Meet Our Lecturers | Bunny

Williams & E mily Thompson

Red Diamond® Lecture Series presents sponsored by

Bunny Williams

Emily Thompson

Designer and Author

Floral Designer

of On Garden Style

Thursday, October 1 noon

Friday, October 2 10:30 a.m.

$40 per person

$30 per person

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Richard Keith Langham Reception & Book Signing • 1 p.m. Bunny’s books will be available for purchase at Leaf & Petal at The Gardens Gift Shop during the event. You can preorder your copies by calling 205.877.3030. B irmingham B otanical G ardens

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It is with much appreciation and gratitude that we acknowledge the following generous contributors to the tenth annual Antiques at The Gardens. These donations were received as of August 12, 2015.

G a la in Th e G a r d e n s

L ectu re s S p o n sor

Tas te in S pa d e s

A f t e r Ho u rs at Th e G a rd e n s

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Dr. & Mrs. Derrill Crowe

Camell i a Dunn-French Foundation

A za lea

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC), Ainsworth-Noah & Associates & Edelman Leather Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Company Burr & Forman, LLP Mr. & Mrs. Jim Cooper EBSCO Industries, Inc. Sheryl & Jon Kimerling

BHK Investment Advisors, LLC Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP Maggie & Will Brooke Barbara Lovelace Burton Capital Strategies Group, Inc. CraneWorks

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Land Rover Birmingham Life Insurance Company of Alabama Michael & Karen Luce Mr. & Mrs. C. Phillip McWane Medical Properties Trust, Inc. ServisFirst Bank Wade Sand & Gravel Co., Inc.

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Expect-Change Foundation Dr. & Mrs. James Combs Lasker Leo Kayser, III Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Noble, III Oakworth Capital Bank Nancy & John Poynor Robins & Morton Group

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Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Rogers Melissa & Hanson Slaughter Mr. & Mrs. William M. Slaughter Starnes Davis Florie LLP Joan & Stan Starnes Mr. & Mrs. Jesse R. Taylor, III


W il d f low e r Baptist Health System Mrs. Frances D. Blount John & Mena Brock Camille Butrus Molly & John Carter Cobbs Allen Ernest & Vivian Cory Mr. & Mrs. Reaves M. Crabtree The Featheringill Foundation Penny & Mike Fuller Mr. & Mrs. Hubert W. Goings, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jay Grinney

Mr. & Mrs. William R. Ireland, Jr. Mrs. Thomas E. Jernigan, Sr. Rick & Barrett Brock MacKay McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. Dorothy & Al Naughton O’Neal Industries Penny & Ruffner Page, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Donald White Patton Mr. & Mrs. Wilmer S. Poynor, III ProAssurance Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rosse

Daniel E. Rousso, M.D., of Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery & Med Spa Dr. & Mrs. David H. Sibley Mr. & Mrs. Murray W. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. South, III Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. & Kim McBride Catherine & Lee Styslinger Tacala, LLC The Thompson Foundation Welch Hornsby Investment Advisors Anonymous

Pa tron ’ s C omm i tte e CHAIRS Will A. Legg B. Hanson Slaughter John M. Williams

Wyatt & Susan Haskell Henhouse Antiques Hulsey Garden Design, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. William C. Hulsey Mr. & Mrs. Norman Jetmundsen Mr. & Mrs. William Anderson Legg Mr. & Mrs. Edward K. Aldag, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. William D. Lineberry Eddie & Kay Aldridge Sue Ellen & Mike Lucas Mr. & Mrs. Frederick W. Bromberg Mr. & Mrs. J. Reid Lynch Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Broughton, III George Gambrill Lynn Mr. & Mrs. T. Michael Brown Henry S. Lynn, Jr. Tara & Jim Bryant Mr. & Mrs. Donald Y. Menendez Brian & Lauren Burgess Mr. & Mrs. William C. Patterson Ragan & Brad Cain The Very Reverend & Mrs. Andrew C. Pearson, Jr. Caldwell-MacKay Co., Inc. & se Mrs. Pharo Mr. & Mrs. Ehney B I RA.MCamp, I N GIII HA M B O TA N IC A L G A R D E N S Mr. pre n Andrew ts Jeanne & Mabry Rogers Phil & Karen Carroll Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Seibels Dr. & Mrs. Lee Carter Mr. & Mrs. Leo A. Shaia Mrs. Thomas Donald John & Elizabeth Steiner Alan & Patsy Dreher Tammy Connor Interior Design Isabelle & Paul Dreher Albert & Betty Tully Dr. & Mrs. Robert Eichelberger Mr. & Mrs. Ingram D. Tynes Wally & Janie Evans Mr. & Mrs. George F. Wheelock, III Ellen & Houston Gillespy Janie N. & John M. Williams Mary & Victor Hanson Dr. & Mrs. Jimmie H. Harvey, Jr.

If we have inadvertently left your name out or incorrectly listed you, please accept our apologies and contact Drew Rickel, donor relations officer, at 205.414.3955 or drickel@bbgardens.org.

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Bu n ny Wi l l i ams

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Purchase your lecture tickets online at www.bbgardens.org/antiques or 205.414.3950.

unny Williams spent 22 years with Parish-Hadley Associates before opening her own interior design company, Bunny Williams Incorporated, in 1988. She has authored four design books: A Scrapbook for Living, Point of View, An Affair With a House and her latest, updated work, On Garden Style. Williams also has her own line of furniture and lighting at Bunny Williams Home. She comes to Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Thursday, October 1 at noon as part of the Red Diamond Lecture Series, and she’ll greet guests and sign copies of her books at 1 p.m. as part of the Richard Keith Langham Reception and Book Signing Series. Before her visit, she spoke to The Gardens about her latest book, her style and her line. Birmingham Botanical Gardens: Your works have largely focused on interior design, but On Garden Style steps outside. What can we expect from the new direction?

Bunny Williams: This is a book that I originally wrote about 18 years ago. It went out of print. It was a book that a lot of people asked, “Where’s this book? I can’t get this book!” I reissued the book. I’ve updated it. It has all new illustrations and a totally different size. I brought it up to date about garden design. I am a passionate garden designer. I do it for myself, not for clients. Next to interior design, it’s my great love. Over the years of gardening for myself, I’ve learned from all of the mistakes – I’ve made many mistakes – and I began to realize what was needed even though I read everything and looked at everything. Often garden design books are written by designers that assume too much. This book is really written for someone that has a property, whether big or small, to really begin to figure out where they want to put the paths, how they want to move around the property – even before they begin to think about buying a rose or a hosta. It’s really getting people to go outside and think about the hardscapes of the outside just like they would think about the floorplan of the inside. BBG: After so many years focusing on interior design, was it easy to transition back to exterior design? BW: It was easy to transition once I began to realize that I took all of my interior design background and put it outside. For instance, in the book, I talk about the floor, the paths, the walls, the floor plan – the minute I began to think about that on the outside, it helped me solve a lot of the problems. I tell a funny story about going out and buying a whole garden and sticking it in the middle of the yard and realizing that, though the garden grew, it was hideous because it had no relationship to anything. The interior design background – when I woke up and realized that I needed to think the same way on the exterior was when I began to really understand garden design and how to explain it to other people. BBG: Garden design has always been more intimidating for me because it feels like I need an entire team of people. Can it be something simple that I can do by myself ? BW: No question. Absolutely. Particularly when you read this book. It’s things like, “Open the door. Look outside.” From that door should be a path to something because that’s your entrance. Where you get out of your car, how you get to your house – the things that are so obvious, but that if you really begin to think about it you go, “Oh yes, I really need to get to my front door.” Is that a place to have a garden? Do you have the light? Once you begin to have the right exposure to thought, anyone can do it. Obviously, you can’t do it if you are doing 50 acres. You might want a little bit of help. But for the average gardener, this book is a really big help. And Continued on page 44

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Em il y T hompson

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mily Thompson earned her MFA in sculpture from UCLA before harnessing that creative energy into floral design. Since, she has opened her own shop in the Historic Seaport district of Manhattan and she also curates her online shop at www.emilythompsonflowers.com. She’ll offer a floral design workshop at The Gardens, and before her visit, she spoke about what she hopes to impart, her own inspiration and her taste.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens: You were a sculptor early in your career – how did that evolve into your passion for floral design? Emily Thompson: It really happened by accident. I accidentally did my sister’s wedding and my brother’s wedding and it kind of cascaded from there. I had worked really briefly in a really beautiful and inspired flower shop in college, but for only about a month. I never thought it would have such an impact on my life. But later, as I was working as a sculptor and working for some other artists and doing some teaching, I found myself falling into this sideline, which ultimately took over my work [Laughs]. I found that I had really strong opinions about how the flowers should look. It became my new medium for sculpture. BBG: Do you still dabble? Is that still a hobby? ET: I wouldn’t say hobby. I really think all of that energy goes into design of flowers or events or other things that I’m doing in the shop. It’s really all the same energy. However, I do ultimately plan on doing some vases and other collections that are a bit more traditional in their materiality; using ceramic, using other kinds of media. There just hasn’t been a lot of time lately [Laughs]. I’ll get there. I’ll get there. BBG: Do you create your own containers? ET: I have done a little bit in that vein, but I feel like the things that I want to make are a little more involved than anything I’ve been able to put my head to yet. Time has not permitted because business has been a tiger that I’ve grabbed by the tail. It’s hard to keep up with all of the other challenges. But with that said, we have opened our shop for the expressed purpose of having collaborations with other artists, so I have been able to bring that back into my world in collaborative ways, where I’m not the actual one making, but I may get to have lots of opinions and the maker in me may funnel those into the pieces that we ultimately retail in our shop, and that’s exhilarating. BBG: When you’re here, you’ll host a workshop. What will we learn there? ET: I hope to imbue everyone with a sense of freedom. A lot of people are afraid. They think there are a lot of rules. Most of the time, we spend our time satisfying the client, but in this case, I’ll do much more of a fantasy workshop where people get to make things that are on the edge of dangerous; certainly balanced, but maybe lots of exaggerations and the chance to experiment. BBG: Do you prefer live or artificial arrangements? ET: I certainly prefer live arrangements; I think everything that I do speaks to the natural world and wanting to draw people’s attention to it and let them see it with me live. Especially in the heart of New York City, where we’re so desperate for green things. I’ve never really worked with artificial. I know it has its use. But for me, I think it’s so exciting to find the ultimate, infinitely variable things that the growing world can show us. BBG: What flower is most appropriate for all occasions? ET: For all occasions? I do have strong classicism running through me, so I do love a rose. I have no problem with roses. There’s so many possibilities with roses. So why not just say rose?

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Antiques at the Gardens BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS Presenter ofof Presentor ““ TASTE TASTE IN IN SPADES” SPADES” SEMINARS SEMINAR

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James Farmer

Danielle Rollins

author of Linens: For Every Room and Occasion

author of A Time to Celebrate & Dinner on the Grounds

author of Soiree: Entertaining With Style

October 3

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Learn more about Jane Scott Hodges at www.leontinelinens.com

Learn more about James Farmer at www.jamesfarmer.com

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After Hours at the Gardens

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Friday, October 2, 2015 4-7 p.m. • free with general admission

cash bar business casual cheeses from Stone Hollow Farmstead Live music by Michael Johnson

Honoring all past Tastemakers

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Meet Our

Tastemakers & Dealers Don’t miss our new Booth Chats

Photographs courtesy of Hannon Douglas

What did Louis Comfort Tiffany have to do with Tiffany Silver? What are dealers looking at underneath that table or chest? What is the easiest clue to accurate dating of all antiques? What are those numbers on prints, and when are they not important? Can you tell acrylic from oil on canvas? The answers to these and similar fascinating questions will be revealed in our new Booth Chats. Look for the daily schedule when you arrive that the show!

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Thomas M. Fortner page 40 McDonough Fine Art page 40 Patricia Marie Fine Jewelry page 40 Whitehall at The Villa Antiques page 41 Hastening Design Studio page 41 George Getlick Fine Art page 41 Embellish Antiques page 41 Somerset Antiques page 42 Madison James Inc. page 42 Gum Tree Farm page 42 East End Galleries page 42

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Meet Our Tastemakers

Father Nature Landscapes

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ather Nature Landscapes is a design/build and consulting firm that seeks to increase your quality of life through outdoor living. They are committed to helping people create their story and an emotional connection between life and land.

Whatever the scope of your project, great landscapes begin with a great design. Photographs courtesy of Father Nature Landscapes

They begin by meeting with you one-on-one to understand your vision for your landscape. Aside from their horticultural knowledge, their experienced designers can recommend lighting, irrigation, hardscapes, furnishings and water features as needed to give you the atmosphere you’ve always wanted. Outfitted to consult and construct on private residential, nature park and commercial project scales, they want to redefine the way you experience outdoor living. Andrew McCurry began Father Nature Landscapes in 2006 in Tacoma, WA. His heart lives in the garden, designing and crafting retreats for families to spend their most memorable times. In 2009, brother and business partner Daniel McCurry started Father Nature Landscapes of Birmingham. 20

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He has surrounded himself in a world of horticulture and design style. While in Birmingham, Andrew and Daniel with Father Nature have grown due to the collaboration of talented designers, project managers and landscape technicians that all enjoy what they do and each other. Their design for the Antiques at The Gardens show mimics the concept of an entry court. While the idea of an entry court is formal, the plant selection creates an atmosphere of welcome and security. The entry court is also merely a functional transition space within the landscape. Despite this fact, it can be rich with meaning. This part of your garden is where you welcome people to your home, and it is where you can comfortably linger when saying goodbye, perhaps culminating with an intimate conversation between friends. Learn more about Father Nature Landscapes at www.fathernaturelandscapes.com or by email at info@fathernaturelandscapes.com.

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allery 1930 was opened in 2010 by artist Meredith Keith, her sister, Laura Vogtle, and their mother, Kathryn Keith. Initially the gallery highlighted the work of Meredith, as other artists were carefully considered. What began as a pop-up shop for a single artist, however, quickly became the gallery for the most au courant art. The unique architecture of the building with its beautiful white walls was simply too appealing to artists and art aficionados in and around Birmingham. As a result, Gallery 1930’s stable of artists has grown significantly in recent years and now includes some twenty artists. Like the building itself, which was once a Mercedes-Benz repair shop and more recently the office of a renowned Birmingham architect, the gallery and its art is ever-evolving. The goal of the gallery owners and present co-directors, Amanda Morrissette and Sara Claire Ballard, is to represent fresh, contemporary art that is always current but never trendy. Gallery 1930 is honored to say that this is its third consecutive year to curate the art gallery for Antiques at The Gardens. Artists’ work on display this year will include Arthur Price, Meredith Keith, Wellon Bridgers, Carolyn Goldsmith, Kent Walsh, Rebecca Tully Fulmer, Kristin Blakeney, David Kidd, Dennis McCann, Brad Robertson, Catie Radney, Katie Robinson, Maralyn Wilson, Lila Graves, Dan Bynum, Eric Johnson, Sally Powell, Emily Brown, Emily DeBuys, Augusta Wilson, Buffy Hargett, David Diodate and Ashton Despot among others. Similar to what one might find within the walls of Gallery 1930, the gallery at Antiques at The Gardens show will offer varied and diverse work with media including painting, photography and sculpture.

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Laura Vogtle, Amanda Morrissette and Sara Claire Ballard have a brilliant collection of original art that will be included in daily silent auctions. Starting bid prices will be significantly lower than the estimated value of these paintings. This is an art collector’s dream-come-true—a chance to obtain original, fine works of art at one-of-a-kind prices.

Featured Artists Arthur Price Meredith Keith Wellon Bridgers Carolyn Goldsmith Kent Walsh Rebecca Tully Fulmer Kristin Blakeney David Kidd Dennis McCann Brad Robertson Catie Radney Katie Robinson Maralyn Wilson Lila Graves Dan Bynum Eric Johnson Sally Powell Emily Brown Emily DeBuys Augusta Wilson Buffy Hargett David Diodate Ashton Despot

Learn more about Gallery 1930 at www.artgallery1930.com or by email at info@artgallery1930.com.

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Cantley & Company, Inc.

Cantley and Company has designed many projects in Birmingham, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina and Connecticut. Cantley and Company has been published in numerous publications including Southern Living, Bon Appétit and Birmingham Home and Garden. Learn more about Cantley and Company, Inc. at www.cantleyandcompany.com 28

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or over 35 years Summer Classics ® has established a heritage of sophistication by manufacturing only the finest outdoor furniture. From concept to creation their obsession is design and relentless attention to detail. Before founding Summer Classics, Bew White’s family business was in the fashion-driven textile industry at Avondale Mills. As the global economy shifted these manufacturing operations overseas, he began his life-long pursuit of excellence in the outdoor furniture industry as a sales representative for luxury furniture brands. Their unresponsiveness to market needs drove him to found what is now known as Summer Classics in 1978. Today, the half a million square foot headquarters in Pelham, AL houses the largest furniture design department in the industry. The company has grown its product line from painted wooden furniture, market umbrellas, and umbrella bases to a diverse product line delivering industry benchmarks for virtually every material category. The company now offers over 1,000 exclusive products and fabrics in a wide variety of colors and styles, all of which exceed the highest quality standards in the industry. Summer Classics’ customer list has included Neiman Marcus, Horchow, Crate & Barrel, Smith & Hawken, Great Indoors, Gardeners’ Eden, Frontgate, and many other national retailers. In 1989, Bew opened his first off-site retail store in Raleigh, N.C., a proving ground for his vision of how to sell lifestyle home furnishings, created to show its dealers a model of success in the retail space. Today SC maintains 435 dealers with nine award-winning company-owned retail outlets and four licensees to provide its customers with tasteful, timeless, well-designed products. continued on page 32

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ran Keenan believes that “a good house teaches you how to live. It can add ease and inspiration to daily life.” Fran Keenan Design is characterized by an artful mix in every facet of her work which is rooted from a blend of inspirations from fashion, history, art, lifestyle, and most importantly a diverse group of clients who are always the “muses.” As Fran constantly studies the great “heroes” of design, she lives by Picasso’s philosophy that you have to know the rules so you can break them. Learning lifestyle design from the best, Fran cut her teeth in fashion in New York, working at Polo Ralph Lauren. This is where her love of textiles, pattern, color and the mix of old and new began to take shape. With gained knowledge and excitement for design, Fran found her passion shifting from fashion to interiors and began working under Anthony Baratta and Bill Diamond of Diamond Baratta Design. Through years of working in New York and traveling internationally, she learned the impor-

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tance of project individuality and lifestyle driven design. In 2002, Fran and her husband Matt returned to their southern roots and settled in Birmingham, where she helped launch Cottage Living magazine as Decorating Editor. This established her unique and welcomed presence as a creative contributor in and around Birmingham. Fran considers Birmingham a hidden gem, filled with skilled craftsmen to whom she attributes much of this area’s exceptional work in design. Her work is always characterized by honest materials, old and new furniture and architectural elements that are rooted in history. Her work strikes a playful balance by gleaning from historical references to “make the old fresh and the new timeless.” Fran loves a little “grit” in her work that can come to a project in the form of the old, personal and even the quirky elements that make us all feel at home. It is this embracing of, “the pretty layered over the everyday,” that sets her work apart and encourages her clients to live well in their spaces. She holds to the idea that a home needs to be functional for its owners, but it can also be inspiring. At Fran Keenan Design, “great clients make great projects.” Fran seeks to extract the essence of her clients by bringing it forth to generate an aesthetic that is uniquely theirs. With talented staff, Sara Walker and Audrey Mahy, FKD accepts each project with humility and gratitude for the trust instilled in them to make a house feel like home. To learn more about Fran Keenan Design, contact Fran at frankeenandesign@gmail.com.

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ANNON DOUGLAS is a design partnership combining the talents and experiences of Hannon Kirk Doody and Doug Davis. Founded in 2012, the firm is known for creating detailed, personalized and functional spaces rooted in practicality and timeless design principals. Over the course of their careers, Hannon and Doug have completed projects throughout the Southeast, at the Gulf Coast and in New York and Los Angeles. Their work has been published in regional and national publications including House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living and Birmingham Home & Garden. Hannon and Doug’s partnership combines their unique backgrounds and experiences. Hannon completed a degree in Event Planning at the University of Alabama and after working for a time in that industry, found her true calling in design. Doug holds a degree in Interior Design from Samford University

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and worked for several years in the commercial architecture industry before transitioning to residential interiors. Hannon and Doug began working together at Tracery Interiors, where they constituted that firm’s Birmingham studio. Today, every HANNON DOUGLAS project is approached with a combination of the partnership’s individual specialties—Hannon’s eye for color, material, detail and function with Doug’s understanding of scale, proportion and construction methods—which come together to form a seamless and well-considered design solution. Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, HANNON DOUGLAS has expanded to include a presence in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The firm currently has projects active throughout Birmingham, on Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, at Lake Martin in Alabama and in Jackson, Tennessee. Learn more about HANNON DOUGLAS at www.hannondouglas.com.

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Meet Our Antiques Dealers

Antiques Dealers The show continues to include antiques dealers from across the United States presenting antiques, furniture, porcelain, fine art, silver, garden accessories and jewelry.

Antique Cupboard Big Bend, WI

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Sterling flatware matching service. Sterling flatware inventory consists of over 100,000 pieces, which includes the largest selection of Victorian silver in the United States. Specializing in rare patterns, one-of-a-kind pieces, museum quality figural silver, Tiffany sterling, and heirlooms that will be treasured for years to come.

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Dana Kelly Oriental Rugs Lexington, KY

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An outstanding collection of antique, semi-antique and new Oriental carpets, tapestries and textiles. From traditional to contemporary, we can turn your house into a home.

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Leading businesses networking to support spousal career transition for Birmingham’s world renowned academic and healthcare industry recruits.

A special thanks to our CONNECTbirmingham members: Alabama Power ARC Realty Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith LLP Bayer Properties Birmingham Business Journal Birmingham Museum of Art Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP Brasfield & Gorrie Brookmont Realty Group,LLC Brownlee Morrow Company Burr & Forman LLP City Paper Company Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc. Daniel Corporation Fire Rock Building Materials Harbert Management Harbert Realty HealthSouth Highland Associates Hatcher Design IBERIABANK Ingram Homes The

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Edwin C. Skinner Antiques Fairhope, AL

edwin42skinner@gmail.com 18th- and early 19th-century furniture, art and silver

Thomas M. Fortner Antiques Memphis, TN

tmfortner@gmail.com 18th- and 19th-century English and continental furniture and porcelain, Asian ceramics, American cut glass, antique lamps, unusual estate finds

McDonough Fine Art Atlanta, GA

mcdonoughfineart@msn.com Fine selection of antique maps and prints specializing in natural history, architectural and American Indian lithographs

Patricia marie fine Jewelry Nashville, TN patriciamariefinejewelry.com • 615.481.8820

Jewelry made with precious metals cast into new and interesting organic shapes, dressed with perfectly cut, faceted stones

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Whitehall Antiques

Chapel Hill, NC whitehallantiques.com • whchnc@aol.com Period 18th- and early 19th-century formal English and country French furniture with appropriate period art and accessories

Hastening Design Studio Middleburg, Va

hasteningantiques.com Complete interior design service, original contemporary paintings by Louis Shields, custom designed contemporary furniture and 17th- and 18th-century European antique furniture

George Getlik Fine Art Atlanta, GA

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Embellish Antiques Chapel Hill, NC embellishantiques.com

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Black Sheep Blankets, stunningly original Mad Jam Blankets and much-loved Flyaway Sticks

Gum Tree Farm Middleburg, VA gumtreefarmdesigns.com

Handmade, luxury wool pieces for the home and to wear

East End Galleries Pittsburgh, PA

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Macrae Designs for McAlpine Home with Blue Door Custom Framing & Antique Mirros

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AC Smith Collection of antiqued mirrors along with the McAlpine Collection

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Peony’s Envy offers one of the most extensive collections of tree, herbaceous and intersectional peonies in the Northeast

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Stone Hollow Farmstead Harpersville, AL

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continued from page 14 there are many illustrations for different styles of gardens. Again, I think just as your sense to interiors, your gardens need to suit your house. If I have a federal house in northwest Connecticut, that garden style – as much as I’d love to do a contemporary garden – it won’t work. You really want the style of your garden to be in harmony with your house. BBG: What is the most important thing to remember with garden design? BW: Always think of the flow of walking outside and getting to your house. And also, being very careful of what you can maintain. How much garden do you really want? Maybe it’s just shrubs and trees; it’s not even flowerbeds. Unlike your house, where the sofa doesn’t go and the carpet doesn’t get mildewed, you’ve got to be very honest with yourself about how much gardening you want to do. That affects garden design. BBG: What is the most important thing to remember with interior design? BW: Furnishing rooms for the function of the room so that you have spaces that you can use. That you think out what you want to do in a room, and then plan the room – is it for seating? Is it for working? Is it for dining? Design a room for the function so that you will really use the space. BBG: How would you describe the style and inspiration behind Bunny Williams Home? BW: The furniture line really came about because of the number of things that I couldn’t find in the market that I was always shopping for. The perfect bedside table. The table that goes next to the sofa. The table to put next to a chair to put your drink on or a cup of coffee. It kind of came from my designing for things that I found hard to find. Every project needs lamps, and we have a wonderful lighting collection. And then I wanted to design some upholstered furniture that was a little bit unique, that didn’t look like everything else. The collection is very transitional. There are pieces based on antique pieces and some that are based on modern designs that are unique to the collection. What makes a room fresh and interesting is when you have interesting combinations and not just all of one period. BBG: What is the secret to combining eras? BW: You study it. You combine shapes. If you have something that is very clean, you might put a French chair next to it. What is often interesting to me is when they’re opposites instead of looking alike – if everything in the room is angular and square, you walk in and your eyes just glaze over it. The tension of things that are opposites sometimes makes a space more interesting.

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continued from page 15 BBG: What flower is overdone in arrangements? ET: People really feel like they need to be satisfied with really giant flowers all the time, but I tend to love the tiniest things. Like a big cloud of tiny, tiny flowers. Things like hydrangeas and sunflowers and big roses – they feel impactful to people – but to me, they just look commercial and full of artifice and full of chemicals. BBG: What container do you find most effective for presentation? ET: Whenever possible, I love to go to some of the great designers – designers of the last century are always wonderful. That’s a rare opportunity, I’d say, for most occasions. In that case, if I can’t use something really fabulous, I tend to go for something that’s going to disappear under the flowers, something very, very simple – a glass bowl, something like that allows the flowers to shine forth. BBG: How did you curate the items in your online shop? What inspired that collection? ET: In most cases, it’s relationships that I’ve forged with friends, with artists. We have a few artists featured currently. We’re always building, but slowly, and with just a couple of projects a year. We did our first, inaugural project with the ceramic artist Francis Palmer who designed with me – it’s her designs, but with my push toward my aesthetic. Francis did a collection of vessels for us and that led to another collection of vessels with the artist Mark Gagnon that are actually made of paper, so if you’re thinking live flowers are impractical, paper vases are equally so [Laughs]. Then there’s a small jewelry collection with the artist Malia Jensen who is debuting a really incredible vase collection with us this fall. We also do tools of the trade, and that currently includes an apron of our design, which is incredible because it has detachable leather straps. It’s incredibly durable and beautiful. And we have a luxe tool bag, some great, inexpensive rose gloves and a few other things that we make in our shop. They’re all things that we either make or that people make just for us. You can only find them here. B irmingham B otanical G ardens

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As Alabama’s largest living museum, Birmingham Botanical Gardens dreams big. It actively works to preserve the rare plants that give Alabama this unique distinction. Since coming to The Gardens in 2010, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion not only has taken over the responsibility of maintaining its native collection, he has adopted the task of giving new life to endangered plants like Asplenium tutwilerae, Tutwiler’s spleenwort, a diminutive fern which only grows in a remote part of Hale County. It’s one of the rarest plants in the world, and Manion continues working to prolong its life for plant enthusiasts to admire and for future botanists to study. “It’s astounding that we have 25 species of plants in Alabama that grow nowhere else,” Manion said. “However, our state also ranks high in the number of species at risk of extinction, highlighting the urgent need for conservation efforts on several fronts.” It has also faced the wrath of both man and natural disaster over the last few decades. Green spaces in the Magic City and beyond have been devastated by tornados, and they’ve felt the ramifications of poor maintenance, care and planning. Director of Education, Henry Hughes, has spearheaded reforestation efforts in areas like Pratt City and North Smithfield, reeling from the aftermath of the storms of April 27, 2011; but he’s also dedicated time to spaces like George Ward Park and Avondale Park, which needed extra care. The landscape trees of today are mostly remnants of Birmingham’s original forest, left in place when the parks were established over ninety years ago. They are disappearing at an alarming rate. Affectionately called “Centennial Trees,” the trees continually being planted across the metro area and primarily in the City of Birmingham by Hughes, the education staff and volunteers are grown from the seed of Birmingham’s largest living trees, some as many as 200 years old. They represent the historic native forest from which Birmingham grew and they impart a unique character to Birmingham's neighborhoods and parks, much as the architecture does. Black oak, Quercus velutina, and white oak, Q. alba, are two iconic species that make up the backbone of Birmingham's native forest. Seeds of these and other native hardwood Youth Serve students potting oak seedlings

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species are collected by staff and community volunteers and taken to Birmingham Botanical Gardens where they are propagated and grown into seedlings. One or two years later, they are planted back in the parks and communities from which they came, perpetuating the unique native forest from which Birmingham grew and its unique cultural landscape. They are better adapted than any other species to growing long into the future and their growth patterns are synchronized with the rest of the native forest trees. The Gardens’ tireless conservation efforts are for the people of Alabama. As the state’s most visited free attraction, it strives to achieve its mission of promoting public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment. Without its volunteers, members, donors and visitors, The Gardens couldn’t realize its big dreams. Come and enjoy our rare collections. Get involved in the preservation of our state and our local community. Explore our scenic trails with the young botanist in your life. It’s why we do what we do, and we can’t do it without you.

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Learn more about The Gardens’ conservation programs at www.bbgardens.org. To make a donation in support of our conservation programs, contact Drew Rickel, donor relations officer, at drickel@bbgardens.org or 205.414.3955.

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Meet our honorees

H o n o r i n g Mary & Jamie French A Family Legacy of Leadership and Giving

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riends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is pleased to recognize Mary and Jamie French as honorees of the 2015 Antiques at The Gardens. Mary Dunn French has a long relationship with The Gardens that was inherited from her father, William Ransom Johnson “Billy” Dunn, Jr. He served as the second, and longest, president of the Birmingham Botanical Society from 1966 until 1972.

Billy Dunn was involved in the family business and became President of Dunn Construction Company when his father passed away in 1948. He and his wife, Beverley White Dunn, enjoyed tending their rose garden together. Billy also raised African violets and gave them away to everyone he knew, while Beverley pursued her interest in flower arranging.

When Mr. Dunn became president of the Birmingham Botanical Society, he began to visit other botanical gardens around the country to learn all that he could about their operations. His leadership and vision were instrumental in the development and growth of The Gardens. He started the Women’s Auxiliary, the annual membership meeting and the Fiesta plant sale, now known as the Spring Plant Sale and one of The Gardens’ largest annual fundraising events. He also led the effort to raise funds to build the Garden Center, which was dedicated in 1971, and oversaw the completion of the Japanese Gardens. Mary fondly remembers that it was on a family trip to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York when he spotted what would become the first tea house to be placed in the Japanese Gardens. Mary and Jamie found their own ways to continue the family’s involvement with The Gardens, volunteering and doing whatever needed to be done. During the first Fiesta plant sale, Mary, at the suggestion of Frances Blount, organized a wine and cheese party to kick off the event. That party became the Preview Party, which remains a much-anticipated and enjoyed part of the Spring Plant Sale today. Dunn Construction also provided a warehouse one year as the site for the Spring Plant Sale, and during one of the area’s worst droughts, sent water trucks to The Gardens to make sure the plants had the water needed to survive. Mary, who served on the Board of Directors from 1988 until 1993, was also involved in the docent program. She enlisted Allison Murray to help write the docent booklet and recruit docents, who were trained on tours of The Gardens that were taken on a Dart bus and narrated by Director Gary Gerlach. 50 | A ntiques

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The Frenches, and the Dunn family, have also generously given to The Gardens financially over the years as members, Garden Sustainers and Antiques at The Gardens sponsors. When Jamie and Mrs. Dunn agreed to donate the funds to create the Dunn Formal Rose Garden, they became the first major corporate donor and served as encouragement for other corporations to support The Gardens. The Formal Rose Garden was dedicated to the memory of Billy Dunn, and on Christmas Eve in 1988, Beverley Dunn was surprised by her children and grandchildren with a dedication of the Rose Garden Pergola in her honor. The topiary tempietto in the Rose Garden was later dedicated in honor of the Dunn grandchildren. Today, the next generation continues the family legacy with Beverley French Hoyt, Mary and Jamie’s daughter, serving as Vice President of Development and President-Elect of the Board of Directors. The family’s roots run deep at Alabama’s largest living museum, roots that Mary and Jamie have continued to tend and grow. “Jamie and I love being outdoors,” Mary said. “We enjoy hunting and fishing, and the beauty of the natural world. It’s wonderful that this place is here to be shared by generations of children and parents and grandparents. A lot of people don’t have an opportunity to see how things grow, and the education that The Gardens offers is outstanding.” Thanks, in large part, to the leadership and generosity of Mary and Jamie French and their family, and to the seeds of Billy Dunn’s vision planted years ago, The Gardens today is a treasured community asset offering free admission to 350,000 visitors each year and annually providing free science field trips to more than 10,000 Birmingham area schoolchildren. For their many contributions, we are deeply appreciative and gratefully acknowledge them as our 2015 Antiques at The Gardens Honorees.

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Mark & Jay like to work with all types of natural materials, plants, flowers, sticks, and moss. Sometimes they find things on a hike in the woods or roadside on a Sunday drive. Both are inspired by history and nature.

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Christopher Confero Birmingham, AL

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Christopher enjoys mixing live flowers with other unexpected materials; a 3’ tall brass banana, an acrylic art sculpture. Anytime he can juxtapose hard and soft, dark and light; it allows for a much deeper visual interest. However, no job is fully realized without proper lighting.

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aybe you’ve gotten to know us better recently. “Flicks Among the Flowers” was a huge success in 2015, as we welcomed thousands of visitors to the Formal Garden for screenings of “Jurassic Park,” “Ghostbusters” and Top Gun.” Did you share a picnic with someone you love under the summer stars? Or did you redesign your landscape with plants selected by our volunteers at the Spring Plant Sale? However we were introduced, we’re honored. And we hope that this new relationship is everlasting.

Discovery Field Trip for Middle Schools

Throughout our 50 years, we’ve found ourselves to be a place that nurtures the Magic City’s heart and soul. But if we’re just now being introduced, you should know that our own heart and soul is education. Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens works hard, year-round, to raise money to fund free, curriculum-based Discovery Field Trips to Birmingham-area schoolchildren. Our award-winning, flagship program is designed to meet the Alabama State Course of Study on six elementary school (K – 6) science themes: plant propagation, nutrient cycling (George Washington Carver), Native Americans, tropical rainforests, interdependence (Barber Alabama Woodlands) and trees. The program has now expanded to include middle school students with the “Plants: Inside Out!” program, which is made possible by the James Milton and Sallie R. Johnson Foundation. Middle school students discover photosynthesis through hands-on science labs while outside in our living museum.

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A large portion of these funds are raised through our special events, like Antiques at The Gardens. Because of the public’s participation and generosity in these events, nearly all the students of those who participated were able to do so absolutely free, including transportation expenses. By bringing the classroom to life, we’re laying the educational foundation for future engineers, botanists, doctors, chefs, chemists, innovators and other like-minded individuals.

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We’re also proud to have created the first Horticultural Therapy program in Alabama. In 2012, the program evolved into Plant Adventures, an inclusive program that explores the relationship between people and place. Plant Adventures calls one of our newest gardens home, the Arrington Plant Adventure Zone, an educational garden that serves as a base for the program. At Burr, connecting with our communities and supporting organizations that make a difference is important. We applaud the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and its work in preserving a precious resource within our community. We thank you for your efforts and pledge our support.

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Plant Adventures has reached out to hundreds of participants from Children’s Hospital, United Cerebral Palsy, the Birmingham Independent Living Center and Kirkwood by the River. The program’s primary tenet is that gardening is good for the mind, body and soul. It promotes health and well-being for all, using an inclusive model designed to help foster participation, access, choice and relationships.

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Discovery Field Trips and Plant Adventures are just two cogs in our educational machine. We are home to the largest public horticultural library in the country. Now in its fifth year, our Certificate in Native Plant Studies program remains a unique educational opportunity available for just one class or completion of the entire program. And we’ve made no mention of Earth Day at The Gardens, Garden Explorations, Summer Camps at The Gardens, Dirt Dash and our partnerships with organizations like Fresh Air Family, Community Garden Coalition and the Audubon Society. It’s difficult to demonstrate The Gardens’ depth with words – depth that would go unexplored without our loyal supporters, volunteers, members, donors and visitors. Thanks for visiting us, and don’t be a stranger. We want to get to know you better. Earth Day at The Gardens

Learn more about The Gardens’ education programs and events at www.bbgardens.org. To make a donation in support of our education programs, contact Drew Rickel, donor relations officer, at drickel@bbgardens.org or 205.414.3955.

Become a volunteer! To learn more about volunteering at The Gardens, contact Taylor Steele, volunteer coordinator, at tsteele@bbgardens.org or 205.414.3962.

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Chairman Level Mrs. Louise D. Johnson*

Advisor Level Mr. & Mrs. Carl E. Jones, Jr. The Forman Foundation Mr. & Mrs. William R. Ireland, Jr.

Benefactor Level Mr. Richard M. Adams Ms. Elna R. Brendel Dr. & Mrs. John A. Floyd, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. T. Michael Goodrich Jones Family Fund Ms. Lori Oswald & Mr. Hans Paul Mr. & Mrs. Wilmer S. Poynor, III Mr. & Mrs. Murray W. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. South, III Southern Progress Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Rick Stukes Anonymous

Patron Level Mr. & Mrs. Brian Barr Mrs. Camille H. Butrus C. Eugene Ireland Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Daniel B. Coleman C.S. Beatty Construction, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Bob de Buys Dunn-French Foundation Mrs. Trudy R. Evans Mr. & Mrs. J.S.M. French Mr. & Mrs. Houston Gillespy Mr. & Mrs. Charles Goodrich Mr. & Mrs. Fred W. Murray, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Noble, III Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Northen, III Mr. & Mrs. Henry B. Ray, Jr. Rucker & Margaret Agee Fund Mr. & Mrs. William J. Rushton, III Mr. & Mrs. B. Hanson Slaughter Mrs. Lucille R. Thompson

The Perennial Society recognizes those who have made or pledged lasting gifts to The Gardens that extend beyond a lifetime. These special people are planting seeds for the future—seeds that will sustain The Gardens for coming generations and ensure that its important work continues. Mr. & Mrs. Edgar G. Aldridge Mr. & Mrs. Michael Balliet Ms. Camille A. Becker Mrs. Lucille S. Beeson * Peggy Bonfield & Orrin Ford D. Joseph & Ida C. Burns * Mary Carolyn Gibbs Cleveland Suzanne G. Clisby Mrs. Martha Stone Cobb Daniel * The Daniel Foundation of Alabama Elizabeth Drewry The Dunn-French Family Dr. John D. Elmore* Mrs. Claire H. Fairley* Mr. F. Lewter Ferrell, Jr. * Mr. R.R. Herbst * Mrs. Jimmie Hess * Mr. J. Ernest Hill & Mrs. Ora Lee Hill * Mrs. Jane Hinds Fay B. Ireland Mr. George L. Jenkins Hugh & Bobbe Kaul * Mr. Jason C. Kirby & Mr. Benjamin J. Faucher Ms. Pamela Kaul *

Andrew B. Krebbs Fran Lawlor Dr. Bodil Lindin-Lamon* Hope Long Dr. Michael E. Malone Ms. Louise T. McAvoy * Mrs. Mary Jean Morawetz Mr. Philip Morris Mr. & Mrs. Fred W. Murray, Jr. James L. Newsome Dr. & Mrs. A. I. Perley * Steve & LeAnne Porter Mrs. Carol P. Poynor Mrs. Dorothy L. Renneker * Deborah & John Sellers Mr .& Mrs. William M. Spencer, III * Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Mr. Douglas Arant Stockham Dr. Wendell H. Taylor, Sr. * Mrs. Barbara D. Thorne * Mrs. Carolyn D. Tynes * Mrs. Ann H. “Nancy” Warren * Mrs. Robert Wells Anonymous

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