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Special Thanks to Spring Plant Sale Volunteers Inside Cover & Page 4

The Birds and the Bees Members-Only Class Page 10

Glorious Gardens set for June 2 & 3 Page 3

Special Thanks to Spring Plant Sale Volunteers Azaleas


Oak-leaf Hydrangeas





Flowering shrubs

Roses (peak)


Summer Annuals

We would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who made the Spring Plant Sale possible. Thank you for your time, sweat and expertise. This year, 9,000 people shopped at the plant sale and were greeted with your love of The Gardens. You brought our mission to life. Each year, the Spring Plant Sale offers a large variety of plants backed by the expertise of volunteers to promote knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardening and the environment. This year was no exception.


Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2012 B oard


D irectors

Henry Ray ����������������������������������������������� President Tricia Noble����������������������������������� President-Elect Scott Walton���������������������������������������������Treasurer Lou Willie ����������������������������������������������� Secretary Hanson Slaughter������������������������� VP Development Brain 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 Tricia Holbrook Robert Holmes Margi Ingram Clarke Gillespy Sheryl Kimerling Mike Malone Fred Murray Kathryn Porter Lucy Tutwiler Mary Williamson Amanda Fleming, Junior Board President

O ur M ission Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens promotes public knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment; & receives, raises & administers resources for these purposes. O ur V ision The vision of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is to be one of the nation’s preeminent botanical gardens.

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Daylilies (peak)



Southern Magnolias


Summer Annuals





Hemerocallis and Hydrangea, Jemison Lily Garden

Shown: Sundra Smith

Both the Spring & Fall Plant Sales at Birmingham Botanical Gardens further the mission of promoting public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment while providing consumers seasonally appropriate planting advice from experts and satisfaction from supporting a worthwhile cause with each purchase. We would like to also thank our sponsors: Terra Equities, Dunn Real Estate, Royal Cup Coffee, Rush Wines, Brio’s Tuscan Grill, The Homewood Star, Buffalo Rock, Fox 6, Leaf & Petal at The Gardens, Birmingham Home & Garden and Valpak of Central Alabama.

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 Savannah Lanier�����������������������������������Donor Relations Officer Hope Long��������������������������������������Director of Library Services John Manion���������������������� Curator of Kaul Wildflower Garden Shelly McCarty��������������������������������Special Events Coordinator Carleen Mitchell����������������������������������������������������� Finance Clerk Jennifer Sanders������������������������ Plant Adventures Coordinator Phyllis Sutton����������������������������� Education Activities Specialist Taylor Steele��������������������������������������������Volunteer Coordinator Rona Walters�����������������������������������������������Membership Assistant 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 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 July/August issue is June 15.

Thank you for your support of The Friends and your patronage of our Spring Plant Sale. I wish I could say I’ve planted all of my purchases, but I’ll make a confession: sometimes I buy a plant without knowing exactly where I’ll plant it. I buy it because I like it and believe I will find a place. Occasionally, the place isn’t right for the plant and occasionally I forget a crucial period of watering before planting (or after). The result is the same – a dead plant. This fits within the definition of gardening, but only if you learn from your mistakes, right? Well, I think it’s okay to buy a plant on impulse; to me it’s a harmless and relatively inexpensive way to practice a little indulgence!

I’m looking forward to heading south to see Jim Scott’s garden with a full bus of The Gardens’ members later this month and then heading (way) north on our garden tour of Newport, RI, in June. Like all of our trips, these always fill to capacity very quickly. Stay tuned for future trip announcements – there’s no better way to spend time with other gardeners and The Gardens’ supporters than by enjoying the fruit of others’ labor! Seriously, these trips are not possible without the help of the garden-makers and the local hosts, and we are grateful for all their efforts and assistance.

In this issue, be sure to get more details on Earth Day at The Gardens and the return of Glorious Gardens. The first is our annual gathering of local environmental groups and the second, our peek “behind the hedges” at the area’s best private gardens. Our public garden partner is Railroad Park, and we’re proud to highlight Birmingham’s new and vital urban green space.

See you in The Gardens,

Fred Spicer Executive Director

Save t he Date Earth Day at The Gardens May 5 Birmingham Rose Show May 12-13 Alabama Bonsai Society Show May 19-20 Central Alabama Daylily Society Sale May 5 Birmingham Fern Society Lecture May 16 Glorious Gardens June 2-3 Annual Fern Society Show June 20 Member Day July 21 Cocktails in The Gardens August 9 September 13 October 11

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Dear Friends:

Earth Day at The Gardens May 5, 2012 11-4 p.m. Free Admission

Alabama’s longest continually-running Earth Day event brings education to life with unique, educational activities for kids, families and the young at heart. Displays of dozens of local and regional organizations advocating water, air and land conservation, wildlife protection, energy efficiency, recycling, and healthful, sustainable living will fill the lawn of the Hill Garden in front of the Conservatory with fun-filled, family-focused activities. The purpose of Earth Day at The Gardens is to promote awareness, understanding and dialogue for solutions to environmental issues. It is a participatory approach to creating new ideas for resolving issues that range in scope from local to global. It’s also fun! At the entrance, used electronic devices may be dropped off for recycling. Admission is free. Music will be provided by the Oxymorons. Popcorn and ice water are provided throughout the day at no charge. The newest garden, the Arrington Plant Adventure Zone, will be open to the public for the first time.


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Just Add Water!

Olivia Alison, Director of Development

When Gail and Marvin Snyder retired to Birmingham, one of the first things they did was join Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Moving often for their active careers, they would visit the local botanical garden whenever they relocated to familiarize themselves with the area and to get help with their new yard. Botanical gardens became a habit! Since arriving in Alabama, Gail has “gone native.” She loves the “wonderful learning experiences” available at The Gardens and is volunteering with curator John Manion in the Kaul Wildflower Garden and working with The Gardens Native Plant group in the potting shed. She recently completed the requirements for her Certification in Native Plant Studies. Last summer, Gail and Marvin saw firsthand the withering effects of Alabama’s heat and drought. They were surprised to find that most of our gardens, including the Kaul Wildflower Garden, had no irrigation system. They approached John and said, “We’ll contribute some funds to kick start raising the money needed.” Their seed gift launched a year-long planning and installation process that resulted in the new watering system for the wildflower garden. (The balance came from the Lucille S. Beeson Charitable Trust, managed by Regions Trust.) Our thanks to Gail and Marvin for seeing a need and acting on it. Their concern and generosity has made a huge difference. Go up and see for yourself in the Kaul Wildflower Garden!

Curator John Manion with Gail and Marvin Snyder at Spring Plant Sale

If you would like to make a difference at The Gardens, please contact Olivia Alison, director of development, at 205.414.3961 or Even small donations can serve as a catalyst!

Bequest by the Book Olivia Alison, Director of Development

Library Director Hope Long has become the newest member of The Gardens’ Perennial Society. This doesn’t mean that she is potting up perennials for the Fall Plant Sale—that is handled by the F.B.I. (Fay Belt Ireland) Perennial Group volunteers. (If Hope was potting anything it would be hydrangeas, a passion developed when she previously worked at Aldridge Botanical Gardens.) Rather, Hope shared that she has included The Gardens in her will. As a member of the Perennial Society, the group of forward-thinking individuals who make a planned gift or endowment gift to The Gardens, Hope receives invitations to special gatherings and our Perennial Society newsletter. She is, in fact, profiled in the spring issue. When offered life insurance in a new employee benefits package, Hope, 44, was spurred to do some long range planning. She realized that The Friends could be the beneficiary of the policy, so she chose to leave a percentage of her estate to The Gardens. Inspired by our founding librarian Ida C. Burns, Hope wants her planned gift to help endow the library director’s position, so that the Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens will always be able to attract talented staff.


Hope loves her job and The Gardens. “In my ninth year, it is still as much fun as it was the first day.” We thank her for her vision, her dedication and her unconventional approach to library science!

If you would like to follow Hope’s example and include The Gardens in your estate planning, request one of our helpful booklets entitled Techniques for Planning a Successful Will or Planning Your Bequests from Director of Development Olivia Alison (205.414.3961/ or Development Officer George Jenkins (205. 879.2762/ To read more about Hope and other members of the Perennial Society read the newsletter issues on our website at To make a bequest or endowment gift to Birmingham Botanical Gardens, please use the following legal name and address:

Birmingham Botanical Society, Inc. (doing business as Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens) 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223

as of March 2012 Mr. & Mrs. Edgar G. Aldridge Mrs. Ruby S. Ansley * Mr. & Mrs. Michael Balliet Mrs. Camille A. Becker Mrs. Lucille S. Beeson* Peggy Bonfield & Orrin Ford Mary Carolyn Gibbs Cleveland Mrs. Tom Tartt Brown* D. Joseph & Ida C. Burns* Ms. Suzanne G. Clisby Mrs. Martha Stone Cobb Daniel* The Daniel Foundation of Alabama The Dunn-French Family Mr. F. Lewter Ferrell, Jr.* Mr. R.R. Herbst* Mr. J. Ernest & Mrs. Ora Lee Hill* Mrs. Fay B. Ireland Mr. George L. Jenkins Hugh & Bobbe Kaul* Ms. Pamela Kaul* Dr. Bodil Lindin-Lamon* Fran Lawlor Ms. 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 Mr. & Mrs. William M. Spencer, III* Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Mr. Douglas Arant Stockham Dr. Wendell H. Taylor* Ms. Barbara D. Thorne Mrs. Carolyn D. Tynes* Mrs. Ann H. “Nancy” Warren* Mrs. Robert Wells Anonymous * deceased

Saturday, June 2, 10 - 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 3, Noon - 5 p.m.

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$25 All Access Pass - Rain or Shine Glorious Gardens returns to Birmingham, showcasing six residential homes and one public garden. The biannual event allows ticket-holders intimate views of six private gardens from across the horticultural spectrum, from sprawling ranch style estate to quaint self-maintained gardens. Glorious Gardens not only educates visitors about plants, arts, gardening and various aspects of landscape design, but also benefits our mission to promote public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens, and the environment.


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Featuring Seven Stunning Gardens


Featured Gardens 1. Barbara Saurer and Brad White Greenwood Street, Homewood, AL 2. John and Catherine Close Greenwood Street, Homewood, AL 3. Jane R. and Neil Ross


Kenilworth Drive, Homewood, AL 4. Ginger and Charles Clark Canterbury Road, Birmingham, AL 5. Mark and Caroline Clark Vestavia Drive, Birmingham, AL


6. Ernest and Vivian Cory Vestavia Drive, Birmingham, AL 7. Railroad Park First Avenue South, Birmingham, AL For detailed garden descriptions and photos visit Tickets: Purchase your tickets online at gloriousgardens or call 205.414.3965. Tickets may also be purchased at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Leaf & Petal at The Gardens, Leaf & Petal at Mountain Brook Village, Leaf & Petal at the Summit, Oak Street Garden Shop, Colliers Nursery, Sweet Peas, Myers Plants & Pottery and Plant Odyssey.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Anatomy of a Plant Sale Taylor Steele, Volunteer Coordinator

The Spring Plant Sale, known prior to 2005 as Spring Fiesta; has been marked on member’s calendars for over forty years. This year was no different, only the venue. Each year over seven thousand patrons purchase a variety of more than 100,000 plants made available during the four-day plant sale. I cannot think of anywhere else in Birmingham that you can find that many plants at one place, at one time. Just the sight of a “sea of green” is a wondrous and exciting vision.

Truly, plants are the stars of the fourday event, but if you want to know who are the best supporting actors and actresses, you need look no further than the volunteers that make this event happen. Long before the doors open Thursday evening of the members-only sale, hundreds of hours of planning, preparing, and potting have taken place. Plant groups and societies that work the sale create a small army of plant experts aiding and assisting sale patrons with tips on planting, watering, fertilizing and growing everything from ‘Cherokee Purple’ tomatoes to this year’s signature plant, a Cleome hybrid called, ‘Senorita Rosalita.’ Since this was my first plant sale as a staff member, I thought it was fitting to submit an article for The Garden Dirt that gives more insight about the people who truly make the Spring Plant Sale a reality. I gave each of the plant group and society chairs questions that focused on the human element of the sale, rather than just the plants. Here are some of their responses:


How would you describe your plant group volunteers? We have a dedicated bunch and many of them try to attend our Wednesday work sessions every week. They are very interested in plants and gardening, in helping raise money for The Gardens, and are committed to educating the public about the value and beauty of native plants. Betsy Fleenor, Native Plant Group Describe your plant group’s work timeline leading up to the Spring Plant Sale? Many hours go into the planning to solicit volunteers and deciding who is strong at what task. We have to decide where we will be ordering plants and what plants we will be ordering, remembering what sold last year and what did not; is there any plant request and is there any new and hot plant the on the market that everyone must have… Earley Watson, Tropicals Group How many years has your plant group been involved with the Spring Plant Sale? The Perennial Group is one of the original plant groups and has been a part of the Spring Sale since its inception. The group has been in existence for over 40 years. The group adopted a new name in 2009 in honor of its founder and faithful supporter of the Gardens, Fay B. Ireland. Fay would always tag her seed trays with her initials “FBI” and it became a legend as her seed trays always started perfectly while others “not so much.” As a tribute and as horticultural good luck we go by her initials, “FBI Perennial Group.” The Perennial Group (specifically Fay Ireland) started the Fall Sale to encourage the planting of perennials in the fall for best spring bloom. Janet Taylor, F.B.I. Perennial Group How does the Spring Plant Sale support your group’s goals and mission? The Birmingham Fern Society’s mission is to educate people about ferns and how to use them in their landscape. Ralph Johnston, Birmingham Fern Society What about the Spring Plant Sale appeals to your group the most? Knowing we have knowledge to help people. Learning more ourselves. Hanging out with botanical friends. June Mays, Trees and Shrubs Group What makes your volunteer group work successfully during the Spring Plant Sale? The Herb Army has many volunteers (more than 20) who participate. We have many years of experience plus teamwork and flexibility. Donna Taylor, The Herb Army Two closing remarks to our patrons of the 2012 BBG Spring Plant Sale: first, thank you for your continued support, and second, tell the plant groups and societies how much you appreciate their dedication and hard work leading up to the plant sale.

Mimi Boston & Robin Jackson ‘For the Love of Color’ Prints, Paintings and Mixed Media

Susan Haltom Author of

Opening Reception May 4, 2012

One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place

Visit the Gerlach Plant Information Center (GPIC) inside the Garden Center during May and June for the exhibit:

May 10 • 2-3 p.m. Linn-Henley Lecture Hall Tickets: $5

All About Birds Thyme to Read Book Group

“A rich exploration of the garden Welty tended with her mother and how that work affected her writing.”

June 5, 6 p.m. The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett

Also featuring Artist Danette Steele Jones Jones will be displaying a selection of watercolors painted from Eudora Welty’s depression era photographs of the South. Book Signing to follow lecture

May 1, 6 p.m. Ecology of a Cracker Childhood By Janisse Ray

Books are available for purchase at Leaf & Petal at The Gardens Register:, 205.414.3958

L i b r a r y S e rv i c e s

Artist Display May/June

Join us in The Library at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month to discuss a new, fun book pertaining to gardening, plants or the environment. Contact Director of Library Services, Hope Long at 205.414.3931 or for more information or to get involved.

Children’s Story Time in The Gardens with Miss Rita In the new Arrington Plant Adventure Zone! Free Admission

Sunday, May 20 | 2 p.m. Wednesday May 30 | 10 a.m. Sunday, June 10 | 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 | 10 a.m.



Good Things Growing… In The Gardens

Courtesy of

Fred Spicer, Executive Director

In the 2008 issue of The Garden Dirt, I reported on the success of a “laceleaf ” cultivar of American elderberry, Sambucus canadensis ‘Acutiloba.’ The variegated, and purple- and yellow-foliaged selections of European elderberries, from their native species. S. nigra and S. racemosa, are knocked senseless by our heat, but the American species grows spontaneously (i.e., we didn’t plant it) here at The Gardens. I also mentioned our desire to trial another cultivar of the American species, ‘Aurea,’ the only known yellow-foliaged cultivar. As an update, ‘Aurea’ has now been growing happily alongside Sonat Lake at our entrance for three growing seasons. New foliage is screaming chartreuse through late May (above), before calming down to a medium yellow-green in June. Flowers (white) and fruit (black, quickly taken by birds) are typical for the species. Fall color is a weak yellow. Following site preferences for this species, it receives full sun, and the soil is moist. The species wilts and tatters in drier soils and in shade the species is especially leggy, so moisture is critical and hard, late-winter pruning (sometimes called pleaching or stooling) is recommended to keep the plant relatively compact. Growth habit when the plant is treated this way can be described as multi-stemmed, upright and irregularly spreading. Sambucus flowers on new wood, so the bloom cycle is not interrupted by winter pruning.


Garde ning Tips for March/April

Another plant at our entrance that receives lots of comments is a weeping specimen of Chinese hackberry, Celtis sinensis ‘Green Cascade.’ Planted in 2004 from a 1-gallon container into moist soil and full sun, it has grown surprisingly fast, even for a hackberry, and now measures 7’ tall and over 25’ wide (top left). The cultivar name is quite apt as the plant has become a dramatic, curvaceous living sculpture, widely-spreading with arching and – yes – cascading tiers of branches. Leaf color is rich bright green in spring and lustrous dark green in summer (center left). By late summer, a nonfatal leaf spot disease appears and some leaves will drop as a result; these are minor maladies but warrant siting considerations. Fall color is green-yellow and the leaves drop relatively early, revealing the sweeping branch structure (bottom right) during the dormant season.

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May FRUITS AND NUTS – Continue spray program. Keep grass from around trees and strawberries. Peaches and apples can still be budded. SHRUBS – Newly planted shrubs need extra care now and in coming weeks. Don’t spray with oil emulsions when temperature is above 85 °F. LAWNS – Now is the best time to start lawns from seed. Water new lawns as needed to prevent drying. Keep established lawns actively growing by watering fertilizing and mowing. Spray weeds in lawns with proper herbicide. ROSES – Spray or dust for insects and diseases. Fertilize monthly with complete fertilizer or rose special. Container-grown plants in flower may be planted. Prune climbing roses after the first big flush offlowering. ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS – Late plantings of bedding plants still have time to produce. Watch for insects on day lilies. BULBS – Summer bulbs started in containers may still be planted. Do not remove foliage from spring flowering bulbs. Do not let seedheads form on tulips and other spring flowering bulbs. MISCELLANEOUS – Mulch new shrub plantings if not already done. Avoid drying out new shrub, tree and lawn plantings. VEGETABLE SEED – Plant heatloving and tender vegetables. Start cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and celery in coldframe for fall garden. VEGETABLE PLANTS – Plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and sweet potatoes.

Classes/Field Trips/Volunteer Opportunities

June FRUITS AND NUTS – Layer grapes and continue spray programs. Thin apples and peaches if too thick. SHRUBS – Lace bugs may be a problem on azaleas, pyracanthas, dogwoods, cherry laurels, and other shrubs. Water as needed. Fertilize now. Keep long shoots from developing by pinching out tips. Good time to take cuttings from semi-mature wood for rooting.

Registration and further information about the program, including course descriptions and certificate requirements can be found at or call 205.414.3958.

Native Plant Propagation - Part II (Elective) Instructor: Jan Midgley Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Saturday, May 12, 2012 | 8:30 - 12:30 p.m. $40 Members | $45 Non-Members

The Davis Arboretum at Auburn University (Field Trip) Field trip leaders: Dee Smith and Patrick Thompson Location: Auburn University, AL Wednesday, May 23 | 9:30-1:30 p.m. $20 Members | $25 Non-Members

LAWNS – Follow a schedule of fertilization and watering. Lawns should be mowed weekly Planting may continue if soil is moist. Continue weed spraying if necessary.

Introduction to Botany (Core)

ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS – Keep old flower heads removed to promote continued flowering. Plant garden mums if not already in. For compact mums, keep tips pinched out. Watch for insects and diseases.

Barber Alabama Woodlands Volunteer Workday

BULBS – Foliage may be removed from spring bulbs if it has yellowed and is becoming dry. Watch for aphids and thrips on summer bulbs.

Plant-Soil Relationships (Core)

MISCELLANEOUS – If scale insects continue on shrubs, use materials other than oils. Set houseplants on porch or outdoors in shade and pay close attention to the need for water. VEGETABLE SEED – Plant beans, field peas, pumpkins, squash, corn, cantaloupes and watermelons. VEGETABLE PLANTS – Plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and sweet potato vine cuttings.

Instructor: Carl Sloan Saturday, May 26 | 8:30-4:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $80 Members | $90 Non-Members

(Volunteer Opportunity)

Work leaders: Taylor Steele and John Manion Saturday, May 26 | 9-3:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Registration Required

Instructor: Henry Hughes Saturday, June 2 | 8:30-4:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $80 Members | $90 Non-Members

Kaul Wildflower Garden Volunteer Workday (Volunteer Opportunity)

Workday leader: John Manion Saturday, June 9 | 9-3:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Registration Required

Non-Native Invasive Plants & Their Effect (Elective) Instructor: Harvey Cotton Saturday, June 30 | 8:30-12:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $40 Members | $45 Non-Members

Native Ferns & Their Relatives (Elective) Instructor: Dan Jones Saturday, July 14 | 8:30-12:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $40 Members | $45 Non-Members

Alabama Butterflies & Native Plants (Elective)


Certificate in Native Plant Studies

Instructor: Sara Bright and Paulette Ogard Friday, August 17 | 8:30-12:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $40 Members | $45 Non-Members

Native Plants of Glades & Rock Outcrops (Elective) Instuctors: Michelle Reynolds and Arnie Rutkis Saturday, September 15 | 8:30-12:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $20 Members | $25 Non-Members

Native Plants & Birds (Elective) Instructor: Greg Harber Saturday, September 22 | 8:30-12:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $40 Members | $45 Non-Members

Introduction to Study Native Plants (Core) Instructor: John Manion Saturday, September 29 | 8:30-4:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $80 Members | $90 Non-Members

The Quarry at Ruffner Mountain (Field Trip) Field trip leaders: Michelle Reynolds and Arnie Rutkis Saturday, October 13 | 1-5 p.m. Location: Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve $20 Members | $25 Non-Members

Native Grasses and Grass-Like Plants (Elective) Instructor: Dan Spaulding Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Saturday, June 16, 2012 |12:30 - 4:30 p.m. $40 Members | $45 Non-Members


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As we celebrate The Year of Alabama Food, Birmingham Botanical Gardens welcomes a documentary series all about food: the good, the bad and the ugly. All of the movies are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. All of the films will take place in the Linn-Henley Lecture Hall in the Garden Center and will begin promptly at 2 p.m. After several of the films we will have community conversations led by experts who will address questions you may have.


July 8, 2 p.m.


July 15, 2 p.m.

Queen of the Sun July 22, 2 p.m.

Farmageddon July 29, 2 p.m.

Urban Roots August 12, 2 p.m.

Dirt! The Movie August 19, 2 p.m.

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Returns on: August 9 September 13 October 11 Look for new changes to the 2012 series in the July/August issue.

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A Family Tradition!

Make sure to see our traditional favorites (Parents’ Request) as well as our new topics! Programs are designed to actively promote your child’s natural sense of creativity and discovery with fun learning experiences in the unmatched setting at Birmingham Botanical Gardens!

May 29-June 1, 2012 Painting in The Gardens | (9 - 1 p.m.) For children entering grades 3 - 6 $109 Members* $136 Non-Members Let’s Get Growing | (9 - 1 p.m.) For children entering grades K - 2 $109 Members* $136 Non-Members

June 4-8, 2012

Flower Fairies | (9 - 1 p.m.) For 4- and 5-year-olds entering fall preschool programs Garden Adventures with American Girl (Parents’ Request) (9 - 1 p.m.) For children entering grades K - 2 Southern Summer Chefs | (9 - 1 p.m.) For children entering grades K-2

Camps are $136 for members* and $170 for nonmembers unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register by phone, contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 or ehardy@ Register online at summercamps. *Hydrangea Level and above

June 11-15, 2012:

July 9-13, 2012

Afternoon Week!

Garden Adventures with American Girl (Parent’s Request) | (9 - 1 p.m.) For children entering grades K - 2

Art in the Afternoon: Paper Art (1:30 - 4:30 p.m.) For children entering grades K - 2 $102 Members* $128 Non-Members

Southern Summer Chefs: The Sweeter Side | (9 - 1 p.m.) For children entering grades 3 - 6

Explore The Gardens with Winnie the Pooh (1:30 - 4:30 p.m.) For 4- and 5-year-olds entering fall preschool programs $102 Members* $128 Non-Members

June 18-22, 2012 It’s A Buggy World (Parents’ Request) (9 - 1 p.m.) For 4- and 5-year-olds entering fall preschool programs Wild Wings and Creeping Things (Parents’ Request) | (9 - 1 p.m.) For children entering grades K - 2

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Children’s Summer Camps 2012:

July 16-20, 2012 Southern SummerLChefs U L (Parents’ M Request) P F| (9 - 1 p.m.) A ForCchildren entering grades K – 2

June 25-29, 2012 Young Builders: Legos in the Landscape ULL PF (9 - 1 p.m.) M A ForC children entering grades K - 2 Young Builders: Legos in the Landscape (9 - 1 p.m.) For children entering grades 3 - 6

Southern Summer Chefs (Parents’ Request) | (9 - 1 p.m.) For children entering grades 3 - 6

July 23-27, 2012 Let’s Dig Up Some Fun | (9 - 1 p.m.) For 4- and 5-year-olds entering fall preschool programs Let’s Dig Up Some Fun | (9 - 1 p.m.) For children entering grades K - 2

Paper Art | (9 - 1 p.m.) For children entering grades 3 - 6


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Junior Board Classes & Events

Adult Education

Salsa de Mayo

Hydrangeas in a Basket

presented by The Gardens’ Junior Board Instructor: Lori Sours, co-founder of the authentic Salsa Senorita. Thursday, May 3 | 6 - 8 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens - East Room $15 Before May 1 | $20 After May 1

Instructor: Becky Roberson, Artist Saturday, May 19, 2012 | 9 – 12 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Garden Mixology presented by The Gardens’ Junior Board Instructor: Michael Connors, Mixologist at Dram in Mountain Brook Village Thursday, June 7 | 6 - 8 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Arrington Plant Adventure Zone $15 Before June 1 | $20 After June 1

From the Garden to the Grill presented by The Gardens’ Junior Board Instructor: Chef Angela Schmidt, owner of Chef U Saturday, August 11 | 5 - 7 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Arrington Plant Adventure Zone $20 Before August 1 | $25 After August 1

$35 Members | $40 Non-Members

Creating Memorable Images Instructor: Hank Siegal Two Saturdays, May 26 and June 2, 2012 | 9 – 1 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $125 (no member discount)

The Birds and Bees – (Members-Only) Instructors: Greg Harber, Audubon Society and Sallie Lee, Urban Region Ext. Agent Saturday, June 9, 2012 | 10 – 12 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Exploration Free to Members + One Guest

Rain Barrel Workshop Instructors: Sallie Lee, Urban Region Ext. Agent Saturday, June 23, 2012 | 10 – 1 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Exploration and Plant Aventure Zone $50 Barrel and Class | $30 Barrel Only Class limited to 36

Backyard Bird Junk (Family Class) Instructor: Taylor Steele, Volunteer Coordinator and Naturalist Saturday, June 30, 2012 | 10 – 12 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Exploration Classroom $10 Adult Members, $5 Child Members $15 Non-Members, $7.50 Child Non-Members Children Ages 7-12

Kids n’ Cameras Instructors: Hank Siegel and John Shadrick Saturday, July 7 | 10 - 2:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $50 General Admission

Advisor Level Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Jones, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Pursell

Benefactor Level Chairman Level Mrs. Fay B. Ireland Mr & Mrs. John Israel Louise D. Johnson

Director Level


Mrs. Claire H. Fairley

Angelo and Ann Bruno Foundation Mr. R. Shane Boatright Ms. Elna Brendel Dr. and Mrs. Derrill Crowe Mr. Stewart M. Dansby Dr. and Mrs. John A. Floyd, Jr. The Hill-Allison Charitable Lead Trust Royal Cup, Inc. Southern Progress Corporation Stephens Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Rick Stukes

Patron Level Brasfield and Gorrie Mr. and Mrs. W. Frank Cobb, III Mr. and Mrs. Bob de Buys Mr. and Mrs. James M. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Jon Kimerling Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Murray, Jr. James L. Newsome Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Northen III Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Ray, Jr. Rucker and Margaret Agee Fund Mr. and Mrs. B. Hanson Slaughter Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Stockham Mr. and Mrs. Jarred O. Taylor, II As of May 1, 2012

Ms. Allison Dailey* Alabama Chapter American Society of Mr. & Mrs. Robert de Buys Landscape Architects Ms. Cynthia Edwards* Alabama Tourism Department Dr. Butch Goldblatt Ann & Angelo Bruno Foundation Dr. & Mrs. John A. Floyd, Jr.* Birmingham Botanical Society Fund Mrs. Betsy Fleenor* Birmingham Botanical Society/Herb Garden Ms. Rikesha S. Foster* Fund Mr. & Mrs. Williams Goodwyn, Jr. Birmingham Botanical Society, Inc./Auxilliary Mrs. Susan Haskell* Fund & Mrs. Williams Hinds Bruno Vegetable Garden Fund Mr. Brian Hoffman* City of Birmingham Mr. Henry Hughes* City of Vestavia Hills Mr. Brandon Ingle* Décor by Kirsti Mr. & Mrs. Jon Kimerling Dunn-French Foundation Mr. Andrew B. Krebbs* El Paso 36 Employee Volunteer Grant Program Ms. Alabama Williams Mills* Garden Gate Garden Club Steve & Mary Phillips* Hugh & Bobbe Kaul Wildflower Garden Fund Dr. & Mrs. John W. Poynor Jemison Investment Company Advised Fund of the Mr. & Mrs. Wilmer S. Poynor III* Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Mrs. Margo Rebar Jemison Lily Garden Fund Mr. Eric Seales* McAvoy Botanical Fund Ms. Kelly Seales* Montgomery Smith Inc. Ms. Barbara C. Shelton* Perley Botanical Society, Inc. Fund Dr. & Mrs. Richard B. Shepard* Vulcan Materials Company Mr. & Mrs. William M. Slaughter Ms. Olivia E. Alison* Ms. Deborah Alley Smith Ms. Carmen Austin* Ms. Grace Smith* Anonymous* Ms. Jessica Smith* Mrs. Stephanie D. Banks* Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Mr. William Baskett Mr. Taylor Steele* Ms. Theresa Bossard* Mr. Mark Stith Mr. & Mrs. Frank Canterbury, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jarred O. Taylor II* Ms. Holly M. Chesnut* Mr. & Mrs. Louis Willie, III Ms. Mary Carolyn Gibbs Cleveland Ms. Rebecca Wisotsky* Ms. Elizabeth Coleman* Dr. & Mrs. Derrill Crowe * Made a goft on Alabama Gives Day

H onors 1.1.12-2.29.12

Olivia E. Alison

Edgar B. Marx

Briarwood Garden Club New Era Study Club

Mrs. Gayle Leitman

50th Anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Balliet

Birmingham Fern Society

Mr. George L. Jenkins

Mary Carolyn Gibbs Cleveland

June Mays

Mr. & Mrs. Matt Montz Cornerstone Sunday School Class

Olivia E. Alison*

Mike Rushing

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert W. Goings

Gardens of Inverness Garden Club Highland Lakes Garden Club

Evelyn and Gene Stutts Advised Fund of CFGB*

Frederick R. Spicer, Jr.

Ms. Ellen Hardy Anonymous*

Fletcher D. Harvey Cherokee Rose Garden Club

Henry F. Hughes Edgewood Garden Club

Hope Long Flower Show Judges - Council 8

John Manion

The Little Garden Club

Millie Thomas Johnaca E. Kelley*

Elizabeth Vaughan Weakly Weeders Garden Club

VMC Johnaca E. Kelley*

Grace Wammack Ms. Jennifer Wammack

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Donors Honors D onors 1.1.12 - 2 . 2 9 . 1 2

Forest Park Garden Club

Ledebaria ‘Gary Hammer,’ Ireland Iris Garden


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memorials 1 . 1 . 1 2 - 2 . 2 9.12 Ruby S. Ansley

Nimrod W.E. Long

J. Reese Murray, Jr.

Mr. George L. Jenkins

Mr. & Mrs. N. Thomas Williams

Clara H. Baskett

William A. Maddox

Mr. William Baskett

Mrs. Mila A. Luketic

Mrs. Juliet Calvin Mr. & Mrs. Williams Goodwyn, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Donald M. James Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. McFadden

Jane Campbell

Rose McCraney

Richard Osband

Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Abbey Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Carr Mr. & Mrs. Jerry W. Doyal Mr. William F. Flautt Ms. Catherine W. Fong Mr. & Mrs. Arthur W. Hall III Ms. Marilyn Haver Mr. & Mrs. H.L. Johnson, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Kent G. Palcanis RealtySouth at Crestline Ms. Madge Shaw

Olivia E. Alison*

Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher D. Harvey III

Betty R. Montgomery

Lygia Saulny

Ms. Olivia E. Alison* Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Baldwin Mr. & Mrs. Walter H. Bennett, Jr. Mrs. J. W. Bledsoe, Jr. Ms. Cheryl Boessow Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Bromberg, Jr. Ms. Mary Virginia Brown Mrs. James J. Bushnell Mr. & Mrs. Frank Canterbury, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Clarke Ms. Mary Carolyn Gibbs Cleveland John H. Dumas Mrs. Claire H. Fairley Mrs. Jeanette Hancock Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt R. Haskell Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Hinds Mrs. Fay B. Ireland Mr. & Mrs. Leland Keller Mrs. William W. McTyeire, Jr. Mrs. J. M. Morgan, Jr. Mountain Brook Gardens Condominium Mr. & Mrs. Fred W. Murray, Jr. Mrs. Elberta G. Reid Mrs. Carolyn Satterfield Mr. & Mrs. William Silsbee, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Tapscott, Jr. Ms. Sue C. White Mr. & Mrs. N. Thomas Williams Dr. & Mrs. Robert Yoe

Ms. Carmen Austin *

Ronnie Coffee Olivia E. Alison

Dorothy J. Day Mrs. Frances Blount Dr. & Mrs. John A. Floyd, Jr.

Jim Duncan Mr. & Mrs. David Woodruff

Radiance S. Early Mr. & Mrs. N. Thomas Williams

Glenn E. Estess Ms. Mary Carolyn Gibbs Cleveland Mr. & Mrs. Earl Trafton

Olive Mae Leaver Mr. & Mrs. Earl Trafton

Virginia B. Spencer Mr. & Mrs. Morris Hackney

Claudia F. Stone Mrs. Edmund C. Dyas Tellas W. Fogg Rebecca F. Parsons Mrs. Charles A. Powell William H. Parsons

Larry D. Striplin Dr. & Mrs. John A. Floyd, Jr.

Elizabeth E. Taylor Mr. & Mrs. James Alison Mr. & Mrs. Rob Couch Mrs. James H. Emack Mr. & Mrs. Jim Emack

George H. Townsend Ms. Julie Adams

Ann H. Warren Ms. Linda Fagan

Gifts to The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens January - March 2012 Jan Holliday Birmingham Fern Society – in honor of June Mays

Dr. & Mrs. Tommy Amason

Cherokee Rose Garden Club

Babs Simpson

– in honor of Fletcher Harvey Flower Show Judges Council 8 – in honor of Hope Long


Gene & Donna Taylor

Frank Davies Lisa Ennis Barbara Lampkin

Volunteer Janet Taylor, helping a shopper at the Spring Plant Sale.

President’s Circle$1,000

Mrs. Walter B. Evans Mrs. Margaret L. Fleenor Mr. & Mrs. Earl George The Thompson Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Morton Goldfarb Dr. & Mrs. William Hansford Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Adams Mr. & Mrs. Christopher B. Harmon Mr. & Mrs. Edgar G. Aldridge Mr. & Mrs. Roger Hartline Mr. & Mrs. William H. Barnes Sidney & Russ Hoover Mr. & Mrs. Gene Boles Mr. Frank Hrabe Mr. Ben Ivey Jackson Mr. & Mrs. Hubert W. Goings, Jr. Michael & Jennifer Jacobs Mr. Philip Morris Mrs. Elizabeth W. Jones Dr. & Mrs. John W. Poynor Mr. & Mrs. Frank Jones, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. William M. Slaughter Mr. & Mrs. James G. Lambert Ms. Ethelwyn Langston Mr. & Mrs. John E. Walker Ms. Eileen Lewis Mr. John Manion Ambassador- $500 Mrs. David H. Marbury, III Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Cobb Mrs. Robert McCalley Ms. Carol A. McCoy Mrs. Louise G. Smith Mrs. Margaret H. McGowan Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. South Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Molliston Mr. & Mrs. Lee J. Styslinger, III Mrs. J. M. Morgan, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Glenn E. Peters Steve & Mary Phillips Oak- $250 Mrs. Helen Phillips-Carter Dr. & Mrs. Charles R. Becker Denny & Susan Ragland Mr. Albert P. Brewer Mrs. Carolyn B. Reed Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Bromberg, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Steven P. Roberts Ms. Alleen Cater & Dr. Lyle A. Hohnke Dr. & Mrs. Adam Robertson Dr. & Mrs. Mark Clark Dr. & Mrs. Robert E. Roth Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Curtin, Sr. Dr. Susan P. Salter & Mr. Steven C. Hydinger Dr. Anne M. Cusic & Dr. Bruce Cusic Dr. Paul Samuelson Dr. & Mrs. James A. Davis, III Mrs. Vicki Smith Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dawson Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Steele Mr. & Mrs. Marc Eason Mary Ann & Ricky Stone Mrs. James H. Emack Mr. & Mrs. Michael Tate Dr. & Mrs. Michael Fleenor Ms. Dorothy J. Tayloe Mr. & Mrs. William Horton Mr. & Mrs. Jim Thompson Lori Oswald & Hans Paul Mr. Steve Todd & Mr. Ben Henry Mr. & Mrs. John Markus Dr. Robert T. Underwood Mr. Rodney C. McCoy Dr. & Mrs. James C. Walker, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jack Warner Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Rooney Dr. & Mrs. Charles L Watkins Dr. & Mrs. Jack Schaeffer Ms. Margery J. Wirth Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Mrs. Harriett Wright Dr. & Mrs. Jack Trigg, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Russell H. Vandevelde, III Judge Scott Vowell & Dr. Cameron M. Vowell Mr. & Mrs. Louis Willie, III Mr. & Mrs. Melvin M. Zivitz

Magnolia- $125 Ms. Diane P. Alessio & Mr. Otello A. Alessio Mr. & Mrs. Leon Ashford Mr. & Mrs. Jackson B. Bailey Drs. Angus & Melissa Baird Ms. Melody R. Banks Mrs. Barbara Ann Beckett-Gaines Dr. & Mrs. Frank Benesh Mr. & Mrs. John M. Birmingham Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Boldin Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Boulware, III Mrs. Samuel Burr Mrs. Mary B. Carr Mr. & Mrs. Brian Coffee Mrs. Anita Mazer Cord Mrs. Anna Donald Mrs. Jessica Kirk Drennan Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Drennen

Hydrangea- $60 Mr. & Mrs. Blake Alexander Mr. & Mrs. Michael Alosi Virginia & Bert Amason Mrs. Roy Ann Andrews Mr. & Mrs. George Andrews Ms. Alicia Andrews Mrs. Katherine Avant Mrs. Cheri Aycock Judy Bacon Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Banks Mr. & Mrs. Larry Barkey Mr. & Mrs. John G. Barnett Mr. & Mrs. Craig Battles Mr. & Mrs. T.A. Beckham Mrs. Mindy Bennett Mr. & Mrs. Victor Bey Mrs. Jenny Blackmon Ms. Connie Bostany Mr. & Mrs. Percy Brower, Jr. Mr. Timothy Brown Mr. & Mrs. Dean Burgess Ms. Catherine Burke Mr. & Mrs. Bill J. Burnham Mrs. Margaret Caley Mrs. Juliet Calvin Mrs. Anne G. Carey Mr. & Mrs. A. P. Christenson Ms. Sarah Clarkin

Dr. & Mrs. C. Glenn Cobbs Margaret & Archie Cobbs Mr. & Mrs. Jack Cole Ms. Mary Colgin Mr. & Mrs. A. Philip Cook, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. William Costenbader Ms. Miriam Cowan Janet Cox Mr. R. N. Craig & Mrs. Carol M. Craig Mr. Robert Crossmeyer Ms. Barbara Crowe Ms. Dolores Crumly Dr. & Mrs. Charles Dasher Mr. & Mrs. Mark Davis Mr. & Mrs. Ogden S. Deaton Mr. & Mrs. Armand Dekeyser Kelly Denson Mr. Joseph Dice & Dr. Patricia Dice Ms. Eva Dillard Mrs. Mary I. Dillon Ms. Marilyn Dixon Dr. & Mrs. L. Aubrey Drewry Mrs. George B. Elliott Dr. & Mrs. Bonner Engelhardt Mr. Sam Erwin Mr. & Mrs. Frank Farish Mr. & Mrs. Alvin V. Filer Mr. & Mrs. William L. Forbes Ms. Nicole Fortune Mrs. Anita Fowler Mr. Denson Franklin Dr. & Mrs. G. Y. Gillespie Mrs. Angela Gomez Charles & Martha Gorham Mr. & Mrs. Mac B. Greaves Arthur & Patricia Green Ms. Jan C. Greer Mr. & Mrs. Micheal W. Griggs Mrs. Willis C. Hagan, Jr. Mrs. Patricia Hardy Mr. & Mrs. Andy Hardy Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher D. Harvey III Mr. & Mrs. Larry Hawkins Mr. & Mrs. Bill Hays, Jr. Ms. Lida I. Hill Ms. Margaret Hillhouse Ms. Valerie W. Holley Ms. Sarah S. Hood & Mr. Alex Hood Mr. & Mrs. William Horne, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. J. Terry Humber Mr. & Mrs. Donald M. James Mrs. Tonya W. Johnson Dr. & Mrs. Daniel D. Jones Audrey Jones Mr. & Mrs. Williams Jones III Mrs. Sherry Jordan & Mr. Corbin Riemer Mr. & Mrs. Louis Josof Ms. Karen Kelly Mrs. Ruby C. Key Mr. & Mrs. B. E. Kidd, III Mr. Jason Kirby & Mr. Ben Faucher Sharon & David Kleeschulte Jennifer Kramer Mr. Jack Krueger Mr. & Mrs. Clark Lamb Ms. Savannah Lanier Mrs. Mary Largent Dr. & Mrs Clifton Latting Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Lewis Mr. & Mrs. Mark Lockhart Mrs. Kathy Logue Ms. Hope Long Mr. & Mrs. Henry A. Long, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James H. Lott, Jr. Mrs. Suzanne Lucas Mary Macher Mr. & Mrs. Shelby Mackey Mrs. Connie Maddox Bill & Melinda Mathews Mrs. Ella B. McCain Mr. & Mrs. Joshua McCarty Ms. Dorothy McDaniel Ms. Emily W. McGowin Mr. & Mrs. George McMillan, Jr.

Dr. & Mrs. Patrick Mills, Sr. Mrs. Nina P. Miranda Mr. & Mrs. James J. Monaghan Mr. & Mrs. Whit J. Montgomery Sherry & Jerry Moore Mrs. Jane Moore Mrs. Dorothy A. Morgan Mr. & Mrs. Michael Morrisey Dr. Charles Murray Mr. & Mrs. John T. Natter Ms. Mary A. Newell Mr. & Mrs. Alex Newton Mr. & Mrs. Ken Nichols Dr. & Mrs. Albert Oberman Paulette & Bill Ogard Mr. & Mrs. Joe Owings Mr. & Mrs. Steve D. Palmour Jason E. Patrick Mrs. Tonya Payne Mr. Banks Petrey Dr. & Mrs. John R. Phillips, III Mr. & Mrs. Henry W. Poellnitz, III Mr. Jack B. Porterfield, Jr. Mrs. Belle Prosser Mrs. Elizabeth Ratliff Diane Remick Dr. & Mrs. Courtenay Renneker Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Reynolds Mrs. Carol Ringland Mr. & Mrs. David Roberson Lauren Roberts Ms. Debbie Roberts Ms. Rebecca Russell George & Tricia Sadowski Mr. & Mrs. William Sandlin Mr. & Mrs. Richard Sanford Mr. Adam Sigman Ms. M. Ann Skipper Mr. Ben Slaughter Mr. & Mrs. Joey Smith Ms. Grace K. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Dan Smith Mrs. Debra Southern Mrs. Brenda N. Stacey Mr. Alan Stamm Ms. Laura Steele & Mr. Taylor Steele Larry & Joalice Stephens Ms. Martha Ann Stevenson Mr. & Mrs. James H. Strickland Mr. & Mrs. Kevin D. Sutton Ms. Stella Swetnick Mr. O. David Taunton Dr. Martha Thompson & Mr. Richard Thompson Dr. & Mrs. Will Varnell Mr. Frank A. Wagner Mrs. Alecia Warnock Mr. & Mrs. Allen Weatherford, Jr. William & Nancy Webster Mr. & Mrs. Michael P. White Murray & Wayne Williamson Audrey Ann & Jim Wilson Ms. Linda Wilson Lawrence Wilson Mrs. W. W. Winfree, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James H. Woodson Mrs. Bess O. Yeilding Mr. & Mrs. John Yow

Trillium- $45 Ms. E. Bryding Adams Mrs. Patricia Akers Ms. Betty D. Anderson Ms. Carol Argo Mrs. Dorothy T. Ashby Mr. & Mrs. Bill Askew Ms. Katie Baker William Barnes, Jr. & Dr. Marian Barnes Mr. & Mrs. Ronald L. Baynes Mrs. & Mr. Carol Beard Ms. Karen Bell Ms. Ann Best Margaret Bish

Ms. Kris Blevons Mr. Mike Bounds Ms. Frances M. Brandon Jesse Bryson Debra Burrell Ms. Judy Bynum Kay Calhoun Mrs. Helen Campbell Ms. Leslie Carlisle Mr. & Mrs. Ben B. Chastain Mr. & Mrs. Coffee Colvin Mr. & Mrs. Donald Cook Ms. Carol Corvin Mrs. Anna Cox Ms. Mary Lynda Crockett Mrs. William N. Culp, Jr. Ms. Jane Davis Ms. Joan E. Denman Mrs. Judy DeWitt Mrs. Joseph M. Donald, Jr. Ms. Tonya Drake Ms. & Mr. Laurie M. Elmets Ms. Nancy Essig Mr. & Mrs. William G. Faulkner, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Frank C. Feagin Ms. Jean Folsom Ms. Susan W. Gaskins Mrs. Virginia Gillenwater Mrs. Cecily Graham-Chaney & Mr. Arthur Chaney Mrs. Becky Greenlee Susan Hammack Mrs. Martha B. Hastings Mr. & Mrs. Calvin C. Haynes Ms. Lynn Headley Mr. Richard Healy Dr. Kathryn Hoar Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Holcombe Mr. & Mrs. Lee Hurley Dr. Jeanne S. Hutchison Mrs. Barbara B. Lampkin Dr. Karen Larsen Mrs. Mary Lyn LaRussa Mr. & Mrs. Mark Leader Ms. Rhonda Lusco Mrs. Joy Magruder Ms. Cecile L. Mason Mrs. Mary Louise Mason Mrs. Rebecca Mason Ms. Linda G. Massey Ms. Ann McAdams Ms. Alison McGiffin Ms. Jane McKenzie Ms. Ellen McLaughlin Mr. Stephen Monk Ms. Joan Norred Mrs. Ethel N. Owen Mr. Edward W Parish Ms. Anne Parrish Mrs. Suzanne Peterson Ms. Katherine Reed Ms. Adrienne Retief & Mr. Hank Cason Ms. Jean Rhone Dr. Solange Ribeiro Dr. & Mrs. Daniel E. Rousso Mr. Lee C. Scott Ms. Jennifer Shelor Mrs. Sue Solomon Mr. & Mrs. James Spiers Mrs. Cynthia S. Sproull Mrs. Nancy Stevens Mrs. Jane Street Marvin Synder Mr. & Mrs. Bob Terry Mrs. Betty B. Thompson Mr. & Mrs. Bruno Tropeano Mr. Kitty S. Urquhart Ms. Paulette Van Matre Mrs. Ethel Wade Dr. Emily Ward Mr. David Warnock Mrs. Shelley Watkins Mrs. Walter Wood

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