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On The Cover Each issue in 2010 will feature a photograph on the cover selected from submissions from our visitors.

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Lisa Tucker’s photograph of her daughter in the Japanese Gardens was selected for this issue. Lisa moved to Birmingham with her family from New England four years ago and The Gardens was the first place she visited. Since that initial visit, her family comes to The Gardens to walk, spend time together, bring family and friends when they visit and take photographs. Lisa’s son and daughter have enjoyed The Gardens’ Discovery Field Trips as part of their home schooling. Both share a passion for the Japanese Gardens and have spent hours watching the turtles and koi while standing on the bridge. Lisa also discovered her love for photography while taking photographs at The Gardens. “The Gardens have been one of our very favorite local destinations since we became Birmingham residents,” said Lisa. It isn’t too late to submit your own photograph to be considered for an upcoming issue. Please visit www. for more information or email

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2010 B oard


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Thomas G. Amason, Jr. ��������������������������������President Henry Ray������������������������������������������� President-Elect Scott Walton����������������������������������������������������Treasurer Lou Willie ��������������������������������������������������������Secretary Kimberly J. Rogers����������������������������VP Development Fred Keith���������������������������VP Facilities & Planning Morris C. Benners������������� Immediate Past President Tricia Noble���������������������������������������������������������Officer Janet Taylor����������������������������������������������������������Officer Laurie Allen Shane Boatright Mena Brock Maggie Brooke Elizabeth Broughton Richard E. Davis Clarke Gillespy Margi Ingram Carl Jones Sheryl Kimerling Mike Malone Fred Murray Reese Murrary III Kathryn Porter Hansen Slaughter Louise A. Wrinklee

O ur M ission Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens promotes public knowledge of plants, gardens & 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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M ain��������������������������������������������205.414.3950 Fred Spicer�������������������������������������� Executive Director Olivia Alison ����������������������������� Development Director Stephanie Banks����������������������������������Finance Director Elizabeth Drewry����������������������������������������������� Librarian Susan Grimes���������Horticulture Therapy Coordinator Ellen Hardy�����������Education Program Coordinator Michael Hansen���������� Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator Henry Hughes �������������������������������Education Director 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 Shelly McCarty�����������������Special Events Coordinator Carleen Mitchell�����������������������������������������Finance Clerk Phyllis Sutton��������������Education Activities Specialist Mary-Bestor Tickle����������������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 March/April issue is January 15.

When I moved here from the northeast over eight years ago, I quickly became a fan of what locals termed our “six weeks of winter”. While this time-frame isn’t on any calendar, its sense isn’t lost on me: Birmingham winters are short and not too cold. True, we can have both freezing temperatures and freak snowstorms even well into March, but the late-January-through-February period is historically our most chilling. Unlike my former home in New Jersey, where March was a long, cruel tease, we can feel pretty confident that we’ll be out of cold storage in short notice. For many plants, quick mid-winter warm-ups and hard frosts are confusing and potentially damaging. However, the numerous thriving plants in our living collections are proof that most plants are not fooled by brief winter mildness. Humans can be duped as well and I notice garden visitors in short sleeves on sunny winter days clutching themselves and shivering as they pass into shady spaces. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking on their part; as for me, I’m watching the weather forecast and keeping on my wool sweater and fleece. With the new year of 2010 upon us, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is taking a similar approach. Although we’ve seen some encouraging “climatic” signs recently, our organization is not about to toss off a tight budget and a strict focus on sustaining programs like useless winter garments. As stewards of your generous gifts of time, treasure and talent, we believe in a prudent approach. As optimists, we know things will get better with time. Thank you for your support. See you in The Gardens, Fred Spicer

Save t he Date

Spring Plant Sale returns to Colonial Brookwood Mall April 15-18, 2010. Visit for more information.

45th Annual Member Dinner January 21, 2010 7 p.m. Virginia Beeland Spencer Lecture March 11, 2010 6:30 p.m. Spring Plant Sale Public Sale April 16-18, 2010 Member Sale April 15, 2010

Your Membership Benefits 101

Membership offers exclusive benefits, saves you money and supports a great cause!

Reciprocal Admission Program Did you know your Birmingham Botanical Gardens membership card grants you access to more than 200 botanical gardens across the country? The next time you travel be sure to take your membership card and visit another garden, or two!

How to Enjoy the Benefits of the Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) • For a current listing of participating gardens, visit or call our offices at 205.414.3950 for a printed listing. • Before visiting any garden, check the garden’s website or call to verify hours of operation, confirm admission policy, and get the latest updates on programs and other information. • Be aware that some special events are not included in the reciprocal benefits of the program. If you have any questions please contact the garden before you plan to visit.

Rotary of Shades Valley Botanical Bash April 9

• Present your current membership card at the admissions counter or gift shop to receive the RAP benefit(s) listed for that garden. Each card will only admit the individual(s) whose name is listed on the card. Some gardens may require a photo ID.

Earth Day April 25

• Remember that the gardens you visit rely on admissions and donations so please support them by visiting their gift shops or making a contribution.

Glorious Gardens Tour May 8 & 9


Dear Friends:

For more information about your membership visit or call 205.414.3950.


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We Dig “Can You Dig It?”

Olivia Alison, Director of Development

Mary-Bestor Tickle (Volunteer Coordinator), Kristin Ritter (Immediate Past-president of Junior League of Birmingham), Mary Stedman, Liz Edwards (President of Junior League of Birmingham), Ellen Hardy (Education Activites Coordinator), on a Discovery Field Trip.

On weekday mornings from September through May, there are usually school buses parked at The Gardens. What you may not know is that these yellow buses represent a long-standing partnership between The Gardens and the Junior League of Birmingham to enrich the lives of Birmingham City Schools’ students. For more than 10 years, The League’s “Can You Dig It?” program has supplied both members as docents and funds for transportation for The Gardens’ awardwinning Discovery Field Trips. According to Ellen Hardy, Education Coordinator, “We literally could not offer our science-based field trips without the Junior League. They provide 30 docents a year as well as paying for the buses. Since 2000, over 65,000 students have benefited from Discovery Field Trips well over half of those were made possible by The League.” In addition to a hearty welcome and a fun, educational tour based on the Alabama Standards of Learning, the League’s volunteers give each class of schoolchildren and their teacher a book for their classroom. One young participant (self portrait, right) wrote “Being at Botanical Gardens was the greatest experience of my life and I will always remember it!” “Living Healthy” is the League’s focus area targeted by the “Can You Dig It?” partnership with The Gardens. Introducing children to nature, showing them where their food comes from and exciting them about science and the natural world helps lay the ground work for


happier, healthier lives. As we begin a new year, we at The Gardens celebrate our continuing collaboration with the Junior League of Birmingham. Junior League of Birmingham’s “Can You Dig It?” program has inspired other organizations to supprt The Gardens education programs. Vulcan Materials generously underwrites the transportation for students from Bessemer City Schools. If you are interested in supporting The Gardens’ education programs, please contact Olivia Alison , Director of Development, at or call 205.414.3961.

Self portrait of student from Glen School

Thursday, May 20-Sunday, May 23, 2010 An exclusive tour offered by Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, led by Executive Director Fred Spicer

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Private Gardens of the Brandywine Valley and Beyond

Join us for 3 nights and 4 full days in the Brandywine Valley of Delaware and Pennsylvania to visit rarely seen gardens and private estates. The tour will feature deluxe accommodations at the Hotel du Pont, special entrée to private homes and privileged visits to the famous gardens of Longwood, Winterthur and Chanticleer. Highlights include an afternoon at Mount Cuba Center, the former domain of Mrs. Lamont du Pont Copeland. Renny Reynolds, Antiques in The Gardens’ 2009 lecturer, will welcome us for lunch at his Hortulus Farm and then escort us to a favorite private garden. For more information, please contact Olivia Alison, director of development, at 205.414.3965 or oalison@ $1,825 or $2,125 per person (+airfare).

Art and Gardens Collide at Annual Spencer Lecture

Author Gordon Hayward to discuss “Fine Painting as Inspiration for Garden Design” Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ 11th Annual Virginia Beeland Spencer Lecture brings renowned designer and author Gordon Hayward to Birmingham from Putney, Vermont. The free lecture will be held on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in The Gardens’ Linn-Henley Lecture Hall; guests will have a chance to meet Mr. Hayward at a reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Some of Mr. Hayward's most notable work includes more than 25 years as a contributor to Horticulture magazine as well as 10 books about garden design, including the two award-winning books Your House, Your Garden and Small Buildings, Small Gardens. The Spencer Lecture Series is made possible by Mr. & Mrs. William M. Spencer, III through the Virginia Beeland Spencer Lecture Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. By bringing prominent speakers to Birmingham, the Spencer Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about gardening, flower arranging, horticulture and conservation. For more information about the Gordon Hayward’s presentation and to reserve your free ticket, contact Shelly McCarty at or call 205.414.3965.



Meet the New Volunteer Coordinator

Mary-Bestor Tickle

A new year, a new job. When my husband and I decided to move to Birmingham from Atlanta, I felt that I was coming home. When I started working at The Gardens in November, I knew I had arrived. A native of Jasper, Alabama, I grew up visiting The Gardens during our frequent trips to the “Magic City.” From an early age I was struck by the beauty of this green oasis nestled so close to the highway. As an employee, I feel honored each morning as I turn into 2612 Lane Park Road to see community groups arriving for a meeting in the Garden Center amidst joggers and strollers enjoying our winding paths. The Gardens are part of Birmingham’s personality – known, utilized and loved by many. We would not exist without our volunteers. Volunteers keep The Gardens alive – literally! Whether educators, gardeners, event workers or library administrators, our volunteers take ownership in their role. I have learned over my first two months to always ask a volunteer when I have a question, as they hold a wealth of information and expertise. Volunteers are the hands of our mission, and my goal is to invite more people to grab hold. This is why each issue of The Garden Dirt, in addition to paying tribute to an individual, will also highlight the area in which they contribute. If I have not met you, drop by for a visit. If you have never volunteered, the opportunity is waiting… You can email Mary-Bestor at or call 205.414.3962.

Volunteer Needs

Greenhouse & Garden Assistant – Work in one of 25 specialty gardens and woodland areas. Assist in propagating plants for our plant sales or assist staff in maintaining select gardens. Tour Guide – Work as a docent, giving weekday tours of The Gardens for visiting groups from around the neighborhood, state or nation. School Programs – Volunteer as an education docent and lead one of our Discovery Field Trips for elementary age school children, or assist an Advanced Placement Biology lab. Teen volunteers are encouraged to assist our Children’s Summer Workshop instructors. Library Assistant – Help patrons access library resources and assist at the circulation desk. Horticultural Therapy – Assist the instructor, guiding clients through propagating and maintaining their plants, creating flower crafts and visiting other areas of The Gardens as a means of reaching social, emotional, cognitive and physical therapy goals.

Lobby Flowers Thank You We would like to express our gratitude to Mrs. Carol Poynor – a long-time active member and volunteer at The Gardens – for her seasonal arrangements for the Garden Center lobby. Mrs. Poynor arranged greenery from her yard to create the abundant display of magnolia, oak leaf hydrangea, cotoneaster, and Florida leucothoe that comprised her November display.

Special Events – Events help fund our educational mission while raising public awareness of the programs and activities of The Gardens. Volunteer at one of our many great events – Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day at The Gardens are around the corner!


For more information email or call 205.414.3962.

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Did you know the oldest book in the Archives and Rare Book Room is a 333 year old book from 1676 titled: Flora: Seu, De Florum Cultura or, a complete florilege furnished with all requisites belonging to a florist, by John Rea (d.1681). Nursery gardener John Rea was based at Kinlet in Shropshire, where he was reputed to have the largest collection of tulips in England. It is divided into three sections: Flora, treating enclosed flower gardens; Ceres, explaining the culture of the best annuals from seed; and Pomona, covering fruit trees. Flora was quickly acknowledged as the most comprehensive and accurate treatise on cultivation of flowers that had ever been produced at that time. If you have an item that you would like to donate to the Archives & Rare Book Room or to visit our collection contact Jason Kirby, Library Assistant and Archivist at or call 205.414.3967.

Visit the Gerlach Plant Information Center inside the Garden Center during January & February for the exhibit

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J anuary /F ebruary Opening Reception Friday, January 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Seasons of Flora to Fauna

Library Services

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What’s New at The Library •  Starting in January we will carry these magazines: Acres USA American Bee Journal Arts & Activities Birders World Cooks Illustrated Outdoor Photographer Sunset The Library subscribes to more than 60 different magazines. Come by and sit in a comfortable chair to read your favorite gardening magazine. All of the back issues you may check out for 3 weeks. •  The Library is starting a new book club in conjunction with the Emmet O’Neal Library. Our first meeting will be January 26 at 6:30 p.m. in The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. We will be discussing Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. If you would like to join us contact Hope Long, Director of Library Services at hlong@ or call 205.414.3931.


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Good Things Growing… In The Gardens

Fred Spicer, Executive Director

Cornus mas, cornelian cherry dogwood, is one of the first trees to flower after the new year at BBG, and is usually in full swing by early February. For gardeners weaned on other tree-form dogwoods like C. florida Sulphur-yellow flowers of Cornus mas kick off the ornamental tree flower(flowering dogwood) and C. ing season in late February. kousa (kousa dogwood), with their bodacious white bracts, the tiny yellow bracts of C. mas may come as a shock, but the winter flowering season should be a pleasant surprise. In color, growth habit and flowering time, this plant is perfect for growing drifts of Lenten rose (Helleborus ×hybridus) beneath. C. mas typically grows as a multi-stemmed small tree, reaching up to 20’ high and slightly wider with age. In youth the habit is decidedly shrubby, dense and narrow; judicious removal of lower branches enhances the (eventual) small tree shape, but some might prefer to let it grow unfettered, in more bushy fashion, or prune it into a hedge (it won’t mind a bit). It happily and reliably flowers its head off in both full sun and filtered shade, in soils both acid and alkaline, both dry and wet; few good plants are this easily grown. Summer foliage is dark green These young Cornus officinalis show and unsullied by insects or disease; fall color is their hazy yellow blooms and dense, slightly nil. First-year stems are greenish before turning upright habit. gray-brown; bark on mature plants is brown and scaly, with perhaps a tinge of orange. With a native range from central and southern Europe through to western Asia, Cornus mas displays outstanding heat and drought tolerance. The “cherry” in the common name of C. mas refers to the oblong, red fruits, up to .75” long, which ripen in early fall and contain very little pulp. The literature is replete with tales of jam- and jelly-making possibilities and numerous cultivars have been selected for larger and heavier fruit set. If you wish to join in this culinary adventure, be sure to plant several clones as C. mas is self-sterile, producing very little fruit if grown alone. Cornus officinalis, Japanese cornel, from Japan and Korea, can be viewed as a sister species to C. mas, very similar in all cultural respects with the following morphological differences noted: size is somewhat smaller, flowers can be up to two weeks earlier, bark may be more orangebrown.


Please go to for more information on growing Cornus mas and C. officinalis.

Garde ning Tips for January/February Courtesy of

January •  FRUITS AND NUTS -- Set out apples, peaches, pears, and grapes. Start grafting pecans. Prune dormant trees. •  SHRUBS -- Plant shrubs and trees, including broadleaf, narrowleaf, and deciduous. Graft camellias in South Alabama. Spray all deciduous shrubbery with a dormant spray to control diseases and insects. Spray when weather is on warming trend. •  LAWNS -- Soil test before setting up fertility program. •  ROSES -- Start planting. •  ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS-Plant hardy annuals. •  BULBS-Late plantings of Dutch bulbs will flower if planted now. Lilies of all types, except Madonna, may be planted. Check stored bulbs and discard rotten ones. Make indoor plantings of amaryllis, callas, and gloxinias. •  MISCELLANEOUS-Prune winter-damaged limbs. •  VEGETABLE SEED-Plant hardy vegetables, root crops, roots, and tubers in southern-most areas. Plant lettuce, cabbage, and broccoli in coldframes. •  VEGETABLE PLANTS-Set out cabbage plants.

February •  FRUITS AND NUTS-Planting season continues for dormant trees. Fertilize fruit trees. Continue dormant pruning and grafting. Start strawberry plantings. •  SHRUBS-Planting season continues. Spray all shrubs with a fungicide before new growth starts. •  Good time to prune all shrubs before new growth starts. Don’t prune early-blooming species because flower buds will be removed. •  ROSES-Prune hybrid tea roses in South Alabama; delay pruning for a few weeks in North Alabama. Continue planting. •  ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS-Replant early plantings of hardy annuals. Prepare beds for summer annuals. •  BULBS-Plant cannas, amaryllis, gladiolus, and zephyranthes in South Alabama; delay planting for a few weeks in North Alabama. •  MISCELLANEOUS-Houseplants are beginning to show signs of activity. Fertilize with liquid or soluble fertilizer according to manufacturer’s directions.

•  VEGETABLE SEED-Plant some vegetables listed for January in Central Alabama plus collards, salsify, and Swiss chard. Add tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts to coldframes. The gray-brown bark of Cornus mas •  VEGETABLE PLANTS-Plant cabbage, onions, lettuce, shows effectively when contrasted with broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. evergreen foliage. For more information, see

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Horticultural Therapy Program Wins National Award Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ horticultural therapy program won the 2009 John Walker Community Service Award from the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA). The John Walker Community Service Award recognizes an organization every year that makes “a significant contribution to horticultural therapy in the area of program services provided for a community.” This is the first national

honor for The Gardens' horticultural therapy program. The only other public gardens to win the award in the past were Chicago Botanic Garden in 1987 and Holden Arboretum in 1981. Led by Horticultural Therapy Coordinator Susan Grimes, horticultural therapy uses gardening as a rehabilitation and life-enrichment tool for a diverse population that includes people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical limitations, mental and emotional impairment or other special needs. Some of The Gardens’ clients include United Cerebral Palsy, Children’s Hospital, St. Martin’s in the Pines and Putnam Middle School. For more information about Birmingham Botanical Gardens' horticultural therapy program, go to or call 205.414.3950.

Susan Grimes, Horticultural Therapy Coordinator, leading a session with students from Hewitt-Trussville High School

Scale Back Alabama Outdoor Activities Partnering Project between Fresh Air Family and Birmingham Botanical Gardens Birmingham Botanical Gardens will be partnering with Fresh Air Family in the Scale Back Alabama program in 2010. Fresh Air Family will provide activities throughout the year to help individuals and families become more active. These activities will engage families in healthy outdoor exercise and education, led by scientists and expert naturalists -good for body, mind, spirit, and the community.

information on scheduled educational walks will be available on The Gardens’ website at in early 2010.

The Gardens will provide a safe and stimulating place to reintroduce participants to the traditional way of exercising – walking outdoors. The goal is to impact the health of Alabamians by reducing weight, lowering blood pressure and reducing stress, helping people to feel better for work and play, and ultimately to save health care and insurance dollars. The scientist- or naturalist-led events enable people of all ability levels and ages to explore nature.


Birmingham Botanical Gardens is proud to be a partner with a number of Fresh Air Family programs, including the newest, Scale Back Alabama. More

Henry Hughes, Director of Education, leading participants

More than 100 people attended the two-day Energy Forum 2009: Challenges and Possibilities for Alabama on October 13 at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Hosted by the Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama (IEIA,) the meeting explored sustainable options to meet our state’s growing energy needs. Participants included members of faith, science, education, the arts, environmental, business, government, energy providers and consumer sectors, coming together to learn and to encourage informed choices for energy use. IEIA is committed to facilitating collaboration and

information sharing to produce workable decisions and outcomes for sustainability in Alabama. The Gardens’ Executive Director, Fred Spicer, welcomed the participants at the beginning of the forum with the reminder that much of Alabama’s energy economy is ultimately based on plants. As a result of the Forum, Co-convenor, Dr. Eleanor Delbane, was invited to attend a briefing on the public health benefits of a clean energy economy at the White House on November 20, 2009. Birmingham Botanical Gardens is proud to have been a sponsor of the Forum that had such far-reaching recognition.

Garden Club of America’s Centennial Tree Project


Energy Forum 2009 a Huge Success

Henry Hughes, Director of Education

More than 30 participants from Red Mountain Garden Club, Little Garden Club, Glen Iris Neighborhood Association, Friends of George Ward Park, Birmingham Disk Golfers Association, Jefferson County Master Gardeners, Japanese Garden Society and Birmingham Botanical Gardens came to George Ward Park on Saturday, October 24 to plant 110 tree seedlings. Few, if any, seedlings have germinated naturally from the parent trees in the project area since the park was established in 1925. The project aims to establish replacements for the parent trees, estimated to be from 100 to 200 years old. The seedlings were grown from acorns that I collected from the native trees in the park in the fall of 2007. Trudy Evans, of the Little Garden Club, loaded the seedlings, growing in one- and two-gallon containers, and delivered them to the park. The Birmingham Park and Recreation Department delivered a large pile of wood chips to mulch each seedling before they were watered-in. Fred Spicer, Executive Director of The Gardens, demonstrated proper planting technique to the volunteers.

He remarked that none of us would live long enough to see the seedlings to maturity, but that some of our great grandchildren may. It was very encouraging to watch a group of people, most of whom did not know each other, come together with a common purpose to preserve a special piece of Birmingham’s history for generations yet to be born. Seedlings grown from seed collected in 2008 are at the Gardens to grow for another year before being planted next fall. Seed from 2009 also have been collected to propagate for a fall 2011 planting. The project lasts until 2013, when the Garden Club of America celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding. Each chapter across the United States has been asked to participate in a tree-related project to commemorate the centennial. The Birmingham member clubs, Red Mountain Garden Club and Little Garden Club, have chosen George Ward Park as their project area. For more information email Henry Hughes at hhughes@ or call 205.414.3951.


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Southern Institute of Photography Begins Second Year of Classes at The Gardens The Southern Institute of Photography, a cooperative of Alabama's most outstanding photographers and teachers, has announced their Winter-Spring schedule of courses, most of which are slated to meet in The Gardens' Education Complex. The new classes will launch the week of January 11, ranging from popular and familiar courses to several new classes that are the result of requests from potential students. The majority of the courses will meet once each week on a weekday night, but there are several “weekend specials” to better accommodate those with busy lifestyles. As always, classes are very affordable, highly interactive and designed to provide a high level of attention to each student's needs. Bring your camera to class and join in! Full descriptions and registration are available at

Southern Institute of Photography Winter/Spring Classes Creative Digital Printing with Abbie Wiersma January 11 – February 15 (6 Mondays) $150 Learn to produce stunning, long-lasting prints from your original images from a digital printer.

Wildlife Photography with Paul Franklin March 18 – April 22 (6 Thursdays) $150 This is the pinnacle of nature photography, an art that can be practiced as soon as you walk out your front door.

Sports Photography with Jack Bains January 11 – February 1 (4 Mondays) $125 Everything from how to shoot pewee games to how to make money as a sports photographer.

Infrared Photography with Jeff Chambless April 5 - May 10 (6 Mondays) $150 Learn to photograph with invisible light making breathtaking photos.

The Intimate Documentary with Melissa Springer January 12 – February 2 (6 Tuesdays) $150 Learn to tell stories with your camera and to get "inside" your subject.

Basic Photoshop Techniques with Matt Sullivan April 7 - May 12 (6 Wednesdays) $150 Photoshop is THE editing tool for many serious photographers. Learn to use this powerful program to best advantage.

Basic Photography with Susanne King January 13 – February 17 (6 Wednesdays) $135 Learn the building blocks of great photography. You won’t believe how much and how quickly your pictures will improve.

Photographing Young Adults with Mike Nelson April 8 - May 13 (6 Thursdays) $150 Tricky subjects, young adults. You'll enjoy learning what it takes to get great images of Generations X and Y.

Flash Photography with Paul Franklin January 13 – February 17 (6 Wednesdays) $150 Explore the mysteries of the hot-shoe flash, for indoors and out, night and day, in any lighting, to produce gorgeous results.

Photo Retouching Techniques with Abbie Wiersma April 10 – Saturday Event $95 Eliminate "problem areas," using multiple techniques in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Turn snapshots into glamour shots!

Photoshop Elements with Mike Nelson January 14 – February 18 (6 Thursdays) $150 You'll soon be able to use this affordable software to download images, and to make a wide variety of corrections and improvements.

Principles of Composition with Jeff Chambless April 13 – May 18 (6 Tuesdays) $150 Make your images all they can be by learning the essential elements of artistic composition and applying them to your photos.

Reading the Light: Understanding Metering and Exposure with Paul Franklin February 16 - March 23 (6 Tuesdays) $150 Use lighting and exposure techniques to eliminate guesswork and mistakes -- make your photos work!

Studio and Portrait Photography with Jack Bains April 14 – May 19 (6 Wednesdays) $150 Learn to use studio lighting to achieve professional-caliber results.

Basic Photography with Mike Nelson February 23 – March 30 (6 Tuesdays) $135 Learn the building blocks of great photography. You won’t believe how much and how quickly your pictures will improve. HDR Photography with Jeff Chambless March 3 – April 7 (6 Wednesdays) $150 It’s the “new frontier” of digital photography – High Dynamic Range imaging is extraordinarily wide angle and detailed images.


Photographing Infants and Children with Susanne King March 16 – April 20 (6 Tuesdays) $150 A class that literally needs no introduction -useful for all photographers on all levels at all times.

Restoring Old Photos with Abbie Wiersma May 8 – Saturday Event $95 Use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to make old, damaged, or faded images new again!

Louise Abernathy Mr. & Mrs. Gary Andrew Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Babin Mr. & Mrs. John T. Banister Mr. & Mrs. Donald Birdwell Mr. & Mrs. Jim Burnett Cappuccino & Christ Singles Mrs. Judy Castrichini Ms. Lea M. Ellison Mr. & Mrs. John T. Goodson Mrs. Dorothy Havens Mr. & Mrs. Fred Heath Mr. & Mrs. W. O. Holcombe, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Hovde Ms Marion C. Murphy Ms. Martha Ann Owens Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Taylor Mrs. Frank Vandiver Ms. Karen F. White

Ann Aird

Mrs. J. M. Morgan, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Pearce

Marye Brigham

Ms. Mary Carolyn G. Boothby

Edith Broughton Mrs. Betty Jo Adams Mrs. Ann R. Elliott Ms. Barbara Ray Mr. & Mrs. Brad Rollow

Cathy Caldwell Ms. Judy Prince

Sara Criss

Mr. & Mrs. James M. Johnson Dr. & Mrs. Eugene C. Sherlock

Beverley W. Dunn Dr. Glenn Cobbs

Anne L. Folks

Mr. & Mrs. James M. Johnson

Katherine Lamar Herring Tremont Garden Club

September 1-October 31, 2009

Mr. Fletcher D. Harvey III Mr. & Mrs. Everett Lawler

Isabelle S. Ragland

Pauline H. McGill

Herbert H. Thomas

Ms. Linda W. Barnes Mr. & Mrs. Thomas H. Brigham, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Andy Carpenter Gerda Carmichael Mr. Mike Carter Mr. & Mrs. John S. Civils, Jr. Mr. Dick Echols Ely & Isenberg LLC Mr. Frank Fleming Ms. Carolyn Fuller Mr. John Fuller Ms. Mary Gould Mr. & Mrs. John Gunn, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Allen Hammack Dr. & Mrs. William Hansford Ms. Kathryn F. Harwell Mrs. Martha Hiden Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP Ms. Margi Ingram Dr. & Mrs. Barry Isenberg Mr. D. Randy Johnson Ms. Anne H. Lovette Mr. & Mrs. Patrick McCurry Ms. Ellen Meadows Mr.& Mrs. J.H. McEniry III Mr. Rob Muir Mr. Ed Ramsey RealtySouth Dr. & Mrs. David Roberts, IV Mr. & Mrs. Michael D. Staff Mrs. Barbara Thomas Ms. Peggy Trechsel Mr. Alan K. Zeigler Anonymous

Douglas Moore

Mr. & Mrs. Ron Council Mr. Michael Easterling Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Mr. & Mrs. Mike Graham Mr. Michael Huebner & Mrs. Ritsuko Asano Mrs. Judith F. Thomason

Donald Radecke Ms. Bess McCrory

Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Stockham

Mrs. J. M. Morgan, Jr.

Carolyn Tynes

Mrs. Richard G. Bastar, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Peyton D. Bibb, Jr. Ms Edythe P. Bird Birmingham Printing & Publishing Company Mrs. J. W. Bledsoe, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. W. Houston Blount Ms. Mary Carolyn G. Boothby Mr. & Mrs. Joe Brady, Jr. Ms. Elna R. Brendel Brevard House Windsor Dr. & Mrs. Spencer S. Brewer, Jr. Mrs. Betty F. Brice Mr. & Mrs. Harry B. Brock, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Charles E. Bugg Mr. R.S. Bullock, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Borden H. Burr II Mr. & Mrs. Ehney A. Camp, III Mr. & Mrs. Frank Canterbury, Jr. Ms. Carolyn Y. Carter Mrs. Lee B. Chapman Mr. & Mrs. Ed Clark Mr. & Mrs. Thomas C. Clark, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Clayton, Jr. Dr. Glenn Cobbs Mr. Irby M. Cohen Mrs. A. Philip Cook, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. George Cooper Mr. & Mrs. N. Lee Cooper Mrs. Hunter Copeland Dr. & Mrs. William Costenbader Mr. Tynes Cowan Mr. & Mrs. Roy Cox Mr. & Mrs. Alan Crafton Mr. & Mrs. John F. DeBuys, Jr. Dent Baker & Co. LLP Mrs. Rachel K. Drennen Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Drennen Dr. & Mrs. John Edwards Mrs. Ann R. Elliott Mr. & Mrs. George B. Elliott, Sr. Ms. Shirley Elliott Mr. & Mrs. Lamar H. Ellis Mr. & Mrs. James H. Emack

James C. Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Harry Reich

Haylie Nicole Kastens Ms. Loretta S. Blaylock

Betty Kent

Dr. & Mrs. Eugene C. Sherlock

Susan Kidd

Mr. & Ms. Robert Waudby

Eva Lingo

Birmingham Area Iris Society Ms. Rachel S. Ferguson Mr. & Mrs. Gary Gordon

Viburnun x burkwoodii ‘Mohawk,’ Curry Rhododendron Garden

Dr. & Mrs. James O. Finney, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. John A. Floyd, Jr. Mrs. James R. Forman, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. J. Ross Forman, III Mr. & Mrs. John Forney Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Mr. & Mrs John W. Grant III Mr. & Mrs. Allen S. Hardin Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Harris Mr. Fletcher D. Harvey III Mr. & Mrs. David S. Hassinger Highlands Country Club in North Carolina Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffman Mrs. Fay B. Ireland Mr. & Mrs. Elbert Jemison Ms. Dee King Mr. Jack Krueger Landscape Services, Inc. Ms. Susan E. Laws Mr. & Mrs. James H. Lott, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Luckie, III Mr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Luckie Mr. & Mrs. David H. Marbury, III Ms. Margaret S. Martin Mr. & Mrs. Hobart A. McWhorter, Jr. Mrs. Dorothy A. Morgan Mr. Philip Morris Ms. Diane P. Muscat Mrs. Diane North Mr. James V. Park & Mrs. Katherine Durkee Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Parker Mr. & Mrs. Guy Patterson Mr. & Mrs. Dean Pearce Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Pearce Dr. Jane Pearson Dr. George P. Petznick Ms. Laura D. Pointer Mrs. James S. Quarles Mr. & Mrs. W. Warren B. Rhett Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Robinson, III Mrs. Goodloe Rutland Dr. & Mrs. Ed Rutsky Mrs. Joseph E. Sandner, Jr. ServisFirst Bank Mr.& Mrs. James W. Shepard Dr. & Mrs. Eugene C. Sherlock Mrs. Richard Simmons, Jr. Mr. Henry E. Simpson Dr. & Mrs. Carter Smith Mr. & Mrs. Mell G. Smith SMW Engineering Group, Inc. Ms. Barbara H. Somers Mr. & Mrs. William M. Spencer, III Mrs. Leila T. Taratus Dr. Robert E. Taylor The Hackney Foundation, Inc. The University Foundation Ms. Judith Thompson Mr. & Mrs. W. Hall Thompson Tremont Garden Club Dr. & Mrs. Jack Trigg, Jr. Mr. Robert Tucker Mr. & Mrs. Russell H. Vandevelde, III Mr. & Mrs. David Watson Mr. Charles B. Webb Mrs. Wirt Yerger, Jr.

Brand Walton

Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Sharp

G arden S uppor ters

In Memory 


G arden S uppor ters

In Honor

September 1- October 31, 2009 Mitzi Davis Ms. Linda Newell

Trudy Evans Puff Fischer Jackie MacClary Kay S. Reed Beverly Register

Jane Hinds

Greystone Garden Club

Henry F. Hughes Gadsden Greeters Club The Little Garden Club Mr. and Mrs. Paul Nash

Janet Jackson Triangle Garden Club

Robert Jolley

Lilies Of The Valley Garden Club

Ray Jordan

Triangle Garden Club

Tricia Noble Ms. Linda Newell

Carol Poynor

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Francis H. Crockard, Jr.

Margot R. Shaw Mrs. Elizabeth W. Phillips

Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. The Crape Myrtle Garden Club

Gifts to the Library

at Birmingham Botanical Gardens September thru November 2009 Hope Long, Elizabeth Drewry, and Jason Kirby – in memory of Doug Moore The Queen of Spades Garden Club – in memory of Louis Mason June Mays – in memory of Bill Brock Nancy Nash – in honor of Henry Hughes


Lanette C. Sherrill Joanne Pillion Lenore Durlacher Mrs. W.R.J. Dunn Jr.

Chairman Mrs. Louise D. Johnson Director Mrs. Claire H. Fairley Advisor Mrs. Fay B. Ireland Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Jones, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Pursell Mr. and Mrs. William M. Spencer, III Benefactor Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Allison Mrs. Tom Tartt Brown Mr. Stewart M. Dansby Dr. and Mrs. John A. Floyd, Jr. Mrs. Crawford T. Johnson, III Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Arant Stockham Southern Progress Foundation Patron Mrs. Ann Bruno Mr. and Mrs. W. Frank Cobb, III Mr. James M. Fail Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Fletcher Mrs. Jane H. Head Mr. and Mrs. James M. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Jon Kimerling Mayer Electric Supply, Inc. Mr. and Mrs.Guy K. Mitchell, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Murray, Jr. Dr. James L. Newsome Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Northen III Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Ray, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jarred O. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. John N. Wrinkle

Mr. & Mrs. Edgar G. Aldridge Mrs. Ruby S. Ansley Peggy G. Balliet Mrs. Lucille S. Beeson Mrs. Tom Tartt Brown D. Joseph & Ida C. Burns Mrs. Martha Stone Cobb Daniel The Dunn French Family Mr. F. Lewter Ferrell, Jr. Mr. R. Herbst Mr. J. Ernest & Mrs. Ora Lee Hill Mr. George L. Jenkins Hugh & Bobbe Kaul Dr. Bodil Lindin-Lamon Fran Lawlor Dr. Michael E. Malone Ms. Louise T. McAvoy Mrs. Mary Jean Morawetz Mr. Philip Morris Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Murray, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. A. I. Perley Steve & LeAnne Porter Mr. & Mrs. William M. Spencer, III Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Mr. Douglas Arant Stockham Dr. Wendell H. Taylor

President’s Circle $1,000

Ms. Glo Spruill Roger & Libby Suttle Mr. & Mrs. Eugene H. Taylor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Bill Tevendale Dr. Beverly Von Der Pool & Dr. Phillip Smith

Mrs. Frances Blount Mr. & Mrs. John G. Brock Mr. & Mrs. James L. North Mr. Arnold L. Steiner

Hydrangea $60

Ambassador $500 Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Coleman Ms. Susan Colvin Ms. Colleen I. Norton Mike & Paula Rushing

Oak $250

Mr. & Mrs. James Burdette Mrs. Nanci Chazen Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Cockfield Mr. & Mrs. Ronald B. Cohen Mr. & Mrs. William F. Denson, III Mr. & Mrs. James H. Emack Mr. Joseph M. Farley Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Ireland, II Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Johanson III Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Kreider Mr. Rodney C. McCoy Dr. & Mrs. Mark L. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Alan J. Murray Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Pryor Mr. & Mrs. Roland B. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Larry Spangler Ms. Jill Walton Dr. & Mrs. Robert Wendorf

Magnolia $125

Michele Ahlers Mr. & Mrs. Craig Allen, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Frank M. Bainbridge, Jr. Mr.& Mrs. Paul R. Butrus Dr. Walter S. Cain Ms. Mary Ellen Calhoun Judge & Mrs. John L. Carroll Mr. & Mrs. William N. Clark Dr. & Mrs. Walter D. Clark Mr. & Mrs. James Clark Mr. & Mrs. Clay Cook Mr. & Mrs. Reaves Crabtree Ms. & Mr. Jeanne L. Cunningham Mrs. Anna Donald Tinsley Durand Mrs. Margaret L. Fleenor Mr. & Mrs. John Grenier Mrs. Jeanette Hancock Mr. & Mrs. William C. Hancock, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James I. Harrison, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Holbrook Mr. James E. Horton, Jr. Mr. Frank Hrabe Dr. & Mrs. Peter Jander Dr. & Mrs. Ben H. Johnson III Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Key Mrs. Sandra Lonergan Mr. & Mrs. J. Reese Murray, III Ms. Katherine Pearson Mr. & Mrs. Goode Price, III Mrs. Sue Pritchard Mr. & Mrs. Jim Shepherd, Jr. Mr. Jeff Shimizu & Mr. Lamar Jeffries Mrs. Sandra S. Simpson Mrs. & Mrs. Elizabeth Slive


Mrs. Richard G. Bastar, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Bissell Ms. Elna R. Brendel Mrs. Tom Tartt Brown Mr. and Mrs. John Buchanan Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Clayton, Jr. Ms. Suzanne G. Clisby Mr. John F. DeBuys, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Blake Alexander Dr. & Mrs. David W. Alford, M.D. Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Alford III Mr. & Mrs. James F. Alison III Ms. Alicia Andrews Ms. Carolyn J. Bailey Mr. & Mrs. Michael Balliet Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Banks Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Bean Ms. Sarah Benton & Mr. Louis Baxley Mr. & Mrs. Peyton D. Bibb, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Kirby Bland Mr. & Mrs. Van Blankenship Char Bonsack Mr. & Mrs. Ashby Boulware Dr. Samuel Bowen & Dr. Kathleen Bowen Ms. Nora J. Bowman Mr. Alan Perlis & Mrs. Elizabeth Bradley Maliene Brannon Dr. & Mrs. Clark C. Browne Mr. & Mrs. Dean Burgess Winfield Burks Mr. & Mrs. William J. Cabaniss, Jr. Mr. Chris Campanotta & Mr. Scott Ford Mrs. Nancy Canada Mrs. Anne G. Carey Ms. Kaye M. Carlisle Mr. T. Chris Carter Ms. Janet Cash Mrs. Jane H. Chace Dr. & Ms. Robert B. Chadband Mr. & Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Chitwood Mr. Gregg Clark Mr. & Mrs. Thomas C. Clark, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Corvin Clark Dr. & Mrs. C. Glenn Cobbs Mrs. Linda Cohn Dr. & Mrs. Charles H. Colvin, III Ms. Janice Conway Mr. & Mrs. Joe Cooper Ms. Jennifer Cope Marc & Susan Corsini Mrs. Shirley E. Cunninhgam Mr. Ralph Daily Mr. Patrick Daniel Mrs. Susanna Davis Mrs. Judith M. Deegan Mrs. Natalie Dillard Mrs. Rebecca A. Donaldson Blake & Donna Driskill Ms. Marsha Duell Mr. & Mrs. Harold B. Dunn Ms. Melanie Dykes Mr. & Mrs. Brad Echols Ms. Linda Emerson Ed & Pam Estes Mr. & Mrs. Frank Farish Mr. Marlon Files Ms. Barbara Finch Mrs. Jeri Finchum Dr. & Mrs. Keith Fleisher

September 1- October 31, 2009

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Wayne Flowers, Jr. Mrs. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch Mrs. Peggy M. Fortier Cindy P. Freeman Mrs. Bette Fritz Ms. Lyn Froning & Mr. Michael Froning Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gaffney Mrs. Irene Gardner Tom & Anne Garrett Mr. & Mrs. Tony A. Glover Mr. & Mrs. C. Vann Goodner, Jr. Mrs. Carmen B. Habeeb Mr. & Mrs. Andy Hardy Ms. Elizabeth Harrison Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt R. Haskell Mr. & Mrs. Larry Hawkins Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hempstead Mr. & Mrs. Pete Holby Mr. & Mrs. Mayo Holloway, Jr. Mrs. Mary L. Holt Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Hopkins Ms. Nell J. Hurley Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Ideker Mr. & Mrs. Donald M. James Mr. & Mrs. Norman Jetmundsen, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. W. Richard Johns Mr. & Mrs. C. Guy Jones Mr. & Mrs. James E. Kemp Mr. & Mrs. Murray Kidd Mrs. Elizabeth Kohn Ms. Mary H. Krebs Dr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Lamkin Mr. & Mrs. W. F. Land Mr. & Mrs. Cheney Lawler Ms. Frances H. Lawlor Mr. & Mrs. James A. Livingston, III Mr. & Mrs. Steven Lloyd Ms. Hope Long Mrs. Dianne H. Luketic Dr. & Mrs. John A. Maloof, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Gene E. Martin Mr. & Mrs. Jack Martin Chris & Barbara Mayer Ms Kim McClafferty Dr. & Mrs. Walter C. McCoy Mrs. Rachel McCrorie Ms. Michel McEwen Mr. & Mrs. Thomas McGahey Mr. & Mrs. David McLeod Dr. & Mrs. Thomas H. McNutt Mrs. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Allen Montgomery Dr. & Mrs. Constantine Morros Mr. & Mrs. Ashok V. Mujumdar Ms. Mary A. Newell Mrs. Marjorie K. Nix Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Odrezin Dr. & Mrs. W. Crawford Owen, Jr. Mr. Leighton C. Parnell, III Ms. Pam Paustian Mr. & Mrs. Richard Paxton Mr. & Mrs. Tunstall B. Perry, III Mr. & Mrs. Michael T. Piver Mr. & Mrs. Henry W. Poellnitz, III Mr. & Mrs. Charles K. Porter Mr. & Mrs. Bill Prewitt Mr. & Mrs. Hunter J. Price, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Peter J. Radecke George & Paige Raymond Mr. & Mrs. James L. Richardson Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rogers &

Rachel Rogers Mr. & Mrs. Tom Romp Mrs. Ann Ross Mr. & Mrs. Joseph N. Roth Mr. & Mrs. John B. Rudulph, Jr. Dr. Loring Rue III Mr. & Mrs. Robert Russell Mrs. & Mr. Nan Russell Mr. & Mrs. Scott Salter Mr. & Mrs. Shay Samples Mr. & Mrs. Lane Savage Mrs. Gretchen Sexton Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Sharp Mr. & Mrs. Stewart T. Smith Mrs. Carol O. Sommers Dr. Paul Spence Ms. Joe Ann Steele & Vincent Steele Mr. & Mrs. Kerry Stein Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Stewart Mr. Calvin C. Crowder & Dr. Martha Strange Mr. & Mrs. Kevin D. Sutton Mr. & Mrs. Sanford Thomas Mr. & Mrs. John Tingley Mrs. Mary M. Todd Dr. & Mrs. Scott Tully Mr. & Mrs. Norman B. Tynes Ms. Despina Vodantis Dr. Ann E. Wade Kenneth & Martha Wade Mr. & Mrs. Tom Walker Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Warren, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Warren E. Weed Mrs. Martha B. Welch Mr. & Mrs. J. Emory Wheat Mr. & Mrs. William B. White, III Mr. & Mrs. Gary White Mr. & Mrs. William Widman Mr. & Mrs. Frank Williams Mr. Louis J. Willie & Ms. Cindy Comford Ms. Lynn Wilmoth Ms. Linda F. Xia Mr. & Mrs. Dusty Yates Mr. & Mrs. Samuel E. Yates Mrs. Cynthia Yost

Trillium $45

Amy E. Adkins Mr. Jack S. Allison Mrs. Joyce Allred Mr. & Ms. Garry Ard Ms. Linda B. Arnold Mrs. Linda Askins Mrs. Carol Ann Azpell Mrs. Mary Babbit Ms. Catherine Baker Diane Baxter Mr. & Mrs. Joseph S. Bean Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Birkner Ms. Linda Blalock Mrs. Brenda Boggan Ms. Allison Boone Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Bowling Ms. Marah Brener Mrs. Marypaule Brennan Dr. & Mrs. Edward Bromberg Ms. Mary Virginia Brown Mrs. Jean Bryan Mr. Timothy Callahan Mrs. Debra Carlson Mr. & Mrs. Russell V. Carroll

Ms. Susan Carter Ms. Joann Cary Ms. Eleanora Castagnetta Mrs. Norma F. Chandler Mrs. Lee B. Chapman Mr. Wallace Cohen Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Coleman, III Mrs. Kathy Cotton Mr. Timothy Coughlin Ms. Kristen Cross Mr. John A. Cross Ms. Frances S. Daugherty Mr. Willie Davis III Ms. Lori Debandi Dr. Eleanor DelBene Ms. Margaret Dismuke Mason Ms. JanieMac Dixon Ms. Sue Dixon Mrs. Jerri Dorrough Dr. & Mrs. Kyle Echols Ms. Mary Edwards-Mueller Ms. & Mr. Laurie M. Elmets Mr. & Mrs. James H. Emack, Jr. Mr. Randy Evans Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Evans Ms. Patricia M. Fairchild Mr. & Mrs. Ferguson Ms. Sally Feuerlein Ms. Janice Fleming Ms. Debra Fowler Dr. Gerald M. Fuller Mrs. Sissy Galloway Ms. Jessica Germany Mrs. Johnie Gieger Mrs. Iris Gilbert Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Goldstein Mrs. Holly Goodbody Mr. T. Randolph Gray, Sr. Mrs. Becky Greenlee Mr. & Mrs. Edward L. Grund Ms. Grace Gwin Ms. Mary Jo Hamre Mrs. Sharon Harvill Mrs. Julia Harwell Ms. Joan E. Hillner Mrs. Margariette Hoomes Ms. Kathy Horton Ms. Suzanne Hovater Mr. & Mrs. Mike Hughes Ms. Louise Hutner Ms. Judy Jackson Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth A. Jaffe Mr. & Mrs. Roger Johnson Mr. Gerald Johnson Mrs. Mary N. Johnson Mrs. Jenelle Jones Mrs. Susan H. Justice Mrs. Legare Kane Mr. & Mrs. John Kearney Mr. & Mrs. Leland Keller Mrs. Karl F. Kesmodel, Jr. Dr. Cheryl Killingsworth & Mr. James McMinn Ms. Charlotte King Ms. Polly Kratt Mrs. Anne Laws Mr. Edward R. Levin Mrs. Elizabeth Lindsey Ms. Becky Lofty Mrs. Pat Lofty Mr. John W. Lovin Ms. Gail Lucas Mrs. Mila A. Luketic

Mrs. Virginia H. Lusk Sheree Martin Reginald Mason Ms. Donna F. Matthews, O.D. Mr. & Mrs. George F. Maynard Ms. Karen McCaffery Ms. Barbara McCarthy Ms. Sarah C. McClure Inez McCollum Ms. Nancy McCollum Ms. Natalie McGee Dr. Edith S. McMillan Ms. Mary McSpadden Mrs. Evelyn Merrick Ms. Leesa Miles Mary Lou Miller Ms. Margie Miller Ms. Linda Montgomery Ms. Jean B. Morris Mrs. Lucy Ann Nichols Jennie Northcutt Ms. Elizabeth Pardue Ms. Angela Parks Mrs. Tracy Pharo Pat Pierce Ms. Patsy Porter Ms. Shannon Price Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Price, III Ms. Nancy Price Mrs. Donna Reddinger Ms. Katherine Reed Dr. Zachrida Retief Mrs. Annette Rodgers Ms. Nancy Roepke Ms. Jeanne Rudzki Ms. Joan Sanders Mrs. Henry Schoppert Ms. Susan Sconvers Mr. Lee C. Scott Ms. Jacqueline Crow Siegelman Mrs. Sue T. Sims Mr. & Mrs. Morris Slingluff Mr. & Mrs. Eric C. Smith Ms. Melissa Smith Ms. Jacqueline Smith Ms. Carol Spain Mr. & Mrs. James V. Spencer, III Mrs. Debbie Stevens Ms. Frances Sudderth Mrs. Margaret Summersell Ms. Thuan Tan Mrs. Larry Taylor Ms. Nancy Jean Thomas Penny Trammell Mrs. F. Roy Treaster Mr. Mark Hobson & Dr. Diane Tucker Ms. Leslie Vanatta Ms. Louise Vance Ms. Wanda Venhuizen Mrs. Sandy Vines Mr. & Mrs. Charles Wellman Ms. Sue C. White Corlis White Ms. Joyce Wiedman Ms. Karen Willette Ms. Cary Williams Ms. Kim Wood Dr. Lekki Wood Mrs. Suzanne B. Wright Miss Allison Yeager Ms. Barbara Young Ms. Julie Young Mrs. Janis T. Zeanah

G arden S uppor ters

New and Renewing Members

September 1- October 31, 2009 Mrs. Claire H. Fairley Claradel S. Holcombe Mr. and Mrs. James F. Hughey, Jr. Mrs. Fay B. Ireland Mr. Charles Israel Mr. and Mrs. Russell Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Jemison Mrs. Louise D. Johnson

Dr. and Mrs. Price Kloess Mr. Jack Krueger Mr. Robert P. MacKenzie, III Mr. and Mrs. David H. Marbury, III Mr. Mac M. Moorer Mr. and Mrs. J. Reese Murray, III Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Noble, III Mr. and Mrs. William C. Patterson

Mrs. James S. Quarles Mr. and Mrs. W. Warren B. Rhett Ms. Sandra Rudulph Dr. and Mrs. David H. Sibley Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James T. Stephens Dr. Robert E. Taylor Mr. J. Mark White

Mr. and Mrs. John N. Wrinkle Baldwin Senior Travelers Birchtree Garden Club Butrus Family Advised Fund Compass Bank Flower Magazine Ikebana Society International KPMG LLP

Regions Charity Classic Foundation, Inc. Saks Incorporated Shades Valley Rotary Club Steward Machine Co., Inc. Sweet Peas Garden Shop The Thompson Foundation Thorsby High School School Wade Sand & Gravel Company, Inc


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