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HEIRLOOMS IN BLOOM October 7-9, 2011

Sterne Agee

First Look Party


Japanese Culture Science Education at The Gardens


from proceeds Red Diamond presents

Interior Designer

Charlotte Moss Your Gardens

Redefining Beautiful

- Our New Master Plan

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table of contents Welcome Letter


Board & Committee


Many Thanks


Honoring Frances Blount 3 Welcome from Chairs


Schedule of Events


First Look Party


Lecture Information




Featured Dealers


Perennial Society


Education Programs


Our Master Plan


Garden Sustainer Club


10 Reasons


What’s in Bloom


Our Mission

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

Welcome from the executive director & Board President Dear Friends: Welcome to Antiques at The Gardens 2011! Now in its sixth year, our local show has once again succeeded in bringing first-class antiques dealers and their unique selections to Birmingham for your enjoyment. We truly hope you find something wonderful and unforgettable here, because buying an antique should be a memorable event. A product from another time, made with the skill and creative care of an artist or artisan, represents a permanence not often seen in today’s mass-produced merchandise that gets tossed after a meaninglessly short lifespan. We hope you think – like we do – that these beautiful objects are the ultimate in recycling; they are heirlooms that will continue to bloom through future generations. Your generous support of our antiques show – and all of our programs – helps to keep your Birmingham Botanical Gardens cleaner, greener and, perhaps most importantly, educationally relevant. The success of Antiques at The Gardens, our largest fundraiser, is critical to our mission of educating people about plants, gardens and the environment. Revenue from philanthropic gifts, memberships, plant sales and events like this one provides us with the dollars we need to deliver strong, science-based education programs to young and old alike, all year, every year. When you buy an heirloom here, you help us bloom, too. American publisher Malcolm Forbes said that “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” Your contributions make that happen right here, stimulating and inspiring everyone from the curious gardeners of today to the scientists of tomorrow. We believe that introducing children to science is an investment in the future of our country and our planet. There is no better place than The Gardens to spin stories of the beauty of plants and gardens, and to tell of the singular importance of plants in our environment and our lives. The Gardens is, for many, a gateway to the natural world, and the wonder and amazement found within it. Understanding today’s complex issues – air and water quality, global climate change, food security, and finite natural resources – requires critical and nimble thinking, and moreover, a keen grasp of science. Plants inform these issues in myriad ways, creating oxygen, absorbing greenhouse gases, casting shade, cleansing and cooling the air, filtering and purifying water, supplying all our food (directly and indirectly) and providing renewable biofuels. Science and technology surround us, more every day, dictating the languages we speak and think. We can either be empowered by learning to use them, or be powerless in the face of the changes they bring. With your help, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is improving the science literacy of our community. We naturally connect a local antique show with “the big picture” because we believe that we are rooted in our community, our state, our region, our country, and our planet; just as all of our plants are firmly connected to their plot of ground. We trust that your support connects you to The Gardens in ways that you find meaningful and important.

For The Gardens,

Our Vision

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

Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Henry B. Ray Executive Director President


2011 Committee Honorary Chair Frances Blount Co-Chairs Barbara Burton Elizabeth Broughton Show Ambassador Richard Keith Langham Men’s Committee Chairs James E. Grisham III Philippe Lathrop Hanson Slaughter Committee

Message From The CHairs Dear Friends: We would like to welcome you to one of the country’s premier antiques shows, Antiques at The Gardens. Featuring top antiques dealers, this unique show at Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers a variety of heirlooms perfect for the collector in all of us. Supporting the show allows Birmingham Botanical Gardens to continue providing their valuable science-curriculum-based educational programs to school children throughout Alabama. The Gardens’ Discovery Field Trips hosted more than 10,000 school children this past year. These free programs are directly supported by Antiques at The Gardens. We are thrilled that because of your support these programs can continue to thrive and grow at The Gardens. We want to thank our volunteers and Birmingham businesses for their tremendous support and dedication to Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The weekend event begins with a very special Thursday evening “First Look Party” sponsored by Sterne Agee. Our featured lecturer will be renowned interior designer Charlotte Moss on Friday morning. Her lecture sponsored by Red Diamond is sure to inspire you. Please enjoy the show and while you are here take a moment and walk through the largest free attraction in the State of Alabama, the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Pictured above: Frances Blount, Barbara Burton & Elizabeth Broughton


Thank you for your support, Barbara Burton Elizabeth Broughton Frances Blount

Tracey Anderson Steva Austill Julia Bevill Kaki Blanton Margaret Blount Shannon Blount Nancy Brock Maggie Brooke Nonie Brown Molly Clark Jeanne Clarke Cameron Crowe Francie Deaton Jan Dickerson Helen Drennen Susan Elliott Maura Goodwyn Joy Grenier Kay Grisham Helen Harmon Clarissa Harms Suzanne Hart Leah Hazzard

Lynda Hiller Sheryl Kimerling Joy Kloess Katie Baker Lasker Margaret Little Sue Ellen Lucas Kim McBride Mary Mellen Lee Nix Tricia Noble Allene Parnell Katharine Patton Murray Priester Kim Rogers Brenda Schuler Leslie Simpson Catherine Smith Carolyn Sparrow Jean Thompson Anne Tilson Varner Jeanna Westmoreland Boo Woodall

2011 Board of Directors

President Henry Ray President-Elect Tricia Noble Treasurer Scott Walton Secretary Lou Willie VP Development Elizabeth Broughton VP Facilities & Planning Fred Murray Past President Dr. Thomas G. Amason, Jr. Officer Carl Jones Officer Janet Taylor

Laurie Allen Shane Boatright Mena Brock Maggie Brooke Gary Burley Margi Ingram Clarke Gillespy Sheryl Kimerling Mike Malone Reese Murray, III Kathryn Porter Julie Price, Junior Board President Hanson Slaughter Lucy Tutwiler Mary Williamson Louise A. Wrinkle

© 2011 Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part of any material in this publication without written permission of FBBG is expressly prohibited. The Antiques at The Gardens catalog is a publication of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The catalog is published once a year to foster awareness and support for the Antiques at The Gardens fundraiser. Comments and suggestions can be directed to Andrew Krebbs, Director of Marketing & Membership, at or 205.414.3959. 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.

Many Thanks

It is with great appreciation and gratitude that we thank the following for their contribution to the sixth annual Antiques at The Gardens:

280 Living ABC 33/40 About Town Olivia Alison Stephanie Banks Maggie & Will Brooke Birmingham Home & Garden Birmingham Magazine Birmingham Zoo Johnny Carson Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. CBS 42 Dee Moore Photography Sumter DeGaris Elegant Earth at The Arbor Blake Ells Marlon Files flower magazine FOX 6 Garden Center staff Dedee Gentry Michael Hansen Ellen Hardy James Horton Rhonda Jones Junior League of Birmingham Volunteers Andrew Krebbs Savannah Lanier Leaf and Petal Leah Hazzard Design Shelly McCarty McCorquodale Transfer Leah McKinney NBC 13 Over The Mountain Journal Precision Graphics Red Diamond Troy Rhone Garden Design Michael Schilleci Margot Shaw Fred Spicer Supreme Beverage Students of Samford University Village Living Mary-Bestor Grant Rona Walters Brenda Warren

Japanese Gardens

Frances Dean Blount Remarkable Friend and Ambassador

by Andrew Krebbs, director of marketing & membership Frances Blount has been a wonderful friend to The Gardens throughout the years. The Gardens would not be Alabama’s largest living museum without her conviction, enthusiasm, hard work and desire to make Birmingham a better place to live. In 1988, the plaza of The Gardens was dedicated in honor of Frances for her work as the chair of the fundraising committee. Because of her extraordinary efforts more than $3 million was raised to improve The Gardens. These improvements included the Garden Center, a redesigned entrance, improved parking and pathways and the renovation of several gardens and the creation of many more. Frances’ desire to make Birmingham Botanical Gardens a leader among other gardens in the country is a testament to how remarkable she is. Best described in the words of her late husband Houston, “In my view Frances is exceptional in many ways…she is extroadinarily committed to completing a task…she truly wants to make our community a better place to live…and she demonstrates her firm belief that The Gardens adds much to the quality of life in this area.” Birmingham Botanical Gardens is humbly indebted to Frances and excited to honor her as the 2011 honorary chair of Antiques at The Gardens. Once again, her leadership and elegance has made this year’s event a success and demonstrates the importance of continued support of The Gardens. Frances is quick to tell you, “a garden is never finished.”

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Show Hours

Friday, October 7, 10 – 5 p.m. Saturday, October 8, 10 – 5 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 1 – 5 p.m. General Admission: $10 Lunch will be available at The Gardens Café by Kathy G. Friday, Saturday and Sunday brunch from 11-3 p.m.

Special Events First Look Party Thursday, October 6, 7-10 p.m. presented by Sterne Agee $125 Ticket per person includes: Black-tie Preview of the Show, Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Music and Show Readmission see page 7 for more information

Lecture by Charlotte Moss Friday, October 7, 10:30 a.m. presented by Red D i a m o n d Lecture Admission: $30 includes General Admission limited seating available see page 9 for more information

All events will be held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35223 For more information, contact 205.414.3950 or visit


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The theme for the 2011 First Look Party is inspired by the Japanese Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and celebrates Japanese culture.

First Look Party

Thursday, October 6, 7-10 p.m. presented by Sterne Agee $125 Ticket per person includes: Black-tie Preview of the Show, Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Music and Show Readmission Visit or call 205.414.3965 to purchase your tickets.

Some of our First Look Party guests during previous years. Visit for more photographs.




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Charlotte Moss: the designer, the philanthropist by Blake Ells, public relations coordinator

Award-winning interior designer and philanthropist, Charlotte Moss, has developed a signature style, and with it a design philosophy, which is to live passionately, decorate luxuriously, entertain beautifully and always maintain a sense of humor through it all. She credits her Richmond, Virginia roots with her style, and interior design career that she has said, “was organic, a part of me.” Just last year, Moss was awarded by Elle Décor as an A-List Designer and a top 20 design icon by Traditional Home. Moss was greatly influenced by her grandmother, a woman Moss told New York Social Diary, which was “good at everything. She dressed beautifully. She could make a feast out of leftovers. She could go out into the woods and come back with an incredible flower arrangement. She could sew. It was before women worked so it was really about the art of the home in an all-encompassing way. It was more about how you lived. I learned that was more important than how you decorated.” During her career, Moss has written seven books, including her most recent release, Charlotte Moss Decorates. In a conversation with The Washington Post, Moss distinguished her latest release from previous work as, “the beginning of the design process. When designers are given a show house, they are on equal ground with the average consumer. They are standing in a room with four white walls, asking all the same questions: Where do I begin? What is my story? What do I want to accomplish? You’ve got to start somewhere. This book is my show house, and it’s about where I start.” Charlotte’s most important work is her community service and philanthropic interests. She serves on several boards of important charities, including the Thomas Jefferson Foundation-Monicello, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the New York School of Interior Design, Bard Center for Graduate Studies, the Bone Marrow Foundation, and has been the co-chair for the UNICEF Snowflake Gala for the last five years. In her interview with New York Social Diary, she included among clients she doesn’t want to work with, “Very wealthy people who are not philanthropically inclined.”

Lecture by Charlotte Moss Friday, October 7, 10:30 a.m. presented by Red Diamond Lecture Admission: $30 includes General Admission

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Photos courtesy of Charlotte Moss.


It is with much appreciation and gratitude that we acknowledge the following generous contributors to the sixth annual Antiques at The Gardens. These donations were received as of August 25, 2011.

First Look Party Sterne Agee


Mr. Joseph Blount Ms. Kay Blount


The W. Houston Blount Family Mr. and Mrs. Jon Kimerling The Thomas E. Jernigan Foundation Red Diamond


Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Company Mr. Thomas Blount Boatright Companies Will and Maggie Brooke Dr. and Mrs. Derrill Crowe The James Milton and Sallie R. Johnson Foundation Integrity Landscapes McCorquodale Transfer, Inc. McWane, Inc. ServisFirst Bank


Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP Burr and Forman LLP Ms. Barbara L. Burton Mrs. Fay B. Ireland Katie and Jim Lasker Medical Properties Trust, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jackson Noble III Protective Life Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Rogers Mr. and Mrs. William Slaughter Mrs. Louise A. Wrinkle



Altec Industries, Inc. BB&T BHK Investment Advisors, LLC Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Caring Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Brock Bromberg & Company, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Reaves Monroe Crabtree Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Daniel

Wildflower continued Mr. Stewart M. Dansby Dunn French Foundation Mrs. Claire H. Fairley First Commercial Bank Mr. and Mrs. Beau Grenier Clarissa Harms Jemison Investment Company Advised Fund L. Paul Kassouf & Company PC Mr. and Mrs. Yancey Lovelace Oasis Design Group O’Neal Industries, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Patton

Dr. and Mrs. John Poynor Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer S. Poynor III Mr. Frederick R. Spicer Jr. and Ms. Kim McBride Mr. and Mrs. W. Stancil Starnes Mr. and Mrs. Elton B. Stephens Jr. Steward Machine Co., Inc. Supreme Beverage Mr. and Mrs. Jarred O. Taylor II Ms. Jean C. Thompson Mrs. Lucy Thompson Welch Hornsby & Welch, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Lex Williamson


Judy and Hal Abroms John and Kittie Buchanan Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Carruthers Jr. Mrs. Mary Carolyn Gibbs Cleveland Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Coleman Dee Moore Photography Mr. and Mrs. Clarke Gillespy Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Goings Mr. and Mrs. T. Michael Goodrich Mr. and Mrs. Meredyth R. Hazzard Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ken Horton Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hulsey Ms. Margi Ingram

Marjorie Johnston & Co. Interiors and Design Mr. and Mrs. Guy K. Mitchell Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Phil H. Neal Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Leighton C. Parnell III Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Shaia Dr. and Mrs. David H. Sibley Mr. and Mrs. Murray W. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Temple W. Tutwiler III Judge and Mrs. Scott Vowell Mrs. A. Brand Walton Mrs. Charles B. Webb Jr.

Men’s Committee CHAIRS Mr. Philippe Lathrop Mr. B. Hanson Slaughter Mr. James E. Grisham III Mr. D. Scott Adams Mr. Edgar G. Aldridge Mr. Rex Alexander Dr. Thomas G. Amason Jr. Mr. D. Leon Ashford Mr. Harold Bissell Mr. Stan Blanton Mr. John Brock

Mr. Thomas A. Broughton III

Dr. Tom Tartt Brown Jr. James A. Bruno Dr. James Bryant Mr. Brian Burgess Mr. James R. Bussian Mr. Ehney A. Camp III Mr. John D. Carney Mr. John L. Carroll Mr. Lee Carter Mr. John W. Chambliss Mr. Lange Clark Mr. Ernest Cory Mr. C. Hartwell Davis Mr. Ogden S. Deaton

Mr. Forrest DeBuys Mr. Alan Dreher Mr. Richard Drennen Mr. Dave Driscoll Dr. Robert P. Eichelberger Mr. Douglas F. Elliott II Mr. Joseph M. Farley Mr. Albert G. Folcher, Jr. Mr. Hubert W. Goings Jr. Mr. M. Williams Goodwyn Mr. M. James Gorrie Mr. James L. Goyer Dr. Lawrence W. Greer Mr. Beau Grenier Mr. Jay Grinney Mr. Michael Hansen Mr. Christopher B. Harmon Dr. Lawrence S. Hawley Mr. George Hiller Mr. John T. Hoff John S. Hornsby Mr. James F. Hughey Mr. Carl E. Jones Jr. Dr. Price Kloess Dr. James C. Lasker Mr. William Dice Lineberry Mr. James B. Little III Mr. Henry S. Long Jr.

Mr. Michael L. Lucas Mr. George Gambrill Lynn Mr. Rick Mackay Mr. Robert P. MacKenzie III Mr. Will Matthews Mr. C. Phillip McWane Mr. John Moore Mr. Mac M. Moorer Mr. Fred W. Murray Jr. Mr. Dean Nix Mr. James Outland Mr. William C. Patterson Mr. James W. Porter II Mr. Goode Price III Mr. James L. Priester Mr. Thomas A. Roberts Mr. Mabry Rogers Mr. Hatton C. Smith Mr. Sperry Snow Mr. Rusty Stewart Mr. Steve Varner Mr. Andrew Scott Walton Mr. Louis J. Willie III Mr. Scott Wilson



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2011 Featured Dealers Artifacts Nashville, TN Antique lighting, fireplaces and continental & wrought iron furnishings

Trace Mayer Antiques Louisville, KY 18th-and early 19th-century English, American and continental furniture, fine art and related accessories

Classical Source Charleston, SC 19th-and 20th-century garden furniture, paintings and an assortment of other decorative & fine furnishings

McDonough Fine Art Atlanta, GA Fine selection of antique maps and prints specializing in natural history, architectural and American Indian lithographs

Davis O’Reilly Antiques Northport, AL Fine clocks, Black Forest Carvings, American and English tall case clocks and select decorative accessories John Dennison Fine Art North Myrtle Beach, SC 19th-and Early 20th-century American and European paintings D.R. Grissom Collection Oxford, NC Early and mid 20th-century fine estate and antique jewelry Thomas M. Fortner Antiques Memphis, TN 18th-and 19th-century English and continental furniture and porcelain, Asian ceramics, American cut glass, antique lamps, unusual estate finds

John Pope Antiques Charleston, SC Influenced by his travels, John’s unique design aesthetic artfully juxtaposes eclectic periods and styles Poverty Hollow Newtown, CT An eclectic mix of early 19th- and mid 20th-centiury English and American antiques for the home and garden Edwin C. Skinner Antiques Fairhope, AL 18th-and early 19th-century furniture, art and silver That Added Touch Columbus, GA John R. Thompkins Antiques New Orleans, LA American classical furnishings, fine French & English porcelains and accessories

Goldleaf Atlanta, GA Variety of decorative accessories and gemstones certified by the Gemological Institute of America

Village Antiques at Biltmore Asheville, NC Fine antiques and decorative arts with an emphasis on French provincial goods

Evy McPherson's Gracia Home Nashville, TN Jewelry tree with one-of-a-kind pieces using antique pendants, unique art and lamps

Whitehall Antiques Chapel Hill, NC Period 18th-and early 19th-century formal English and country French furniture with appropriate period art and accessories

Hastening Antiques, Ltd. Middleburg, VA 17th -19th-century European furniture and accessories, original contemporary art

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Dana Kelly Oriental Rugs Lexington, KY An outstanding collection of antique and semi-antique oriental carpets Kinsey Marable & Co. Charlottesville, VA Specializing in distinctive private libraries


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The Perennial Society

Saturday, October 22 | 9-5 p.m. Sunday, October 23 | Noon-4 p.m. Admission: FREE • Rain or Shine Blount Plaza at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

As every gardener knows, perennial plants that bloom year after year are the backbone of a beautiful garden. The Perennial Society is a group of forward-thinking individuals who have made planned gifts to help ensure the future of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

You don’t want to miss out on our huge selections of annuals, biannuals, climbers, fall lettuces, bedding plants, camellias, herbs, hostas, irises, natives, perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns and more.

Planting for the Future

The visionaries listed below have remembered The Gardens in their wills, or they have contributed $10,000 or more to an endowment benefiting The Gardens. The members are recognized on The Gardens’ Donor Wall in Blount Plaza and in the Garden Dirt newsletter, and often gather for special tours and programs. For more information contact Olivia Alison, Director of Devlopment, at or 205.414.3961.


Mr. & Mrs. Edgar G. Aldridge Mrs. Ruby S. Ansley Mr. and Mrs. Michael Balliet Mrs. Camille A. Becker Mrs. Lucille S. Beeson Peggy Bonfield and Orrin Ford Mary Carolyn Gibbs Boothby Mrs. Virginia R. 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 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. James L. Newsome Dr. & Mrs. A. I. Perley Steve & LeAnne Porter Mrs. Carol P. Poynor Mr. & Mrs. William M. Spencer, III Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Mr. Douglas Arant Stockham Dr. Wendell H. Taylor Mrs. Carolyn D. Tynes Mrs. Robert Wells as of August 25, 2011

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Science Education; Going Beyond The Beauty By Blake Ells, public relations coordinator

It’s easy to get lost in our beauty. We understand. Over 67.5 acres, Alabama’s largest living museum offers some of its most scenic trails among more than 10,000 different living plants in over 25 unique gardens. And we’re a cheap date. For nearly 50 years, The Gardens has opened its gates from dawn until dusk to romantic picnics and strolls. We’ve seen plenty of “Yes,” and even one or two “I, do’s.” But our depth goes beyond our beauty. If our good times and our pretty face reel you in, we’re going to win you over with our brains. Our mission, our reason for being, is to educate the public about plants, gardens and the environment. Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens works hard, year-round, to raise money to fund free, curriculum-based Discovery Field Trips to Birmingham-area schoolchildren. Our award-winning, flagship program is designed to meet the Alabama State Course of Study on six elementary school (K-6) science themes: plant propagation, nutrient cycling (George Washington Carver), Native Americans, tropical rainforests, interdependence (Barber Alabama Woodlands), and trees. These programs are offered free to schools and students and are led by trained docents. Last year, this program continued its growth, achieving an impressive number of 9,667 students served. The 2010-11 academic year saw a 9% growth among Birmingham City Schools and a 19% growth among Bessemer City Schools from the previous year. Much of these funds are raised through our special events, like Antiques at The Gardens. Because of the public’s participation and generosity in these events, nearly all of those who participated were able to do so absolutely free, including transportation expenses. By bringing the classroom to life, we’re laying the educational foundation for future engineers, botanists, doctors, chefs, chemists, innovators and other like-minded individuals. We’re also proud to have the created the first Horticultural Therapy program in Alabama, a program still in relative infancy and our fastest growing. Breaking ground on September 9th, we welcome the addition of the Arrington Plant Adventure Zone, a garden which will continue to serve clients who face mental and physical limitations. Our program has reached out to hundreds of participants from Children’s Hospital, United Cerebral Palsy, the Birmingham Independent Living Center and Kirkwood by the River.

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YOUR GARDENS. REDEFINING BEAUTIFUL. OUR NEW MASTER PLAN: Beautiful is a word long associated with Birmingham Botanical Gardens. But our beauty goes beyond thousands of blooming flowers and picturesque scenes. The Gardens’ new master plan respects the important history of Alabama’s most popular free cultural institution while creating a broader vision for its future. It achieves this by focusing on four key concepts that underscore The Gardens’ role as: •A natural science-based educational institution; •A role model for environmentally-sound best management practices; •An important venue for events and activities; •A plant collections-based living museum. Underscoring our long-standing mission to educate people about plants, gardens and the environment, the master plan creates numerous new places and opportunities to increase our capacity to meet this mission head-on. Hands-on, science-based educational programming with real examples and exhibits – for students ranging from elementary school to professionals – is emphasized. Technologies and practices both old and new will be utilized to restore our urban stream, minimize or eliminate erosion and stormwater runoff, promote percolation and biofiltration, reduce potable water usage, harvest rainwater for re-use, make our greenhouses energy-efficient, and reduce and re-use organic waste. Several new buildings will replace outmoded ones and are envisioned as LEED buildings; a new maintenance building is partially earth-sheltered and has a green roof. Each is an educational opportunity as well. Important arrival and entrance spaces are re-imagined to better facilitate events and activities. The Formal Garden becomes an audience-friendly place for concerts with a grand stage. An event-based garden is created in an elegant Persian theme, with an adjoining catering/teaching kitchen. These areas and paths throughout The Gardens are seamlessly modified to be universally designed for barrier-free accessibility. To emphasize Alabama’s species-rich natural heritage, native plant collections will be expanded in a series of Alabama Habitat Gardens, highlighting and connecting visitors to the unique character of our beautiful state and the need for conservation. These dovetail with stream restoration and stormwater control measures to create scenes of natural beauty and educational importance. Food-based gardens triple in size, paving the way for more timely programs about what we eat, how we eat it, and how it affects our health. Learn about Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ broader vision and exciting future at

More Education; More Sustainable Improvements; More Accessibility; More Activities; More Plants; More Beauty


Beyond The Beauty, Continued The program’s primary tenet is that gardening is good for the mind, body and soul. As the program continues to enhance the lives of its participants, it will promote health and well-being for all, using an inclusive model designed to help foster participation, access, choice and relationships. Horticultural Therapy session

Household to Huntsville? Desk to Dallas? We can do that.

Discovery Field Trips and Horticultural Therapy are just two cogs in our educational machine. We are home to the largest public horticulture library in the country. Our adult education classes have expanded to include an incredibly successful Certificate in Native Plants Studies program. And we’ve made no mention of Earth Day at The Gardens, Garden Explorations, Southern Institute of Photography, Summer Camps at The Gardens, HollyDay Magic and our partnerships with organizations like Fresh Air Family. It’s difficult to demonstrate The Gardens depth with words - depth that would go unexplored without our loyal supporters, volunteers, members, donors and visitors. Go ahead. Get lost in our beauty. Our brains will attract you for years to come.

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Mayer Electric Supply Company, Inc Mr. and Mrs. W. Frank Cobb, III Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Fletcher The Goodrich Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. James M. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Jon Kimerling Mr. and Mrs. Guy K. Mitchell, Jr 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. & Mrs. B. Hanson Slaughter Mr. and Mrs. Jarred O. Taylor, II Mr.* & Mrs. W. Hall Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd R. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. John N. Wrinkle


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Southern Progress Corporation The Hill-Allison Charitable Lead Trust Mr. R. Shane Boatright Mrs. Virginia R. Brown* Dr. and Mrs. John A. Floyd, Jr. Stephens Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Arant Stockham

A tip of the cap to you

10 REASONS WHY ANTIQUES ARE A SMART BUY FOR the YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART 1. Save money. Really live better. Antiques are often reasonably priced and can be found in any price range. 2. Buying local does not just apply to tomatoes and kohlrabi. When you buy an antique, you are supporting a small, locally owned business. 3. George Washington did not sit in your La-Z-Boy. Antiques are tangible pieces of history. 4. There is no such thing as a McBlanket Chest. Antiques are unique and offer nearly endless variety. 5. 100% post-consumer content. Antiques are the most environmentally responsible choice for home decorating. 6. There are enough ten-year-old futons on Craig’s List. Antiques retain significant resale value. 7. No allen wrench required. Antiques offer solid, quality construction, and durability. 8. Industrial cable spools and pilfered milk crates do not constitute a living room suite. Antiques are stylish, and can accommodate anyone’s decorating tastes. 9. Forty cents per hour was a fair wage in 1940, not 2010. Antiques are socially responsible—none are made in sweatshops. 10. If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap! Antiques can be a source of ancestral or regional pride. Courtesy of The Young Collectors at Maine Antique Digest.


The Gardens in Bloom Something is always in bloom at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.While attending Antiques at The Gardens, don’t forget to stroll through The Gardens and see the many beautiful plants blooming during this season. The Gardens is open 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset and offers free admisson. What’s Blooming in October:

Warm Appreciation for Our Show Ambassador The Gardens would like to thank Keith Langham for his leadership and help to make Antiques at The Gardens Alabama’s premiere antique show.

Azaleas (rebloom) Beautyberries Camellias Fall Annuals Fall Wildflowers Herbs Hollies Ornamental Grasses

Salvias Tea Olives Roses Vegetables To see our complete blooming calendar visit

Richard Keith Langham was born in Brewton, Alabama and earned a degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Keith started his own firm in 1990 and has designed residences around the country and abroad. His client list is as diverse as the rooms he puts together, from the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Mrs. William F. Buckley to Hillary Swank. With a love for clear color and real comfort, his stylish rooms are grounded in English sensibilities. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Vogue, Veranda, W, House Beautiful, Hamptons Magazine, Palm Beach Cottages and Gardens, Southern Accent.

A Special Thanks... Birmingham Botanical Gardens would like to salute this year’s committee and our chairs (past and present)

2006 Joan Starnes & Kim Matthews 2007 Cameron Crowe & Kate Phillips 2008 Kittie Buchanan & Kathleen Doss 2009 Tricia Noble, Mitzi Davis & Carol Poynor 2010 Susan Elliott, Clarissa Harms & Diana Slaughter 2011 Barbara Burton, Elizabeth Broughton & Frances Blount


2011 Committee left to right: Sue Ellen Lucas, Lee Nix, Suzanne Hart, Sheryl Kimerling, Clarissa Harms, Leah Hazzard, Susan Elliott, Francie Deaton, Maggie Brooke, Cameron Crowe, Anne Tilson Varner, Jeanna Westmoreland, Helen Drennon, Barbara Burton, Helen Harmon, Molly Clark, Elizabeth Broughton, Brenda Schuler, Frances Blount, Katie Baker Lasker, Margaret Little, Maura Goodwyn, Kay Grisham, Leslie Simpson, Katharine Patton, Murray Priester, Shannon Blount. Not pictured: Tracey Anderson, Steva Austill, Julia Bevill, Kaki Blanton, Margaret Blount, Nancy Brock, Nonie Brown, Jeanne Clarke, Jan Dickerson, Joy Grenier, Suzanne Hart, Lynda Hiller, Joy Kloess, Kim McBride, Mary Mellen, Tricia Noble, Francie Deaton, Allene Parnell, Kim Rogers, Catherine Smith, Carolyn Sparrow, Jean Thompson, Boo Woodall

enhancing lif e with p la nts

5:30-8:30 p.m.

August 12 featuring

FisherGreen Signature Drink: Green Apple Martini Bottomless Beverage*: Limeade

September 8

5:30-8:30 p.m.

September 9

featuring Hunter Lawley

Matthew Devine of Downright


205.879.7544 2815 a eighteenth street south birmingham alabama

Signature Drink: Spiked Lemonade Bottomless Beverage*: Southern Sweet Tea

Thank you to our 2010 Sponsors

October 14

featuring Bonus Round

Signature Drink: Black Cherry Rum Punch Bottomless Beverage*: Warm Apple Cider

205.414.3950 www. b b g a r d en s. o r g / co ck ta ils General Admission: $15 Members of The Gardens: FREE Join online or at the door and save $45! Cash Bar • Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres






2902 18th street south . homewood . 870 . 4367

October 13

Rollin’ in the Hay General Admission: $15 Members of The Gardens: FREE* Cash Bar • Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres

205. 414. 3950 bb ga r dens. org/cock tails *visit for restrictions

the diamond dealer


- proprietors - JOHN BROMBERG

t h e d i a m o n d d e a l e r. n e t

Moss; continued Moss defined “home” to New York Social Diary as, “the place where I want to be. It’s the thing I fantasize about the most – someone locking me in my library, sliding a tray of food through the door and not having to talk on the phone or anything. All my fantasies somehow revolve around home. ..breakfast in bed…they’re all about spending more time at home.” Birmingham Botanical Gardens is excited to welcome Moss into our home, kicking off Antiques at The Gardens as part of the Red Diamond Lecture Series on Friday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the Linn Henley Lecture Hall. Moss will be signing copies of her newest book, Charlotte Moss Decorates, which will be available for purchase at the lecture. Tickets are available for $30, with proceeds benefiting educational programs at The Gardens. Visit or call 205.414.3965 to purchase tickets. Limited seating available. Sources: New York Social Diary, The Washington Post,


Charlotte Moss’ new book, Charlotte Moss Decorates will be available for purchase at Leaf & Petal Gift Shop at The Gardens. Charlotte Moss Winter House and Charlotte Moss A Flair for Living will also be available. Moss will be signing copies after her lecture. The gift shop’s hours are Monday-Saturday from 10-4 p.m. To preorder your book contact the gift shop at 205.877.3030.

en ha n ci n g l i f e w i t h p l a n t s 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, Alabama 35223 205.414.3950 www. b b g a r d en s. o r g

This catalog was printed using vegetable based inks. Please recycle.

SOON, Lane Parke will grow from seeds sown nearly a century ago. An organic extension of Mountain Brook Village, it respects what has come before, with meandering streets and authentic architecture. Yet, will bring new services and amenities to our area--boutique shops, elegant and casual dining options, elegant residences, and the city’s first truly upscale inn.

Mindful of the Past. Looking to the Future.

2011 Antiques at The Gardens Catalog  

2011 Antiques at The Gardens Catalog

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