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2010 November /D Mecember ay /June 2010

Look for Your Copy of the 2009 Annual Report Inside

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens enhancin g life with plants

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November: Camellias


Fall Annuals

Japanese Maples

Fall Color

Ornamental Grasses



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2010 2010

Look for Your Cop y of the 2009 Annual Report Inside

On The Cover

Acer japonicum ‘Macku Jaku’

December: Camellias

Fall Color




Winter Annuals

Ilex cornuta ‘Anisette Delcambre’

Jenn Patterson, an amateur photographer from Birmingham, contributed the cover photo of a trio inspecting Salvia at The Gardens’ 2010 Fall Plant Sale. Jenn is the Program Director at Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a Master Gardener, has worked locally at the Southern Environmental Center’s EcoScape Gardens, Mt. Laurel Organic Farm, and is an enthusiastic volunteer for The Gardens and other community organizations. Jenn takes advantage of her position with Black Warrior Riverkeeper to explore and photograph some of the most beautiful river and woodland habitats in the country. She also loves to travel and capture the local spirit and culture in pictures. “This photo captures various shades of green, blue and purple, providing a cool, contemplative contrast in this fall season, just as The Gardens provide a relaxing contrast to the hustle and bustle around us.” It isn’t too late to submit your own photograph to be considered for an upcoming issue. Please visit for more information or email


D irectors

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 Miller Allen, Junior Board President 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 Hanson Slaughter Louise A. Wrinkle

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 ������������������������Director of Development Stephanie Banks���������������������������� Director of Finance Elizabeth Drewry����������������������������������������������� Librarian Ellen Hardy�����������Education Program Coordinator Michael Hansen���������� Marketing & 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 Phyllis Sutton��������������Education Activities Specialist Mary-Bestor Grant�����������������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 January/February issue is November 15.

As we begin the holiday season, I want to thank you, our loyal supporters, on behalf of all of us here at The Gardens. Whether you’re a donor, member or volunteer – or all three – or your support is through a business, foundation or as an individual – or all three – you’re the reason for the success of our recent fall events, and all of our programs and activities throughout the past year. In difficult times, your support is even more important, and we’re very mindful of that and don’t ever want to take you for granted. We’re grateful that we are among the very worthy organizations and institutions, in Birmingham and beyond, that you support. Please consider a year-end gift when you see our solicitation in the mail, or donate now, online at or by calling Savannah Lanier at 205.414.3955. Speaking pragmatically, I’m still amazed by how many people are not aware of the benefits of fall and winter installation of hardy woody plants. It’s simply the best season; even if we have a frost or brief freeze, our soils remain workable. Planting in sopping wet soil is never a good idea, so avoid that, but keep planting. We are. Trees and shrubs that establish in winter are better able to withstand summer heat and drought (and we know that will be here soon enough)! Please enjoy this last issue of 2010, which contains our 2009 Annual Report featuring the important milestones you helped us achieve throughout that year. Bear in mind our mission of educating people about plants, gardens and the environment, and you’ll read about the many ways our dedicated and professional staff focus on it and achieve it. The report also acknowledges, in a small way, you. So I’ll close with one more, big “thank you,” and wish you a safe, happy holiday season. See You in The Gardens,

Fred Spicer Executive Director

Find your copy of the 2009 Annual Report inside this issue

Save t he Date Southern Turkey Tales November 7

Fine Crafts Classic November 13 & 14

Give The Gift That Keeps on Giving


Dear Friends:

Imagine that you could give a gift to a friend or loved one that would keep giving 365 days of the year; a gift of fun activities for the entire family, unique educational opportunities, and the chance to support Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Gift memberships are available at all levels. These are the perfect present for the garden or plant lovers on your list. A gift membership is even more meaningful as it gives extraordinary benefits to the recipient as well as Birmingham Botanical Gardens, who depends on your support. Your gift recipient will receive our standard membership benefits for all categories: • FREE Member Gift (choose from a t-shirt, baseball cap or tote bag) • Members-Only Classes

Red Mountain Garden Club Greenery Sale December 8

• Reciprocal privileges at over 180 different botanical gardens across the country • FREE subscription to The Garden Dirt, our full-color member publication • Invitation to members-only events

HollyDay Magic December 9 & 10

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon December 16

46th Annual Member Dinner January 20

• FREE admission to Cocktails in The Gardens • FREE plant chosen specifically to thrive in our Alabama climate • In-city rental rates for the Garden Center • FREE Admission to the Members Only Sale at the Spring Plant Sale And many more benefits depending on the level you choose. For more information visit www.bbgardens. org/membership or call 205.414.3950.


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Raised for Education

Antiques at The Gardens celebrated its fifth year at Birmingham Botanical Gardens by raising more than $291,000 for our educational programs. More than 400 guests attended the Sterne Agee First Look party, which commenced the weekend-long event on September 30 with a glamorous red carpet, black tie affair honoring those who made the event possible.

Co-chairs Clarissa Harms, Diana Slaughter and Susan Elliott

Honorary Chair Diana Slaughter Co-Chairs Susan Elliott Clarissa Harms Secretary Jeanie Sherlock Catalog Ads Ashelynn Falkenburg

Corporate Solicitations Elizabeth Broughton Tracey A. Anderson Lee Sewell Dealer Brunch Cameron Crowe Kate Phillips Dealer Liaison Mitzi Davis Tricia Noble

Designer Preview Wendy Barze Cyndy Cantley Molly Clark Hospitality Maggie Brooke Sue Ellen Lucas Kelli Jetmundsen Sharon Lumpkin Joan Becker Nancy Pless Betty Sartin Mary Beth McCrary Denise Dow

We would like to thank our outstanding co-chairs, Susan Elliott, Clarissa Harms and honorary chair Diana Slaughter who worked tirelessly to pull off the spectacular show, including the Sterne Agee First Look Party, the Red Diamond Lecture Series featuring DeJuan Stroud and Miles Redd, the flower Designer Preview and 24 wonderful antiques dealers who filled the Garden Center. This massive undertaking was made possible by a dedicated, hardworking committee and numerous supporters, both individual and corporate.

Invitations Kittie Buchanan Kathleen Doss Lectures Kim Rogers Barbara Burton Sheryl Kimerling Men's Committee Mary Margaret Gullage Elizabeth Jernigan

Personnel Cathy C. Adams Anne Burke Preview Party Leah Hazzard Jenny Reed Faith Gardner Sally Lineberry Public Relations Melanie McCraney Mary Margaret Hendry

Staging Kim McBride Joy Kloess Joy Grenier Tickets Amy Ager Carol Alexander Nancy Bromberg Treasurer Amanda Pigue

To view more photographs from this year’s First Look Party visit

Camellia Harbert Management Corporation Thomas E. Jernigan Foundation Red Diamond Sheryl & Jon Kimerling Mr. & Mrs. William M. Slaughter

Azalea BB&T Boatright Companies Maggie & Will Brooke Dr. & Mrs. A. Derrill Crowe flower magazine Integrity Landscapes The James Milton & Sallie R. Johnson Foundation McCorquodale Transfer, Inc. ServisFirst Bank

Dogwood Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Burr & Forman LLP First Commercial Bank Fay B. Ireland Protective Life Corporation Mr. Mark Rosse & Kaye McWane-Rosse Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Rogers Joan & Stan Starnes Starnes Davis Florie LLP Stephens Foundation

Wildflower BHK Investment Advisors Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP Brasfield & Gorrie Mena & John Brock Mrs. Tom Tartt Brown Barbara L. Burton Butrus Family Advised Fund Brooke & Daniel Coleman Mr. & Mrs. Reaves M. Crabtree Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Daniel

Kim & Bruce Rogers

Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Davis Mr. & Mrs. Whitney DeBardeleben Dunn-French Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Douglas F. Elliott II Claire H. Fairley Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Beau Grenier Clarissa B. Harms Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC Mr. Wayne & Dr. Kathryn Hoar Jemison Investment Company, Inc. Jim & Chops-Crape Myrtle’s Cafe Thomas E. Jernigan Foundation KPMG LLP McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. Medical Properties Trust Mitchell Industries Foundation L. Paul Kassouf & Co., P. C. Dr. & Mrs. George W. Matthews III Mr. & Mrs. Phil H. Neal Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Noble III Mr. & Mrs. James W. Porter II Nancy & John Poynor Mr. & Mrs. Wilmer Poynor III Robinson-Adams Insurance, Inc. Mr. Frederick R. Spicer Jr. & Ms. Kim McBride Janet & Jarry Taylor Lucy & Hall Thompson Volkert & Associates, Inc.

Gardenia Judy & Hal Abroms Mr. & Mrs. Frank M. Ager Becky Blair Birmingham Belles Mary Carolyn Gibbs Boothby Kittie & John Buchanan Mr. & Mrs. Ehney A. Camp III Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Carruthers Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Doss Mr. & Mrs. Victor H. Hanson III Mr. & Mrs. William C. Hulsey Mrs. Tom Jernigan Sr. Leaf & Petal Dr. & Mrs. Edward R. Meadows Kate & John Phillips Dr. & Mrs. Richard B. Shepard Judge & Mrs. Scott Vowell Mrs. Brand Walton Mrs. Charles B. Webb Jr. Louise A. Wrinkle

Yates & Tommy Amason

Men’s Committee CHAIRS

Mr. William W. Brooke Mr. Thomas A. Broughton, III Mr. Donald Y. Menendez Mr. Carl W. Albright III Mr. Rex V. Alexander Dr. Thomas G. Amason Jr. Mr. Thomas G. Amason III Mr. Leon Ashford Mr. Hal Bissell Mr. Jim Bryant Mr. Brian C. Burgess Mr. John J. Burke Jr. Mr. A. Catlin Cade IV Mr. Ehney A. Camp III Mr. John D. Carney III Judge John L. Carroll Mr. Colby Clark Mr. Jerry Clark Dr. Mark Clark Mr. Jim Cooper Mr. Ernest Cory Mr. Philip Crane Mr. Bart Crawford Mr. Hartwell Davis Jr. Mr. Alan Dreher Mr. Walter B. Evans Jr. Mr. Sam Franklin Mr. Chip Gardner Mr. Clarke H. Gillespy Mr. Hubert W. Goings Jr. Mr. T. Michael Goodrich Mr. James L. Goyer III Mr. Mark Allen Gregory Mr. Bill Gresham Mr. Jay Grinney Mr. Ben Gullage Mr. Gregory H. Hawley Mr. William C. Hazelrig Mr. Jeff Hendry Mr. Tryg Hoff Mr. Heyward C. Hosch III Mr. James F. Hughey Jr. Mr. Hewes Hull

Mr. Jim Ingram Mr. Tom Johnson Mr. Carl E. Jones Jr. Mr. Perry H. Keel Dr. Mike Keller Dr. Wayne Killion Jr. Dr. Price Kloess Mr. Dennis Limbaugh Mr. William Dice Lineberry Mr. Walter P. Little III Mr. Henry Sprout Long Jr. Mr. Michael L. Lucas Mr. Michael Luce Mr. Tom Luckie Mr. George Gambrill Lynn Mr. Rick MacKay Mr. John D. Moore Mr. Mac M. Moorer Mr. J. Reese Murray, III Mr. James Outland Mr. William C. Patterson Mr. Charles D. Perry Jr. Mr. Gray Plosser Mr. Milton Clay Ragsdale IV Mr. Billy Reed Mr. Randy Reed Mr. Thomas A. Roberts Mr. Gene Robinson Mr. Mabry Rogers Mr. Banks Sewell Mr. Leo Shaia Dr. David Sibley Mr. B. Hanson Slaughter Dr. Robert Slaughter Mr. Hatton Smith Mr. Roland B. Smith Mr. Sperry Snow Mr. Rusty Stewart Mr. Bill Stone Mr. George Thompson Mr. Ken Thompson Mr. Dennis Trammell Mr. Mark Tucker Mr. Norman B. Tynes Mr. Alex Vare Mr. William C. Wood

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First Look Party Sponsor

Donor list as of October 27, 2010

Kathleen & Edmund Doss

Betty Goldstein & Leo Kayser


Volunteer Spotlight: Gail Pless & Ruth Varnell Mary-Bestor Grant, Volunteer Coordinator

Winter months at The Gardens may bring shorter days and dormant perennials, but for Education Docents Gail Pless and Ruth Varnell, the season is a flurry of curious children and creative activities. Gail and Ruth have been partnering to lead school children on Discovery Field Trips for more than nine years, commenting “[Discovery Field Trips] is a great gift to the community. Every single field trip we see a different aspect of connecting with kids. Their faces light up with gratitude.” Both women take extra time from their busy schedules to ensure a unique experience for each child. Before each Garden Gates field trip, Gail visits the florist that morning so that each child can investigate their own flower. She places one at each student’s place before they arrive. Our volunteer’s families are involved too. Ruth’s father collects nature items from his farm in South Alabama and mails them to incorporate into field trips. These items – from fossils to deer sheds – never arrive without research accompanying them! Gail’s son earned his Eagle Scout badge building structures in our Native American area, and her daughters are always at her side during HollyDay Magic, this duo’s second volunteer endeavor.

Ruth Varnell helps children with a craft project at HollyDay Magic.


Gail Pless (right) and another volunteer prepare their craft station for HollyDay Magic.

Gail and Ruth took part in the founding meetings of The Gardens’ popular children’s event, HollyDay Magic, scheduled for December 9 and 10 this year. Volunteers lead children ages 5-12 in creating a craft using natural materials. According to Gail, “it is a great way to learn holiday tips – we all get our chance to be Martha Stewart for 15 minutes!” Asked about her 10 years of experience in The Gardens’ volunteer community, Gail said, “out of everything I have done and all the places I have been, gardeners are the kindest, most humble people on the planet.” Well-said, and well-deserved! Join Gail and Ruth this year for HollyDay Magic 2010! Volunteers are needed throughout the month of November to assist our education staff prepare craft materials for the 200-plus children who will attend, as well as during the event! Contact Mary-Bestor Grant, volunteer coordinator, at 205.414.3962 or

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 Hope Long, Director of Library, at 205.414.3931 or hlong@bbgardens. org for more information.

Upcoming Titles November 2: Tulipomania: The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower and the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused, by Mike Dash

December 7: Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, by Douglas W. Tallamy.

Main Library Art Gallery

N ov e m b e r /D e c e m b e r

Kathleen Pilleteri

Library Services

Thyme to Read Book Club

January 4: Better Off: Flipping the Switch On Technology, by Eric Brende

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

Proper Planting Techniques.


G ardening

Good Things Growing… In The Gardens

Fred Spicer, Executive Director

You’re forgiven for mispronouncing cotoneaster: because their usefulness in the southeast is limited, they’re just not well-known. Don’t say “cotton-easter”; instead, say three body parts, working from the ground up [koh-TOE-neeass-ter]. Got it? Cotoneaster is in the rose family, with 70400 accepted species, depending on the authority. Only two species stand out for general use in Birmingham. Both provide evergreen leaves and excellent fruit in the fall (one, through winter). Insect and disease resistance are the keys to local success; many cotoneasters will “live” here but will typically and quickly succumb to pests.

best ornamental feature. Held against 2-3” long, richlydark green leaves with impressed veining and whitishbuff tomentum on the reverse, the fruit really “pop” from November into March. Give this plant ample room. The upright spreading, gently arching branches quickly and

But Cotoneaster lacteus (formerly C. parneyi), Parney’s cotoneaster or red clusterberry, is virtually bullet-proof. Mass plantings on highways, fully exposed to scorching

Compare to Parney’s, leaves on Franchett’s cotoneaster are smaller and grayer; the fruit are orange-red and strung like beads along the branches.

Heavy clusters of bright red fruit on Parney cotoneaster are effective from November through March.


sun and desiccating wind, positively thrive. Success in these kinds of locations points to inherent toughness – trust me: you can grow it unless you plant it in wet or strongly alkaline soils. It can handle deep shade, but you will miss the small white flowers in May (actually they are easily missed when present, too); more importantly, the fireengine red, 3/8” diameter fruit, borne in dense clusters up to 4” across, will The dark green leaves and irregular not form and this habit of Parney’s cotoneaster in the BBG remarkable display is parking lot contrasts nicely with the more Parney cotoneaster’s stoic hollies beyond.

easily fill out to make a 10x10’+ beautifully irregular, rounded shrub. A highlyskilled pruning ace would have difficulty making a tidy hedge from this plant so lay off the shears. Alternatively, it makes The overall form of Franchett’s cotoneaster one of the most is more regular than Parney’s, but the beautiful espaliers overall habit is slightly more open. I’ve seen. Cotoneaster franchetii, Franchet’s or orangebead (orange) cotoneaster, can be viewed as a somewhat stiffer-growing, slightly more dense and regularly-shaped version of the above plant, with a few key differences. Leaves are about one-third the size and gray-green in comparison. The fruit are orange-red, borne in much smaller clusters, and do not typically persist through the winter. Site tolerances are similar; you could plant this on your local highway, too, but cotoneasters have a reputation as litter-catchers, the dense branching snagging all manner of falling or blowing debris, and this plant will collect some leaves. A location out from under trees solves this nicely.

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N ov e mb e r SHRUBS – Plant shrubs, trees, and vines. LAWNS – Some owners like lawn paints. Have you thought about having a green lawn this winter? Use proper herbicide to kill germinating winter weeds. ROSES – Get rose plantings underway. Use a soil test as a basis for fertilization. Look for new varieties. ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS – Plant hardy annuals such as larkspur, poppies, pansies, anchusa, and candytuft. Get sweet peas into the ground. BULBS – Continue spring bulb planting. Put lilies of the valley in a shady place.

The gift shop for all your holiday giving.... home decor . furniture . books . stationery . jewelry . lighting . children’s gifts containers . garden items . floral designs Located at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Road, Mt. Brook 205.877.3030 .

MISCELLANEOUS – Plant screen plantings for privacy on the patio. VEGETABLE SEED – Plant cabbage and lettuce in the coldframe.

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D e c e mb e r SHRUBS – Planting is still the main activity but delay in case of freezing weather. LAWNS – Control wild garlic, chickweed, Poa annua, dandelion, and other weeds. Read label on each can of weed killer used. ROSES – Add plants to rose garden. plantings.


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ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS – Plant hardy annual seed without delay. Have you tried violas? BULBS – Continue spring bulb planting. MISCELLANEOUS – Shrubs, trees, and indoor plants make excellent holiday gifts.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Members receive 10% discount on lunch at the cafe *please show member card when ordering

Wonderful Lunches • Extraordinary Events The Beauty of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Box Lunches • Event Menus • Patio Seating

Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday, 11-2 • Host your next social or corporate event at The Gardens CafÊ 2612 Lane Park Road • Birmingham • 205.871.1000 •

For more information, see or call the Plant Hotline at 1-800-644-4458.

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46th Annual

Member Dinner Thursday, January 20 | 7 p.m. Strange Auditorium Birmingham Botanical Gardens Guest Speaker: Mary-Carolyn G. Boothby, “A Garden of Change” Mary-Carolyn was The Friends' President in 1988-89, following her intimate involvement in the preparation of The Gardens' first comprehensive master plan. That plan led to the development of over 15 major garden areas, and was responsible for much of our beautiful present-day layout. She will discuss the importance of updating master plans and how the 2010 master plan, unveiled in March of this year, builds on the strengths of earlier work and capitalizes on new opportunities for the future. $25/person Catered by Echelon Catering by Design RSVP by January 14 Reserve your seat online at or call 205.414.3965.


Red Mountain Greenery Sale

Wednesday, December 8 | 9-1 p.m. Strange Auditorium at Birmingham Botanical Gardens Mark your calendars for the annual Red Mountain Greenery Sale on Wednesday, December 8! Stop by and check out the variety of wreaths, garlands, pre-made mailbox decorations or kits to make your own that will be for sale. Centerpieces, boxwood topiaries, kissing balls and much more all using freshly cut greenery and fruit will also be available. This year, the Red Mountain Garden Club will offer “Mobile Mailboxes,” a new service where talented designers will come right to your home to create a personalized mailbox decoration! For more information, or to place a pre-sale order, contact Melissa Hagan at Order forms are available at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Proceeds benefit Birmingham Museum of Art and Birmingham Botanical Gardens, as well as the Red Mountain Garden Club's other community projects.

Fine Crafts Classic sponsored by Alabama Designer Craftsmen and the 3rd District Federated Garden Club

Saturday, November 13 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, November 14 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This juried show is an annual tradition featuring hand built and wheel thrown pottery, woodworking, handmade baskets, leaded and slumped glass, silver and other handmade jewelry, fiber works including hooked wall hangings and quilts, weaving and spinning, blacksmithing and copper working, printmaking, stone sculpture and many other traditional crafts. There will also be a children’s corner with activities provided by the artists. There will be door prizes as well! The Fine Craft Classic is free and open to the public with a suggested $3 donation. For more information call 205.968.7597.

Last year, we received a special gift from Japan: Kazunori Tago, the famed designerbuilder of To-shin-an, our Sukiya-style tea house, donated a suikinkutsu, or “water cave,” a traditional feature in many rusticstyle tea gardens. Imagine a large ceramic olive jar, with a flat lid which is pierced with various-sized holes, and you have the idea. Suikinkutsu (see right) are buried adjacent to tsukubai, small washing basins which receive water fed through bamboo pipes (kakei). Tea ceremony guests visit this feature for symbolic cleansing prior to the ceremony. As water slowly overflows the tsukubai, it John McNabb sets the “Water Cave” drains through decorative stones and into the suikinkutsu, which acts as a chamber and subtly magnifies the sounds of the dripping water into a soft serenade. Since the source of the gentle music is hidden from view, it adds a pleasantly mysterious quality to the experience. Installation of our suikinkutsu and renovation of the tsukubai was recently completed with funding from the Lucille Beeson Charitable Trust.

A New Tradition in the Fern Glade Honoring Sue Clisby As the only child of fern fancier Martha Woodruff “Sue” Clisby and her husband Vivian, Suzanne Clisby (below) traveled the South in back of a station wagon with her parents and their friends Ida and Joe Burns on botanizing trips. Suzanne remembers many good-natured arguments about who would pay for gas! Sue was one of the founders of the Birmingham Fern Society and a loyal volunteer until her death in 2008. Recently her daughter Suzanne gave a generous endowment gift in her mother’s name to help support the Fern Glade, and thus became a member of The Perennial Society. The Clisby donation is part of the endowment that safeguards the future of The Gardens. (The Friends endowment is professionally managed and overseen by the Finance Committee and governed by our investment and spending policies.) Suzanne hopes that others will follow her example and contribute to the endowment that supports the Fern Glade or other areas of The Gardens that are meaningful to them. For information about endowment gifts, please contact Olivia Alison, Director of Development at 205.414.3961 or

You can’t forget a garden When you have planted seed— When you have watched the weather And know a rose’s need. -Louise Driscoll, American Poet In this season of thanksgiving and gift giving, we give thanks for you who keep Birmingham Botanical Gardens flourishing in spite of difficult times. Because of your generosity, we have not had to cut back on our programs or our staff. We are working diligently to keep The Gardens beautiful, educational, peaceful and free to all, but we can’t do it with out your continued help. Please invest in your community by giving a yearend gift to The Gardens.

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More Tradition Comes to Japanese Gardens

Remember that your year-end gift may help your 2010 tax status also, since donations to The Gardens are tax-deductible. There are several easy ways to give: •  Visit •  Contact Director of Development Olivia Alison at 205.414.3961, or Donor Relations Officer Savannah Lanier at 205.414.3955, to arrange a credit card payment, a gift of stock or real estate or establish a payment plan. •  Send a check or money order to Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2512 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL 35223. Don’t forget that tribute gifts and memberships to The Gardens make lovely holiday presents- and keep on giving all year long!



Fall Adult Classes For more information or to register visit or call 205.414.3958.

Class with Glass: Holiday Fused Ornaments Instructor: Deborah Ballog Saturday, November 6 | 9 a.m.-Noon $60 Members / $75 Non-members Deborah will teach you how to make your very own holiday ornaments that you can give as gifts or use to decorate your home for the holidays. All glass and materials will be provided. We'll help inspire you if you need it, or come up with your own one-of-a-kind design! You'll be amazed at how fun creating these beautiful creations is, even with no prior glass experience. Bring your friends and family and start a new holiday tradition!

Southern Institute of Photography Basic Digital Photography Instructor: Jeff Chambless Saturday, November 13 | 10 a.m.-4p.m. Sunday, November 14 | 2-6 p.m. $115 Learn the building blocks of great photography. “Basic” will teach you to take control of your camera-how to set the camera to control exposure and lighting in a variety of situations. You won’t believe how much and how quickly your pictures will improve.

Basic Studio Lighting Techniques Instructor: Steve Higginbotham Sunday, November 21 |1-6 p.m. $95


This class provides an entry level, hands-on experience for photographers seeking to broaden their skills, especially those who are entering the field of studio portraiture. You will learn the various types of lighting controls and devices, light metering, understanding light, composition and posing. Class sessions will begin with an instructional session, then each student will be allowed time to practice using studio lighting with a model(s). Students also learn to apply studio lighting concepts to location portraiture. Students must have an SLR or DSLR with a hot shoe or PC connection, must be able to set “manual mode” exposure settings and have a working knowledge of shooting in manual exposure mode.

New for Preschool to High School Students:

Gardens Backpacks

Ellen Hardy, Education Program Coordinator

This fall, The Gardens’ expands its on site, curriculum-based educational opportunities through the newly designed Garden Backpacks program. Backpacks have been designed with two specific age groups in mind, but casual visitors of all ages are equally encouraged to enjoy this new activity, free of charge. Our preschool backpacks change seasonally and are based on the Alabama Performance Standards for four year olds. Teachers use the backpack kits to introduce young inquisitive minds to the world of nature and science exploration waiting to be discovered at The Gardens. Early engagement in hands-on science is a proven solution for building a foundation for life long learning. Young children are naturally talented scientists, given the opportunity and the perfect setting at The Gardens. Teachers are sure to feel confident when they use the instructions in the pack as well as children’s literature and activities which will make the experience memorable for young visitors. Middle and high school students will use The Gardens’ Big Tree Trail backpacks on a quest for knowledge of tree identification. Objectives enrich the Alabama Course of Study, Science and exercise students’ skills for science during their visit. Objectives aside, the young adults will enjoy exploring the winding paths while they discover The Gardens’ diverse collection of trees. Email to reserve your backpack today. Adventure awaits! As with most of The Gardens educational programs, use of the Garden Backpacks is offered free-of-charge. However, each Garden Backpack costs $300 to assemble and we need at least six backpack kits. If you would like to help fund a backpack kit, please contact Olivia Alison at 205.414.3961 or

HOLLYDAY MAGIC 2010 For children ages 5 – 11 years Thursday, December 9 OR Friday, December 10 4-6 p.m. $25 Members/$30 Non-Members HollyDay Magic will take place on Thursday, December 9 and Friday, December 10 from 4-6 p.m. Your little craftsmen will fashion their own gifts and ornaments, most from natural materials. Children will also decorate cookies for a light snack. Since all the crafts are handson, be sure your child wears play clothes for this afternoon of fun! Each day’s participation is limited to 100 children and is always a sellout, so make your reservations early. Advance registration is required. For reservations or more information please contact Phyllis Sutton at 205.414.3958 or

Chairman Mrs. Fay B. Ireland Mrs. Louise D. Johnson Director Mrs. Claire H. Fairley Advisor Mr. & Mrs. Carl E. Jones, Jr. Benefactor Southern Progress Corporation Mr. & Mrs. A. J. Allison Mr. R. Shane Boatright Mrs. Tom Tartt Brown Dr. and Mrs. John A. Floyd, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Arant Stockham

Patron Mayer Electric Supply Company, Inc Mr. and Mrs. W. Frank Cobb, III Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Fletcher Mr. and Mrs. James M. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Jon Kimerling Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Murray, Jr. Dr. James L. Newsome Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Northen III Mrs. Dorothy L. Renneker Mr. B. Hanson Slaughter Mr. and Mrs. Jarred O. Taylor, II Mr. and Mrs. W. Hall Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd R. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. John N. Wrinkle

Garden Sustainers are our top annual donors, who in the words of  the late charter member Bill Spencer, “give more to support a garden that’s free for everyone else.”

Mrs. Ruby S. Ansley

Fran Lawlor

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Balliet

Dr. Michael E. Malone

Mrs. Lucille S. Beeson

Ms. Louise T. McAvoy

Mrs. Tom Tartt Brown

Mrs. Mary Jean Morawetz

D. Joseph & Ida C. Burns

Mr. Philip Morris

Ms. Suzanne G. Clisby

Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Murray, Jr.

Mrs. Martha Stone Cobb Daniel

Dr. & Mrs. A. I. Perley

The Dunn-French Family

Steve & LeAnne Porter

Mr. F. Lewter Ferrell, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. William M. Spencer, III

Mr. R.R. Herbst

Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr.

Mr. J. Ernest & Mrs. Ora Lee Hill

Mr. Douglas Arant Stockham

Mr. George L. Jenkins

Dr. Wendell H. Taylor

Hugh & Bobbe Kaul

Mrs. Carolyn D. Tynes

Members of The Perennial Society have made a planned gift, a bequest, or an endowment gift of $10,000 or more to The Gardens.

H onors H enry F. H ughes Shoals Master Gardeners

Tagetes Sp.

Dr. Bodil Lindin-Lamon

7 . 1 . 1 0 - 8 . 3 1 . 1 0 D iana S laughter Mr. B. Hanson Slaughter

F rederick R. S picer Jefferson County Master Gardener Association

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Mr. & Mrs. Edgar G. Aldridge


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memorials J udith A brams Ms. Mary Carolyn G. Boothby Ms. Suzanne Woodall J ohn B eck Ms. Carolyn Y. Carter J oseph M. F arley Ms. Mary Carolyn G. Boothby F rances F itzgerald Ms. Annette Dean B illy L ebold H arbert Ms. Mary Carolyn G. Boothby

7 . 1 . 1 0 - 8 . 3 1 . 1 0 N ell J. H urley Dr. & Mrs. Charles R. Becker Ms. Elizabeth D. Carnes Mrs. Linda Grissom Ms. Rhonda Harris Mr. & Mrs. Pete Holby Dr. Susan Jackson Ms. Carol Kirkpatrick Mr. & Mrs. Don Lowden Ms. Jeannine McElroy Mrs. Ann P. Shirley Mrs. Juanita Smith T erry M c G ill Dr. & Mrs. Daniel D. Jones

D ouglas M oore Ms. Michiru Sugi Mita

L eon S hapiro Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Rostand

H elen M. M oore Ms. Jane Hoke Mr. & Mrs. William C. Hulsey Mr. & Mrs. William M. Slaughter

G ertrude R. S herrod Mrs. Elberta G. Reid

A nlene P feiffer Mr. & Mrs Lawrence Ford R alph R ussel Mr. & Mrs. Willard McCall, Jr. D on S elby Mrs. J. M. Morgan, Jr.

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J acob S amuel L evinthal S hvaitser Mr. & Mrs. Kfir Shvaitser W illiam M. S pencer , III Ms. Alleen Cater & Dr. Lyle A. Hohnke Ms. Mary Lee Sullivan C linton T aylor Ms. Bess McCrory A delaide M. W arner Mr. & Mrs. David Pike


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Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hess Dr. & Mrs. Guy M. Hicks, Jr. Mrs. Richard C. Hillhouse Mr. & Mrs. Joel Hillhouse Mr. & Mrs. William L. Hinds, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Roy Hoffman, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Holbrook Ms. Jeanne L. Jackson & Dr. Mark Lester Dr. & Mrs. Peter Jander Dr. & Mrs. Jim Kamplain Mr. & Mrs. Wayne W. Killion, Sr. Mrs. Leigh King Mr. Andrew B. Krebbs Dr. & Mrs. Edward R. Meadows Ms. Margaret R. Monaghan Mr. & Mrs. Steve P. Morton Dr. Curt Newell & Dr. Sara Lynn Newell Mr. & Mrs. John T. Oliver, III Mr. & Mrs. Goode Price, III Mrs. Margaret G. Ragland Mr. & Mrs. Vaughn Rives Mr. & Mrs. E. Mabry Rogers Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Rostand Mr. & Mrs. Eladio Ruiz De Molina Dr. & Mrs. Howard Schiele Mr. & Mrs. Gregg Schuck Dr. & Mrs. Harold Settle Mr. Jeff Shimizu & Mr. Lamar Jeffries Mr. James Sokol & Lydia Cheney Mrs. Carol O. Sommers Mr. & Mrs. W. Stancil Starnes Mr. & Mrs. Mark Tucker Mr. & Mrs. William B. Wahlheim Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Williams

Mr. & Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Chitwood Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Clarkson Ms. Martha M. Cobb Dr. & Mrs. C. Glenn Cobbs Red Mountain Garden Club Mr. & Mrs. Guy Cofield Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Ausbeck Ms. Marie D. Cole Don & Kay Cole Mr. & Mrs. John G. Brock Valerie Collins Thomas Mr. & Mrs. J.S.M. French Ms. Janice Conway Mr. & Mrs. C. Dowd Ritter Mr. & Mrs. Joe Cooper Mr. & Mrs. Mike Rushing Marc & Susan Corsini Lee Costello & Brenda Carraway Mr. & Mrs. William E. Smith, Jr. Mrs. Renee Cox Mr. & Mrs. James A. Thompson Ms. Jennie Craft Ms. Elizabeth Crawford A mbassador Tom Davis $ 5 0 0 Dr. Andrew Dean Mr. & Mrs. William Goodrich Mr. & Mrs. Charles DeBardeleben, III Mr. & Mrs. Ken Horton Mrs. Judith M. Deegan Mr. Clint DeShazo Dr. & Mrs. Wade Lamberth Mrs. John E. Dorsett Mr. & Mrs. C. Phillip McWane Mr. & Mrs. George Dreher Teresa & Kenneth Neal Ms. Jo Ann Eberlein & Ms. Virginia Patterson Mr. Mark Widener Dr. & Mrs. George V. Eisenhart Mr. & Mrs. Jackson Payne Mr. & Mrs. James Eldridge Mr. & Mrs. George B. Elliott, Jr. O A K Ms. Kathy English $ 2 5 0 Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Eskew Mr. & Mrs. James Burdette Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Etheredge Ms. Carole H. Cobb Mr. & Mrs. Scott Evans Catherine Coltharp Dr. Rosemary H. Faust Dr. & Mrs. Merrill Compton, Jr. Mrs. Nancy J. Ferrell Dr. & Mrs. William H. Dodson Mrs. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch Mr. & Mrs. William C. Hulsey Mr. & Mrs. Robert Frese, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Ireland, II Margaret Fritsma Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gary Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Pearce Mr. & Mrs. Maury Gaston Ms. Janice W. Roberts Dr. Mia Geisinger Dr. & Mrs. Richard B. Shepard Mr. & Mrs. Joe L. Gerald Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Stockham Dr. & Mrs. Walter D. Glass Mrs. Richard Stukes H YD RA N G EA Mrs. Betty W. Goodwin Mr. & Mrs. Scott A. Walton $ 6 0 Dr. Robert P. Goolsby & Dr. Rupa Goolsby Macknally Ross Land Design Mr. & Mrs. Mike Graham M A G N O L I A Mr. & Mrs. Richard S. Abernethy Mr. & Mrs. William M. Graves $ 1 2 5 Mrs. Tyna Adams Ms. Anne Grimes Mr. Jack Adams Mrs. Margaret Ahearn Dr. & Mrs. Juan F. Gutierrez Mr. & Mrs. Robert Aland Mr. & Mrs. Edward Aldag Ms. & Mr. Judy Hard Mr. Grant Alspaugh Mrs. Beth Hardwick Ms. Irene Blalock & Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Bailey Ms. Nancy C. Hayley Mr. Richard Shoemaker Mr. David Baker Mrs. Paula S. Haynes Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Bloomer Mr. & Mrs. John R. Baker, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Howard J. Helzberg Bobby & Kelly Boone Mr. & Mrs. James P. Barnhart Mr. & Mrs. James Hewitt Dr. Ben V. Branscomb Mrs. Beverly Baum Mr. & Mrs. T.M. Hines Ms. Marcia C. Bryant Mr. & Mrs. Bob Baxley Dr. & Mrs. John B. Hodo Judge & Mrs. John L. Carroll Mr. & Mrs. Jack Becker Dr. & Mrs. P. Reginald Hug Mr. & Mrs. Thomas B. Cox, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Bethay Mr. & Mrs. Tom Hughes Mr. & Mrs. Russell M. Cunningham, III Mr. Elizabeth Blum & Mr. Erik Angner Mr. & Mrs. J. Fred Ingram Ms. Virginia Boliek Ms. Karen Phillips Irons Mr. Patrick J. David Dr. James Bonner Mr. & Mrs. Dale Johnson Dr. & Mrs. Max Davis Ms. Nora J. Bowman Mr. & Mrs. Roger & Beppy Johnson Ms. Susan Dominick Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Boyd Mr. Joseph H. Johnson, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Ehl Mrs. Betty F. Brice Mrs. Jenelle Jones Mr. & Mrs. E. Q. Faust Tom Brinkley Mr. & Mrs. C. Guy Jones Mr. & Mrs. J. Ross Forman, III Ms. Myra Brown Mr. & Mrs. Brian D. Judd Mrs. Toula Fulford Mr. Patrick Carden Mrs. Gretchen Kelley Ms. Kaye M. Carlisle Mr. & Mrs. James King, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Goettge Mr. & Mrs. John D. Carney, III Dr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Lamkin Mrs. Barbara S. Grant Ms. Janet Cash Ms. Carlisle Lampmann Mrs. Mary Rose Gray Mrs. Norma F. Chandler Mr. Randall D. Law & Dr. & Mrs. Ronald E. Henderson Mr. & Mrs. Sorrell Chew Ms. Hannah K. Wolfson

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Justin Littrell & Emily Banshinsky Mrs. Lucy Loflin Mr. & Mrs. Gary M. London Mr. & Mrs. Don Lowden Mrs. Dianne H. Luketic Mr. & Mrs. Shelby Mackey Ms. Sylvia Martin Mr. & Mrs. Coke S. Matthews III Mr. & Mrs. John M. McDowell Mr. & Mrs. David McLeod Mr. & Mrs. Ken L. Meyer Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence G. Michalove Benjamin & Felicia Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. William S. Morgan Mr. & Mrs. Donald Morrison, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Ashok V. Mujumdar Mr. & Mrs. Joe D. Murphy Mrs. Marjorie K. Nix Mr. & Mrs. James R. Overstreet Mrs. Sandra Parker Alton Parker Mr. & Ms. Charles E. Person Mr. & Mrs. Maurice F. Picardy Mr. & Mrs. S. Mallory Pierce Mr. & Mrs. David R. Pittman Lacey & Jim Poore Shelly & Jason Powell Mr. & Mrs. Gabriel Quijano Mr. & Mrs. Peter J. Radecke Mrs. Jo Ann Reilly Mr. & Mrs. L. B. Richardson, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Roy Rizzo Dr. Robert Robichaux Mr. & Mrs. Matt Robinett Mr. & Mrs. Tom Romp Dr. Loring Rue III Mr. & Mrs. Fred Rushing Mr. & Mrs. Robert Russell Bev & Bill Schoel Mr. John Sellers Dr. Jennifer Shuemaker Mr. & Mrs. John M. Sisson, Jr. Mr. Allen Small Mr. & Mrs. Stewart T. Smith Mrs. Caroline Smith Dr. W. D. Sockwell & Ms. Deborah J. Long Dr. Hughes Evans & Dr. Eric Sorscher Mr. & Mrs. Kerry Stein Mr. & Mrs. John M. Strozier Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Summerford Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Tate Mr. & Mrs. James L. Thompson, Sr. Mr. William L. Thuston Mrs. Ellen Tucker Mr. Charles Tucker Mr. & Mrs. Jim Tulloss Ms. Kelley Tynes Mr. & Mrs. Alex Vare Dr. Alan & Patti Vines Dr. Ann E. Wade Mr. & Mrs. Tom Walker Mrs. Melanie Walker Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Waller Mr.& Mrs Ricky Waters Mrs. Warner S. Watkins, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Warren E. Weed Mrs. Leonard J. Weil Mrs. Martha B. Welch Mr. & Mrs. J. Emory Wheat Mrs. Mary Wheless

D onors BB&T Birmingham Jewish Foundation Blonde Salon & Spa Daniel Foundation of Alabama Goodwyn Mills & Cawood Icing on the Cookie Jemison Investment Company Advised Fund Jim & Chops-Crape Myrtle’s Cafe Landscape Workshop Leaf & Petal Mayer Electric Supply Company, Inc RealtySouth Red Diamond Shades Valley Rotary Club Stephens Foundation

7 . 1 . 1 0 - 8 . 3 1 . 1 0 Mr. & Mrs. Harold Williams Mr. David Wilson Ms. Pamela G. Winfield Mr.& Mrs Jeffrey Wurst Ms. Linda F. Xia Ivey & Peter Young Mr. Alan K. Zeigler

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Stoney Ridge Garden Club Ms. Abby V. Alstyne Mrs. Mary Babbit Mrs. Nan Bashinsky Dr. & Mrs. William M. Bishop Mrs. Elaine Callaway Brooks Ms. Mary Virginia Brown Mrs. Jean Bryan Paul & Ina Buchanan Ms. Jan Burnett Mr. Greg Butrus Ms. Jenny Carpenter Miss Colleen Carr Mr. & Mrs. Russell V. Carroll Ms. Joann Cary Ms. Carla Cloum Mr. Jack L. Cobb Mrs. Margaret Coffman Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Cohn Mr. & Mrs. Ed Colvin Mr. & Mrs. Shane Coutch Ms. Sahra S. Coxe Mr. & Mrs. Martin Crawford Mr. Kyle Crider Mr. John A. Cross Ms. Jenny Crump Mrs. Margaret Dangler Mr. Randy Daniel Ms. Rebecca Day Ms. Vernetta Dickerson Mr. & Mrs. Albert DiMicco Ms. Sue Dixon Mrs. Jerri Dorrough Mr. William Duffey Ms. Rebecca Dunbar Dr. & Mrs. Kyle Echols Ms. Mary Edwards-Mueller Mrs. Lucie G. Ellard Lera Elliott Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Evans Ms. Noelle Fleming Mr. Ryan Floyd Dr. Karen Gardiner Ms. Rose Gaston Ms. Jessica Germany Mrs. Johnie Gieger Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Goldstein Mr. T. Randolph Gray, Sr. Mrs. Melissa Grober-Morrow Mrs. Louise Hairston Ms. Mitzie Hall M. E. Hartley Ms. Kathryn F. Harwell Mrs. Bonnie Hicks Ms. Carol A. Hobby Mrs. Janice Holliday Mrs. Margariette Hoomes Ms. Denise Hornbuckle Ms. Mona Hornbuckle Ms. Leslie J. Horton Mrs. Mary Hubbard Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hulsey

Ms. Louise Hutner Mr. Bob Jackson Ms. Honey Johnson Mr. Gerald Johnson Mrs. Mary N. Johnson Ms Tina Johnson Mrs. Susan H. Justice Mrs. Georgia Kearney Ms. Dorothea A. Klip Mr. & Mrs. James R. Land Mr. & Mrs. Mark Leader Mr. & Mrs. Warren Lightfoot, Sr. Ms. April Looney Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Massien Ms. Michelle Mathews Ms. Karen McCaffery Col. Earl C. McCrary Ms. Sara A. McVay Ms. Marie H. Miles Dr. Brent Miller Ms. Patricia Miller-Pinkerton Mr. & Mrs. David M. Millhouse Ms. Robyn Mitchell Ms. Betty R. Montgomery Ms. Jean B. Morris Tim & Emily Murray Anthony & Veronica Ngure Ms. Deborah O’Connor Dr. Emily Omura & Dr. George Omura Mrs. Dinah O’Sullivan Ms. Kimberly Parrish Mr. Brent Pierce Ms. Priscilla Pitts Mr. & Mrs. Terry Ponder Ms. Nancy Price Miss Amanda Pritchett Mr. & Mrs. Travis Pritchett Mr. Bill Qualls Ms. Julie Quick Mr. & Mrs. T. Andy Rector Mr. Salem Resha, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. J. Walden Retan Mrs. Betsy Rietz Ms. Nancy Rieves Mrs. Amy Riley Mr. John C. Salser Mr. Roger L. Salter Mr. James Sellars Mr. & Mrs. J. Arthur Smith Ms. Dotti Smith Mrs. Juanita Smith Ms. Mary Cynthia St. John Mr. & Mrs. Ronald L. Stichweh Mrs. Evelyn Stutts Ms. Kathleen Tajeu Mrs. F. Roy Treaster Ms. Louise Vance Ms. Wanda Venhuizen Ms Jennifer Vines Mr. John Weathers Pamela S. Weathers Mr. Jerome B. Weinberg, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Charles Wellman Mr. & Mrs. Jere F. White, Jr. Mrs. Delores L. Wilkinson Mrs. Cindy Willingham Dr. Timothy Wilson Ms. LeeAnn Wilson Mrs. Barbara J. Wilson Dr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Wilson Ms Gail Wood Mrs. Jaquline Wynn

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7 . 1 . 1 0 - 8 . 3 1 . 1 0 The James Milton & Sallie R. Johnson Foundation Volkert & Associates Vulcan Materials Company Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Adams Mr. & Mrs. Rex Alexander Mr. & Mrs. Craig Allen, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Amason, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Bert Amason Mr. & Mrs. Leon Ashford Ms. Mary Carolyn G. Boothby Mr. & Mrs. John G. Brock Mrs. Tom Tartt Brown Mr. John Burke Mrs. Lee B. Chapman

Mr. Colby Clark Dr. & Mrs. Mark Clark Mr. & Mrs. Reaves Crabtree Mr. & Mrs. Philip Crane Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Daniel Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Davis Mr. & Mrs. Douglas F. Elliott, II Mr. Walter B. Evans, Jr. Mrs. Cindy Fravert Mrs. Faith Gardner Mr. & Mrs. Hubert W. Goings, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James L. Goyer, III Mr. & Mrs. Beau Grenier Mr. & Mrs. Ben Gullage Mr. & Mrs. William C. Hazelrig

Mr. Wayne Hoar & Dr. Kathryn Hoar Mr John T. Hoff Mr. & Mrs. Heyward C. Hosch Mr. & Mrs. James F. Hughey, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Hewes Hull Mr. Jim Ingram Ms. Margi Ingram Mrs. Thomas E. Jernigan Mrs. Louise D. Johnson Mr. & Mrs. James M. Johnson Mr. & Mrs. William Jones Mr. & Mrs. Perry H. Keel Dr. & Mrs. Michael Keller Mr. & Mrs. William Dice Lineberry Mr. & Mrs. Henry S. Long, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Luckie Dr. & Mrs. George W. Matthews, III Mr. & Mrs. Willard McCall, Jr. Mary Evelyn McKee Mr. & Mrs. J. Reese Murray, III Mr. & Mrs. James Outland Mr. & Mrs. James W. Porter, II Mr. & Mrs. Wilmer S. Poynor, III Mr. & Mrs. Bill Reed Mr. & Mrs. Randy Reed Troy Rhone Mr. & Mrs. Banks Sewell Dr. & Mrs. David H. Sibley Mr. & Mrs. William M. Slaughter Mr. B. Hanson Slaughter

Mr. & Mrs. Hatton C. Smith Mrs. William M. Spencer, III Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Mr. Rusty Stewart Mr. & Mrs. Bill Stone Mr. & Mrs. Charles Sullivan, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. George Thompson Mr. & Mrs. Mark Tucker Mr. & Mrs. Norman B. Tynes Dr. Bayard S. Tynes Mr. & Mrs. Alex Vare Mrs. Brand Walton


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