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Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

There is always something blooming at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

2014 B oard

Plan your next visit soon! Visit & check out what’s new at The Gardens.

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O ur M ission Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens promotes public knowledge of plants, gardens & the environment; & receives, raises & administers resources for these purposes.

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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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D irectors

At Large: Cathy Adams Mary Boehm Chris Boles Emily Bowron Maggie Brooke Clarke Gillespy Tricia Holbrook John Hudson John Hurst Turner Inscoe Carl Jones Paul Jones Katy Baker Lasker Kathryn Porter Jeanie Sherlock




Hanson Slaughter ������������������������������������ President Brian Barr�������������������������������������� President-Elect Tricia Noble��������������������������������������Past President Scott Walton���������������������������������������������Treasurer Barbara Burton ���������������������������������������� Secretary Houston Gillespy������������������������� VP Development Elizabeth Broughton�������� VP Gardens & Buildings Charles Goodrich����������������������Governance Chair Robert Holmes, Chair of SPACE����������������� Officer (SPACE- Stakeholders, Partnerships & Community Engagement) Beverley Hoyt, Chair of Special Events Committee��������������������������� Officer

On The Cover

Rudy Lewis is shown at the MembersOnly Sale at the Spring Plant Sale. Special thanks to everyone that made the 2014 Spring Plant Sale a success. 2014 sponsors: The Howard Hughes Corporation, Royal Cup Coffee, FOX6, Leaf & Petal at The Gardens, Brio Tuscan Grille, Birmingham Home & Garden, Winn Dixie - Montevallo Location, Valpak, Buffalo Rock, Prestige Floor Care,

Fred Spicer���������������������������������������� Executive Director & CEO Stephanie Banks��������������������������������������������Director of Finance Dawn Coleman�������������������������� Education Activities Specialist Ragan Cox���������������������������������������Special Events Coordinator Elizabeth Drewry�������������������������������������������������������������Librarian Blake Ells����������������������������������� Public Relations Coordinator Jean Frey��������������������������������������������� Director of Development Ellen Hardy��������������������������� Education Program Coordinator Henry Hughes ����������������������������������������� Director of Education Jason Kirby ������������������������������������Library Assistant & Archivist Andrew B. Krebbs���������� Director of Marketing & Membership Hope Long��������������������������������������Director of Library Services John Manion���������������������������Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator Pam McLeod����������������������������������Donor Services Coordinator Drew Rickel�����������������������������������������Donor Relations Officer Jennifer Sanders������������������������ Plant Adventures Coordinator Taylor Steele��������������������������������������������Volunteer Coordinator Rona Walters�����������������������������������������������Membership Assistant The Garden Dirt is the newsletter of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The Garden Dirt is published six times a year to foster awareness & support events, services, & significant programs of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. We welcome your comments & address corrections. Please contact: Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Editor, Andrew B. Krebbs, director of marketing & membership 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223 205.414.3959 or Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens practices a policy of equal opportunity & 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 & Recreation Board. The deadline for the July/August issue is May 17.

As I write this, we have just shaken off the effects of this past winter and I, for one, am reveling in the truly spectacular spring we’re experiencing. I hope you’ve noticed and I have gotten a few suggestions from a few learned folks about why it has been so good. First, we had ample precipitation last summer. If you haven’t realized it yet, plants are very good at planning ahead; and unless it’s an annual, the prior season is when that planning happened – when spring-blooming plants set their flower buds. Second, with the protracted freezing temperatures and bitter absolute cold temperatures, plants were fully vernalized. That’s a nifty word for the way plants re-set their biological clocks. Vernalization helps to synchronize germination, emergence and flowering among plants of the same species. Third, we warmed up slowly and the weather has been relatively cool. The early bloomers got off to a somewhat late start and they held nicely, often overlapping with typically later flowering species. Fourth, we all had a horrific case of cabin fever! I think all of this – along with great marketing and most of all our fantastic, devoted volunteers and loyal customer – helped Spring Plant Sale 2014 approach record sales. Our other, earlier events, all of which highlighted our 50th anniversary year, were just as successful, too, even though we didn’t have revenue goals for them. We saw lots of old friends and made many new ones as well, at the Annual Members’ Celebration, the special Celebrating Our Roots presentation and the Spencer Lecture. And there’s more excitement as we head into summer with a free, fun movie on the Formal Garden lawn and an excursion to a beautiful garden in Georgia! See all the details in the pages ahead. Finally, we offer a huge thanks to our volunteers, members and donors alike for making this a fantastic spring (regardless of the weather).

See you in The Gardens,

Fred Spicer Executive Director & CEO

Save t he Date

Antiques at The Gardens

Announces the

2014 Red Diamond Lecture Series

W e l com e

Dear Friends:


Birmingham Rose Show May 10-11 Flicks Amongst the Flowers May 16 Alabama Bonsai Society Show May 17-18

Mario Buatta

Designer and Author of Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration Thursday, October 2

Birmingham Fern Society Lecture May 21 Alabama Orchid Society Repotting Class May 24 Annual Fern Society Show June 18 Members-Only Day Trip June 20 Antiques at The Gardens October 2-5

Shane Connolly

Floral Designer & Author of A Year in Flowers Friday, October 3

Look inside the July/August issue for profiles on this year’s lecturers or visit


Members Trip

Members-Only Day Trip Hills & Dales Estate, LaGrange, Ga. June 20, 2014 Join Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens on a Day Trip to Hills & Dales Estate in LaGrange, GA on Friday, June 20, 2014. The cost of the trip is $80/person. The fee includes Charter Bus transportation, special guided tour of the garden and house, lunch by the pool and beverages and snacks on the bus. This trip is open to all members of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Each member is allowed to bring one non-member on the trip. The bus should leave The Gardens at 7:30 a.m. and be back no later than 6:30 p.m. An exact itinerary is located on our website. Payment must be received by June 1, 2014. All attendees must ride the bus and get on the bus at The Gardens. No one is allowed to follow separately in their car.

Description of Hills & Dales Estate: The centerpiece of the Hills & Dales Estate is a beautiful Georgian-Italian villa, designed by architects Hal Hentz & Neel Reid for textile magnate Fuller E. Callaway, Sr. Completed in 1916, the home complements the formal boxwood gardens planted earlier in the mid 19th century by Sarah Ferrell. The property has been lovingly preserved by two generations of the Callaway family and is now open for public visitation. Guests can explore educational exhibits and experience an engaging film that tells the story of the estate. More information on Hills & Dales Estate is located at

For a complete itinerary for the trip, visit


photograph courtesy of Hills & Dales

Henry Hughes awarded

the Garden Club of America’s Zone VIII

Horticulture Commendation On April 8, Director of Education Henry Hughes was presented the Garden Club of America’s prestigious Zone VIII Horticulture Commendation. Hughes was recognized for his leadership and collaboration in re-foresting George Ward Park as part of the Garden Club of America’s Centennial Tree Project. The Little Garden Club of Birmingham and Red Mountain Garden Club worked with Henry on the George Ward Park project for four years, which involved propagating seed collected from trees in this Olmsted Brothers park, potting them and replanting them in the park under the parent tree canopy. This “re-forestation” has become a catalyst for a growing number of additional tree planting projects throughout the city of Birmingham.


Birmingham Botanical Garden’s Education Director

“Freedom Oaks” Planted

at Red Mountain Park & Vulcan Park & Museum (Right) Director of Education Henry Hughes joined Vulcan Park and Museum President and CEO Darlene Negrotto for a tree planting at the feet of the Magic City’s iron man.

On March 22, Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer joined Red Mountain Park Commission Chair Stephen A. Jones, former NFL player and Pro Start Academy founder Gary Burley, Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell and Red Mountain Park Executive Director David Dionne at Red Mountain Park for a tree planting. In honor of The Gardens 50th anniversary celebration, The Gardens donated 50 “Freedom Oaks” for the project, which has been ongoing in Birmingham since 2009. On April 25, in celebration of Arbor Day, The Gardens donated eight trees to Vulcan Park & Museum as part of a long term reforestation project for the site.

Red Mountain Park Commission Chair Stephen A. Jones, Birmingham Botanical Gardens Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer, former NFL player and Pro Start Academy founder Gary Burley, Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, Red Mountain Park Executive Director David Dionne


V o lu n t e e r s

Volunteer Spotlight Taylor Steele, volunteer coordinator

Customer Service and a Smile...

Archie Blackmon The staff and patrons of The Library acknowledge that we have many great volunteers, and that it’s hard to pick one to write about in our Volunteer Spotlight. However, when Archie Blackmon’s name was mentioned, everyone unanimously agreed. Archie become a Master Gardener in 2010, and joined the library as a volunteer in 2011. In the three years of service all have come to enjoy his rich personality, attention to detail and his wonderful customer service to patrons. Archie has known the value of volunteerism for some time, and upon retirement from AT&T, Archie served as a volunteer with AT&T Telephone Pioneers. When asked why he likes to volunteer in The Library, Archie says, “This is where all the learning is,” which bodes well for his wealth of knowledge about plants, soils and growing vegetables. Archie believes customer service is his focus during his Tuesday morning shift, and loves to interact with patrons needing his assistance. One of Archie’s most exciting experiences at The Gardens was during January’s blizzard. Archie was one of the sixty people that spent the night in the Garden Center, as The Gardens was deemed a warming station during the winter emergency. Archie opened up The Library to allow many weary travelers, stranded staff and volunteers the enjoyment of our many books, publications and computers. To Archie, this was just helping our patrons. To us, this is why our volunteers are priceless. Come say hello to Archie on Tuesday mornings, and please ask about his new grandchild. When Archie is not volunteering at The Library at The Gardens, he and his wife Linda like to travel, garden and spend many hours with Archie, III.


To learn more about how you can become a volunteer at The Gardens, contact Volunteer Coordinator Taylor Steele at or 205.414.3962.

M ay & J U N E

Nancy Johnson I love gardening and have always been attracted to color. In today’s chaotic world, I want to project a sense of peace, beauty and order through my work. To see more of Nancy’s work visit

News from the Archives & Rare Book Room By Jason Kirby, library assistant & archivist

Most learned the Camellia is the official state flower of Alabama in elementary school, but recently, I’ve discovered information that shows the goldenrod once served as the official state flower. The goldenrod became the official state flower of Alabama on September 6, 1927, the same day that the Yellowhammer became the state bird, and it represented Alabama well for over thirty years. I was on the lookout for postcards that related to our state botanical emblems (flowers, wildflowers and trees) online and found, by accident, a violet - Alabama state flower postcard, with our state capital on it, postmarked 1912. I quickly bought it knowing very few records I have run across ever mentioned any state flower for Alabama before the goldenrod. While it will require more research, I may have stumbled upon something rare to add The Archives. Come check it out!

Gerlach Plant Information Center Display for the months of May and June:

Grow Your Own Food: It’s Easy!

Library Hours of Operation Monday - Friday | 9 - 4 p.m. Saturday | 10 - 4 p.m. Sunday | 2 - 5 p.m. 205.414.3920

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

A rt i st D i s p lay M ain A rt G allery

Thyme to Read ◄ May 6: The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs June 3: ► A Handmade Wilderness by Donald G. Schueler

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



Good Things Growing… In The Gardens

Fred Spicer, executive director & CEO

“If you grow perennials – native or not – purple coneflower should be among the first plants on your list.” That’s a quote from Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion, and as much as he likes to throw around superlatives (deservedly so, in most cases), I think he’s onto something here. Botanically known as Echinacea purpurea, purple coneflower, with its showy composite flowers, is for gardeners east of the Rockies one of the most well-known members of the aster family, Asteraceae.“Aster” comes from the Greek word for “star,” and the striking, two-part flowers of this family were the basis for the old family name Compositae. Purple coneflowers’ droopy purple-pink (sometimes cream-white) ray florets encircle dense heads of orange disc florets [above left]. Both produce copious nectar and are highly attractive to insect pollinators [right]. The seeds are favored by seed-eating birds, especially the handsome American goldfinch (the state bird of New Jersey). Alabama boasts four native Echinacea species including E. purpurea, which is the most common. It’s largely restricted to the northern two-thirds of the state, but is rather uncommon. The center of the genus’ distribution is west of the Mississippi River, with OK, TX and AR each sporting six species; one species, E. laevigata, is strictly southeastern. Most Echinacea are plants of full sun and prairie-like habitats, providing strong clues about how these plants perform best in the garden. Purple coneflowers – and their hybrid progeny, of which there are now legion – tolerate full sun and average to dry conditions in soils of mid-range pH. They will also take some shade, such as high, filtered shade and afternoon shade, but flowering will be reduced and the plants will not be as dense. Purple coneflowers benefit from having some neighboring plants for their 30” tall flowering stalks, borne throughout May and into June, to lean on [below]. When grown alone, they may require staking, especially in rich soils. Deadheading will often result in a second (diminished) flush of flowers. In good locations, purple coneflowers are typically problem-free and can be long-lived; they will often seed in non-aggressively. Division of the fibrous root masses is easy, and best done in late fall or early spring. Great garden plants for sure, but broad claims of these plants’ medicinal value are controversial among researchers.


FRUITS AND NUTS – Continue spray program. Keep grass from around trees and strawberries. Peaches and apples can still be budded.

SHRUBS – Newly planted shrubs need extra care now and in coming weeks. Don’t spray with oil emulsions when temperature is above 85 °F.

LAWNS – Now is the best time to start lawns from seed. Water new lawns as needed to prevent drying. Keep established lawns actively growing by watering fertilizing and mowing. Spray weeds in lawns with proper herbicide.

ROSES – Spray or dust for insects and diseases. Fertilize monthly with complete fertilizer or rose special. Container-grown plants in flower may be planted. Prune climbing roses after the first big flush offlowering.

ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS – Late plantings of bedding plants still have time to produce. Watch for insects on day lilies.

BULBS – Summer bulbs started in containers may still be planted. Do not remove foliage from spring flowering bulbs. Do not let seedheads form on tulips and other spring flowering bulbs.

MISCELLANEOUS – Mulch new shrub plantings if not already done. Avoid drying out new shrub, tree and lawn plantings.

VEGETABLE SEED – Plant heat-loving and tender vegetables. Start cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and celery in coldframe for fall garden.

VEGETABLE PLANTS – Plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and sweet potatoes.

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For more information, see or call the Plant Hotline at 800.644.4458.

Classes/Field Trips/Volunteer Opportunities Registration & further information about the program, including course descriptions & certificate requirements, can be found at or call 205.414.3950. Almond Granite Outcrop (field trip) Trip Leaders: Arnie Rutkis & John Manion Saturday, May 17 | 9 - 4 p.m. Location: Randolph County, AL $60 Members | $70 Non-Members


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

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

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

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

MISCELLANEOUS – If scale insects continue on shrubs, use materials other than oils. Set houseplants on porch or outdoors in shade and pay close attention to the need for water. If desired, air layer houseplants.

VEGETABLE SEED – Plant beans, field peas, pumpkins, squash, corn, cantaloupes and watermelons.

VEGETABLE PLANTS – Plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and sweet potato vine cuttings.

Prairie Grove Glades (field trip) Trip Leaders: Tom Diggs, Ph.D. & John Manion Saturday, May 24 | 9 - 4 p.m. Location: Lawrence County, AL $60 Members | $70 Non-Members

Introduction to Mycology (elective) Instructor: Juan Luis Mata, Ph.D. Saturday, May 31 | 8:30-12:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden $40 Members | $45 Non-Members

What’s That Plant? A Workshop for Learning How to Identify Plants (elective) Instructor: Tom Diggs, Ph.D. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Saturday, June 14 | 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. $80 Members | $90 Non-Members

Making New Plants: All about Plant Propagation (elective)

E d u c at i o n

Certificate in Native Plant Studies

Instructor: Henry Hughes Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Saturday, June 21 | 8:30 - 12:30 p.m. $40 Members | $45 Non-Members

Summer Identification of Native Woody Plants (elective) Instructor: Fred Spicer Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Saturday, August 9 | 8:30 - 12:30 p.m. $40 Members | $45 Non-Members

classes classes

adult&family Old Thyme Herbal Remedies of the South Instructor: Phyllis Light Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Saturday, May 31 | 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. $30 Member | $35 Non-Member Photography Class: Memorable Images Instructor: Hank Siegel June 14 & 21 | 9 – noon Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Adventure Classroom $100 members | $120 non-members Photography Class: Walking Class-Water Features Instructor: Hank Siegel Saturday, July 5 | 9 – 1 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Conference Room $65 members| $75 non-members

Up Close & Personal Macrophotography in the Gardens Instructor: Hank Siegel July 19 & 26 | 9 - noon Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $100 members| $120 non-members Photography Class: Seasonal Series Instructor: Hank Siegel Saturday, August 9 | 9 – noon Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Exploration Classroom $65 members | $75 non-members Photography Class: Walking Class-Water Features Instructor: Hank Siegel Saturday, August 23 | 9 – 1 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Conference Room $65 members| $75 non-members

To register visit or call 205.414.3950.


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Children’s Summer Camps

Programs are designed to actively promote your child’s natural sense of creativity and discovery with fun learning experiences in the unmatched setting at Birmingham Botanical Gardens! This summer, we are growing global to give your camper the chance to travel through nature exploration, science, art, cooking, yoga, architecture, children’s literature and imagination while building skills for teamwork and making friendships. Make sure to find just the right fit for your camper. Thanks for making Children’s Summer Camp your family’s tradition! “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden We encourage early registration! Each camp is limited to 20 children except preschool camps, which are limited to 15 children. Teachers are certified or otherwise qualified. For more information, please contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 or

Morning Camps

(9-1 p.m.) $152 Members* | $190 Non-Members

Morning Camps

Afternoon Camps

(9-1 p.m.) $152 Members* | $190 Non-Members

(1:30-4:00 p.m.) $95 Members*|$116 Non-Members

June 2-7

July 7-11

June 23-27

American Girls: Girls Just Like Me For children entering grades 5K-2

American Girls: Girls Just Like Me For children entering grades 5K-2

Growing through Yoga For children entering grades 5K-6

Botanista Fashion For children entering grades 5K-6

Art in the Afternoon: Passport to Imagination For children entering grades 5K-2

Young Builders: Legos in the Landscape For children entering grades 1-3

July 14-18


June 9-13


Ahoy! Pirates & Mermaids For 4 and 5 year olds entering fall preschool programs


Summer Garden Chefs: Around the World For children entering grades 5K-2

Growing through Yoga For children entering grades 5K-6

Summer Garden Chefs: Around the World For children entering grades 3-6

July 21-25

June 23-27 Got Bugs? For 4 and 5 year olds entering fall preschool programs


Camp BBG: Young Naturalists For children entering grades 5K-2



Pricing includes a Summer Camp shirt.

Become a member to receive a 20% discount & priority registration! *Hydrangea Level & above

July 14-18 Art in the Afternoon: Passport to Imagination For children entering grades 3-6

Summer Garden Chefs: Around the World For children entering grades 5K-2


Summer Garden Chefs: Around the World For children entering grades 3-6

July 28-August 1 Young Builders: Legos in the Landscape For children entering grades 5K-1


Young Builders: Legos in the Landscape For children entering grades 2-3


Register online at or 205.414.3950.

Brown Bag Series

Come discover what the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Lab is and how it can help you identify problems and give you cures to your landscaping issues.

Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Discover how to make your landscape fit your current lifestyle, physical needs and desires.

June 25 | The Dirt on Soil | Henry Hughes

Healthy plants start with a healthy soil. Learn how to find out how healthy your soil is and what you can do to make it better!

July 9 | A Change of Scenery | Mike McQueen


June 11 | 411 to 911 Rescues | Hunter McBrayer


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FLICKS AMONGST THE F L WE R S May 16, 2014 7:30 p.m. gates open at 6 p.m.


Da e cash bar • movie-themed ymenu Th njo

E n ht i ens g i N ard G Formal

Garden in front of Conservatory

FREE ADMISSION Don’t forget your blanket.

Make it a date night or bring a group of friends! *Sorry, no pets, outside food or alcoholic beverages allowed. PRESENTED BY

9 SOON, Lane Parke will grow from seeds sown nearly a century ago. An organic extension

G a r d e n S u p p o rt e r s

Gifts to The Library at

Birmingham Botanical Gardens January-March 2014

As of February 28, 2014

Chairman Level

Mr. & Mrs. W. F. Cobb, III Mr. & Mrs. John R. Israel, III Mrs. Louise D. Johnson

Advisor Level

Mr. & Mrs. Carl E. Jones, Jr. Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Murray W. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. South, III

Benefactor Level

Ms. Elna R. Brendel Dr. & Mrs. John A. Floyd, Jr. Southern Progress Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Rick Stukes Mr. & Mrs. John A. Williamson, Jr.

Patron Level

Mr. & Mrs. John G. Brock Ann & Angelo Bruno Foundation Mrs. Camille Butrus Mr. & Mrs. Bob de Buys Mr. & Mrs. Walter S. Fletcher Mr. & Mrs. J.S.M. French Mr. & Mrs. Christopher W. Hoyt Mr. & Mrs. Jon Kimerling Mr. & Mrs. Fred W. Murray, Jr. Dr. James L. Newsome Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Noble, III Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Northen, III Mr. & Mrs. Wilmer S. Poynor, III Rucker & Margaret Agee Fund Mr. & Mrs. William J. Rushton, III Mrs. Lucille R. Thompson Mr. & Mrs. John N. Wrinkle Anonymous

Jan Holliday Barbara Lampkin Margo Rebar Grace Buettner John Musgrave Stephanie Banks April Puccetti Frank Poindexter Hambaugh Mike Rushing Cecelia Latham

Linda S. Herren

– in memory of Larry G. Jackson Ann and Gary Ray

– in memory of Evelyn Louise Nichols Perrin Queens of Spades Garden Club

– in memory of Nancy Jones Chapel Creek Garden Club

– in honor of Fletcher Harvey Horticulture Study Garden Club

– in honor of Jason Kirby


Mr. & Mrs. Edgar G. Aldridge Mr. & Mrs. Michael Balliet Ms. Camille A. Becker Mrs. Lucille S. Beeson * Peggy Bonfield & Orrin Ford D. Joseph & Ida C. Burns * Mary Carolyn Gibbs Cleveland Suzanne G. Clisby Mrs. Martha Stone Cobb Daniel * The Daniel Foundation of Alabama The Dunn-French Family Mrs. Claire H. Fairley* Mr. F. Lewter Ferrell, Jr. * Mr. R.R. Herbst * Mrs. Jimmie Hess * Mr. J. Ernest Hill & Mrs. Ora Lee Hill *

Fay B. Ireland Mr. George L. Jenkins Hugh & Bobbe Kaul * Ms. Pamela Kaul * Andrew Krebbs Fran Lawlor Dr. Bodil Lindin-Lamon* Hope Long Dr. Michael E. Malone Ms. Louise T. McAvoy * Mrs. Mary Jean Morawetz Mr. Philip Morris Mr. & Mrs. Fred W. Murray, Jr. James L. Newsome Dr. & Mrs. A. I. Perley * Steve & LeAnne Porter

Mrs. Carol P. Poynor Mrs. Dorothy L. Renneker * Deborah & John Sellers Mr .& Mrs. William M. Spencer, III * Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Mr. Douglas Arant Stockham Dr. Wendell H. Taylor, Sr. * Mrs. Barbara D. Thorne * Mrs. Carolyn D. Tynes * Mrs. Ann H. “Nancy” Warren * Mrs. Robert Wells Anonymous As of February 28, 2014 *Deceased

Gifts received between

1. 1. 14- 2. 28. 14 Clara H. Baskett Mr. William Baskett

Alice Elizabeth B. Caldwell Ms. Olivia Alison

Jeanne H. Edwards Walter & Annette Dean

John D. Elmore

Mr. & Mrs. A. Jack Allison, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Ehney Addison Camp, III Mrs. William N. Culp, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. J.S.M. French Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Staff Ms. Susan Helmsing Mr. Henry Sharpe Lynn, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Eugene P. Stutts Mrs. A. Brand Walton

Margaret Grubb Mrs. Michael H. Poe

Carolyn E. Holladay Dr. & Mrs. Gene Siegal

Pat Hug

Dr. P. Reginald Hug

Billie K. Jones Mr. & Mrs. Alvin V. Filer Leo Kayser, Jr. Ms. Olivia Alison Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt R. Haskell Mr. & Mrs. William L. Hinds, Jr. Edith Keith Forest Park Garden Club Mary Mardian Mr. & Mrs. James M. Miller Katherine McTyeire Ms. Olivia Alison Mrs. Frances D. Blount Mrs. Rachel K. Drennen Mrs. Elna Shugerman Surget S. Sanders Forest Park Garden Club Virginia B. Spencer Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lee Lucas

honors honors

G a r d e n S u p p o rt e r s

memorials memorials

Sonat Lake

Gifts received between

1 .1 .1 4 -2 .2 8 .1 4 Fletcher D. Harvey, III Chapel Creek Garden Club Mountain Park Garden Club

Home Garden Club Ms. Olivia Alison

Jason Kirby

Horticulture Study Garden Club Ms. Ruth Ingram Roebuck Springs Garden Club Wildflowers Garden Club

Mike Rushing

Mrs. Alleen Cater & Dr. Lyle A. Hohnke

Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Bill Bowron, Jr.


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donors donors Gifts received between

1. 1. 14- 2. 28. 14 Ashville Garden Club Baldwin County Master Gardeners Mr. William Baskett BHK Securities, LLC Birmingham Botanical Society Fund Mr. & Mrs. Bill Bowron, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Bob de Buys Diamond Tours, Inc. Mrs. Rachel K. Drennen Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Home Garden Club Jefferson County Master Gardener Association Jemison Investment Company, Inc. Ms Tina Johnson Mrs. Crawford T. Johnson, III Mr. & Mrs. Jon Kimerling Dr. & Mrs. Richard Mayne Mr. & Mrs. Jim Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Noble, III Mr. & Mrs. James L. North Mr. & Mrs. Don Parkey Mr. James E. Parrish Red Mountain Garden Club Renaissance Charitable Foundation Inc. Mrs. Elna Shugerman Mr. John Shull Mr. James M. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Snyder Southern Progress Corporation Steel City Recycling Mrs. Amy Tubre Valley Off-Shoots Garden Club Ware & Company

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

Butterfly Awareness Day June 14 • 10-2 p.m. In cooperation with Birmingham Zoo, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Auburn Cooperative Extension System, The Gardens Native Plant Group and McWane Science Center, Birmingham Botanical Gardens presents Birmingham's Butterfly Education and Awareness Day on June 15. Each year, the Association for Butterflies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of butterflies through conservation, research and promotion of butterfly gardening and butterfly farmers, celebrates Butterfly Education Awareness Day on the first Saturday of June. This year, three of Birmingham's most recognizable cultural institutions have chosen Father's Day weekend to bring the same celebration to the Magic City as part of The Gardens' "Get Into The Gardens" series. The event will be held at The Gardens from 10 – 2 p.m. Admission is free. Contact Taylor Steele, volunteer coordinator, for more information at 205.414.3962 or

President $1,000

Mr. & Mrs. Edgar G. Aldridge Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Hinds Mr. J. Turner & Mrs. Ashley Inscoe Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rosse Mr. & Mrs. William M. Slaughter Mr. & Mrs. Jarred O. Taylor, II Mr. & Mrs. John E. Walker

Ambassador $500-999 Ms. Lori Oswald & Mr. Hans Paul Mrs. Louise G. Smith

Oak $250-499

Mr. Albert P. Brewer Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Curtin, Sr. Dr. Anne M. Cusic & Dr. Bruce Cusic Dr. & Mrs. James A. Davis, III Mr. Richard Dorman Ms. Joyce Eidson Mrs. James H. Emack Mr. Philippe W. Lathrop & Mrs. Judith S. Crittenden Mr. & Mrs. John F. Markus Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Morad Ms. Dorothy J. Tayloe Dr. & Mrs. Jack Trigg, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Russell H. Vandevelde, III

Magnolia $125-249

Ms. Diane P. Alessio & Mr. Otello A. Alessio Mr. & Mrs. Keith Allen Drs. Angus & Melissa Baird Mr. & Mrs. Johnny L. Banks, Jr. Mrs. Barbara Ann Beckett-Gaines Dr. & Mrs. Frank Benesh Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Boldin Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Boulware, III Mrs. Samuel H. Burr Mr. & Mrs. Frank Canterbury, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Carroll Ms. Nan Carter Dr. & Mrs. Jerry W. Chandler Mr. & Mrs. Brian Coffee Ms. Paula C. Cosper Mrs. Jane Cusick Mr. & Mrs. Ogden S. Deaton Mrs. Suzanne Dickinson Ms. Marilyn Dixon Mike & Carolyn Edwards Mrs. Margaret L. Fleenor Mr. & Mrs. Earl A. George Mrs. Linda Grissom Mr. & Mrs. Edward L. Grund Dr. & Mrs. William Hansford Mr. & Mrs. James W. Heacock, Jr. Ms. Sarah B. Horn Mr. Frank Hrabe Mr. Ben Ivey Jackson Michael & Jennifer Jacobs Mr. & Mrs. Frank Jones, Jr. Mrs. Elizabeth W. Jones Ms. Elaine Kassouf Mr. & Mrs. James G. Lambert Ms. Ethelwyn Langston Ms. Eileen Lewis Mr. & Mrs. Henry A. Long, Jr. Mrs. David H. Marbury, III Ms. Carol A. McCoy Mr. Ken McCutchen Mrs. Margaret H. McGowan Ms. Emily W. McGowin Mr. & Mrs. Donald Y. Menendez

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Nelson Ms. Connie O’Brien Dr. & Mrs. Glenn E. Peters Mrs. Sue Pritchard Denny & Susan Ragland Ms. Bari Reaves Ms. Diane Remick Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Roberts Dr. & Mrs. Adam Robertson Mrs. Ralph N. Rooney Dr. & Mrs. Robert E. Roth Dr. Paul Samuelson Mrs. Eugenia Schanbacher Mr. & Mrs. James W. Shepherd, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Larry Spangler Mary Ann & Ricky Stone Mr. & Mrs. Michael Tate Mr. & Mrs. Jim Thompson Dr. Beverly VonDerPool & Dr. Phillip Smith Dr. & Mrs. James C. Walker, Jr. Dr. Charles L. Watkins & Mrs. Mary L. Watkins Mr. & Mrs. Michael P. White Mr. & Mrs. John M. Williams Mr. & Mrs. John W. Williams Ms. Margery J. Wirth Mr. & Mrs. Kirk Withrow

Hydrangea $60-124 Mr. & Mrs. Blake P. Alexander Tom Ashar Mr. & Mrs. Leon Ashford Mr. & Mrs. Bill Askew Mrs. Katherine Avant Dr. & Mrs. William C. Bailey Ms. Shannon Banta Mr. & Mrs. Larry Barkey Mr. & Mrs. John G. Barnett Mr. & Mrs. Terry Alan Beckham Mr. & Mrs. Victor Bey Mrs. Jenny Blackmon Mrs. Teri Borders Mr. & Mrs. Joe H. Brady, Jr. Mrs. Bertice Brown Connie & C. Michael Buchanan Mr. & Mrs. Bill J. Burnham Ms. Tammie Butts Mrs. Margaret Caley Mrs. Elissa Capps Ms. Racile Casey Drs. Michael Catenacci & Kaira Catenacci Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Chitwood Ms. Suzanne G. Clisby Ms. Barbara Clotfelter Don & Kay Cole Mrs. Jennafer Collins Dr. & Mrs. Edward V. Colvin Mr. & Mrs. J. Paul Compton Mr. & Mrs. A. Philip Cook, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John H. Cooper Mr. & Mrs. N. Lee Cooper Dr. & Mrs. William Costenbader Mrs. Lynn Craft Mr. Robert Crossmeyer Michelle & Michael Danley Dr. & Mrs. Charles Dasher Ms. Susan E. Davenport Mr. & Mrs. Mark Davis Ms. Laura Dean Mr. & Mrs. Harold Deason Mrs. Kate H. Degaris Mr. & Mrs. Armand Dekeyser Ms. Kelly Denson Mr. Joseph Dice & Dr. Patricia Dice Mrs. Mary I. Dillon

Ms. Erin Donohoo Ms. Jo Ann Eberlein & Mr. Mark Widener Mrs. William F. Edmonds Mr. & Mrs. Eddie Elliott Dr. & Mrs. Bonner Engelhardt Mrs. Lori Ennis Mr. & Mrs. Stanley M. Erdreich, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Keith Fleisher Mrs. Peggy Bonfield & Mr. Orrin Ford Mrs. Peggy M. Fortier Mrs. Anita Fowler Megan & Ben Gerace Mr. & Mrs. Scott Gewant Mr. & Mrs. Sharp Gillespy, IV The Honorable & Mrs. Arthur Green Ms. Jan C. Greer Mrs. Elizabeth C. Gregory Mr. & Mrs. Micheal W. Griggs Mr. & Mrs. Allen Hammack Mr. & Mrs. Jason Harlos Mrs. Ann G. Harvey & Mr. Thomas W. Schultz Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher D. Harvey III Mrs. Paula S. Haynes Ms. Lida I. Hill Ms. Valerie W. Holley Mr. & Mrs. Alex R. Hood Sidney & Russ Hoover Mr. & Mrs. George B. Howard Mr. & Mrs. J. Terry Humber Dr. & Mrs. Daniel D. Jones Mr. & Mrs. Williams Jones III Dr. Suzanne Judd Ms. Diane Kanzler Ms. Karen Kelly Mrs. Benjamin E. Kidd, III Mrs. Cass Klimcak Mr. Jack Krueger Walter & Carolyn LaGroue Mr. & Mrs. Clark Lamb Dr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Lamkin Nancy & Lamar Latimer Mr. & Mrs. Cheney Lawler Mr. & Mrs. Reed Lawrence Mr. & Mrs. Bob Levine Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Lewis Dr. John A. Long & Dr. Sheri S. Long Mr. & Mrs. James H. Lott, Jr. Mrs. Suzanne Lucas Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Lunsford Mr. & Mrs. Shelby Mackey Ms. Mary Halsey Maddox Mr. John Manion Ms. Dorothy McDaniel Mr. & Mrs. Gene McElroy Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Miller Mrs. Nina P. Miranda Mr. & Mrs. Whit J. Montgomery Sherry & Jerry Moore Ms. Pam Moore Ms. Dorothy A. Morgan Mr. & Mrs. J. Perry Morgan Mr. & Mrs. Matt Morrow Mr. & Mrs. Ashok V. Mujumdar Dr. & Mrs. Charles Murray Dr. Peter Nagi Mr. & Mrs. John T. Natter Ms. Mary A. Newell Mr. & Mrs. Bill Ogard Mrs. Tonya Payne The Very Reverend & Mrs. Andrew C. Pearson, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Paul G. Petznick Mrs. Rebecca Prescott Mr. & Mrs. Erskine Ramsay, II Mrs. Elizabeth Ratliff Dr. & Mrs. Courtenay Renneker

Gifts received between

1 .1 .1 4 -2 .2 8 .1 4 Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Reynolds Mrs. Carol Ringland Ms. Debbie Roberts Ms. Mary Roebuck Pearl & Don Ryan George & Tricia Sadowski Mrs. Audrey Sanford Mr. & Mrs. Walter F. Scott, III Mr. & Mrs. Walter E. Shackelford Debra Sharpe Dr. & Mrs. Gene Siegal Mr. & Mrs. William J. Simmons Ms. Leigh Sloss-Corra Mr. & Mrs. Dan M. Smith Mrs. Joy Smith Ms. Shannon Spotswood Mr. Alan Stamm Mrs. Debbie Stevens Ms. Martha Ann Stevenson Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Stewart Mrs. Amanda Stringfellow Mr. O. David Taunton Drs. Benjamin & Beth Taylor Mrs. Jessica Thuston Mr. & Mrs. Brock Tompkins Mr. Mark Hobson & Dr. Diane Tucker Dr. Michael Tyner Mr. Christopher VanCleave Mr. & Mrs. Phil Vander Kamp Eva & Alexander Vare Dr. & Mrs. Will Varnell Dr. Robert E. Varner & Dr. Pam Varner Mr. Howard P. Walthall & Ms. Rosemary Fisk Ms. Emma Wang Mr. & Mrs. Tom Warburton Mrs. Calvert Whatley Mrs. Rebecca White Ms. Catherine White Murray & Wayne Williamson Ms. Linda M. Wilson Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Wilson Audrey Ann & Jim Wilson Mrs. W. W. Winfree, Jr. Mrs. Rebecca Wingett Ms. Ellen Witt Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Wiygul Mr. & Mrs. James H. Woodson Mrs. Cheryl H. Wooten Ms. Jessica York

Trillium $45-59 Central Alabama Daylily Society Ms. E. Bryding Adams Ms. Julie Adams Mr. & Mrs. Russell W. Adams Ms Carol L. Alston Ms. Carol Argo Mrs. Dorothy T. Ashby Ms. Carol Ball Betsy Barber Bancroft Ms. Caroline Bates Mr. & Mrs. Ronald L. Baynes Ms. Ann Best Mrs. Margaret H. Bish Ms. Allison Boone Ms. Frances M. Brandon Mrs. Wallace Bunn Mrs. James J. Bushnell Mr. & Mrs. Mike Calhoun Mr. & Mrs. Roger Carlisle Mrs. Kathryn Chambliss Mr. & Mrs. Ben B. Chastain Ms. Peggy Comer Mr. & Mrs. Donald Cook Ms. Mary Lynda Crockett Mrs. William N. Culp, Jr. Ms. Margaret Davis Mr. & Mrs. J. Frank Day, III

Terry & Josilyn Drake Dr. & Mrs. Kyle Echols Mr. & Mrs. William G. Faulkner, Jr. Ms. Jane Fike Ms. Rita Freeman Ms. Judy Gardner Mrs. Sharon Gates Mrs. Michael Gilliam Mrs. Patricia Hardy Mrs. Martha B. Hastings Mrs. Mary Hawkins Ms. Mary L. Hendricks Ms. Judy Jackson Mrs. Ruby C. Key Mrs. Barbara B. Lampkin Dr. Karen Larsen Mr. & Mrs. Mark Leader Mr. Edward R. Levin Ms. Kitty Lineberry Dr. Mark Mankowski Ms. Donna F. Matthews Ms. Alisa Mays Ms. Ann McAdams Ms. Bonnie McDonald Ms. Jane McKenzie Ms. Gail McLaughlin Ms. Margaret R. Monaghan Mr. & Mrs. Stephen R. Monk Ms. Kimberly Moore Ms. Kathryn Morgan Mrs. Gail Murphree Mrs. Linda Nowlin Mrs. Ethel N. Owen Mrs. Linda Pair Mr. Edward Pair Mr. Edward W. Parish Mrs. Suzanne Peterson Ms. Cynthia Pinger Mrs. Louise Pinkerton Mrs. Judy Pinson Mrs. Margo Rebar Mrs. Katherine S. Reed Ms. Jean Rhone Mr. & Mrs. J. Scott Richards Ms. Emily Richardson Ms. Gloria M. Roque Ms. Charlotte Rothermal Dr. & Mrs. Daniel E. Rousso Mr. John Schoppert, Jr. Ms. Ruth Ann Steele Mrs. Jane Street Mr. & Mrs. Bob Terry Mrs. Betty B. Thompson Ms. Pam Thompson Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Townsend Mrs. Sharon Treece Mr. & Mrs. Bruno Tropeano Ms. Connie Wade Ms. M.V. Wehrenberg Ms. Renee West Mrs. June Wheelock Mrs. Karen White Mrs. Joann S. Wissinger

G a r d e n S u p p o rt e r s

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Young Professional Dr. and Mrs. Ronald P. Beasley Mr. Lester Castellow Reverend and Mrs. Joe Genau Dr. Jenna Jenkins Ms. Rachel Hebert Mr. Robert MacArthur Dr. Eddie P. Ort III


Ms. Ardis Albany Mrs. Betsy Allison Mr. Jeffrey Bittinger Ms. Emily Houston Ms. JoAnn Pillion


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