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S eptember /O ctober 2014 b b gard e n s . o r g

Antiques at The Gardens |

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Southern Tales | Dirt Dash |

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Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

There is always something blooming at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

2014 B oard


D irectors

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

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

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

September Camellias Fall Annuals Herbs Perennials

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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Fred Spicer���������������������������������������� Executive Director & CEO Stephanie Banks��������������������������������������������Director of Finance Dawn Coleman�������������������������� Education Activities Specialist Ragan Stone�������������������������������������Special Events Coordinator Elizabeth Drewry�������������������������������������������������������������Librarian Ellen Hardy��������������������������� Education Program Coordinator Blake Ells����������������������������������� Public Relations Coordinator Jean Frey��������������������������������������������� Director of Development 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 Brooke McMinn������������� Plant Adventures Program Specialist Drew Rickel�����������������������������������������Donor Relations Officer Taylor Steele��������������������������������������������Volunteer Coordinator Rona Walters�����������������������������������������������Membership Assistant

Azaleas (rebloom) Beautyberries Camellias Fall Annuals Fall Wildflowers Herbs Hollies Ornamental Grasses Salvias Tea Olives Roses Vegetables

On The Cover

2013 Tastemaker Mark Kennamer, Greg Pack, Jarrett Lane & Jake Wilson were in attendance at the Sterne Agee Gala in The Gardens; more than 600 attended. Birmingham’s premiere antiques show welcomes renowned tastemakers and dealers from across the country. More than 14 architects, interior designers and landscape designers will curate themed areas with goods selected from Birmingham and other regions of the country. See page 2-3 for more details about the 2014 event.

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 Sept./Oct. issue is July 15.

A huge thank you is due (I hope not overdue!) to all of the volunteers who have worked so hard on this year’s Fall Plant Sale and Antiques at The Gardens. Antiques’ chairs Barbara Burton and Katie Baker Lasker and their committee have put together a team of local tastemakers and dealers from across the country that is sure to inspire you. Dozens of volunteers – too many to name (sorry!) – have been raising and buying plants, and stand ready to help make your garden more beautiful, and your gardening efforts more rewarding than ever before. Don’t miss either one of these annual Gardens’ fundraisers: details are in this issue. Fall is my favorite season in Birmingham. I’ve said that since moving here (and no, it’s not because my birthday hits at this time of year: I’ve stopped counting)! I think it’s often our “longest” season, or longest-feeling season, anyway, and I like that notion. Fall makes me a little nostalgic for back-to-school, too; there’s a poignancy about seeing the earnestness in the faces of the children who come out for our free, science-based field trips. So much potential! As much as I don’t miss (at all) the bitter cold of the northeast, where I grew up, I completely embrace the crisp fall weather and the sweaters and the turtlenecks and the corduroy. And then there’s the fall color and that unique, sparkling quality of light. Gardeners welcome fall with notebooks full of ambitious plans and active verbs: digging, turning, amending, dividing, planting, raking, composting, harvesting and more. I’d add pruning, but that will need to wait until after our first couple of hard freezes, which usually start around mid-November. Fall pruning before then can interfere with plant dormancy, and stir bursts of growth that will die off come winter. So put your shears away until then. There’s plenty of other tasks to complete.

See you in The Gardens,

Fred Spicer Executive Director & CEO

Save FA L L Plant Sale t he October 18-19 Date

Alabama Orchid Society Show September 20-21 Antiques at The Gardens October 2-5 Gala in The Gardens October 2 Shane Connolly Lecture October 2

W elcome

Dear Friends:

On October 18-19, The Gardens will host its annual Fall Plant Sale in Blount Plaza – giving patrons an opportunity to purchase sustainable trees, fall annuals, shrubs, natives, perennials and more, while benefiting The Gardens’ mission to promote public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment. Proceeds from the sale help fulfill this mission through programs like Discovery Field Trips, Plant Adventures and our Public Library, among many more. On Saturday, The Gardens’ Fall Plant Sale will be open to the public 9-5 p.m. On Sunday, hours are Noon-4 p.m. Learn more at

Maria Buatta Lecture October 3 Fall Plant Sale October 18-19 Dirt Dash November 15



2 0 14 Taste make rs

This year regionally and nationally-known architects, interior designers and garden designers will serve as “Tastemakers” and will curate themed areas.

Christopher Spitzmiller, Kinsey Marable, Ware Porter

Elegant Earth

Gallery 1930

Falkner Gardens

King’s House Antiques

Jamie Inge Interiors

Libby Greene Interiors

King’s House Oriental Rugs


Pat Hiden Interiors

RSH Designs

Patti Woods Interiors

Shepard and Davis Architecture

Henry Sprott Long & Associates

Studio C Architecture & Interiors

Learn more about this year’s show and purchase tickets at

Taylor Dawson & Associates Thompson House Interiors or 205.414.3950.


Red Diamond Lecture Series presents

Thursday, October 2, 1 – 5 p.m.

flower magazine presents


proudly presents

Mario Buatta & Shane Connolly - see page 9

Public Show Hours

Friday, October 3, 10 – 5 p.m.

Tastebuds - Define Your Style - see page 9

Saturday, October 4, 10 – 5 p.m.

Sterne Agee presents

Sunday, October 5, 11 – 3 p.m.

Gala in The Gardens - see page 9

Tickets: $10 Non-Members, Free to Members+

Avril Walker Design Mobile, AL

Hiltz Lauber Birmingham, AL

Whitehall Antiques Chapel Hill, NC

Estate Jewelers of Mountain Brook Mountain Brook, AL

Laura Pearce Jewelry Atlanta, GA

Jim Thompson America, Inc. Atlanta, GA

Evy McPherson’s Gracia Home Nashville, TN

Madison James, Inc. New York, NY

Thomas M. Fortner Antiques Memphis, TN

McDonough Fine Art Atlanta, GA

Pennoyer Newman Distinctive Garden Pots New York, NY

George Getlik Fine Art Atlanta, GA

Edwin C. Skinner Antiques Fairhope, AL

Wallace-Burke Birmingham, AL

2014 Exhibitors

Art, Jewelry & Antiques


V o lu n t e e r s

Volunteer Spotlight

Taylor Steele, volunteer coordinator

Local Girl Scout Troop Supports The Gardens through Volunteer Conservation Project How the program works

The Gardens project

When Birmingham Botanical Gardens provides an opportunity for youths to build their skills in community service and conservation, we are investing in our community’s future. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama encourages girls to engage in community projects in order for them to learn new skills while contributing to their local community. Past projects at The Gardens have included making an environmental education kiosk, controlling exotic-invasive plant species, trail improvements and lath house work. Youths are encouraged to visit The Gardens and suggest projects of their own, but also meet with Director of Horticulture James Horton.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Pollinator Demonstration Site for Discovery Fieldtrip

The Gardens’ projects generally fall into two categories: leadership projects and general community service projects. Leadership projects require the groups to do project design, planning and coordination as well as implementation. Leadership projects are appropriate for Girl Scouts seeking a Silver or Gold Award and school students doing an honor project. The general community service projects are usually group projects, although some can be done by individuals. They usually entail tasks that can be implemented during one or two work sessions.

Jacie, Madeline, Emma, Perry and Georgia are five young women from Troop 31017. In July they began work on a pollinator demonstration/education site for The Gardens. The plot will be used as a site location for a new Discovery Field Trip slated to begin in Spring of 2015. Two of the girls, Jacie and Madeline Herring, are beekeepers, maintaining their own hive. They became interested in this project due to the growing concern about the decline in honey bees and native pollinator bees. Another project team member Perry Dowell is the daughter of a beekeeper and has learned a great deal about bee conservation and has assisted with education programs for children over the past six years. Another member, Georgia, is a certified Alabama Water Watch monitor-Jr. division. Emma is a Jr. Master Gardener and has an interest in butterfly ecology. All of these girls are very environmentally aware; in addition to their interest in pollinators, they also hold Alabama Water Watch certifications-Junior division and one is even a Junior Master Gardener. These five girls are very service-oriented and want to give to the community in a way that will educate people as well as protect our natural resources. The general consensus about their project? “This is so cool!” The girls are utilizing both local and national resources including The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation,


S e pt e mb e r & O ctob e r

Debbie Reese ‘Nature’s Palette’

N e ws from the Archives & Rare Book Room By Jason Kirby, library assistant & archivist

Fifty years ago on October 27, 1964 Birmingham Botanical Society, Inc. (dba Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens) was born from Birmingham Botanical Gardens Advisory Committee, which had been formed six months prior by the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board. The Park Board formally approved the Society with the President of the Society being Dr. Lee F. Turrington, who had served in a similar capacity as the chairmen of the advisory committee. Other officers were: Mrs. Hugh (Gillian Goodall) Comer, vice president Mrs. Hugh (Barbara Orr) Kaul, secretary, and Tom McClellan III., treasurer. The advisory committee recommended formation of the membership society as a more effective means of promoting interest in and development of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Gerlach Plant Information Center Display for the months of September & October:

Fall Planting

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 rtist D isplay M ain A rt G allery

Thyme to Read ◄ October 7: The Grass Harp by Truman Capote November 4: ► Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon 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.


Gardening 6

Good Things Growing… In The Gardens

Fred Spicer, executive director & CEO

Sassafras albidum is one of our most consistent native trees for fall color. Unnoticed perhaps throughout the rest of the year, but in mid- to late October, it lights up roadsides, woodland edges and other sunny places with its warm and brilliant display of purple-red, yellow and, at its best, burnt orange (right). It makes a surprisingly good ornamental and is handsome in all seasons. Bright yellow-green flowers appear on leafless stems in late Marchearly April (far right) and the summer foliage is typically a lush medium-green; mature trees often have a cloud-like puffiness (bottom left). Owing to its sympodial (y-shaped) branching, the winter aspect is strikingly horizontal for a tree with a generally upright habit. The young twigs are greenish and the bark on mature trees is red-brown and deeply fissured. As a bonus, it’s easy to grow in well-drained acid soils, has a moderately fast growth rate, and after establishment it’s a true droughtbuster. In the wild it will sucker and make small colonies (bottom right); in cultivation it’s an easy task to prune out any undesirables. Sources list sassafras as maturing to 50’ tall and more, but in our area, a 40-footer would be considered quite large.

Sassafras leaves are variable, having no lobes, three lobes and – yes – both left- and right-handed “mittens,” sometimes on the same branch. The flowers are delicate, likely to be lost among, or mistaken for, newly-emerging leaves by casual observers. Bees and other pollinating insects, however, are keen for them. Female trees flower more heavily than male trees, and their blue-black fruit, maturing in mid-summer, are seldom seen due to the numerous birds which quickly eat and disperse them. Sassafras is a valuable larval host for numerous butterflies and moths, including the large and charismatic spicebush and Palmedes swallowtails, and imperial and Promethea silkmoths. Don’t be alarmed at the sight of their non-fatal leaf-munching! Safrole, the essential oil in sassafras, was once widely used as a fragrance and flavoring, not only for root beer, but for many other products as well, and folklore uses were legion. However, since being confirmed as a potential carcinogen, safrole is banned for sale in the US. Today, good root beer is flavored with methly salicylate (oil of wintergreen), and the ground up sassafras leaves you might use as file to thicken your gumbo have had the safrole removed.

September •

SHRUBS-Study landscape to determine plant needs. Check early varieties of camellias. You may want to replace those damaged in spring by late freezes. After fall growth is completed, spray all shrubs with a fungicide.

LAWNS-Plant seed of winter grasses where situation prevents planting permanent grasses. Winter seeds will appear soon. Stop fertilization three weeks before frost.

ROSES--Protect fall crops of blossoms from aphids and thrips. Keep plants healthy.

ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS-Last chance for planting perennials and biennials. Old clumps of perennials may be divided. Plant peonies.

BULBS-Spring-flowering bulbs may be planted late this month in North Alabama. Delay planting in South Alabama.

MISCELLANEOUS--Clean up infestations of insects on azaleas, camellias, boxwoods, gardenias, hollies, etc. If oil spray is needed, don’t use in freezing weather. Build compost bin or box;. leaves will be falling soon. Move houseplants indoors.

VEGETABLE SEED-Plant hardy vegetables and root crops.

VEGETABLE PLANTS-Plant cabbage, collards, cauliflower, celery, Brussels sprouts, and onion sets.

October •

SHRUBS-Shrub plantings can be made. Water when needed. Note varieties of camellias in bloom. Start mulching all shrubs that do not have a mulch.

LAWNS--Continue to mow lawns until no new growth is noticeable.

ROSES-Continue insect and disease control practices. New rose catalogs will be coming in. Study closely; add some new varieties to your list.

ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS-Visit flower shows and gardens. List desirable varieties of mums. Clean up flower beds immediately after first killing frost.

BULBS--Plant tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, crocuses, Dutch irises, anemones, and ranunculuses. Watch planting depth. Dig caladiums; clean and store in warm place.

MISCELLANEOUS-Renew mulch around shrubs and rose beds. Loosen mulches that have packed down. Spray with oils before freezing weather to kill scale, mites, etc. Remove all dead stems and trash from flower beds. Transplant into small pots any cuttings taken earlier.

VEGETABLE SEED-Plant turnips, mustard, kale, rape, spinach, and onion sets. Courtesy of

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. Autumn at Moss Rock Preserve (field trip) Trip Leaders: Arnie Rutkis & John Manion Location: Homewood, AL Saturday, September 27 | 8 - 1 p.m. $40 Members | $45 Non-Members

E d u c at i o n


Certificate in Native Plant Studies

Village Creek Canyon (field trip) Trip Leaders: Zac Napier & John Manion Location: Jefferson County, AL Saturday, October 4 | 8 - 2 p.m. $45 Members | $50 Non-Members Introduction to Native Plant Conservation (core) Instructor: Bob Boyd, Ph.D. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Saturday, October 11 | 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. $80 Members | $90 Non-Members Alabama’s Amazing Ecology (core) Instructor: Scot Duncan, Ph.D. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Saturday, October 25 | 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. $80 Members | $90 Non-Members The Dynamic Autumn Forest (elective) Instructor: Henry Hughes Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Saturday, November 15 | 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. $40 Members | $45 Non-Members


Fall Magic: A Nature Hike Through the Senses For children age 5 and above Instructor: Robin Geurs Sunday, September 7 | 2 - 4 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $12 members | $15 non-members November & Native Americans For children age 5 and above Instructor: Robin Geurs Sunday, November 9 | 2 - 4 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $12 members | $15 non-members American Girl™ Girls Just Like Me: Festival of Trees For children age 5 and above Instructor: Robin Geurs Sunday, December 7 | 2 - 4 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $12 members | $15 non-members Good Things from the South - MEMBERS-ONLY Instructor: Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer September 13 | 10 – noon Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Free Members-Only Class EarthBoxes Instructor: Hope Long & Brooke McMinn Saturday, September 20 | 10 - noon Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens General Admission $50

Children’s classes

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classes classes


Zentangle: MEMBERS-ONLY Instructor: Darla Williamson Monday, October 6 | 1 – 4 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Members-Only (Limited to 10 per class) Painting Impressionistic Landscapes Instructor: Scott Thompson Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden Friday, October 9, 16, 23 & 30 | 6 - 8 p.m. $135 Members | $150 Non-Members Creepy Creations Instructor: Bradley Gilbert Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden Sunday, October 12 | 2 – 4 p.m. $15 Members | $20 Non-Members Kokedama Insructor: Hope Long, Library Director & Master Gardener October 25 | 10 - noon Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens General Admission $20 Photography Class: Memorable Images Instructor: Hank Siegel November 8 & 15 | 9 – noon Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $100 members | $120 non-members Wonderful Wreaths Instructor: Bradley Gilbert Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden Sunday, November 9 | 2 – 4 p.m. $15 Members | $20 Non-Members Photography Class: Seasonal Series Instructor: Hank Siegel November 22 | 9 – noon. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $65 members | $75 non-members Woodland in a Jar Instructor: Brooke McMinn & John Manion Saturday, November 22 | 1- 2:30 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Members $15 | Non-members $20

Author Talk “Conifers in the Landscape – A Native Son Returns”

Speaker: Tom Cox, author of Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast September 25 | 6 p.m. Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Ireland Room Free Admission. Registration Encouraged


Zentangle: MEMBERS-ONLY Instructor: Darla Williamson Monday, October 6 | 9 - noon Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Members-Only (Limited to 10 per class)

Photography Class: Memorable Images Instructor: Hank Siegel December 6 & 13 | 9 – noon Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens $100 members | $120 non-members Kitschy Christmas Instructor: Bradley Gilbert Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden Sunday, December 14 | 2 – 4 p.m. $15 Members | $20 Non-Members A Few of My Favorite Things Instructor: Bradley Gilbert Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden Sunday, January 11 | 2 – 4 p.m. $15 Members | $20 Non-Members

To register visit or call 205.414.3950.

Shane Connolly opens the Red Diamond Lecture Series at Antiques at The Gardens on Thursday, October 2 at 1 p.m. Connolly was awarded the Royal Warrant by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales in 2006, becoming the official supplier of flowers for royal events shortly after his successful floral design at the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles. On April 29, 2011, he would design all floral arrangements for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Shane Connolly and Company achieved international fame servicing these royal events, but their reach extends to private parties, weddings, corporate events and receptions. Connolly has also authored four books: Table Flowers, Wedding Flowers, The Language of Flowers and A Year in Flowers.

Mario Buatta

Floral Designer and Author

Designer and Author

Thursday, October 2 • 1 p.m.

Friday, October 3 • 11 a.m.

$75 per person includes a copy of Connolly’s book

$30 per person

Tastebuds Define Your Style sponsored by


Thursday, October 2

10 - noon

$15* per person Register online at

Gala in The Gardens sponsored by Thursday, October 2, 2014 6-11 p.m. • $150* per person

* includes general admision to the show.

Mario Buatta will complement Connolly’s talk with his own on Friday, October 3 at 11 a.m. Buatta is a premier American decorating talent that has been working in design for over 50 years. “The Prince of Chintz” comes to The Gardens as he celebrates the release of his first book, Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration. After launching his firm in 1963, Buatta filled his client roster with an impressive list of celebrities and moguls; from Henry Ford II to Barbara Walters, from Nelson Doubleday to Billy Joel. Buatta oversaw the design for the Blair House in Washington, D.C., and he was responsible for the design of pop-star Mariah Carey’s posh New York triplex that was once featured on a one-hour episode of MTV Cribs.

Shane Connolly


Red Diamond Lecture Series to present Royal Wedding Floral Designer & “The Prince of Chintz”

6-10 p.m. • Antiques Dealers, Tastemakers & Silent Auction Register online at

8-11 p.m. • Desserts & Dancing Live music by Atlanta Pleasure Band • Black tie


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


The Lady With All The Answers by David Rambo

drawn from the life and letters of Ann Landers with the cooperation of Margo Howard

performed by Dolores Hydock

As of August 1, 2014

Chairman Level Louise D. Johnson Advisor Level Mr. & Mrs. Carl E. Jones, Jr. Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation Benefactor Level

Ms. Elna R. Brendel Dr. & Mrs. John A. Floyd, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Wilmer S. Poynor, III Mr. & Mrs. Murray W. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. South, III Southern Progress Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Rick Stukes Mr. & Mrs. John A. Williamson, Jr.

Patron Level

Ann & Angelo Bruno Foundation Mr. & Mrs Brian Barr Mr. & Mrs. John G. Brock Mrs. Camille Butrus Mr. & Mrs. Daniel B. Coleman Mr. & Mrs. Bob de Buys Mr. & Mrs. Walter S. Fletcher Mr. & Mrs. Houston Gillespy Mr. & Mrs. Jon Kimerling Mr. & Mrs. Fred W. Murray, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Noble, III Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Northen, III Rucker & Margaret Agee Fund Mr. & Mrs. B. Hanson Slaughter Mr. & Mrs. John N. Wrinkle Anonymous

Before there was Oprah, before there was Dr. Laura or Judge Judy, there was Ann Landers. For decades, the renowned advice columnist answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples, and a multitude of others in need of advice. No topic was off-limits, including housekeeping au naturel, sports equipment in the boudoir, and other hot topics. But whatever the subject, Landers always regaled Ann Landers her readers with direct, insightful, and often humorously honest responses. Dolores Hydock stars in the one-woman play, where we find Ann Landers in her Chicago apartment, struggling to write the column that would become one of the most famous she would ever compose. Come spend an evening with the woman who seemed like family to millions of readers who had breakfast with her -- or at least her advice -- every morning.




Dolores Hydock

THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Tickets may be purchased at or call 205.414.3950.

Not suitable for children

As of August 1, 2014 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 Dr. John D. Elmore* 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 B. 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 *Deceased

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 Gifts received between

5. 1. 14- 6. 30. 14 Helen Adcock Ms. Rebecca L. Dossett

Ann A. Pritchard Mr. William S. Pritchard, Jr.

Alyce Ard Cowin Equipment Company

Alice Roberts Ms. Jean S. Frey

Jeff Bloomer Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Bloomer

Harry Robertson, USMC Saipan 1945 Mr. Frank A. Wagner

Randi Kay C. Brasfield Mrs. Kelsie Page Frank O. Burge Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Cox, Jr. Homer E. Croasmun Mrs. Theresa Croasmun Charles P. Grant Mrs. Barbara S. Grant Alfred J. Harris Ms. Rosemary Strouss Virginia H. Higginbotham Ms. Carole H. Cobb Larry Jackson Ms. Olivia Alison Anne Kidd Rockridge Garden Club Robert A. Kreider Queen of Spades Garden Club Ms. Mary Roebuck Susan B. Livingston Rockridge Garden Club Tommy McMicken Ms. Alice Helms Annie M. Oldaker Dr. and Mrs. L. Aubrey Drewry

Jay Robinson Mrs. Mel Robinson Walter G. Ruebeck Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. and Ms. Kim McBride Donald H. Slappey Mrs. Donald H. Slappey, Sr.

Gifts received between

5 .1 .1 4 -6 .3 0 .1 4 Mary Carolyn G. Cleveland Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Franks Charles W. Daniel Mr. and Mrs. Lathrop W. Smith, Jr. Willie Gaston Advent Episcopal Day School Hubert W. Goings Mr. and Mrs. Lathrop W. Smith, Jr. Fletcher D. Harvey Le Jardin Garden Club St. Clair County Master Gardeners Association Henry F. Hughes Ms. Beth Kibler Danette S. Jones Mr. Taylor Steele John Manion Mr. Sim Johnson Ms. Beth Kibler

Virginia B. Spencer Mr. Charles M. Love

Dale E. O’Connor First United Methodist Church Garden Club

Frederick Spicer, Sr. Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. and Ms. Kim McBride

Henry B. Ray Mr. Mac M. Moorer Mr. and Mrs. Lathrop W. Smith, Jr.

Addie E. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. James W. Heacock, Jr.

Drew Rickel Red Mountain Garden Club

Jane C. Wilson Ms. Olivia Alison Birmingham Botanical Gardens Staff Mr. Robert D. Eckinger and Ms. Maibeth J. Porter Ms. Katherine Key Mark and Margaret McColl Dr. and Mrs. Eugene C. Sherlock Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. and Ms. Kim McBride Mr. and Mrs. Graham T. Stewart

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

memorials memorials

honors honors

Mike Rushing Plain Dirt Gardeners Garden Club B. Hanson Slaughter Dr. and Mrs. John W. Poynor Frederick R. Spicer Capital City Master Gardener Association Ms. Beth Kibler Taylor Steele Red Mountain Garden Club


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donors donors

Gifts received between

6 . 1. 14- 6. 30. 14

Dr. and Mrs. George W. Matthews, III Ms. Kim McBride Mrs. Inez McCollum Mr. and Mrs. Mike McLeod Medical Properties Trust, Inc. Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation Mr. Mac M. Moorer Ms. Melanie S. Morgan Ms. Dorothy Mueller The National Christian Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Albert S. Naughton Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Noble, III Mr. and Mrs. William C. Patterson Mr. Harold Peterson Mr. and Mrs. Robbin Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer S. Poynor, III Dr. and Mrs. John W. Poynor Mrs. Sue Pritchard Mr. William S. Pritchard, Jr. Rare Plant Group - GCA Ms. Susan W. Reeves Ms. Mary Rhodes Mr. and Mrs. Troy Rhone Robert and Lois Luckie Charitable Foundation Robert R. Meyer Foundation Mrs. Mel Robinson Reverend Melvin Rodgers Ms. Mary Roebuck Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rushton, III Ms. Mari Ann Schmitz Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Shaia Ms. Amy Sheen Dr. and Mrs. David H. Sibley Mrs. Donald H. Slappey, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. William M. Slaughter Mr. and Mrs. Lathrop W. Smith, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Murray W. Smith Ms. Bari Sokol Mrs. Teresa G. Soto Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. and Ms. Kim McBride Mr. and Mrs. W. Stancil Starnes Mr. and Mrs. John S. Steiner Ms. Rosemary Strouss Mr. and Mrs. Rick Stukes Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust Mrs. Elaine Swager The Thompson Foundation Vanguard Charitable Judge and Mrs. J. Scott Vowell Mr. and Mrs. Robin A. Wade, III Wade Sand & Gravel Company, Inc Mr. Frank A. Wagner Mrs. Carolyn G. Washington Mr. Terry and JoAnn Weber

Deepak Acharya Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Ager Anonymous Lucille S. Beeson Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Blair Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Bloomer Mr. and Mrs. C. Eugene Boles Ms. Elna R. Brendel Dr. and Mrs. James E. Bryant, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John F. Carter, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Chauvin City of Vestavia Hills Ms. Carole H. Cobb Mr. and Mrs. Coffee Colvin The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Mr. and Mrs. Reaves M. Crabtree Mrs. Theresa Croasmun Ms. Cornelia Davis Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Davis Diamond Tours, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Arnold G. Diethelm Mrs. Joseph M. Donald, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. L. Aubrey Drewry Edwin’s Greenhouse Construction Inc. Ms. Deborah Elliott Mrs. George Bondurant Elliott Evson, Inc Mr. Ben J. Faucher First Commercial Bank Ms. Margaret Fritsma Mrs. Barbara S. Grant Mr. and Mrs. Morris Hackney The Hackney Foundation, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Jimmie H. Harvey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher D. Harvey, III Mr. and Mrs. James W. Heacock, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Holman Head Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Head, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William Holman Ms Karen K. Holmes The Hugh Kaul Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Jackson Junior League of Birmingham Mr. and Mrs. Tom Killian Mr. Jason Kirby Ms. Frances H. Lawlor Leaf & Petal Mr. and Mrs. Mark D. Linville Mr. Charles M. Love Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Luckie Luckie and Company Mr. George G. Lynn, Sr. If we have inadvertently left your name out or incorrectly Mr. and Mrs. Rick MacKay listed you, please accept our apologies and contact Mrs. David H. Marbury, III Drew Rickel, donor relations officer, at 205.414.3955 Ms. Linda G. Massey or

The gift shop at Birmingham Botanical Gardens features a great selection of décor and gifts for the home & garden. Selections include: stationery, jewelry, botanical arrangements, garden items, containers, children’s toys, furniture and home décor. All members of The Gardens receive a 10% discount off of purchases.

HOURS Monday –Saturday 9:30 - 5:30 p.m. Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.

205.877.3030 Gifts to The Library at

Birmingham Botanical Gardens June/July 2014 Queens of Spades Garden Club in memory of Robert Kreider Oak Street Garden Shop Employees in memory of Sallie Guin Fleming In memory of Nancy Mary Matalon In memory of Jack H. Becker In memory of Frank M. Midgley, Jr. In memory of Carolyn E. Carnes In memory of Dorothy M. Foster Center Point Garden Club in honor of Jason Kirby Edgewood Garden Club in honor of Jason Kirby

Stephanie Banks Nancy Walton Mary B. Evans Louis Heck

President $1,000

Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Bissell Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Clayton, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jay Grinney Mrs. Donie N. Martin

Ambassador $500-999 Mr. and Mrs. Gene Davenport Mr. and Mrs. Clarke H. Gillespy Dr. Susan Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Lee J. Styslinger, III

Oak $250-499

Dr. and Mrs. Arnold G. Diethelm Mrs. Carolyn P. Drennen Mrs. Shawn Dunaway Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence W. Greer Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Harley Mr. Dan Hutchson Mr. and Mrs. Curt Lee Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lee Lucas Ms. Janet Lyman and Mr. Hank Siegel Mr. and Mrs. Leon A. Nolen, III Dr. and Mrs. Joe R. Norman Ms. Ann Omura Mr. and Mrs. J. Franklin Ozment Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Pless Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Ross Dr. and Mrs. Charles Russell Mr. and Mrs. Lathrop W. Smith, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Walton Peter & Kim Weinheimer

Magnolia $125-249

Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Arnold Mr. and Mrs. Morris C. Benners, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Bloomer Mr. and Mrs. Ehney Addison Camp, III Augusta Cash Mr. and Mrs. Marc Eason Mr. and Mrs. Paul Elkourie Mrs. Ann R. Elliott Mr. and Mrs. Winston Gillum, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Morton Goldfarb Mr. and Mrs. Mike Harfield Mr. and Mrs. Christopher B. Harmon Mrs. Elizabeth Hewlett Dr. and Mrs. Guy M. Hicks, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William L. Hinds, Jr. Mrs. Jessie Y. Jemison Lisa & Chuck Krebbs Mrs. Gayle Leitman Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Lindstrom, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William D. Lineberry, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McGough Mr. and Mrs. Gene McWilliams Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mitchell Mrs. Charlotte Stockham Murdock Mrs. Helen Phillips-Carter Mr. and Mrs. Irvine C. Porter, III Mr. and Mrs. John Scholl Mrs. Margot R. Shaw Mrs. Peter G. Smith Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Stanley, Jr. Mrs. Katherine Thrower Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Vaughan Mr. and Mrs. George F. Wheelock, III Ms. Holly Whitmire Dr. and Mrs. James R. Williams

Hydrangea $60-124 Mr. and Mrs. Guy Able, Jr. Ms. Patricia M. Aitken Mrs. Joyce Allred Mr. and Mrs. Michael Alosi Mr. Rip Andrews Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Atwood Mr. Tom Baker and Dr. Carol Leitner Mr. and Mrs. John Barelare Ms. Nancy E. Barr Mr. and Mrs. Bob Baxley Mr. Eddas M. Bennett and Ms. Ida Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Archie Bisset, III Mr. and Mrs. David R. Boyd Mr. and Mrs. Paul Buchanan Mrs. Anne G. Carey Ms. Kaye M. Carlisle Dr. and Mrs. Erskine Carmichael Dr. Frances T. Carter Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Cassimus Dr. and Mrs. J. Denis Catalano Mr. and Mrs. Bill Cather Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Clark Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Clarke Mrs. Glenda Cochran Bess Collias Mr. Thatcher Collins and Ms. Lauren Kennon Mrs. Betty F. Collins Ragan Cox Mrs. Renee Cox Ms. Barbara Crowe Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cruse Mr. and Mrs. Tom Davis Mr. and Mrs. Harold Doss Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Doss Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Dowell Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Ellis Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Epstein Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Esdale Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Etheredge Mr. and Mrs. Sid Evans Mrs. Mickey Farmer Ms. Mary V. Farrar Dr. Edwin Fineberg and Dr. Naomi S. Fineberg Mr. and Mrs. Joe M. Finkel Mrs. Jackie Fulmer Mr. and Mrs. James M. Gillespy, III Mrs. Eulalie Given Dr. and Mrs. Robert P. Glaze Mr. and Mrs. Mike Graham Ms. Susan Gray Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gray III Ms. Carol Hagood Ms. Patti J. Hammond Mrs. Beth Hardwick Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Heard Mr. and Mrs. Louis Heck Ms. Alice Helms Ms. Jane Hicks Mrs. Bernice Hill Mr. and Mrs. Elam P. Holley Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holliday Mr. and Mrs. Terry Horne Mr. and Mrs. James Horton Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Huddle Mr. and Mrs. James Hyde Mr. Gary Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. Judd Dr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Karcher, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Drew Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Gregory R. Keyes Ms. Beth Kibler

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Kilpatrick Mr. and Mrs. John H. Kimberly Mrs. Elizabeth B. King Mr. and Mrs. Brett Kitterman Sharon and David Kleeschulte Mr. and Mrs. Barney Lanier Mr. and Mrs. John Latham Ms. Susan Levine Ms. Elaine O. Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Lewis Mrs. Lucy Loflin Ms. Annie Loo Davor and Dianne Luketic Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mancill Mrs. Vicki Marion Mrs. Jane-Marie Marlin Mr. and Mrs. Gene E. Martin Mr. and Mrs. James May Mrs. Amy McCain Ms. Jeannine McElroy Ms. Jane H. McPherson Mr. and Mrs. Gary Mollengarden Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Mouron Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Murphy Dr. and Mrs. Albert Oberman Dr. Emily Omura Mr. and Mrs. Cliff O’Rear Mr. and Mrs. Alton Parker Ms. Mary T. Pate Ms. Becky Patterson Mr. Glenn Peoples, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. William M. Phillips, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Maurice F. Picardy Mr. Jason Powell Mr. and Mrs. Roger D. Rader Dr. and Mrs. Harry B. Register, Jr. Mrs. JoAnn Reilly Mr. and Mrs. William E. Richardson Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Richardson, Jr. Bob and Beverly Rives Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rogers Mr. and Mrs. David Romanoff Ms Jessica Roskin Mr. and Mrs. James Rotenstreich Dr. and Mrs. Ed Rutsky Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sandner,II Mr. and Mrs. John D. Saxon Mrs. Susan Schenk Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Scott Mr. James Sellars Mrs. Betty Shipman Mr. and Mrs. Perry G. Shuttlesworth Mr. and Mrs. Bert Siegel Mrs. Lynne O. Simmons Mrs. Sara R. Sistrunk Ms. M. Ann Skipper Mr. and Mrs. William E. Smith III Ms. Jenny L. Smith Dr. Hughes Evans and Dr. Eric Sorscher Mrs. Teresa G. Soto Mr. and Mrs. John H. Stack Mr. and Mrs. Bart Stephens Dr. and Mrs. John P. Strickland Dr. and Mrs. I. J. Tortorici Ms. Kate Tremblay and Mr. John LeMunyon Mr. Charles Tucker and Mr. Ronald Garza Dr. and Mrs. Albert J. Tully, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Bayard S. Tynes, Jr. Mrs. Edith Waldrop Ms. Diann Weatherly and Mr. Phillip Foster Mrs. Atalie Whitley Mr. and Mrs. Drew Whitmire

Memberships received between

5 .1 .1 4 -6 .3 0 .1 4 Mrs. Yorke Williams Mr. and Mrs. Harold Yoder Mr. and Mrs. Charles Youngson Dr. and Mrs. George L. Zorn, Jr.

Mrs. Leonard J. Weil Mrs. Betty C. Welden Ms. Eleanor F. Wright Mrs. Bess O. Yeilding

Trillium $45-59

Young Professional

Flower Show Judges - Council 8 Mrs. Pamela Alling Mrs. Walter L. Baker, Jr. Ms. Michelle Blackwood Ms. Mimi Boston Mrs. Kathryn Boswell Ms. Laura J. Brookhart Mrs. Eleanor Cheatham Ms. Jocelyn Crist Mrs. Robert M. Crouch Mrs. Robert Crumbaugh, Jr. Ms. Deborah Dahlin Ms. Dolores Davis Mrs. Margie Davis Mr. Jim Dowdy Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dudney Ms. Rebecca Dunn Mrs. Marjory E. Dunn Mrs. Carolyn O. Erhardt Mrs. Rose M. Fahien Mr. and Mrs. Hugh S. Gainer Ms. Rose Gaston Mr. and Mrs. Brian Gerrett Dr. and Mrs. John S. Gould Mrs. Cecily Graham-Chaney and Mr. Arthur Chaney Ms. Mary Jo Hamre Mr. and Mrs. John Hargrove Ms. Wanda Hart Mr. and Mrs. David S. Hassinger Mrs. Caroline M. Head Ms. Joan E. Hilner Ms. Sandra Holtzclaw Ms. Verna E. Jackson Mrs. Crawford T. Johnson, III Mary and Jan Jones Mr. and Mrs. Gerald A. King Ms. Rebecca Laurent Mrs. Henry Laws Ms. Gail Lucas Ms. Harriet Malone Mr. and Mrs. Harvey May Mrs. Kay B. McCarty Ms. Thelma V. Mueller Dr. and Mrs. Paul Nagrodzki Mrs. Sondra S. Olmsted Ms. Mitzi K. Owen Mr. and Mrs. G. Ruffner Page Mrs. Gail H. Parrish Ms. Margaret H. Parsons Ms. Shahida Perveen and Ehtsham Haq Mrs. Michael H. Poe Ms. Rhonda Pruitt Mrs. Evelyn Coley Puckett Ms. Susan Putnam Mr. Michael F. Raczynski Mrs. Elberta G. Reid Mrs. Betty Rice Ms. Helen Robinson Ms. Linda Sherk Mrs. Nola A. Shiflett Mrs. Barbara Short Ms. Marilyn Shultz Ms. Josi Silla Ms. Leonette Slay Ms. Dotti Smith Mrs. Juanita Smith Ms. Charlotte Smith Ms. Cheryl Todd Ms. Cynthia Watts

Mr. and Mrs. Rob Nielsen Rob and Eleanor Nielsen Ms. Elizabeth Willey Ms. Sarah Brannon Ager Ms. Kristi Clements Ms. Lee Ellen Dickinson Ms Stephanie Donaldson Ms. Lauren Kallus Ms. Carol Ogle


Chalita & Berrahkas Ellis Ms. Tereza Sampaio

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5k Fun Run entries received by November 14 - $25.00 5k Fun Run entries Race Day - $35.00 1 mile Family Walk - $20.00 adults, $15.00 ages 7-17, children under 6 are free

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