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Sweet Homegrown Alabama: A Bicentennial Celebration

Sweet Homegrown Alabama

June – September

Garden guests can test their knowledge with our state symbol scavenger hunt, view a replica of George Washington Carver’s Jesup Wagon, and learn about heirloom plants and traditional crops in the Herb Garden, Demonstration Vegetable Garden, and Children’s Garden. Please note: outdoor events and exhibits will require Garden admission or membership.

Making Alabama Exhibit

June 8 – July 31

Huntsville is one of 67 communities in Alabama to host Making Alabama and the Garden is proud to offer a venue to share our state’s rich history with the community. The exhibit blends artistic collages, interactive computer tablets, and audio medleys of song and spoken word to tell the story of Alabama, from becoming a territory to achieving statehood.


Art Exhibits

June – September

The Garden will highlight Alabama artists from June – September. The Guest Center will be home to a mural of state symbols created by Laura Walker. Photographs by John Dersham from across Alabama will be on display in the Mezzanine Gallery and paintings by Christina Wegman will be displayed in Heritage Hall.

Guest Speakers

June & July

Additional opportunities to learn about the history and culture of our state are available with our bicentennial guest speaker series:

  • June 11 at 6:00 p.m.: Valerie Pope Burnes, co-author of Visions of the Black Belt: A Cultural Survey of the Heart of Alabama
  • June 18 at 6:00 p.m.: Dr. James Pate, editor of The Annotated Pickett’s History of Alabama, and Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi, from the Earliest Period
  • July 18 at 6:00 p.m.: Frances Robb, author of Shot in Alabama: A History of Photography, 1839–1941, and a List of Photographers

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