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Adult Garden Events


Bicentennial Speaker: France Robb

July 18
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Conservatory
Register Here

Huntsville resident Frances Osborn Robb has spent twenty-five years researching Alabama photographers and photographs while serving as a consultant on the state’s cultural history and historic photography for museums, archives, and libraries. She has curated or advised on many exhibitions, including Made in Alabama: A State Legacy and the award-winning exhibition In View of Home: Alabama Landscape Photographs. In her search for information and images, she has visited every county in Alabama and roamed as far as Maine and California to study photographs in institutional repositories and family collections.

Shot in Alabama is a visual and textual narrative of Alabama’s photographic history from 1839 to 1941. It describes the phenomenon of photography as practiced in Alabama as a major cultural force, paying close attention to the particular contexts from which each image emerges and the fragments of microhistory that each image documents.

Read more about the book…


Yoga at the Garden

July 27
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Carriage House or Nichols Arbor
Register for July 27

Instructor: Maria Brito

Maria’s classes are focused on intense core strength. She strives to create a fun and uplifting environment for her students to find inner peace and connection. Maria encourages her students to explore and expand within their own body and consciousness thru her vinyasa-based flows that focus on breath, movement, and alignment. She has traveled the world and has trained with many inspiring instructors whose teachings have helped her transform and create a powerful and dynamic flow that is always new and challenging. Please bring comfortable workout clothing and your yoga mat.

Classes will be held outdoors weather permitting with a back-up indoor location in the Carriage House or Nichols Arbor.

Each class is a stand-alone session. You can come for one or come for them all!


Ergonomic Gardening

August 24
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Carriage House

Healthy Gardening Posture & How to Plant Your Seeds Injury Free

Gardening can be a very gratifying and therapeutic experience. However, if you’re not careful about your position, all the benefits gained can quickly be overshadowed by pain. In this class, Dr. Sean Wallis of SpineCare Chiropractic will demonstrate proper gardening body mechanicsto help keep you injury-free and enjoying all that gardening has to offer.


31st Annual Member Meeting & Dinner

September 10
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Grand Hall
$25/member
Purchase tickets

We’re ready to celebrate another successful year at the Garden! Wine will be served during the social hour, followed by dinner provided by Smokey’s Barbeque. This is an opportunity to hear about past events, plans for the upcoming year, elect new board members, get a sneak peek at Galaxy of Lights displays, and honor the 2019 Butch Damson Volunteer of the Year.

Special Event: Join us at 5:00 to attend a ribbon-cutting for our newest Garden addition, the Native Plant Teaching Garden!


Native Plants Symposium

September 12-14

Thanks to a generous grant provided by the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, the first annual Native Plants Symposium will take place at Huntsville Botanical Garden September 12-14. This three-day event promises to have programs and activities for all horticultural interest levels, and professional development CEU’s for educators and green industry providers.

Click here for more information and a full schedule of events.


Daylily Sale

Members’ Only Day:
September 19
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Open to the Public:
September 20
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
September 21
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Over 1,200 of the beautiful daylilies you’ve admired in our Van Valkenburgh Daylily Garden will be available to purchase at this sale! These easy to care for plants will be available in pink, red, yellow, purple, and orange, as well as multicolored varieties. Volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about selection, growing, and propagation.


plant invaders Plant Invaders Workshop

September 21, and October 26
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Volunteer Classroom and Back 40 Woods
Taught by Jennifer Davidson
This class is FREE to everyone, but space is limited.

Register for September 21
Register for October 26

Learn about locally problematic invasive plant species, how to identify them, and the best methods of control. This workshop provides an ID presentation and hands-on* field experience with knowledgeable staff helping and answering questions.

*Participants should bring gloves and wear long pants and closed toe shoes.

Environmentalism is at the heart of everything Jennifer Davidson does. In high school, she discovered the joy of growing her own vegetables and worked her first summer job here at the Garden. She designed her own interdisciplinary major, Environmental Decision-Making, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and studied tropical biodiversity in Costa Rica and Ecuador. She has worked as a ground worker for an arborist and as a freelance gardener and was selected to be the native plant intern at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. In 2017, she started working at Huntsville Botanical Garden (again!) as a full-time gardener, and in 2018 was promoted to horticulture specialist. She has since earned her pesticide applicator’s license from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and taught a composting class for beginners.

This event is made possible by the Alabama Invasive Plant Council Education and Outreach Grant

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Fresh from the Garden

September 27
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Celebration Garden
$165 per person
Purchase tickets

Join us for a celebration of people, place and the origins of good food. Put on your best garden casual attire and leave the heels at home for this relaxed yet refined evening of music, mingling, cocktails, a silent auction, and a meal prepared by Chef James Boyce.


Native Tree Identification

September 29, October 6, 13, 20 & 27, and November 3
1:00 -3:30 p.m.
Anderson Education Classroom
Members: FREE
Non-Members: $5 per class + Garden Admission
Registration coming soon!

Instructor: Chris Stuhlinger, Certified Arborist

Want to learn how to identify native trees by using bark, twig, flower, fruit and leaf characteristics?

This class will be a 6 week series on using combinations of diagnostic characteristics such as bark type, overall growth habit, and leaf and bud shape and arrangement to identify native tree species, at least to the genus level.

Click here for more information.


Herbs 101

October 5
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Murray Hall

The Huntsville Herb Society presents Herbs 101 where you can learn:

What herbs to start your garden with
What herbs grow well in this area
How to grow, harvest, and dry herbs
Various ways to cook and garnish using fresh herbs
How to use herbs in various flower arrangements

Registration is $15 per person and must be received by September 25. Click here to download the registration form.

Garden admission is not required.

Questions? Email hsvherbsociety@gmail.com


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