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Bob Boyd introduces native plant conservation at The Gardens on August 27

published: 08/19/2016

Bob Boyd introduces native plant conservation at The Gardens on August 27

On Saturday, August 27, Dr. Bob Boyd from Auburn University leads "Introduction to Native Plant Conservation," a day-long session at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It'll take place from 8:30-4:30 p.m. and registration for the session can be completed online.

The class is a general introduction to plant conservation, focusing particularly on Alabama plants. It will cover a broad set of topics, including rarity ranking systems, invasive species, restoration ecology, conservation ethics, conservation legislation and conservation methods such as safeguarding. Alabama Plant Conservation Alliance projects will be emphasized as examples. Time will be spent in The Gardens to observe some of the rare plants we are working to conserve.

Boyd shared more about what to expect.

This native plant conservation class is just an introduction, bit will be a day-long session. How thorough will it be?

We won't be very thorough at all. I'll be distilling some of the more important (and interesting!) topics from my conservation teaching here at Auburn, focusing on plants and providing a general overview.

The Gardens is very familiar with Tutwiler's spleenwort, but what are some of the other rarest Alabama plants that you'll explore?

We will talk about some other rare plants, but we certainly won't restrict ourselves to Alabama. Among Alabama plants, we'll talk about pitcher plants, Alabama croton, Alabama leather flower and ginseng. One of the points I hope to make is that conservation is much broader than rare plants and extends to protecting habitats and entire communities, as well as trying to integrate nature into human-dominated areas. Planting native plants on our yards and gardens is one step that we all can take to improve the conservation value of our landscapes.

How is a plant's rarity determined and measured?

It turns out that this is not as simple as you might think. It's actually something we cover in the class so, without giving it all away, I can tell you that there are several components of the idea of "rarity." There also is a way to rank rarity within states and even globally, and we'll cover that in class too!

What is the repopulation of some of these rare species important?

Keeping rare species in existence is important for biological and non-biological reasons, but perhaps the non-biological reasons are most compelling. As we'll touch on in class, there are ethical reasons for species conservation that are separate from biological or economic reasons.


To learn more about all of the educational opportunities The Gardens has to offer, we encourage you to visit our website, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow us on Instagram. You can subscribe to the award-winning Dirt E-Lert, our bi-weekly e-newsletter, by simply texting BBGARDENS to 22828.

About Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains more than 25 unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and more than 11,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually. The Gardens is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.


National Tastemakers and Dealers visit The Gardens this October

published: 08/17/2016

National Tastemakers and Dealers visit The Gardens this October

Tickets to all Antiques at The Gardens events are now onsale at bbgardens.org

Show admission is free to Members of The Gardens and general admission tickets are $15 for the public. By becoming a Member today, patrons can take advantage of that free admission in addition to other benefits like a free gift, discounts at Leaf & Petal at The Gardens, The Gardens Cafe and reciprocal privileges at over 300 botanical gardens nationwide.

Tastemakers for this year's public show include: Jeff Dungan Architects, Grant Trick and Beth Webb Interiors, Cantley & CompanyMargaret Kirkland InteriorsPam Evans Interiors, Patina and TMD Landscape Designs.

Dealers for this year's public show include: Antique CupboardBarometer FairCaroline Faison AntiquesDR Grissom Estate and Fine JewelryEdwin C. Skinner AntiquesEmbellish AntiquesGallery 1930George Getlik Fine ArtHard to Find GoodsJ&M AntiquesLotz's AntiquesPaige Albright OrientalsPennoyer Newman Distinctive Garden PlantersSomerset AntiquesSouthern Living, Thomas M. Fortner Antiques, Thompson House Antiques and Whitehall Antiques.


To learn more about all of the educational opportunities The Gardens has to offer, we encourage you to visit our website, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow us on Instagram. You can subscribe to the award-winning Dirt E-Lert, our bi-weekly e-newsletter, by simply texting BBGARDENS to 22828.

About Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains more than 25 unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and more than 11,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually. The Gardens is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.


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