Tour of the Montgomery Botanical Gardens

Past President Ethel Boykin led several tours of the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park during National Public Garden Week.

Ethel pointed out some of the over 3000 plants that have been planted in the past two years.  She shared the history of the Garden and our plans for the future. We were excited that several people came back for more than one tour.  If you would like to know about future educational opportunities, please consider a membership.

Ethel led a tour of about 30 Bear Exploration Center 5th graders through the Garden on Friday during National Public Garden Week. We look forward to having more school children visit the gardens next year.

Bird Watching at the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park

Jenny Stowers led attendees through the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park during National Public Garden Week.

Jenny Stowers (center) before the Bird Watching Tour

As the attendees walked through the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park last Friday morning, they were surprised and pleased with the number and variety of birds that are in the garden.  As we plant more pollinator plants, we only expect this number to grow.

If you would like to know when the next bird watching tour is, please consider a membership at the Montgomery Botanical Gardens.  Memberships start at $25 per year.

Container Gardening with Jane McCarthy

Maggie Stringer, Jane McCarthy & new member and winner of the container Sharon Stewart


Audience members enjoyed a wonderful container gardening demo from Master Gardener Jane McCarthy during National Public Garden Week..

Jane discussed how to properly prepare your soil, paint your pot, and how to select the flowers to put in your container.  She had several helpful hints on how to keep your soil moist and your pot not so heavy.  She had plant samples for shade areas and planted a container for a sunny spot.


The finished container for a sunny spot

The finished container was gorgeous and a winner was drawn to take it home.  We were so pleased that new member Sharon Stewart won.  She came several days and enjoyed the many activities hosted by the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park.

For those of you that would like to plant a similar container here are the list of plants.

We are planning more activities at the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park.  If you would like to come to our next educational offerings, please consider a membership

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Tomatoes for everyone

The Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park hosted a free tomato growing demonstration during National Public Garden Week.  Board member Dr. Elijah Pugh led the discussion.

Everyone that attended Dr. Elijah Pugh’s Tomato Growing Demonstration took home at least 2 or 3 different types of tomatoes.  Dr. Pugh and the attendees discussed their different tomatoes and what to look for when buying tomatoes.  Dr. Pugh handed out seeds of 27 different varieties.  As a recently retired chemistry professor, Dr. Pugh was able to offer insight on chemical composition of fertilizer.

If you would like to attend the Montgomery Botanical Gardens future educational offerings, please consider a membership which starts at $25 per year. 


Patron Member and Donor Bench and Glider Reception

Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park dedicates the Oak benches and iron gliders.

On Monday May 13, MBG hosted a reception for our Acorn Patron members and Bench and Glider Donors in the Garden.  Guests enjoyed wine and cheese as they walked through the garden and enjoyed the beautiful and surprisingly cool evening.

Guests were treated to kind words of support from Mayor Todd Strange.  He reiterated his support for the Botanical Garden and told everyone that no vision is too large for the city of Montgomery.

President Pro-Tem and District 3 Councilman Tracy Larkin voiced his excitement and support. Councilman Larkin has been a staunch friend for MBG since the beginning.

President Tyna Davis, Ph.D. thanked everyone for coming and their support and spoke on our activities during National Public Garden Week.  Past President, Ethel Dozier Boykin spoke on the beginning of the Botanical Gardens and thanked all those that have helped us.

National Public Garden Chair Cathy Maddox introduced the families that sponsored the gorgeous benches and gliders in the garden.  She thanked them for their help. The families are:

  • Oakleaf bench given by Kathie and Mac McLeod

  • Oakleaf bench in loving memory of J.T. Anders by Ethel Anders Boykin

  • Acorn Bench in loving memory of Dr. William Barton Crum by the Crum Family Charitable Foundation

  • Glider in loving memory of John and Winifred Borden by the Borden family members

  • Glider in loving memory of our parents by Anonymous

We are so grateful to these families that chose us to honor their loved one. The benches are made from a large oak that fell down during a storm.  The iron gliders are a replica of the gliders that were once in the park.   We have a few more benches and gliders available.     

Executive Director, Jacque Foshee, talked about the future and the exciting opportunity of members participating in our Master Plan.

If you would like to participate in future events with Patron members, please consider joining at the Bronze Acorn Patron or above level.  You can upgrade your Family membership to a Patron level.

Mayor Todd Strange, President Pro Tem Tracy Larkin, Executive Director Jacque Foshee, Vice President Fairlie Rinehart, President Tyna Davis, and Past President Ethel Boykin

Great Grandchildren of Dr. William Barton Crum:
Jack and Salley Boyer (children of John and Elizabeth (Crum) Boyer, Will and Louise Crum (children of William and Laura (Tyson) Crum of Montgomery.

Members of the Borden Family on the glider dedicated to John and Winifred Borden.  
Board Member and Membership Chair Amanda Borden with Mr. and Mrs. Borden

President Tyna Davis

Board members Heather Davis and Kimberly Baker with Bonnie Shanahan
Bill and Marsha Cook with Ethel and Mayor Strange

Board members Debbie Boutelier and Ken Mahan with Mary Helen Mahan