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Supporters of MBG can go to select the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park.  Once we are your charity choice, .5% of eligible purchases will be sent to us.  What a great way to help us while shopping from the comforts of your home.

The Amazon App now supports Amazon Smiles.

See below for instructions to turn on AmazonSmiles in the Amazon Shopping App and generate donations for MBG:

Update your Amazon Shopping App to the latest version.
1.Open your Google Play store
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5. Update the Amazon Shopping App

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View Settings and select AmazonSmile.

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Wreath Making Class was fun and warm

Maggie Stringer making a wreath from a vine

Maggie Stringer started the Wreath Making class at the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park by winding a long vine around itself.  She is superhuman and shared her expertise on wreath making and herbs.  Mrs. Stringer suggested using muscadine vine and wrap in one direction.  She uses woody hearty greenery from her yard.  Rosemary is one of her favorites to give to people because it is the herb of remembrance.  People do remember better when they smell rosemary.

She started stuffing pieces of rosemary into the wreath going in one direction.  Once you are finished you can add a bow.  She suggested you can mist it to keep it alive but it does dry well.

MBG had about 20 individuals brave the weather for the class. We met in the greenhouse that the volunteers painted for us on Thursday.  The temperature inside the greenhouse was a balmy 70 degrees.

These ladies got to take a wreath home.

Please join us for our next class.  We are planning our next classes now.  Please email if you have any class or activity suggestions.


Exciting News from the Greenhouse

The Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park wants to thank our hardy volunteers, most of whom are Master Gardeners, for braving the cold and working in the greenhouse on November 14.

These volunteers assembled shelving units and painted parts of the greenhouse interior structure.  Before finishing, they arranged the tables for the wreath making class that would be held on Saturday.  Thank you to Dixie Electric for working to insure that the greenhouse heater was operational.

MBG expresses are gratitude to Karin Carmichael for supervising, Tom McLemore for building expertise, Sara Brown, Lynne Kuhlmann, Ann Oldham, Charlene Thomas, Jane Martin and Sandy Watson for helping.  You do excellent work and we couldn’t do it without you.

The next Volunteer Day is scheduled for December 12.

A notice will be sent regarding whether we will be able to utilize volunteers that day. Please email if you are interested in getting notice of Volunteer Days.


Congratulations to Dr. Tyna Davis. 2019 Honoree for This is Alabama Women Who Shape the State

Dr. Tyna Davis(center) with Ethel Boykin, Mary George Jester, Dr. Brenda Deramus-Coleman. Jacque Foshee, Fairlie Rinehart, Cathy Maddox, Maggie Stringer, Dr. Deborah Thomas

Dr. Davis lives by her mission, “My mission is, and has always been, to make this world a better place because I was here. Whether it is by big movements or small steps.” We appreciate Dr. Davis’s leadership as President of the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park as we are making big movements at the Montgomery Botanical Gardens.

The Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park is proud of our President of the Board, Tyna Davis and all she has accomplished. Fellow board members Ethel Dozier Boykin, Mary George Jester, Fairlie Rinehart, Cathy Maddox, Maggie Stringer and Jacque Foshee along with  MBG members, Dr. Brenda Deramus-Coleman, Dr. Deborah Thomas, and Warren Davis accompanied Dr. Davis to the Birmingham Club for the luncheon on Thursday, November 14.

It was an honor to share this special day with her.


Agenda with list of all the honorees
Dr. Davis in Birmingham Magazine
Candid shot of the honorees

Pick up your copy of the Birmingham to read about these amazing women.



Venue Change for Wreath Making Class on Saturday November 16




MBG Board Member and Master Gardener

Saturday, November 16 at 9:00 am

Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park
1010 Forest Avenue

Maggie is one of the founding members of the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park, Capital City Master Gardener Association and a retired MPS Principal at Forrest Avenue Magnet. She is an excellent instructor, a creative and talented gardener and dedicated MBG board member.
We will have a raffle for the wreath she will make. Be sure and bring your dollar bills.


Due to the predicted cold weather on Saturday, November 16, 2019, the WREATH MAKING CLASS will be held in the Greenhouse. Please bring a folding chair as there is no seating in the Greenhouse. The Greenhouse is located near the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Department on the right as you drive through Oak Park. You may park in the parking areas and along the drive.

Please consider a membership or donation to the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park.