Attracting Pollinators to Be Subject of June Montgomery Botanical Gardens Class

Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park will offer a class in attracting pollinators in the garden for its June presentation. The class, to be held on Saturday, June 8 at 10:00 AM in the Wisdom Woods Outdoor Classroom, will be taught by Sonya Moore, Master Gardener.

Mrs. Moore, a Prattville resident since 1985, retired from the State of Alabama and decided to fulfill a longtime dream of becoming a Master Gardener. She has since been named Autauga Master Gardener Association Gardener of the Year for 2022.

Love of gardening has been enhanced by Mrs. Moore’s passion for the beauty and wonder of butterflies. She loves watching the newly hatched caterpillars turn into adult butterflies, and she believes butterflies to be messengers sent from God. The class will include a butterfly release.

The pollinator class is free and open to the public. Seating is provided, but participants may wish to bring a folding chair. Water will be provided. Participants are encouraged to take time before or after the class to visit the three Green Bridges Pollinator gardens in MBG.

Classes scheduled for later in the year include Building Birdhouses/Feeding Birds on July 13 at 9:00 AMPottery in the Garden on September 14 at 10:00 AMWhat Do I Do with All this Rosemary on October 12 at 10:00 AM; and Making Holiday Wreaths with Ferns on November 9 at 10:00 AM.

MBG Volunteers Enhance the Gardens for Spring and Summer and Increase in Number

Karin Carmichael, Marie Tomlin, Nell Copeland

Master Gardener Volunteers gathered again in the Southern Garden this week to add plants in a variety of locations such as Butterfly Bushes, Fountain Grass, Purple Salvia, SunPatiens. Gardenias, and Pineapple Sage. They also performed some “housekeeping” tasks of deadheading blooming plants, removing depleted plants and generally enhancing the appearance of each planting bed.

The regular volunteers, led by Karin Carmichael, included Lynne Kuhlmann, Jane Martin, Nell Copeland, Marie Tomlin, and Cathy Maddox. They were pleased to have two new volunteers, MG interns, Jane Ficquette and Aiyana Hawkins, both of whom quickly adapted to the various assignments and provided significant assistance. 

Jane Ficquett, MG Intern

Aiyana Hawkins, MG Intern

Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park serves the entire community and river region and was adopted as an official project of the Capital City Master Gardener Association in 2014. Master Gardeners earn volunteer hours while gardening in MBG. Volunteers are welcome at MBG and do not have to be Master Gardeners. Many hands make quick work and volunteers always learn a great deal while volunteering their time and talents at MBG.  Regular volunteer days are the third Tuesday of each month. You may contact MBG at info@montgomerybotanicalgardens.com to learn more, submit questions or to volunteer.

SUV loaded with plants from the greenhouse headed for planting in the Southern Garden.

The gardens are at their peak in colors and variety now and during the next few weeks. The blossoms of the pollinator gardens are busy serving visiting and local pollinators. Bring your friends, family, coworkers, and your camera and enjoy this peaceful oasis of nature in urban Montgomery. Stroll the pathways or sit on a garden bench to enjoy the view and experience the benefits of this wonderful green space in our city. 

Agapanthus in bloom

Montgomery Botanical Gardens Garden Photography Class Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

A recent class entitled Capturing Beauty in Your Garden with Photography drew a crowd eager to learn new techniques for creating vibrant photos of all that grows in our gardens. The class, taught by Jewell Pitts, was held in the Montgomery Botanical Gardens Wisdom Wood Outdoor Classroom on a beautiful April morning, perfect for capturing color, form, and texture through iPhone or Android photography.

Mrs. Pitts, who specializes in shooting blooming flowers, shared several tips with participants:

  • Make sure your lens is clean.
  • Simply look around and shoot small parts of things—a few leaves or a bloom.
  • Bend down to their level to photograph small children.
  • Take shots from different angles. You never know which angle will be the best.
  • Go close to your subject to take the picture. Do not zoom before taking the shot.

Mrs. Pitts offered a website for ordering canvases: canvasdiscount.com.

At the close of the class, Rose Winkler shared information for photographers who would like to enter their work in the Alabama National Fair in October. The Fair features several classes in  the photography categories. Information on entering the contest is available from Mrs. Winkler at 5782 Carriage Bard Lane, Montgomery, Alabama 36116.

The June Montgomery Botanical Gardens class will be Attracting Pollinators, taught by Sonya Moore, and will be held in the Wisdom Wood Outdoor Classroom on Saturday, June 8 at 10:00 am. Admission is free. There will be a butterfly release. Seating is available, but participants may wish to bring a folding chair. Water will be available.

Beauty and Blossoms Galore at Montgomery Botanical Gardens

Now is the perfect time for your visit to the gardens. With the recent rains and spring sunshine, the plants in the Southern Garden are thriving and they are displaying their beautiful blooms for you to enjoy. The entrance beds welcome you with bursts of color and stalks of yellow and pink Snapdragons swaying in the breeze. Come stroll the pathways and stop to observe and perhaps take photos of the newly established Sensory Garden’s white Butterfly Bush, Gardenia and feathery Bronze Fennel.

The Daylily Garden is spectacular as always with its many blooming varieties of daylilies and companion plants including tall Salvia, bright Cone Flower, pink Begonia, and others. As each Daylily blossom only lasts for a single day, don’t delay your visit to the garden so you may view them in their glory. Just behind this garden are two double-blossom ornamental Pomegranate shrubs with a few remaining bright coral/red flowers.

But the stars of the show at this time are the numerous Hydrangea heavy with their pillowy blossoms of pinks, white, blue, lavender. Don’t miss the Alabama native Oak Leaf Hydrangea along the fence or the Limelight Hydrangea about to display its beautiful white blooms just past the Daylily Garden. 

Enjoy the benches in the garden to rest and appreciate this oasis of nature’s beauty in the midst of our urban environment. It is truly a blessing to our community. 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers in the River Region! Bring your Mom to the gardens for a lovely stroll and photographs of your day together.

Congratulations to our own Karin Carmichael on her nomination as Volunteer of the Year. The Montgomery Botanical Gardens Board of Directors is grateful for Mrs. Carmichael’s faithful volunteering and leading other volunteers to help us make the gardens the beautiful sanctuary that we enjoy today.