Celebrating Independence Day 2022 for the United States of America

by Cathy Maddox

As the “birthday” of our beloved country, the United States of America, the good ole USA approaches ON July 4, 2022, it behooves us all to focus on the freedoms that were earned for us and the opportunities that we have to enjoy our lives. Among the benefits of freedom that we know personally is the blessing of green spaces in our urban environment that can provide a place of relaxation, peace and beauty amid the chaos of city life. The Montgomery Botanical Gardens in Oak Park is such a space and welcomes us to take a stroll, pause for a while in the shade, get some exercise, learn the names of plants, observe the beauty and variety of God’s creation. All of those opportunities await you in the gardens. As we honor the sacrifices that make our freedoms in America possible today, let us spend some time in the beauty of nature that is possible in a free and peaceful country. May God continue to bless America!

Entrance to Oak Park

One of the cast-iron lions

Visitors enjoying the gardens 

Hydrangea row

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Charlie “Tinman” Lucas workshop was a wonderful success!

By Marilyn Hobbs

The Montgomery Botanical Garden (‘MBG’) Education Committee sponsored a well-attended workshop on Saturday, June 25, with Charlie “Tinman” Lucas. Charlie Lucas is a self-taught artist from Prattville, Alabama. 

Charlie is also an internationally known artist known for his art made from discarded scraps of metal, old car parts, and twisted wire. Lucas added painting to his collection in the late ’80s. 

This MBG workshop was underwritten by a grant from the Montgomery Kiwanis Club. So the MBG provided this outside in the garden workshop to the public absolutely free!! MBG also provided many tools and supplies. 

MBG’s workshops are open to the public but we really wanted to target teachers for this one. Charlie “Tinman” Lucas loves teaching and helping art teachers and many MPS teachers were in attendance!

More workshops are planned for the future. 

Where’s the Bench?

When you enter Montgomery Botanical Gardens you may notice that something is missing. Where’s the bench? The two beautiful Oak Leaf Benches that greeted visitors as they entered the gardens are not missing. Thankfully, they have been removed temporarily to be cleaned, restored, and refinished to help preserve and protect them from the elements. They will soon be returned to grace the entrance and provide a place to rest. A bit of historical reminder, these benches were carved by “Beneath the Bark” in Wetumpka from a gigantic old oak tree that fell in the garden during a storm in 2017. Patrons purchased and donated the benches to provide funds for the development of the gardens. We will all be happy when the two benches are refreshed and returned to the garden.

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Summer Blossoms Greet Visitors in the Garden

by Cathy Maddox

The heat of the summer is enhanced by the beautiful timely blooms of the Hydrangea, the Daylilies, and the various pollinator plants in the Southern Garden in Montgomery Botanical Gardens. The Blushing Bride Hydrangea, Glory Blue Hydrangea, Oak Leaf and Limelight Hydrangea provide a tapestry of various colors and shapes to view as you walk the pathway. You will see the pink, blue, lavender and white of the various specimens. The Daylily Garden is displaying numerous daylilies in a multitude of colors along with a variety of companion plants that are in bloom much to the delight of visiting pollinators. The Pollinator Gardens are also thriving and providing for pollinators. Of course, the entrance beds greet you as you start your walk in the gardens with their lush reds and purples. So plan an early morning or late afternoon walk through the gardens to avoid the heat and relish the beauty of the summer blossoms.

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