Honor the Gardeners of our Past

As spring has arrived and provided much glory in the gardens, I am reminded of the joy gardens bring. This joy is one of the reasons I wanted a Botanical gardens in Montgomery. Something to bring joy to others. My interest in gardens started at the feet of wonderful gardeners. The one who led me to Horticulture was a Grandmother. Learning at her feet , about seeds , bulbs, roots , tubers and that  PH changes the color of Hydrangeas , a favorite lesson. I want others to learn also and know educational opportunity’s that the botanical garden will have can give knowledge to that I was blessed to receive from a Grandmother.
The paths are in for the first garden “The Southern Garden ” and signs installed diagraming the plants for that space, and a Well is ready for irrigation to be hooked up. A greenhouse is being installed as I write this letter. The Southern garden will be filled  with plants right out of your Grandmothers yard.
We want to honor the garners of our past that taught us this passion. To do this the MBG board is installing  a honor marker of granite to be inscribed with names of those who we want to honor. This marker will be installed in the entrance to the Southern Garden. What better way to honor someone who loved you than to build a garden for them.
Contributions can be made to the Montogmery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park by mailing a check to PO Box 2354 ,  Montgomery, AL 36101.
Please join me as I honor my Grandparents The Garrett’s and honor someone special in your life too for the future
joy this lasting gift will give.
Praying and Planting for the MBGs, Ethel Dozier Boykin

Work to Begin Soon at Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park


Visitors to Montgomery’s Oak Park will soon see some tangible signs of progress as plans for the forthcoming Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park begin to take shape.

Orange protective fencing has been erected and city crews soon will begin removing several trees from the “southern garden” quadrant of the proposed gardens in preparation for landscaping. Crews will remove seven dead or decaying trees in the quadrant, including ginkgo, cherry, chestnut and sweet gum trees and one crepe myrtle.

“Our volunteer board has been working diligently for several years on this project and we are excited that the public will finally see some of this hard work coming to fruition,” said gardens founder Ethel Dozier Boykin. “The trees that are being removed are dead or deteriorating, and their removal will greatly enhance the beautiful green space being planned for the gardens.” The removal of all of the trees has been coordinated with the city’s urban forester, Russell Stringer, who will direct city crews in the project.

Once the trees are removed, work can begin on landscaping and planting, said landscape designer Fairlie Rinehart.

Ground was broken on the gardens in 2013. Plans are for the gardens to reflect the city’s history and provide an educational green space incorporating the work of artists from around the state, featuring sections devoted to different types of flowers, including a rose garden, Alabama native plants garden, children’s garden and more.

Volunteers are welcome to join the project by emailing montgomerybotanicalgardens@gmail.com or joining the gardens’ Facebook page at Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park.