Open House for Brides!

Planning a wedding or special event and considering your venue options? The Gardens have a variety of options for Ceremony settings. The Botanical Center, opening onto the Plaza at the front and the Herb Garden at the rear is a blank canvas for your reception and decorating plans.

Join our Exclusive Venue Managers, Mindy and Nick Dees of Dees Design House, LLC on Saturday, February13th from 1.30pm to 3.30pm for ideas and a view of what we have to offer for your Special Day.

Please contact Mindy Dees at mindy@mindydees.com if you would like to attend. Free to all.

See our Rental Page for facilities and pricing here. Link opens in new tab

Thanks to Jennie Tewell Photography for the photo.

Botanical Art Class II:
Learning How to Work with Colored Pencil – with Derek Norman
How to surprise yourself and amaze your friends!
A Six-Week Course: Fridays 10am – 1pm from March 25th to April 29th
Members: $125
Nonmembers: $150

WORKING WITH COLORED PENCIL.
For those who simply wish to take their drawing skills to a higher level and those who continue to explore the world of botanical drawing and painting – this class is specifically designed for you!

Students will progress through sound accurate observation and the fundamentals of proportional drawing technique to an understanding of working with color and colored pencil. A step-by-step process will allow the
student to more fully understand the application of color and color blending be it colored pencil or watercolor.

As the class progresses each student will engage in drawing plant specimens as they learn to apply color to hot press paper and understand the importance of structure, surface texture and color perspective

About our Instructor –
Derek Norman and his wife, Ursel, are members of MBG and they are new to our Gulf Coast community, having moved here from Chicago. Derek was born, bred and educated in England before he moved to the States. His graphic works, paintings, drawings and botanical works have been exhibited in Europe and America. He has won Gold and Silver Gilt Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society in London and he is represented in many private and permanent collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, the Library of Congress, the British Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegium Society.

Friday Afternoons (2pm -4pm) in the Gardens weekly from January 15th
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Enjoy an informal afternoon of drawing,taking inspiration from the Gardens’ setting.
An open studio with advice and encouragement offered by Derek Norman.
Please bring your own drawing supplies. Come when you can.

FREE to Members
Non-members will pay admission of $5 to the Gardens

Derek Norman was born, bred and educated (mostly by experience) in England (BFA) and America as an exchange student (great experience).

Since arriving on these shores he has learnt to speak American and drive on the wrong side of the road.
With a fine art background and following a career in advertising, marketing and communications Derek Norman found an avocation in drawing and painting the native flora of the Midwest. Finally, avocation became vocation.

A longtime designer, creative director, television producer, educator, teacher, lecturer and faculty adviser at Columbia College, Chicago and at the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, Illinois. Also, founder and former Principal of the Midwest Center for Botanical Documentation.

Co-author (with Ursel Norman), and designer/illustrator of six cookbooks (William Morrow, New York & Harper/ Collins, London). And various newspaper columns – Look & Cook (Pioneer Press, Chicago),
Greenfingers (Chicago Tribune), Woodland Wildflowers, Plants at a Glance and Prairie Plants (Pioneer Press, Chicago).

A former elected member of the London Creative Circle and the Royal Society of Artists and Designers, London. He is the recipient of many design and professional awards. His graphic works, paintings, drawings and botanical drawings have been exhibited in Europe and America. He has won Gold and Silver Gilt Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society in London and he is represented in many private and permanent collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, the Library of Congress, the British Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegium Society.

Derek Norman together with his wife Ursel, nowadays, are happy to reside in Olde Towne Daphne, Alabama.

The Dates are set, the plants are being ordered, SO HOLD THE DATES. Watch for more details as they are arranged!

Spring Plant Sale: March 18th – 20th – free to all
Friday and Saturday hours – 9am to 4pm
Sunday hours – 1amm to 4pm

Spring Plant Sale Preview Party: Thursday, March 17th from 4pm to 7pm

First pick of the plants, with refreshments!
Tickets: $25 in advance or at the gate

More details to come.

Tomatopalooza! 2016

Back by popular demand, Tomatopalooza 2016 is Saturday, February 27th from 9am to 12 noon.

22 Varieties of Tomato Plants will be available to buy online (or at the office) for collection on Feb 27th. There is a limited number of some varieties, so order early to get first pick!

Bill Finch has made his selection of great tomato plants for our Gulf Coast Region, and the seeds are sown! From the big meaty beefsteaks to the teeny tiny cherry tomatoes, there’s something for all tastes and yard space.

SHOP ONLINE NOW! Tomato Collection Online (will open in new tab)

See some tomato growing hints and facts on our Shop Blog: Tomatoes in the Mobile & Gulf Coast Region (opens in new tab)

Also in our Shop Blog is an archived column from Plain Gardening by Bill Finch.Tomato Bacterial Wilt from July 2012 (will open in new tab)

Come out to the Gardens on Saturday, February 13th from 9am to 2pm for a Camellia Day!

The program includes:

  • All about Camellias – Brenda Litchfield
  • Saving Old Camellias – Forrest Latta
  • Basic Grafting Methods – Blanding Drinkard & Rick Crow
  • Our Camellia Heritage – Bill Barrick of Bellingrath Gardens
  • After a boxed lunch there will be a choice of breakout sessions:

  • Guided Tour of the K. Sawada WinterGarden with Bobby Green of Green Nurseries, Fairhope
  • Hands-on Grafting Clinic with Blanding Drinkard & Rick Crow
  • Hands-on Waxing Clinic with Brenda Litchfield & Forest Latta
  • Copies of The Camellia Garden Field Guide by authors Forrest Latta and Brenda Litchfield are available for sale – and they will be on hand to sign the books that day.
    You can order a copy from our Online Shop at www.mbgrebloomshop (opens in a new tab) and pick it up on the 13th.

    The Market Place will be open from 9am to 3pm with a good selection of Camellias and other plants for sale

    PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY FEB 10th

    Members: $15
    Non-members $25 (you can join online now and take advantage of the members price)
    This includes a boxed lunch by Georgia Roussos catering – choice of Chicken Caesar Pita, Ham & Cheese Sub or Roasted Veggie Wrap (please select when registering) with a fruit salad side, and a brownie.

    Register from our Online Shop www.mbgrebloomshop.com (opens in new tab)

    You can also register at the Office during regular office hours.