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Events coming up in garden

Plenty of events are coming up at Huntsville Botanical Garden during the April Festival of Flowers and also in May and June. You can find out more details on the Web site,

  • The annual spring plant sale at the garden will be April 12-15, with April 12 a members-only day for first dibs on the annuals, perennials, ferns, shrubs, wildflowers, herbs and vegetable plants, including heirloom tomatoes.

  • A photography competition is under way for pictures made at the garden in April, during Spring Festival of Flowers; submit each photo with a $10 entry fee and win prizes.

  • A Spring Festival of Fashion show plus box lunch April 25 at 11:30 to mark Administrative Professionals Day. Reserve by April 20, 430-3572, ext. 241.

  • Garden chats at noon each weekday in April, with topics such as foolproof annuals April 9, container gardening April 10, butterfly gardens April 16, daylilies April 17, azaleas April 19 and herb containers April 24.

  • The Nature Center and butterfly habitat will reopen April 28 for the second “Wings, Warts and Wonder” summer season.

  • The Huntsville Herb Society will sponsor Herb Fest at the garden May 12 and 13, with tussie mussies for sale for Mother’s Day, tours and herb plants.

  • The “Concerts at the Columns” series will resume May 18 in the garden’s Boeing-Toyota Amphitheatre, with “The Midnighters” playing music from the 1970s to 1990s from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • The annual spring Fern Festival and sale is planned May 19 in the garden’s Fern Glade.

  • Sketchbook artists will be highlighted in the Cedar Glade and along the Nature Trail May 20 from 1 to 4 p.m., with other artists painting in the garden in May and June as part of Alabama’s Year of the Arts celebration.

  • Master Gardeners will share advice in the demonstration vegetable garden during Master Gardener Weekend June 2-3.

  • Joe Washington, host of Home & Garden Television’s “Ground Breakers” residential landscaping program, will be featured June 10 from 9 a.m. to noon; space is limited and the $50 tickets include brunch.

  • Children’s classes and summer camps are planned on topics such as “Worms Are Weird,” “Ants Everywhere” and “Butterfly Biology,” along with a Junior Master Gardener session. Birthday parties also can be scheduled in the garden. Adult education classes on bonsai, Japanese maples and plant identification are planned in May. For information, call 430-3572, ext. 226.

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