Events

Educational Facility
 Our newest addition is our educational facility located adjacent to the garden shop. A gambrel roofed barn provides a great setting for meetings, seminars, conferences, receptions, or other special gatherings.
 Kitchen facilities are available and the building will seat 225 theater-style or 150 seated at tables.
 We are centrally located three hours drive north of Mobile, three hours south of Huntsville and 45 minutes from Birmingham and Montgomery. Reservations can be made via phone or fax.
The retail store is open Tuesday through Saturday 9-5 and on Sunday from 1-5.  We are closed on Monday.

Calendar of Events

To keep everyone safe, we are asking you to follow these guidelines.
We ask that family groups stay together.
For your protection, we suggest the use of a mask.
Please practice social distancing.

We will continue to inform you of any additional regulations or changes that we may have to make through our Facebook page or our website. Please do call or check our Facebook page for actual availability before traveling to Petals from the Past.

We look forward to your visit.


Saturday, January 15, 2022, Small Fruit in the Home Garden – Dr. Arlie Powell

10:30 – 12:00 – Dr. Powell will discuss variety selection, care and maintenance of fruit plants such as blackberries, blueberries, muscadines, bunch grapes, and strawberries. Whether you are a beginner or experienced gardener, you will gain valuable knowledge to help you plan or add to your home garden.
12:00 – Lunch (optional) You may bring your own lunch or purchase one from us for $12. If you wish to purchase a lunch please place your order by Thursday, January 13.
12:30 – Walking tour of Petals small fruit gardens – overview of pruning and training techniques. You may register for this program and order your lunch here.

Saturday, January 22, 2022 Gardening for Wildlife: Birds – Beth Roberts – Instructor
10:30 – Fee – $12 Ages- 6-12 – Advanced registration and payment required
Tammy Smith from the Alabama Nature Center will join us to give a special presentation about birds, and what to plant to attract more birds. We will also create fun and easy bird feeders!
*Learn how to create a habitat garden for birds
*Identify common Alabama songbirds
*Create a bird feeder

Saturday, January 29, 2022, 10:30am, Demystifying Garden Design – Molly Hendry
Associate Director of Garden Support-Horticulture Planning and Design Leader -Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Advanced registration required
We may know a beautiful garden when we see one, but what makes it work? Behind every compelling garden is a thoughtful design. However, knowing where to start in your own space can be intimidating. In this workshop Molly will break down her four fundamentals of garden design and unpack how these principles are used in some of the greatest gardens across the world. She will then walk through how she has used these principles in her own work here in Alabama. You will walk away equipped to begin asking the right questions that will lead you to the right answers in your own garden!
Bio: Molly Hendry
Bio: *Molly toggles the worlds of design and plants and holds degrees in both Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from Auburn University. As the Associate Director of Garden Support for the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, she manages various horticulture planning and design development projects. She is also a key support player in the renewal of the Gardens’ master plan. Before returning home to Birmingham to take on this new role, she spent 10 months living in the UK, sinking her hands into the soil at some of the top gardens across the country as the Garden Club of America’s 2016-2017 Royal Horticultural Society’s Interchange Fellow. You may register for this seminar here.

Saturday, February12, 2022, Tree Fruit in the Home Garden -Dr. Arlie Powell
10:30 – 12:00 – Dr. Powell will discuss variety selection, care and maintenance of tree fruits such as apples, pears, figs, peaches and nectarines. Whether you are a beginner or experienced gardener, you will gain valuable knowledge for establishing or maintaining your tree fruit garden.
12:00 – Lunch $12 (optional) Advanced registration and payment required. You may bring your own lunch or purchase one from us. If you wish to purchase a lunch please place your order by Thursday, February 10.
12:30 – Walking tour of Petals tree fruit gardens and pruning clinic.
You may register for this seminar and order your lunch here.

Saturday, February 19, 2022 10:30am – Kids in the Garden Nature All Around Us – Beth Roberts- Instructor
Fee- $12 This class is available for kids ages 6 -12
We will learn how to use all of our senses to explore our natural surroundings. We will create nature journals and learn how to preserve leaves, flowers and other natural treasures! You may register for this program here.

Saturday, February 26, 2022 Antiques Roses in the Garden – Jason Powell
10:30 – 12:00 – Jason will discuss all classes of antique and old garden roses and their care and maintenance.
12:00 – Lunch – $12 (optional) Advanced registration and payment required. You may bring your own lunch or purchase one from us. If you wish to purchase a lunch please place your order by Thursday, February 26.
12:30 – Join Jason in the gardens to learn proper rose pruning techniques for climbing and shrub roses. You may register for this seminar and order you lunch here.

Saturday March 12, 2022, 10:30am, Planting for the Planet: Plant natives for Beauty and Function- Sue Webb

The current climate crisis is leading to extreme weather patterns, floods, more powerful hurricanes, more intense wildfires, and longer & more frequent droughts. Wildlife, including birds and butterflies and pollinators like bees, are experiencing severe declines reflecting not only these climate changes but also loss of habitat. These challenges can seem overwhelming. And yet, we gardeners are in a powerful position to make a real difference! Join Sue as she talks about the many benefits of planting more native plants. We will focus on plants particularly well adapted to solve particular problems such as water run off, drought, escalating temperatures, wildlife habitat and food, as well as the best native trees for carbon capture—all while making our gardens even more beautiful and sustainable.

You may register for this program here.