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

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10:30am, Perennials for Every Spot in the Garden – Jason Powell
To help protect both our customers and staff we have decided it best to postpone the Perennial class. We are thankful to be able to continue with regular business hours and hope to see you here.

Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2020, 9:00am to 5:00pm, Antiques in the Garden
Save the date for our annual Antiques in the Garden Show. We will have a variety of vendors selling antiques, crafts, and collectibles. Food vendors will also be available for your convenience. If you have antiques or crafts to sell and would like to find out more about securing a booth for the event, contact Pat Conlee at pat@petalsfromthepast.com.

Saturday, May 9, 2020, Mother’s Day Brunch and Program
9:30am – Mother’s Day Brunch  Fee: $15.00 Advanced Registration and Payment required
10:30am – Seed to Celebration – Linda Askey  There is no fee to attend this program.
Every day is worthy of fresh cut flowers, but especially Mother’s Day.  Linda will tell you what you need to know to put flowers on your table, whether you begin with a few seeds in your palm or plant from our greenhouse  She will focus on annuals, perennials and bulbs, as well as how to cut roses, hydrangeas and other shrub to make them last.

Linda Askey is a horticulturist and garden journalist based in Birmingham. You can find Linda’s work in magazines such as Southern Living, Organic Gardening, and Country Gardens, as well as the new Southern Living Garden Book. She is on the board of directors for the Garden Writers Association and counts her own yard as the best classroom of all

Saturday, May 23, 2020, The Wonder of Herbs: Growing and Using Herbs in Everyday Life -Debbie Boutelier
10:30am – There is no fee for this 2 hour class
Growing your own herbs and making your own herbal products is very rewarding on a number of levels. Incorporating herbs into your lifestyle is easy, cost effective and environmentally friendly. The participant will learn how to grow a healthy and productive herb garden. You will be introduced to a number of herbs – some very common herbs and some that may be new to you. For most people, their interest in herbs begins with using them in the kitchen adding lots of flavor to recipes. But herbs offer so much more than enhancements to our culinary masterpieces. Join Debbie Boutelier, Community Herbalist and Advanced Master Gardener as we explore the hidden benefits of using herbs in a variety of methods incorporating them into our everyday lives. Some of the herbal pathways that will be discussed are culinary herbs, herbs for tea, medicinal herbs, herbs for beauty products, herbs for cleaning products and herbs for ornamental products. We’ll also give you hints on how to preserve your herbal harvest so that you may enjoy herbs year round. (2 hours)
12:30 – Lunch- You may purchase a lunch from us for $12.00 or you may bring your own. If you would like to purchase a lunch please call the retail shop at 205-646-0069 by Thursday May 21.
1:00 Constructing an Herbal First Aid Kit – Fee $25. Advanced registration and payment required.
Despite our best attempts at living a healthy life, sometimes illness and injury happen. Being prepared to handle non-life-threatening events with natural remedies in the comfort of your home is definitely a good thing. Then you don’t have to take yourself or your children to a doctor’s office where you’ll be exposed to even more germs. The best part is that you can make these remedies very inexpensively and you’ll have the peace of mind knowing what goes in the formulas.
Join Debbie Boutelier, Community Herbalist and Master Gardener, as we discover ways to make your current herb garden provide not only aesthetic and culinary benefits, but medicinal benefits as well. This will be an intermediate class exploring the herbs and the delivery systems necessary to create a well-stocked herbal first aid kit for your home or travel.
The participant will learn the basic skills and formulas necessary to handle every day non-life-threatening events. The participant will get handouts with the formulas and explanations of the procedures. Please call the retail shop to make reservations for this program. 205-646-0069. (2 hours)

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9:00am-5:00pm Black and Blue Berry Festival

Saturday, June 27, 2020 Green House Sale 7:00 am – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 25, 2020,10:30am, Fig and Stone Fruit Walking Tour – Dr. Arlie Powell
Dr. Powell will discuss variety, care, and maintenance of figs and 
stone fruits such as peaches, plums, and nectarines.  Take a walk 
through the fig and stone fruit orchards. Taste the varieties.

Saturday, August 22, 2020, 10:30am Apple Pear, and Muscadine Walking Tour – Dr. Arlie Powell
Dr. Powell will discuss variety, care, and maintenance of apples, pears, muscadines, and bunch grapes.  Taste all the varieties of these fruits to decide which ones you will add to your home garden.

Sunday, September 27, 2020, 2:00pm, Kiwi Walking Tour – Dr. Arlie Powell
Dr. Powell will discuss the best way to grow kiwi in Alabama.  Learn 
all you need to know to successfully add these vines to your home 
garden.

Sunday, October 4, 2020, 2:00pm, Fall Gardening – Why? What? And When? – Jason Powell
Jason will discuss his favorite plants for fall bloom and planting.   
Learn why fall is a great season to plant.

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 2:00pm, Oriental Persimmons and Citrus Walking Tour – Dr. Arlie Powell
Dr. Powell will discuss the care and maintenance of Oriental 
Persimmons and citrus plants.  Take a tour through the orchard to see 
the varieties of persimmons.  Tour our orangery to experience all the 
citrus varieties.

Sunday, November 8, 2020, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Re-potting Orchids – Shelley Powell
Bring your orchids that need new life to Shelley and she will help you 
re-pot them so they will perk up and give you long lasting beauty.

Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, 2020, Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00, Sunday, 1:00-5:00
Petals Christmas Open House