Current and Upcoming Events

All face-to-face ACES meetings have been cancelled/postponed until further notice.Unfortunately, this means Master Gardener meetings, workshops, etc., too.Hopefully, we can get back together soon.Please contactBethany O'Rearwith any questions.

All of the volunteer efforts (making masks, running errands, dropping food, etc.) can count as MG hours during this unusual time.


The Raising Trees Webinar Series will continue onJanuary 21 – TheAsian Longhorned Beetle Heads South: An Update on the South Carolina Infestation

David R. Coyle,assistant professor of forest health and invasive species, Clemson University department of forestry and environmental conservation

In May 2020, an Asian longhorned beetle infestation was discovered in Charleston County, South Carolina. Primarily attacking red maple trees, this pest has also been found in several other hardwood species in the area. This webinar will give an update on the current situation while discussing the beetle’s biology and ecology. Particular attention will be given to the unique situation the South Carolina infestation presents.


To view previously recorded webinar visit our Community Forestry Facebook page:

The Get Outside with Alabama Smart Yards webinar series will return in January, each Wednesday @ 1:00 pm. To connect:

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W, January 27 Landscape Plants for Birds:
Bethany O'Rear, Regional Extension Agent


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Southern Environmental Center is partnering with USDA on a novel pilot program promoting sustainable communities by way of small-scale urban agriculture. Our free Zoom workshops will be especially valuable to limited resource women, vets, and 'backyard' farmers in metro Birmingham. In addition to highlighting financial/technical support available from the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) and other local sources, the workshops will provide virtual tours of existing urban farm projects in our area.

February 4 - Growing Pollinator and Nectar Plants (Turkey Creek Greenhouse Project)

February 18 - Finding & Acquiring Vacant Lots for Farming (Birmingham Land Bank - Invited)

March 4 - Horticultural Therapy & Edible Landscapes: Transforming vacant lots into EcoScapes (Roald Hazelhoff)

March 11 - Making Gardens Accessible for People with Disabilities - Bush Hills Urban Farm (April Williams)

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

All meetings are 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Please register in advance for the above workshops: registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


ACES, in conjunction with several universities, is offering beekeepers the chance to attend virtual meetings from the comfort of one’s own home using a computer or mobile device. Each event will bring participants up to date on timely beekeeping topics. Time for Q&A included. ALL ARE WELCOME! IT’S FREE!

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They'reoffering beekeepers the chance to attend virtual meetings from the comfort of one’s own home using a computer or mobile device. Each event will bring participants up to date on timely beekeeping topics. Time for Q&A included.


Watch via Zoom Webinar, theLast Tuesday of the month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Connect:

or Facebook Live: Email Allyson


Spring2021 B2B Web-scaled

This online educational series will provide basic gardening and landscaping training for clients in limited space urban areas. Join the Home Grounds team online to learn about the basics of limited space gardening.

Back 2 Basics Gardening Series will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 10:00 am - 11:00 am.
Join us with Zoom required.

Back 2 Basics Winter 2021 Sessions

  • January 27 –Composting & Vermicompostingwith Roosevelt Robinson

Back 2 Basics Spring 2021 Sessions

  • February 10 –Topic and Speaker coming soon
  • February 24 –Topic and Speaker coming soon
  • March 10 –Topic and Speaker coming soon
  • March 24 –Topic and Speaker coming soon
  • April 7 –Topic and Speaker coming soon
  • April 21 –Topic and Speaker coming soon

If you missed any of the previous Back 2 Basics, you can find themonline.


Eco-Friendly Fridays: Environmental Education Virtual Series will be held the last Friday of each month from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Register once and use the same link to log on each time.


Join us for training sessions on traditional conservation topics as well as new and emerging issues in environmental education. This free virtual webinar series offers effective best management practices (BMPs) aimed at safeguarding human, animal & environmental health, and practical solutions to help reduce your ecological footprint. Whether you are an educator, an environmental professional, or a nature-lover, tune in to discover how you can become a better steward of the environment and its precious resources. Registration is required.
Sessions include:
Jan 29: Electronic Wastes in the Home and Environment, A. Shabel
Feb 26: INaturalist: Observing, Identifying, and Sharing for Science, K. Steedley
March 26: Citizen Science: Ordinary People Changing the Face of Scientific Discovery, R. Robinson
April 30: Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment, M. Dixon


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Alabama Garden Walks: A virtual visit to gardens around Alabama


Field trips are not possible right now, so let us bring the gardens to you! Join us as we stroll through gardens around North and Central Alabama to learn new plants and new practices to help make your garden a more diverse and sustainable place. Each session will visit a different public or private garden to look how they approach landscaping. Learn new plants and new landscape ideas all from the comfort of your own home!

Sessions will be held on the first and third Friday of each month from 12:00-12:45 PM. Register once and use the same link each time to join.


Feb 19, 2021 12:00 PM
Mar 5, 2021 12:00 PM
Mar 19, 2021 12:00 PM

The Alabama Garden Chats will resume in April.


The Alabama Virtual Farm Tours will be biweekly from March - October 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.


We have two Facebook pages, theJefferson County Master Gardener pageand theJefferson County Cooperative Extensions page.Please click on the links to the right and Like us. If you are on Facebook, you will automaticallyreceive updates being posted.

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