Great things our Master Gardeners are doing

Click on the links to see what our Master Gardeners have been doing this year:If you would like to have work you have been doing added to this page or sent to ACES for inclusion, please see the contact page.


The Spring Plant Sale at BBG in April, 2018 was, at times, a very cold and rainy one. Pat Cosgrove and Natalie Lee were among the volunteers who braved the cold for the Master Gardener booth

Charlie Faulkner was one of the Master Gardeners who staffed the MG Booth at the Ruffner Mountain plant sale in April.


Bessemer City High School (BCHS) has had a Bessemer City High School Community Garden since March 2013. The BCHS was designed and founded by E.W. Phillips, on March 13, 2013,while he was a Master Gardener Intern. There were members of the School Parents Teachers Association and Volunteers. At that time, he was directed to be project manager of the BCHS Community Garden by Principal, Florence Moore. The BCHS Community Garden has made significant improvement, changes, and aligned with appropriate courses taught. For example: students taking Biology and Environment Science courses are required to participate in Garden projects. Some Special Education Students participate in Practical Exercises conducive with their specific course and orientation. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toured the the Bessemer City areas looking for possible Gardens Sites and Places creating Local Food and Local Places (LF/LP) through out the Appalachian Regions. It was Noted by the EPA Team Chief; Bessemer City High School Community Garden was one of the best he had seen during his tours. Credit was given to E.W. Phillips for having the best Garden in May of 2017. Click on the image to see more pictures.

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Peggy Thompson gave a lecture on Native Plants at North Shelby Public Library on March 6, 2018. She is a valued member of the Speaker’s Bureau.


In the Fall issue of Portico Magazine,BUZZ, The hum, honey, & history of bees was written by one of our 2017 Master Gardener interns, Kate Musso, about another 2017 Master Gardener intern and beekeeper, Leland Hull. The article can be found on page 42.

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Landscaping at Youth Towers in west Birmingham. At Youth Towers, the mission is to reach and teach area homeless young adults in order toend and prevent homelessness in their lives. Volunteers and staff assist these youth byequipping them with tools needed to succeed. Master Gardeners recently stepped in toprovide a plan and assistance to beautify Youth Towers. Invasive plants were eradicated asRick Cybulsky’s plan for a new ornamental landscape was prepared for planting. PattyWarren and Chris Pugh worked with volunteers to implement the plan, now providinginspiring beauty in Youth Towers’ outdoor spaces.

Plant Information booth at Hueytown Farmers’ Market Hueytown Harvest Farmer’s Market provides an ideal setting for bringing plant information to this local community. Alberta Fields and Kate Musso work together to coordinate and staff the Master Gardener plant information booth at the monthly Farmers’ Market, supporting the goal of the organization to provide educational opportunities for the eventgoers. The market features local farmers and vendors on second Saturdays through November.


Fern Society Show and Sale

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Master Gardener Booth at Earth Day at the Gardens


Spring Plant Sale at Birmingham BBG

Harvest for Health


Tiffany’s Group

The Jemison Park Project

Glen Iris Park

Master Gardener Booth at the Birmingham
Home and Garden Show in February

The Library at BBG

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