HerpFest 2022!


It is time once again to celebrate and appreciate our slimy, scaly friends! HerpFest 2022 will be at the Longleaf Event Center with fun for the entire family. Enjoy family-friendly crafts and interactives including reptile and amphibian-themed presentations and live animals. Joining us this year are Alabama Herpetological Society, Jacksonville State University, Cheaha State Park, Cook Museum, and the Anniston Museum of Natural History, just to name a few! During the event, enjoy a delicious lunch or snack from Izzie’s Treats and Kristi’s Classics, or get your caffeine fix at Called Coffee. This event offers guests of all ages the opportunity to learn more about our slimy and scaly friends! 

While you are here, enjoy all that the Anniston Museums and Gardens has to offer! The Anniston Museum of Natural History and the Berman Museum will be joining in on the fun with herp-related scavenger hunts and artifact displays. 

HerpFest is $5 per person. AM&G members receive a $2 discount. Purchase tickets online at www.ExploreAMAG.org or at the door. 

Plant Sales at the Botanical Gardens!

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Third Thursday is Plant Sale day! Support the growth of the Longleaf Botanical Gardens and your gardening green thumb by purchasing plants! We have a variety of trees, shrubs, natives, tropicals, and more! Plant Sales are at the LBG Greenhouses from 10:00am – 5:00pm. 

Black and Blue Berries & Other Small Fruits!

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Join us this June for a special program featuring Jason Powell from Petals From The Past! 

Petals From The Past is managed by Jason and Shelley Powell, horticulturalists, whose skills complement each other. Jason has a master’s degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University and Shelley has a BS in Horticulture from Texas A&M. Since starting Petals From The Past in 1994, they have applied contemporary techniques in growing the finest old-garden plants along with new varieties. 

Third Thursday programs are $5 per registrant and free for Anniston Museums and Gardens members. Pre-register online at www.ExploreAMAG.org or call 256-237-6766. 

Third Thursday: Apple Tasting!


Third Thursday: A Brief Natural History of the Talladega Mountains 1600-2022
Thursday, May 19, 2022, 5:00pm
Longleaf Event Center
Join us Thursday, May 19, at 5:00pm for a special presentation with Wildlife Biologist Jonathan Stober as he discusses the natural history of our beautiful Talladega Mountains. Stober will discuss fire ecology, the unique flora and fauna found in the Talladega Mountains, and his current restoration work.
Jonathan Stober is a Wildlife Biologist on the Shoal Creek Ranger District with the U.S. Forest Service. For the past 30 years, Stober has studied the amazing biodiversity of the Southeast including gopher tortoises and golden eagles. He is a practitioner of prescribed fire, a silviculturist of southern pine systems, and has a broad interest in restoration of southern ecosystems.
This program is $5 per person and free for AM&G members. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.ExploreAMAG.org or call 256-237-6766.
This program is $5 per person and free for members. Pre-registration is required. The program is limited to 35 people. To register, visit www.ExploreAMAG.org or call 256-237-6766.

42nd Annual Heritage Festival!

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Festival Coordinators Mrs. Georgia Calhoun and the Iota Mu Omega Chapter of AKA invite the community to the Anniston Museums and Gardens on Saturday, February 19, 2022, for the 42nd Annual Heritage Festival! Inspired by Maya Angelou, this year’s theme is Poetry: Put a Rainbow in Someone’s Cloud. Celebrate Black History Month with us all day by encouraging our community’s youth during the oration competition, enjoying a performance from Talladega College Choir, shopping African-inspired vendors, and touring the Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum! Baby Boy’s BBQ will be onsite with lunch available for purchase. This community event is perfect for people of all ages!
If your child is interested in competing in the 42nd Annual Heritage Festival Oration Competition, download the registration form at www.ExploreAMAG.org and email it to sburke@annistonmuseum.org, or visit Anniston Museum of Natural History. This special event provides children from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 the opportunity to develop public speaking skills and strengthen their love for reading, writing, and poetry. Registration forms are due by the end of day Saturday, February 5, 2022. All oration competition participants receive $10.00, a participation ribbon, and a one-year Family Membership to the Anniston Museums and Gardens. Monetary prizes and ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of each category during the Awards Ceremony.
To become a 42nd Annual Heritage Festival sponsor, contact Sarah Burke at sburke@annistonmuseum.org or call 256-237-6261. Thank you for your support!
Interested in becoming a vendor at the 42nd Annual Heritage Festival? Contact Angie Dothard at adothard@annistonmuseum.org or call 256-237-6766. Vendor space is limited. Vendor fee is $40 per business and includes an 8-foot table and two chairs.

Alabama: A Powerhouse of Turtle Diversity!

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Alabama is a powerhouse of turtle diversity, boasting more turtle species than any other state in the U.S. (and more than most countries!). In this talk, Dr. Grover Brown from Jacksonville State University will explore why Alabama has such diversity and highlight the fascinating ecology and biology of some species that you can find in your backyard. We will discuss how some studies of turtles have contributed to modern medicine and even space exploration.
Dr. Grover Brown grew up relatively nearby in Cartersville, Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Science in Ecology from the University of Georgia, where his undergraduate research focused on herpetology – the study of reptiles and amphibians. After graduating, he moved to Vietnam, where he worked as a conservation intern studying critically endangered turtle species for the Asian Turtle Program. Then upon returning to the U.S., Dr. Brown began his Ph.D. learning the ecology and evolutionary history of musk turtles in the Southeastern United States. He finished his degree in 2020, and he started as an Assistant Professor at Jacksonville State University in Fall 2021. Dr. Brown is excited to return to the region where he grew up and study Alabama’s unique turtle diversity.
This program is $5 per person and free for AM&G members. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.ExploreAMAG.org or call 256-237-6766.
Ticket Link: https://7536.blackbaudhosting.com/7536/Alabama-A-Powerhouse-of-Turtle-Diversity

Design Techniques for the Winter Garden!

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Wintertime is a glorious time in the garden in Central Alabama. Many gardeners tend to ignore the frosty months and relegate their garden interest and focus to the warmer days of spring. The winter landscape is an eventful time with blooming quince and camellias, the sturdy texture of broadleaf evergreens, and the fragrance of tea olives and sweet-box. Come and learn how to highlight your garden with winter interest through plant selection and design techniques.

This program is $5 per person and free for AM&G members. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.ExploreAMAG.org or call 256-237-6766.

Fall Plant Sale at the Botanical Gardens!

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We often associate spring with planting, but did you know the best time to plant your hearty landscape plants in Alabama is November-February? Join us for Longleaf Botanical Gardens Fall Plant Sale Friday, December 3, 10:00am-4:00pm and begin your fall planting! We have a variety of landscape plants, including camellias, trees, shrubs, and more! Looking for a house plant or succulent? Look no further! The Longleaf Botanical Gardens Fall Plant Sale has something for every plant parent. 

Do you have a plant-loving family member or friend? Purchase a Longleaf Botanical Gardens Gift Certificate and give the gift of gardening! Gift Certificates are available for purchase during Third Thursday plant sales 10:00am-5:00pm, Fall Plant Sale, and during museum open hours at Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum.

A Few of My Favorite Gardening Things: Books, Tools, & Gadgets

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Join us this November for a special Third Thursday program with Sherry Blanton, Calhoun County Master Gardener and The Southern Gardener in the Anniston Star. Sherry will share informative, interesting, and beautiful gardening books from her personal collection. We will discuss books on subjects such as shade, pollinators, and wildflowers. Additionally, she will feature some amazing and useful garden tools to make our lives in the garden more fun and easier. Attendees will be sure to find something to add to their wish list for friends or have for themselves. 

This program is $5 per person and free for members. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.ExploreAMAG.org or call 256-237-6766.

Succulent and Pumpkin Workshop!

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In this succulent and pumpkin workshop, participants will make a unique fall table decoration to take home. A beautiful pumpkin topped with succulents will brighten any Halloween or Thanksgiving display for up to 8 weeks with proper care. Master Gardener Patricia Patty will lead the pumpkin centerpiece creation. Succulents can survive for long periods of time without attention and make excellent house plants during the winter. Succulents are an excellent choice for outside color during the hot Alabama summers. In this workshop, you will use several colorful varieties to top your pumpkin. At the end of the season, you can pot them up for a wonderful container display.

This program is $30 per person; members receive a $5 discount. Succulents and craft supplies will be furnished. Registrants are required to bring their own pumpkin. Pre-registration is required. Deadline for registration is Friday, September 24, 2021. The program is limited to 20 people. To register, visit www.ExploreAMAG.org or call 256-237-6766.