Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Birmingham Zoo will be celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. Birmingham Botanical Garden event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it will include exhibitor booths, a free photo booth, free activities and live music from Tommy Ellison.
The Birmingham Zoo will be celebrating the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ signature event and largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America, Party for the Planet, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests are invited to visit the Zoo and enjoy special activities, animal demonstrations, Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Shows, and local Birmingham business booths including Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society, Alabama Partners for Clean Air, CommuteSmart Birmingham, Highlights School, Red Mountain Park, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and more. These booths are all focused on promoting the care and conservation of our planet.
The event will be the formal kickoff of The Gardens’ partnership with KultureCity. KultureCity is a Birmingham based, impact driven nonprofit focused on helping autistic individuals realize their potential by providing tangible help and equipping businesses and the community to relate to children with autism and their families. The Birmingham Zoo partnered with KultureCity to launch our Sensory Friendly Zoo Initiative three years ago, becoming the first Sensory Inclusive zoo in the country.
Earth Day at The Gardens celebrates the life of Dr. George Washington Carver at this year’s Earth Day celebration. Known for his introduction of the peanut and sweet potato as an alternative crop for cotton growers, George Washington Carver is regarded as one of the most influential scientists in American History. Carver looked to nature to inspire his work in the lab as well as artistically and they often times intersected in creative but practical ways.
The Archives at The Gardens will host artifacts from the Dr. George Washington Carver collection at Tuskegee University. Included in the collection will be a family bible, a meteorite, Dr. Carver’s lab notebook, a letter with a small painting, 12 photographs, the first publication of the Peanut Bulletin and a wisteria vines display showing its different uses.
This year’s partners and exhibitors include: Sprouts Farmers Market, Jefferson County Master Gardener Association, Alabama Partners for Clean Air, Highlands School, Junior League of Birmingham – Project Yummy Truck, Claire and Boris Datnow and Media Mint Publishing, The Center for Biological Diversity, Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, Jefferson County Stormwater Program and Development Services Department, Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild, UAB MakerSpace, Winfield and Einor Burks and Jack and Jill of America.