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The spring weather was perfect for an invigorating hike despite the threat of showers. Verna Gates, Founder and Executive Director of Fresh Air Family, guided us on a delightful walk through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Drawing form Biblical parables and old folk tales, Verna wove stories around the amazing variety of spring wildflowers, some of them only to be found in Alabama. Blazing yellow, red, and orange tulips, pansies, and poppies created a gorgeous contrast to the delicate blue, violet, and mauve trilliums, spiderworts, and wild geraniums, to name but a few.
Verna Gates telling stories about the “wise” sage bush
Hiking in the wildflower garden (flowering red bud, or Judas tree in on the hill)
Smelling the “stinky” odor of the trillium, which attracts flies
Delicate wildflowers, spiderworts and star flowers, nestling amongst bright poppies
Trout Lily in the bog garden (Erythronium americanum)
Carnivorous Pitcher Plant near the bog garden
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